Category Archives: Sustainable Jersey

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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Sustainable Jersey: Residential Food Waste Recycling Programs Come to New Jersey

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey

  Princeton, Lambertville and Lawrenceville leading the way to more sustainable communities As a member of the “clean plate club,” I hate to throw away food (…my mother would be so proud). Unfortunately, keeping food out of the waste stream … Continue reading

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Leading New Jersey Towns to be Better Stewards of Our Waters

Posted on by Catie Tobin, Marine Science Education Coordinator, Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Action and Sustainable Jersey work together   People power. It is often the solution to the most vexing of challenges. New Jersey’s degraded water quality is such an issue as people are both the source and the solution … Continue reading

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Leading by example, New Jersey schools focus on sustainability

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

 Sustainable Jersey for Schools had an exceptional first year, culminating with the recognition of our inaugural group of 59 certified schools at the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2015. Five school districts emerged as sustainability leaders by successfully supporting … Continue reading

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Three New Jersey Towns Recognized for Sustainability Initiatives

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

New Brunswick, Ocean Township and Park Ridge Borough look to the future Yesterday was the Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards Luncheon held in Atlantic City, despite an often busy lead-up to the actual event, I am proud to report that I … Continue reading

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To Solve Our Sustainability Challenges, We Need an Evolution of Governance

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

The year was 1789 and the newly formed United States of America had just completed its first presidential election. The “Spirit of ‘76” describes a time of hope and change when radical ideas, such as the notion that a people … Continue reading

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Students Energize NJ Public Schools and Gain Valuable Experience

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

  How did you spend your summer? Well, Sustainable Jersey is pleased to report on three inspiring graduate students that, although they were located at the Jersey shore, did a whole lot more than work on their tans. This summer, … Continue reading

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Raising Social Consciousness Through Community Service

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

Sustainable Jersey partners with the Bonner Institute Do you know who serves on Sustainable Jersey green teams, task forces and the Board of Trustees? Volunteers do; committed and dynamic people from communities across New Jersey. They are the backbone of … Continue reading

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New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report and the Breakfast Sammy

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

Prioritizing and tracking our sustainable future   In New Jersey, we’re serious about defining a vision and goals for a sustainable state as well as a way to track our progress toward reaching these goals. Sounds simple — every state … Continue reading

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Optimism and Action: 2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

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

NRDC’s Shelley Poticha Announced as Key Note Speaker Fierce, wise, pragmatic, insightful, committed, visionary, savvy and articulate. These are words often used to describe Shelley Poticha the Director of the Urban Solutions Program at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). … Continue reading

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Does Earth Day Still Have Meaning?

Posted on by Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey Co-Director

New Jersey Green Teams Say Yes People often ask me if I think Earth Day still has meaning. The Earth Day creation stories vary, but generally Earth Day evolved out of a growing disconnect between the environmental policy that communities … Continue reading

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Sustainable Jersey: To Get to Gold, First Define the Goal

Posted on by By Melanie McDermott, Senior Researcher, Sustainable Jersey

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Report and Summit “Recalculating,” the GPS voice said again. Turning the car around, I reasoned that the gadget, although stern, was kind enough to provide an estimated time of arrival despite my wrong turns. My thoughts … Continue reading

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Camden Passes New Jersey’s First Sustainable Site Plan Ordinance

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

It was a cold night, but the Camden City Council chambers were packed last Tuesday, primarily because twelve outstanding residents — nurses, policemen, faith leaders and more–were recognized for their contributions to the City of Camden as part of Black … Continue reading

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Collective Impact: Sustainable Jersey Program Encourages Town-Wide Energy Audits

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

To celebrate the 100th home energy audit through the EnergySmart Homes campaign, Ciel Power surprised Princeton homeowners with an energy efficient lighting upgrade.  “My kids said that they don’t need to sleep with their bathrobes on anymore” said Matt Wasserman, … Continue reading

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