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  • 19-Jun-2014 2:45 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    NEW JERSEY is #4 in the US for number of LEED for Homes certifications!


    With 2,625 units, NJ ranks #4 in the country. Read USGBC's new report on the green residential industry, including brand new stats and feature stories. Grab your copy at Dwell on Design this weekend or download now: http://go.usgbc.org/homes
  • 17-Jun-2014 10:37 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)


    Application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.

    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.


    Since the awards program was established in 2000, 135 entities have been recognized. Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; Innovative Technology; and the recently added “Environmentalist of the Year” category. In addition, the category for “Environmental Education” has been divided into two awards: one for adult-led educational initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded due to a high level of student involvement.


    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.


    Award winners will be honored at a luncheon and program to be held in December. Last year’s event supporters included PSEG, Duke Farms, New Jersey Natural Gas, Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Greener by Design.


    The 2014 application and other awards information can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards



    Questions about the awards program can be forwarded to:

    • Tanya Oznowich (609) 984-9802 Tanya.Oznowich@dep.state.nj.us
    • Caroline Kirkland (609) 633-7821 Caroline.Kirkland@dep.state.nj.us
  • 09-May-2014 9:38 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Mayor Fulop & JCRA Announce LEED Green Building Training for City Employees; City Staff to Support Sustainability in Development Projects


    May 8, 2014 by RealEstateRama


    JERSEY CITY – May 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –– Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency have partnered on a LEED Green Building Training by the U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter for city employees and agency staff who are involved in the construction and development process.


    The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street. Approximately 30 employees will participate in the workshop including representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Planning Division, the Building Department, the Zoning Division, the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.


    “Jersey City is leading the State in construction projects and one of our goals is to develop buildings that meet LEED certifications as sustainability is a critical aspect of urban planning,” said Mayor Fulop. “We felt this training was a great way to educate staff on the certification process to further our sustainability efforts and continue to make Jersey City the best mid-size city in America.”
    Other cities that require green building training for staff include Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, and Chicago.


    Currently there are more than 50 LEED registered green development projects underway in Jersey City, both commercial and residential. The workshop will taught by staff from the U.S. Green Building Council and participants will receive credits toward the GBCI’s LEED AP Building and Design Construction credential.

    All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary for the City of Jersey City, at 201-547-4836 or 201-376-0699.


    Contact: Jennifer Morrill
    Press Secretary
    201-547-4836
    201-376-0699



    Mayor Fulop & JCRA Announce LEED Green Building Training for City Employees; City Staff to Support Sustainability in Development Projects 
  • 22-Apr-2014 12:58 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    12th Annual USGBC NJ Emerald Awards Gala Award Applications Due May 30, 2014.

    Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability. In addition, the USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the networking event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area.

    The nomination form can be found HERE. Honoree Criteria can be found HERE.

    This year’s Gala is slated for Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    Awards are presented in the following categories (at the selection committees’ discretion): Suburban Green Project; Urban Green Project; Not for Profit Green Project; Student Project.

    Among other attributes, award winners contribute to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and offers a role model to others in our community and or business world, and involve ‘paying it forward’ by educating the public and/or landowners/clients in the principles of sustainable design and the LEED® programs.

    Previous 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.
  • 12-Feb-2014 11:40 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Have you seen the project profiles for Wyndham Worldwide's two LEED buildings in Parsippany, NJ?

    WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS, 14 SYLVAN WAY, Parsippany, NJ: LEED Gold

    (Click on image below for the 2 page PDF)



    WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS, 22 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ: First in NJ to earn both LEED CI + EBOM, both in Silver. 

    (Click on image below for the 2 page PDF)



    See more New Jersey project profiles & other info on our RESOURCES page. 
  • 13-Nov-2013 4:58 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
     
    Above left, Florence Block, executive director of USGBC NJ speaks at the Harrison Green dedication. 

               

       PRESS RELEASE



     

    USGBC NJ Joins Paterson Habitat to Present Plaque for LEED for Homes Platinum 
    to Harrison Green

    Morristown, NJ (November 11, 2013) The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) and Paterson Habitat for Humanity will join forces on Saturday, November 16th as  high-tech and high hopes will come together in the heart of Paterson’s 4th Ward. Paterson Habitat will dedicate its new "Harrison Green" housing development in the heart of one of Paterson's most distressed inner city neighborhoods. At the same time, USGBC NJ will present the plaque for Harrison Green’s LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Click here for the day’s program. 
     
