Category Archives: Green Ideas

Birders Boost Jersey Shore Economy: Why Communities Should Invest in Nature

Posted on by Elizabeth Schuster and Patty Doerr, The Nature Conservancy

A recent Nature Conservancy study found birders who visit Lower Cape May Meadows and surrounding birding destinations contribute $313 million each year to Cape May County’s economy. Birders return to the Meadow after a restoration project led by The Nature … Continue reading

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What’s growing in Dodge’s Green Roof Garden?

Posted on by Meghan Van Dyk

After a bitter cold and seemingly endless winter, the Dodge Foundation’s green roof is starting to bloom. Several Dodge employees got their hands dirty about two weeks ago and planted vegetables, herbs and flowers in the eight planters on our … Continue reading

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Creativity and Collaboration Take Courage

Posted on by Elizabeth Murphy, Director, Creative New Jersey

Residents share topics for small group discussion at Creative Highlands: Call to Collaboration. As I reflect upon our recent Creative Highlands: Call to Collaboration, I am reminded of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and loss. Elizabeth … Continue reading

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NJ Leaders Take First Step Toward Stormwater Infrastructure Revamp

Posted on by Meghan Jambor, Dodge Foundation Communications Manager

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, New Jersey Future, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation this week convened a group of New Jersey leaders from water utilities, environmental organizations, economic and community development organizations, the private sector and local, state and … Continue reading

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How Do You Build a Truly Creative Community?

Posted on by Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey

It’s not surprising, but the places we want to live in are the ones that have embraced and fostered creativity and sustainability. When asked about the qualities that people want in a region, they are experiential; we want a mix … Continue reading

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Found Money

Posted on by Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith

Energy Services Program Helps Nonprofits Cut Energy Use, Costs, Carbon Footprint What can a three-person team do to help a nonprofit save thousands of dollars each year? A lot, it turns out. Nonprofits that own their own facilities pay energy … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday Guest Blog: Greening the Dodge Poetry Festival

Posted on by Jenny Vickers, Clean Water Fund, NJ Communications Director

Let’s face it – festivals and big events produce a lot of waste. Think of all the single use items, like plastic and Styrofoam, we toss in the trash instead of recycling, reusing or even entirely avoid using. Everything that … Continue reading

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Watching Our Garden Grow

Posted on by Dodge

It’s snowing in New Jersey today, but that’s not keeping us from thinking about and looking forward to another season with our rooftop garden. We’ve got a new item to add to our garden wishlist: What’s that, you ask? A … Continue reading

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The Newest Feature of Our Rooftop Garden?

Posted on by Dodge

Although it will be a few months yet before we can get our hands back into our rooftop garden, we’ve been thinking about ways to improve our operations in 2011. We have a water source on our rooftop that we … Continue reading

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Adventures in Composting

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At Dodge, we have a staff “Green Team” which meets monthly to discuss and improve our green practices. We focus on a variety of areas, including how to green our Poetry Festival, how to choose office supplies, what we can … Continue reading

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Getting Our Hands Dirty

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate We’re only weeks away from getting our hands in the dirt and planting our rooftop garden—we’ve already cleaned it up and have starter plants of lettuces, dill and radishes in our kitchen. We’re also working … Continue reading

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The Green Roof: A Year in Pictures

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Tomorrow we’re cleaning up (composting!) the remnants of our garden, and we’ll be talking as a group about the lessons we learned from our first year of urban gardening as well as planning for what … Continue reading

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Greenwashing, Green ‘Burbs and Our Garden

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Try this on for size: according to a recent article in the Guardian, “More than 98% of supposedly natural and environmentally friendly products on US supermarket shelves are making potentially false or misleading claims.” Hm. … Continue reading

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Urban Farming and More Green Roof Photos

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate Did you see the recent article in the New York Times about rooftop gardening and the movement to replace traditional roofs with green roofs? Not only does a green roof offer many environmental benefits, it … Continue reading

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Bringing Nature Indoors

Posted on by Molly de Aguiar

Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate We’ve talked a lot about our three-story biowall on this blog and on our website – that it is a central aesthetic feature of our new office space, and how it embodies the connection between … Continue reading

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