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US Green Building Council - New Jersey Hosts the 8th Annual Summer Social and Gives Disadvantaged NJ Kids a Green Day at the Beach to Always Remember
USGBC NJ, sponsors & attendees make it possible for 200 kids from NJ children's clubs to attend this fun & educational day FREE OF CHARGE.
July 30, 2015- The 8th Annual US Green Building Council- New Jersey Chapter’s (USGBC NJ) Summer Social will take place on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Martell’s in Point Pleasant, NJ, presented by USGBC NJ’s Central Branch - a dedicated volunteer group of sustainability professionals. This annual gathering has expanded to become more than just a dynamic business networking event, but also a giving day of education and fun focusing on New Jersey kids.
The USGBC NJ Summer Social brings green & sustainability education and a day of fun on the beach for children who might not ordinarily have this opportunity as well as a networking opportunity for professionals in the green building and related industries. This event is presented by the Central Branch of the US Green Building Council NJ and is truly a state-wide event.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the kids’ portion of the Summer Social has taken place. In 2012, USGBC NJ sponsored the day for 159 children from underserved communities. In 2013, USGBC NJ hosted 200 youths from organizations including Big Brothers - Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Clubs, from counties including Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Mercer, Ocean and Monmouth. (See photos from 2013 here.)
Activities for these children (and their chaperons) will consist of Lunch & Environmental Education from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM at Little Mac’s at Point Pleasant Beach, followed by fully funded fun on the beach & boardwalk from 2:00 PM on, donated by USGBC NJ and our sponsors. The education element will include Speed LEED* by Educators, interactive GREEN activities and learning experiences on the beach, as well as eco displays. USGBC NJ will also provide lunch and ice cream, plus unlimited rides, roof top golf, and beach passes.
The educational activities in past years have been presented by environmental experts and environmental educators who volunteer their time, making sure these activities are fun and stimulating. Our education team includes NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA)’s Sustainable Schools Specialist and USGBC NJ chapter K-12 education chair, Department of Environmental Protection educational specialists, and more.
The evening segment of the Summer Social, after the children depart, is focused on beach-side networking for our chapter members, colleagues, and like-minded professionals with a BBQ from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. This annual event is a great opportunity for sustainability and green building professionals to meet and socialize in a relaxing, casual environment.
Summer Social attendance fees, and especially event sponsorships, subsidize the cost for the 200 youth from the Children’s Clubs to attend the whole day free.
$350 Event Sponsorship includes 2 passes to the evening networking event, and logo and company recognition in our outreach, and at the event.
$1000 Kids’ Education Sponsorship includes same as above, with 4 passes to the evening networking event.
If you have recommendations for additional kids’ groups, please contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our Kids’ Summer Event Education Sponsor: Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, Attorneys at Law.
Fees for the event: Chapter members: $45; Non-members & Guests: $55; Emerging Professionals: $35
For info, registration and sponsorship, visit: http://www.usgbcnj.org/event-1929704.
*LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a trademark of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network. Currently, USGBC NJ is providing grant-funded green building education to qualifying NJ businesses through a grant from the NJ DOL.
For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,500+ individual members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.
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