    The five single-family townhouses, 208 to 216 Harrison Street, were designed by Chris Kellogg of Steele Kellogg AIA and part of the NJ Climate Choice Home program.  Built and equipped with advanced energy saving technologies, these homes have been awarded the highest rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  

    Florence Block, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the USGBC will attend the 10:30 a.m. dedication ceremony to present Paterson Habitat with their LEED certification plaque in recognition of achieving LEED For Homes Platinum certification. “We are so pleased to be honoring Harrison Green for Platinum certification,” said Ms. Block. “It is a wonderful achievement that will benefit the residents for many years to come.” 

    LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and more healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that often includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.
     
    Among the high tech features at Harrison Green, each of the five homes is equipped with solar electric and water heating systems as well as additional environmental technologies that assure efficient energy usage and healthy indoor air quality for Habitat homeowners and their families.

    Habitat homeowners purchase their new homes with the help of reduced home prices and zero-interest Paterson Habitat mortgages. These homeowners are low-income families with solid work and credit histories but not enough income to qualify for a commercial mortgage. Since it began in 1984, Paterson Habitat has helped over 260 families make the big jump into sustainable homeownership. 

    “Living in a LEED-certified home not only means you will be saving money and precious resources, it also means that it’s more durable than a non-certified home,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President, Residential Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “The quality of the products and the different green strategies used within the home means that its owners will be enjoying their high-performing home for years to come.”
     
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    About Paterson Habitat for Humanity 
    Paterson Habitat helps low-income families afford homes by offering them zero-interest mortgages and building new homes with volunteer construction teams and the volunteer labor of the homeowner families. The organization has served over 260 families since it began in Paterson in 1984. For more information, please visit www.patersonhabitat.org and find out how you can donate or volunteer today.  

    About LEED® 
    LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a trademark of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Platinum certification is the highest achievement attainable through the LEED green building certification program which encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. For more info, see www.usgbc.org

    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. There are over 3,992 LEED® accredited professionals in NJ and over 1034 LEED® registered and 324 certified projects in New Jersey, plus over 2038 certified LEED Homes.

    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. Currently, USGBC NJ is providing grant-funded green building and resiliency education to NJ businesses. See www.usgbcnj.org for more.



    Contact: Medea Villeré
    Communications & Membership Coordinator
    USGBC NJ
    (973) 290-0013


  • 28-Oct-2013 11:28 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Published on 25 Oct 2013 Written by Marisa Long Posted in Media

    PRESS RELEASE


    Washington, D.C., (Oct. 25, 2013) – The General Services Administration (GSA) concluded again today that the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system can and should be used in government buildings to advance energy efficiency and to save taxpayers’ money. GSA issued its recommendation today based on the findings of the EISA §436(h) Ad-Hoc Review Group on Green Building Certification Systems.

    “LEED continues to set a global example for market transformation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC, which oversees LEED. “As the premier rating system in the world, LEED will continue to inspire people and set the bar for healthy, energy efficient and high-performing buildings.”

    GSA’s decision comes a year after more than 1,250 businesses and organizations urged GSA to continue to use LEED to improve the energy and environmental performance of federal buildings. In February, the National Academy of Sciences released a report on green building certification systems that recommended that the Department of Defense construct its buildings to LEED’s Silver standard or the equivalent.

    “At this point, it is unassailable, LEED works. It has played a significant role in GSA’s achievement of its energy and sustainability goals,” said Roger Platt, senior vice president, global policy and law, USGBC. “Any government agency that chooses to follow the private sector in using LEED certification does so because the result is better buildings and savings for the taxpayer.”

    More than 1.5 million square feet of space is certified using LEED every day, making LEED the most widely used high-performance building program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 55,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 10.4 billion square feet of construction space in more than 140 countries and territories. In addition, more than 46,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system. 

    A study by The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) found that GSA LEED certified buildings used 25 percent less energy than the national average and cost 19 percent less to operate. There are currently more than 4,000 LEED certified government projects with another 8,000 in the pipeline as registered projects. A recent report from GSA shows the agency has successfully reduced its energy use by nearly 20 percent since 2003 and water use by almost 15 percent since 2007.
     
    About the U.S. Green Building Council
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 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 usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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