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  • 23-Oct-2014 9:34 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

      




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    Jersey City’s P.S. 5 is One of Two Schools Selected for USGBC NJ Statewide Pilot Program to Develop Green School Master Plan

    Mayor Fulop Joins Students, School Officials and USGBC NJ Reps at School
    to Celebrate Its Leadership in Sustainability

    Jersey City, N.J., (October 22, 2014) – The New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC NJ) and school officials joined Mayor Steve Fulop today at Jersey City’s P.S. 5 to celebrate with students the school’s selection to help create a statewide framework for a green school master plan that can be replicated nationwide.

    Financed by the U.S. Green Building Council through an impact grant to USGBC NJ, the green school master plan project is a pilot project that builds on previous work coordinated by the chapter – along with partners NJ School Boards Association and Sustainability New Jersey – including the NJ Sustainable Schools project and the Green Ribbon Awards. These initiatives have created opportunities for schools to divert cost savings, achieved through various sustainability strategies, into other core educational priorities during a time of budgetary retrenchment.

    Some of these strategies include improving energy efficiency, reducing water use, implementing recycling programs, planting school gardens, offering healthier food options, incorporating environmental curricula, utilizing green cleansing products and cutting carbon emissions. But the process for implementation of these strategies can be inefficient, time-consuming and costly. The average age of a school building in New Jersey exceeds 50 years, which means that capital improvements are necessary in some cases. In addition, there are governance protocols with which districts must contend. While USGBC NJ – in collaboration with NJSBA – has the expertise to help districts connect to a wealth of available financial mechanisms and to develop their strategies, there is a need to formalize a set of best practices that will allow districts and schools to achieve sustainability in a more streamlined and expedient fashion. This need serves as the impetus for the green school master plan project.

    P.S. 5 was selected as one of two schools to assist, under the guidance of Parette Somjen Architects, LLC, in the development of a green school master plan. Perth Amboy High School is the other school currently working on a master plan.

    “In schools throughout this country, $8 billion is spent each year on energy,” Greg Somjen, AIA, managing partner of Parette Somjen Architects and USGBC NJ’s program representative told the P.S. 5 students. “If we could save just 25% that would be worth $2 billion. A lot of things could be done with that money instead of spending it on energy.”

    The green master plan project will include the establishment of a set of measurable objectives, development of a credit matrix for bridging the various green school certifications and conducting facility audits, implementation of regional sustainability leadership training, process evaluation, collecting and sharing of resources through an online platform, creation of sustainability videos and tutorials and development of the Sustainable School District Guidebook.

    “It is a priority of our administration to build LEED® certified municipal buildings and to encourage the development of private construction that meets green building standards," said Mayor Fulop. “We are proud that a commitment to sustainability is also being fostered in our public schools. I am delighted that the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has recognized Jersey City’s leadership in meeting 21st century standards of sustainability and has selected PS #5 to help blaze the trail toward a greener future for our community.”

    Demonstrating his commitment to sustainability, Mayor Fulop will deliver a keynote address at USGBC NJ’s 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The 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.

    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 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


  • 17-Oct-2014 11:43 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)


    MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Builds Hope Through Sustainability

    World-Class Cancer Treatment Center’s New Camden Facility Wins USGBC NJ Emerald Award for Urban Green Projects

    Camden, N.J. (October 17, 2014) -- When Cooper University Health Care topped off its new 103,050-square-foot cancer facility in Camden, N.J., workers laid a final beam with the inscription “Building Hope.” Beyond providing hope through cutting-edge care and discoveries for those stricken with cancer, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was built to create hope for the environment. The center sets a new standard for sustainability among health care facilities and, for that, the United States Green Building Council-New Jersey chapter (USGBC NJ) will honor the project with an Emerald Award at the organization’s 12th Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    Built on three acres of previously contaminated brownfield, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was designed by Langan Engineering and planned by project architect and LEED® coordinator Francis Cauffman. Partners Engineering & Science performed the Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineering. The goal was for the building to perform 18% above base code energy requirements. Unique and innovative features include:

