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  • 26-Aug-2015 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    USGBC NJ's Kids' Speed LEED on the Beach on 8/19/15 was a HUGE success & we had a terrific night of networking at the Summer Social. 

    Pictured: John Henry, NJ School Boards Association, at right instructing the kids.

    USGBC NJ was once again able to send 200 NJ kids & their chaperons to the beach for a full day of green education and rides, lunch & other boardwalk activities. 

    Thank you again to all of our sponsors, our volunteers, our educators, and attendees!


    CLICK HERE to see photos from both the Kids' Daytime event & the Evening Networking event. 

  • 04-Aug-2015 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    Summer E-Newsletter- Special Green Kids Edition

    Pieces include:

    • USGBC NJ Presents Kids’ Environmental Education on the Beach
    • Bloc Power: revolutionizing energy retrofits to older buildings in underserved communities
    • Call for Nominations! Student Award 2015 USGBC-NJ Chapter GALA 
    • USGBC NJ Emerging Professionals Committee Tour of Willow School, Gladstone 
    • USGBC GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE: Greening NJ Schools within a Generation

  • 29-Jul-2015 2:28 PM | Anonymous



    Contact: Medea Villeré

    Communications & Membership Coordinator


     (973) 290-0013



    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. 

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    $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 coordinator@usgbcnj.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.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ).

  • 18-Jun-2015 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    2015 USGBC-NJ Chapter GALA Student Award


    Pictured: the 2013 Gala Student Award Winners & a rendering from their project: the Spring 2013 'Garden State Studio', Susan Bristol, Professor, NJIT: Bay Head Resilient Design Project. 

    The US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter recognizes the importance of sustainability in education and is currently seeking nominations for student projects. 

    In support of the student award the NJ School Boards Association commends sustainability initiatives and opportunities that place students in the role of active learners and by their actions impact the environment of the school and the community in a positive way. 

    Students that can demonstrate their contributions and efforts to a healthier environment will be eligible for this award.  


    There are two STUDENT categories: K-12; and Higher Ed. Please indicate which category you are applying under. A winner will be chosen in each of the 2 categories. 

    The award winner/s will be contacted in advance, and the award will be presented to the student award winner at the 13th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on October 30, 2015. For info on the Gala, click here. $500 will be awarded to each winner.

    Deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to Wednesday, September 30, 2015. 

    Please submit the application via e-mail to: executivedirector@USGBCNJ.org  and cc communications@usgbcnj.org.  

    Nomination forms can be found here. 

    NJSBA has a full-time sustainability professional that can help answer questions you may have regarding student project. Please contact: John Henry at jhenry@njsba.org.

    Criteria, eligibility and award requirements are as follows:

    Award Criteria (students can choose one or more criteria)

    • Inspires or teaches others about sustainable practices. 

    • Connects Environmental Science or Education for Sustainability to the green building industry

    • Demonstrates actions or strategies that help reduce the impact of Co2 emissions through innovative student designed projects or events.

    • Demonstrates the economic and environmental value for sustainable design and construction of buildings 

    • Demonstrates leadership action steps that result in the conservation of materials and resources, behavioral or policy changes in a school or the community

    • Promotes and educates about renewable energy sources, energy management strategies or energy efficiency practices


    • Middle through High School Students in public or private schools (for the K-12), and undergrad students (for the Higher Ed category).

    • A student (or team of students) involved in an existing/on-going or a new project that satisfies one or more of the award criteria for the 2013- 2014 school year that can successfully demonstrate that the outcomes/results of the project have made a positive impact on the environment.

    Timeline:  Project submissions are being accepted now through Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

    Student Award Requirements: 

    1.  Essay:  (30% of the project) 

    750 word description/essay that captures both the personal or collaborative efforts and motivations behind the project and also how this project will inspire and/or educate others.  

    2. Project Details:  (70% of the project) (Presented in PDF format) 

    Project must include the following items:

    • Name of project.

    • Name of student(s).

    • Project focus/category. Example, renewable energy, recycling, conservation, green advocacy, sustainability policy and strategic plan modifications at the district level, etc.

    • Documentation of important action steps of the project that lead to a sustainable solution(s) including but not limited to, renderings, photographs or video. (Green Portfolio)

    • Names of people, mentors, teachers, board members and organizations that participated and or provided support and resources for the project. 

    • Research sources and resources that assisted your project obtain its goal.

    Any questions, please contact communications@usgbcnj.org

    Please submit this form/ completed applications via e-mail to: executivedirector@USGBCNJ.org  and cc communications@usgbcnj.org.

    CLICK HERE to open this info as a PDF. 

  • 16-Jun-2015 12:52 PM | Anonymous


    Finding a way to keep sewage-treatment plants, health facilities up and running even if grid fails is top priority of bank

    TOM JOHNSON | JUNE 16, 2015

    The state expects to begin accepting applications for New Jersey’s Energy Resilience Bank in September, a process that could help healthcare facilities, schools, and transportation hubs remain operational even if another extreme storm shuts down much of the power grid.

    The bank, created in the wake of superstorm Sandy, is already sifting through about 30 projects from sewage-treatment plants and a few water systems seeking to grab a share of $65 million in funding to develop alternate power supplies if their traditional power source is disrupted.... CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE. 

