Category Archives: Green Ideas

Sustainable Jersey: From New Jersey public school gardens to your table

Posted on by Renee Haider, Associate Director, Sustainable Jersey

Long Branch Public School students practice agripreneurship Although school is out for summer, a group of students in Monmouth County are hard at work harvesting vegetables and herbs to sell at the local farmers market. Long Branch Public School students … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: School nurses take on asthma in Trenton providing needed link between healthcare, school and home

Posted on by Renee Haider, Associate Director, Sustainable Jersey

With 13 elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools, the nurses of the Trenton Public Schools have their hands full. Despite the daily challenges, Micah Freeman, the Supervisor of Nurses for the Trenton Public School District, decided to … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Commit your town to climate progress, instructions included

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

Helping NJ cities and towns meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement   At the recent New Jersey Sustainability Summit over 300 local and statewide leaders convened to pledge their commitment to a sustainable future and learn the practical … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Never underestimate the power of a small grant

Posted on by Donna Drewes, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

C.J. Davenport and West Cape May elementary schools inspire us  Through Sustainable Jersey for Schools, we’ve gotten to know some amazing changemakers, ranging from teachers and principals to parents and students to district administrators – all with a true passion for … Continue reading

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Dodge Road Trip: Exploring an Urban Oasis with NJ Tree Foundation

Posted on by Naeema Campbell

If you know where to look, there are hidden treasures blossoming in Camden. That’s what I learned on a summer visit with the New Jersey Tree Foundation‘s Lisa Simms and Jessica Franzini while tagging along with Margaret Waldock, Dodge’s Environment … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey Travels to South Korea for Clean Air

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

Sharing expertise and experience to support Clean Air Asia pilot certification program I left New Jersey on Aug. 25 with my colleague, Renee Haider, en route for South Korea. Sustainable Jersey was invited to participate in the Clean Air for Cities conference … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: A Better Tomorrow, One Rooftop At a Time

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

Encouraging NJ solar consumers through municipal-level nudging I’m often asked what will have the most impact on slowing climate change. Using less energy and generating new clean energy are the two meaningful ways to make progress. And in New Jersey, … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: In a zombie apocalypse, it’s good to know where your food comes from

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The John P. Stevens High School Greenhouse opens a world of opportunities in Edison.   Laura Holborow begins the food science unit in the biology class she teaches at John P. Stevens High School the same way, by asking, “Where … Continue reading

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Jersey Water Works: 10 Great Ideas for New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure

Posted on by Chris Sturm, New Jersey Future

New Jersey Delegation Gathers National Best Practices from One Water Summit Innovative ways to integrate water management, reduce costs, partner and build broad public support were all on tap at  the U.S. Water Alliance’s second annual One Water Summit, on … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Taking the classroom outside to raise-up extra-ordinary kids

Posted on by Donna Drewes, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

Seth Boyden Elementary School Outdoor Learning Center Brings a Community Together What does it take to transform a good idea into an inspiring project? At Sustainable Jersey, I’m lucky to work with towns and schools that have crossed this threshold. … Continue reading

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Trust for Public Land: Building Healthy Parks and Healthy Communities

Posted on by Anthony Cucchi, Trust for Public Land

It’s no secret that families in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood shoulder an undue burden stemming from impacts of centuries of industrial and economic growth focused in the community. Every day, parents worry how to keep their children healthy despite well-documented lead … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: What are the Biggest Sustainability Challenges Facing NJ?

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

New gold standards to be unveiled at the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit   Sustainable Jersey will break new ground at the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit with the much anticipated release of the first elements of the gold standard … Continue reading

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New Jersey Future: Infrastructure Matters

Posted on by Elaine Clisham, New Jersey Future

New Jersey Future is participating again this year, along with hundreds of other groups around the country, in Infrastructure Week 2016, to raise awareness about the need to invest in infrastructure as the backbone of our economy, locally and nationally. … Continue reading

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One Creative Solution to America’s Yard Problem

Posted on by Margaret Waldock, Environment Program Director

  I live in a corner of New Jersey that was the epicenter for exurban, sprawling development that defined much of the late 1990’s up through the financial crash of 2008. The 5-acre lot subdivisions that dot the otherwise agrarian … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: Creating a National Network of State-level Sustainability Programs

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey releases Statewide Sustainability Report Imagine what we could accomplish if we worked together. The idea of starting a multi-state conversation about state-level sustainability programs originated during a national American Planning Association session in 2014. A group of us … Continue reading

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