    • Carefully graded pedestrian paths accessible by all people on site and connected to adjacent campus amenities and mass transit

    • Night-sky friendly, energy-efficient lighting that provides enough light for safety while meeting LEED® goals and lowering energy consumption

    • Sustainable stormwater management systems that incorporate landscape areas and engineered systems for cleansing and infiltration that exceed local and state water-quality requirements

    • Lush landscaping, including plantings in beds and pavings specially designed to minimize rooftop loading while creating a green, calming environment

    • Redevelopment of a contaminated site through innovative approaches to soil reuse and removal of underground tanks

    In addition to energy reduction and environmental remediation, the team of designers and planners also focused on indoor air quality in order to provide the optimal environment for patients with compromised immune systems, as well as for their families and the facility staff. This meant eliminating or minimizing human exposure to various chemicals by:

    • Designing the ventilation system to a more stringent code than ASHRAE 62.1

    • Monitoring outdoor air intake for pollutants

    • Specifying low-emitting materials for all adhesives, paints, flooring and composite wood products

    • Developing and enforcing a construction IAQ management plan

    Finally, the team left a percentage of the building as shell space to provide maximum flexibility for future fit-outs and so those projects would require minimal disruption to center operations and the environment.

    “Our focus has always been creating the most cutting-edge healing environment for our patients to allow us to give the best possible cancer care,” said Generosa Grana, MD, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “Our new facility encompasses healing features for our patients, but also our community through the design and sustainability of the building.”

    USGBC NJ Executive Director Florence Block added: “It is a matter of social responsibility for a leading medical center to maintain an environment that is both healthy for all occupants and that protects the integrity of its surrounding area. In this case, the MD Anderson Cancer Center of Cooper has actually improved the surrounding environment while raising the bar for energy efficiency and interior air quality.

    “We are thrilled for the opportunity to present an Emerald Award to MD Anderson and its team of engineers and architects.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The 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.

    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 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*
    *As of September, 2014


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  • 14-Oct-2014 10:57 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)




    L’Oréal USA’s Commitment to Sustainability Earns Company the USGBC NJ Emerald Award




    Clark, N.J. (October 14, 2014) - While L’Oréal might be best known for its products that make people look and feel beautiful, the world’s leading cosmetics company believes it has a responsibility to help maintain the planet’s natural beauty by advancing the cause of sustainability. In 2013, the company announced its Sharing Beauty With All initiative, an ambitious set of sustainability goals set for 2020 that have been embraced by its US Research and Innovation unit. L’Oréal USA Research and Innovation will be honored for this commitment by the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC NJ) at its 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on November 7. The event will take place at the Conference Center of the LEED®-certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    “L’Oréal has a strong legacy in sustainability and our research teams will play a key role in the company achieving its 2020 goals,” said Stephan Habif, Senior VP, Research and Innovation, the Americas. “Balancing our success as a company with the needs of society has always been part of the way we do business.”

    Even before the company launched Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oreal USA R&I began to lay the groundwork for its 2020 commitments. Among the many steps it took were issuance of a formal policy, creation of a cross-functional sustainability committee that includes representatives from all major units, initiation of an annual symposium to share best practices and exchange new ideas in sustainability, deployment of a computer-based, raw materials inventory system, installation of LED, motion-activated lights and rooftop photovoltaic systems at two major buildings in order to achieve an immediate 40 percent reduction in energy usage and an annual reduction of 1,692 metric tons of CO2, installation of daylighting systems to maximize natural sunlight and installation of new low E-coated windows that reduce the need for climate control.

    “L’Oreal USA R&I is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished in a short timeframe when resources, expertise and corporate vision are all aligned towards the goal of leadership in sustainability,” said Florence Block, Executive Director of USGBC NJ. “We have no doubt that L’Oreal USA R&I will meet its 2020 commitments and USGBC NJ looks forward to serving as a resource for the Sharing Beauty With All initiative.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on the USGBC NJ website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org.

    REGISTRATION is available here.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The 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.