  • 04-May-2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    USGBCNJ Executive Director Florence Block (in brown jacket) joined Congressman Rush Holt and others at the ribbon cutting of the new LEED Platiunum Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education this past Saturday, May 2nd! 

    See the NJ.com article Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed celebrates opening of environmental center HERE

    See more about the new Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education HERE. 

  • 01-May-2015 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    Features include:

    • SUsainablility + REsilience = Stevens Tech's SURE HOUSE
    • New USGBC Student Chapter at Rider University
    • Green Buildings Get Lower Interest Rates
    • Recap of the Emerging Professionals Tour of Centra at Metropark
    • USGBC NJ Advocacy Update

  • 27-Mar-2015 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    USGBC NJ Call for Gala Award Nominations

    Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability.

    The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 13th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    The award categories are:
    • Suburban Green Project
    • Urban Green Project
    • Not for Profit Green Project
    • Corporate Culture and Sustainability Practices
    • Innovative Sustainability Initiative
    • Student Project

    In addition, the USGBC NJ Award Committee will also select a Municipal Honoree and a Corporate Honoree.

    Previous award honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hampshire Real Estate Companies; Wyndham Worldwide; Panasonic Corporation; Prudential Real Estate Investors; BASF Corporation; the Rockefeller Group; L'Oreal USA Research & Innovation; Paterson Habitat for Humanity; Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters and Senator Cory Booker.

    USGBC NJ Former Board Chair Ed Seliga stated: “These folks do not do this for the accolades, of course. They do what they do because sustainability is a guiding principle behind these projects. We are proud to be casting a spotlight on these innovative projects, projects that are transforming NJ into a more sustainable state.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area.

    Deadline for submission is July 31, 2015.

    Award Winners to be announced on or before September 8th. The Gala takes place October 30, 2015.

    Please submit this form via e-mail to: executivedirector@usgbcnj.org and coordinator@usgbcnj.org.


    Download Award & Honoree Criteria HERE

    NOTE: Student Award Criteria is located HERE.

    The Student Award application deadline is Wednesday, September 16, 2015. 

  • 27-Feb-2015 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Melissa Orsen Appointed CEO of the EDA

    (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Feb. 26th, 2015

    The Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today voted to approve Melissa Orsen as the authority’s next chief executive officer.

    “Melissa is a highly regarded professional with a deep knowledge of our economic development efforts,” said Governor Chris Christie. “She will be a great asset to the EDA as it continues its work to create jobs and advance business growth in the state.”

    With over 15 years of experience in the public sector, Ms. Orsen will bring considerable knowledge and insight to the EDA. Ms. Orsen is currently deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she oversees a budget of more than $3.8 billion and a workforce of approximately 400 employees. In this capacity, Orsen’s duties and responsibilities were wide-ranging, including policy oversight, constituent relations, communications, and legal and procurement matters.

    “Melissa’s background, education and work experience are varied and strong,” EDA Board Chairman Al Koeppe said. “She has a wide range of both experience-based and subject-matter knowledge and an established record of leadership that will serve the EDA well.”

    Ms. Orsen previously served as chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, where her work focused on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies. During this time, she also served on the EDA Board as the Governor’s designee.

    Ms. Orsen joined the Lieutenant Governor’s staff in March 2012 from DCA, where she held several key roles, including chief of staff and chief counsel for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing within DCA. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University School of Law, Ms. Orsen has also served as a deputy attorney general for the state.

    In her role as CEO, Ms. Orsen will oversee the EDA’s strategic direction, leading policy and governance initiatives. She will join the authority on March 9. Ms. Orsen replaces Michele Brown, who led the EDA since October 2012 and is now serving as president and chief executive officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., a privately funded and operated organization that works to grow investment and jobs in the Garden State.

    Timothy Lizura will continue to serve as president and chief operating officer, where he provides leadership of the EDA’s business operations, including the Authority’s incentive and financing program portfolio, real estate development, and financial and accounting matters.

    The EDA is part of the state’s results-driven Partnership for Action. Created by Governor Christie and led by Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, the Partnership is the hub for all economic development activity in New Jersey and is comprised of four interconnected and highly focused organizational elements: Choose New Jersey, the Business Action Center, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the EDA.

  • 19-Feb-2015 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    Camden NJ Passes Sustainability Ordinance

    Nancy L. Axelrod, MPA, Independent Consultant & Camden Green Team member

    The City Council of Camden NJ just passed a Sustainability Ordinance that will require all applicants for new development or modifications of existing development to submit an "Environmental Impact and Benefits Assessment (EIBA)" to the city's planning department to attest that the development will not adversely affect the air and water quality of proximate neighborhoods, and that quality of life issues (complete streets, recreation, open space, etc.) are addressed.

    This ordinance was developed and advocated for by the Camden Green Team in cooperation with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Environmental Justice, the City of Camden's Planning Department, and many community stakeholders.

    Camden is the only city in New Jersey to pass such an ordinance. 

    Camden has also received a grant to create a citywide Environmental Resource Inventory to create a benchmark for environmental and quality-of-life indicators that will be used to measure future progress.

    You can see the ordinance HERE.

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