    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 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community. There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


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  • 08-Oct-2014 10:27 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)




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    US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter 12th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients



    Morristown, N.J. (October 7, 2014) - Each year, U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) recognizes and presents the distinguished awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.

    The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    The 2014 award winners are:
    •Corporate Culture: L'Oreal USA Research & Innovation
    • Innovative Sustainability Initiative: Advancement of Alternative Transportation Fuels from NJ Clean Cities
    • Not-for-Profit Green Project: Harrison Green from Paterson Habitat for Humanity
    • Urban Green Project: MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
    • Suburban Green Project (TIED):
    Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center
    • Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters

    • Honorable Mention:
    • County College of Morris - Landscape and Horticultural Technology Center
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Research
    • DTCC Headquarters - Jersey City


    These inspiring projects span a wide range of topics and boast some impressive achievements. Examples include:

    • In the first phase of creating its new campus in Clark, L'Oréal USA Research & Innovation converted dated offices in a 50-year-old former distribution center into modern, sustainable laboratories. The project achieved LEED Gold status in 2013. Project Campus is an example of a corporate culture of sustainability that includes aggressive goals, detailed standards and compassion for the community.

    • In 2013, the activities of the NJ Clean Cities Coalition directly resulted in the reduction of more than 4.2 million gallons of petroleum and a resultant GHG reduction of over 21,000 tons.

    Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s Harrison Green provides five LEED Platinum Homes that families earning 80% or below Area Median Income can afford, while lowering monthly maintenance and energy costs through the utilization of innovative green building technologies.

    MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is a state of the art healthcare facility located on three acres of remediated, previously contaminated brownfield in Camden. It is designed to deliver a world-class healthcare experience and improve the overall quality of life for patients and the surrounding community.

    • The Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center is a new 45,000-square-foot LEED Gold addition that embraces the school’s traditional aesthetic and rich history and traditions, while serving as a forward-looking, integrated learning tool for the students who inhabit it on a daily basis. In addition, the school supports a curriculum that integrates sustainability as a core value and consciously reinforces that value on a daily basis.

    • Located in Whippany, the Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters is part of one of the largest-scale, mixed-use redevelopment sites in northern New Jersey. The Vision Equities and Rubenstein Partners team designed, executed approvals and developed a 675,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified facility for this global industry leader and long-time New Jersey corporate citizen.

    • The County College of Morris’ new LEED Gold-Certified Landscape and Horticultural Technology Building is a physical manifestation of the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship, and a highly visible, hands-on teaching tool for the campus community. The CCM Board of Trustees also recently passed a comprehensive sustainability resolution to strengthen and further enhance the college’s environmental goals.

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Research is a new learning center that integrates a historic building into a LEED GOLD academic complex. The Monninger Center represents the commitment of FDU to create an innovative library and learning center that is both a hub of student life and a demonstration of institutional values of sustainability, transparency, reverence for history and engagement with new technology.

    • The DTCC Headquarters in Jersey City is the commercial office interior renovation of 300,000 square feet and 12 floors at 570 Washington Blvd in Jersey City. Through integrating sustainability into the culture at DTCC, attainment of LEED Gold certification for its headquarters and sharing its achievement through the educational tour, DTCC is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability in New Jersey. DTCC is the largest LEED certified commercial interiors project to date in the state of New Jersey.

    “I am truly inspired by the award winners we are honoring,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “These finalists are an example of the best in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer.”
    USGBC NJ 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.”

    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; and Senator Cory Booker.

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed online prior to the event, and pre-bidding is available Nov. 4th, 5th & 6th HERE. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org.

    REGISTRATION is available here.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

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    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The 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.

    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 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


  • 07-Oct-2014 11:20 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)


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    CLICK HERE for the 3rd Quarter 2014 E-Newsletter as a PDF. 


  • 30-Sep-2014 7:10 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)


    Harrison Green – from Paterson Habitat for Humanity – is five LEED Platinum affordable homes in the heart of Paterson’s 4th Ward. Harrison Green is a USGBC NJ 2012 Annual Awards Gala winner.



    The USGBC-NJ Chapter: Building a Green Garden State

    How Energy Initiatives Generate Economic Growth


    Sep 26, 2014

    By: Ilene Dorf Manahan, Contributing Writer


    NJ Business Magazine


    Harrison Green – from Paterson Habitat for Humanity – is five LEED Platinum affordable homes in the heart of Paterson’s 4th Ward. Harrison Green is a USGBC NJ 2012 Annual Awards Gala winner
    When it comes to the greening of New Jersey’s building environment, no statewide organization is at the forefront of this movement as the 1,365-member US Green Building Council-New Jersey Chapter. Through its leadership, education and advocacy, the Chapter’s mission is to promote and advance planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining “high performance buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, cost effective, productive and healthy places to live, learn and work.”

    One high-profile way these goals are accomplished is by occupants and owners achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification of their buildings. The globally recognized LEED rating system, which is evaluated by an independent third party, features best-in-class building strategies and practices. Buildings designed and built to LEED standards include the use of materials with prescribed recycled content, rapidly renewable materials and building products that reduce waste throughout their lifecycle, and are more environmentally friendly. The array of LEED categories includes energy and water efficiency and overall building performance.

    LEED construction is spearheaded by LEED Accredited professionals in a range of building specialties. Today, New Jersey boasts 348 LEED Certified buildings – office buildings, industrial and manufacturing complexes, in both the private and public sectors, 2,625 LEED for Homes units, and 5,188 LEED-credentialed professionals.

    “Builders and developers have become well aware of the added value of properties and projects that are LEED Certified, as companies report up to 25 to 30 percent energy savings, as well as improved employee retention,” reports USGBC NJ Executive Director Florence Block. “Employees take less time off and feel more valued working in a healthier, comfortable environment.” From an environmental perspective, LEED buildings can result in up to 95 percent of construction waste being diverted from landfills, Block adds. Further, there is a direct bottom-line, positive impact resulting from reduced energy and utility costs, as well as incentives offered by local and state governments.

    Through a new Impact Grant received from USGBC National, USGBC NJ will be conducting a two-school pilot study in support of the Chapter’s ongoing efforts to “green” schools. “The urgent need for healthy and safe schools, combined with the need to lower operational costs positions this initiative to positively impact the greening of New Jersey schools and exposure of those industries to our students, who are our future workforce,” Block notes.

    Education is one of the Chapter’s key initiatives and is integral to its mission. For the past several years, the Chapter has been awarded a number of Customized Training grants from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. A USGBC Education Partner and recognized subject matter expert, USGBC NJ is a provider of the complete LEED Core Curriculum, related training tracks and LEED Accreditation Exam Preparation. The Chapter offers customized, goal-oriented training geared to virtually all business and industry sectors. In addition to Green Building Professionals such as architects and engineers, the Chapter provides education and training on green strategies and performance standards to construction companies, real estate developers, brokers, lawyers, product suppliers and other professionals involved in building construction, as well as to corporations with departments that address sustainability and the environment.

    Other Department of Labor education grants to the Chapter have provided fully funded green building training for New Jersey veterans and the unemployed, to help them gain entry to green building and related professions.

    The Chapter also offers special membership programs for Emerging Professionals.

    At USGBC NJ’s 12th annual Awards Gala on November 7 at the LEED Certified Montclair State University Conference Center, nine projects will be recognized as exceptional sustainability-focused projects. The 2014 Gala Awards finalists are: Corporate Culture: L’Oreal; Innovative Sustainability Initiative: Advancement of the Alternative Transportation Fuels from NJ Clean Cities; Not for Profit Green Project: Paterson Green from Paterson H4H (Hammering for Habitat/Habitat for Humanity); Urban Green Project: MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper; Suburban Green Project (tied): Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center and Bayer HealthCare East Coast US Headquarters.

    Cited with Honorable Mention are: County College of Morris Landscape and Horticulture Technology Center, Fairleigh Dickinson University Monniger Center for Learning and Research, and DTCC Headquarters, Jersey City.


    CLICK HERE for the article in the Special Section: How Energy Initiatives Generate Economic Growth


    CLICK HERE for a PDF of this article. 



  • 08-Sep-2014 6:31 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Paterson Habitat wins energy efficiency award


    SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, 5:31 PM LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, 5:31 PM
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    PATERSON PRESS


    PATERSON – Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s townhouse development on Harrison Street has won an award in recognition of its energy-efficient design and construction.

    The New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has named the five-unit development as a recipient of its Emerald Award in the not-for-profit Green Project category.

    "This is a remarkable accomplishment that we are proud to recognize on this very special occasion," said Florence Block, executive director the state chapter.

    Named “Harrison Green,” the townhome project was designed with advanced energy efficiency and environmental features, according to Habitat. Those features include air-tight doors and windows, double-studded walls to hold extra insulation, and solar energy systems to provide internal heat and hot water.

    The families living in the Harrison Street townhouse, like all Habitat homeowners, purchased their homes with the help of zero-interest Habitat mortgages. The homes were built with Paterson Habitat's construction volunteers, often working side by side with homeowner families who are each required to invest 300 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer labor.

    In October Paterson Habitat will begin its 30th year. So far the non-profit organization says it has created homes for over 265 families.

    Paterson Habitat will receive its award at the Building Council's annual gala on Nov. 7 at Montclair State University.

    - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-habitat-wins-energy-efficiency-award-1.1082053#sthash.6mcsV7CY.dpuf


  • 28-Aug-2014 5:22 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Stevens Tech students debut hurricane resistant, solar powered shore home design

    Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal

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    CLICK HERE for the article on NJ.com, with photos. 

    Stevens Institute of Technology today showcased renderings of a high-tech, hurricane resilient “SURE HOUSE” designed in response to the devastation to homes on the New Jersey and New York shores by Superstorm Sandy.

    "I congratulate Stevens and the SURE HOUSE team on their innovative, forward-thinking design,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who attended today’s event. “We look forward to learning from the SURE HOUSE and potentially applying some of the concepts to making homes in Hoboken more resilient."

    The home, which is being designed and constructed by Stevens Tech students, will be completely solar powered, flood resistant and incorporate “very innovative cooling, heating and ventilation systems” has been accepted into the 2015 Solar Decathlon international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    But even with all the technology in the SURE HOUSE design, the Stevens team is “trying to keep the homey feel of the Jersey Shore and the New York shore,” said Claire Griffin, a Stevens student of mechanical engineering with a minor in science communication.

    As people browsed the renderings of the house and its systems in a building on Sinatra Drive this afternoon, Griffin, who is on the communications and public relations team for the project, said “it is the brainchild of a bunch of engineers and architects and people from all kinds of majors at Stevens Tech.

    Design work for SURE HOUSE began in October 2013 and Griffin said about 35 to 50 students have been working on the project on and off and the team is to be expanded.

    “We spent the entire summer in a design studio," Griffin said. "It has been a very, very intense summer,” Griffin said.” All the students have worked really hard and all are super proud.”

    Over the next year and a half, Stevens students with expertise in engineering, energy efficiency, architecture, business, communications, management, and computer science will create SURE HOUSE in a campus lot on the Hudson River. It is expected to cost $300,000 to $325,000 to build.

    SURE HOUSE will then be disassembled, transported to the competition site in Irvine, California, reassembled and exhibited during the Solar Decathlon competition and exhibition in Fall 2015. After the competition, it will be moved to a location on the Jersey Shore where it will be inhabited or used for a municipal function, Griffin said.

    Among those overseeing the project are Stevens Tech Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering & Science,Keith Sheppard and Industry Professor and Director of Product-Architecture and Engineering Program John Nastasi.

    In 2013, Stevens finished second in the United States and fourth globally with Ecohabit, a “smart house” that now serves as veterans center at California State University. In 2011, Stevens joined with the New School University and Habitat for Humanity to create Empowerhouse, which won awards for affordability and hot water, and is now home to a working mother of three in an inner-city neighborhood.

    The biannual Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses, which are judged based on how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are.

    To view the progress of SURE HOUSE, go to http://www.surehouse.org/
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