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  • 22-Oct-2013 12:42 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
     USGBC NJ is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Chapter Board of Directors 

    We are seeking candidates that bring the membership diversity, leadership qualities, and attributes needed to assure strong and dynamic NJ Chapter leadership and governance. 

    The responsibilities of a Board Members are critical elements required to support the USGBC NJ mission and green building best practices for the health of our citizens, economic viability and environmental stewardship.

    DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Nov. 11th. 

    Please review the attached documents on the links below and submit your applications no later than 11/11.







    USGBC NJ Board Seat Categories:

    • Environmental
    • Green Building Professionals/Constructuon
    • Education
    • Real Estate
    • Finance
    • Insurance
    • Hospitality
    • Health/Pharma
    • Energy
    • Government & Nonprofit

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Call for nominations  

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Deadline to receive candidate applications  

    Week of November 4, 2013

    Nomination Committee meets to select Slate

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Board to finalize Slate of Candidates

    Friday, November 14, 2013

    Candidates notified re: their selection for the slate  

    Saturday, November 15, 2013

    Voting begins; announcement sent out to membership

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Holiday Party

    "Meet the Candidates" event.  All candidates must attend.  

    Friday, December 13, 2013 (if quorum is reached)

    Balloting is closed at midnight

    Week of December 16, 2013

    Week of December 23, 2013 

    Current Board informed of results

    New Board Notified of results

    Thursday, January 2, 2013

    Election results announced  publicly via e-mail; those elected reminded of January Retreat date  

  • 21-Oct-2013 3:51 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) recently held our 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner, and the event was electric with the excitement about the green building market transformation across New Jersey. Held on October 9, 2013 at the beautiful New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, our Master of Ceremonies this year was Edward Walsh, PE, Principal & Managing Director of Project Management, Avison Young.

    The Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ was scheduled as keynote, but was pulled away for a senatorial debate. (He has since won the Special


    Election.) Mayor Booker, also a Gala Honoree for the Newark Sustainability Action Plan, delivered his keynote via video. Members of the Newark Environmental Commission accepted the award in his honor. We were also privileged to have Senator Bob Smith (pictured at left), chairman of the NJ Senate’s Environment Committee, address the crowd in person. Our corporate honoree was Hampshire Real Estate Companies for their accomplishments in the Sustainability arena as developer of the year.

    In addition, 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. 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; BASF Corporation and the Rockefeller Group.

    The 2013 Gala Award winners are:
    • Corporate Culture of Sustainability & Best Practices:
      • Panasonic Corporation of North America
      • Prudential Real Estate Investors
    • Urban Green Project: The Edge Mixed Use Building in Hoboken (Bijou Properties and Steven Winter Associates)
    • Suburban Green Project:
      • Center 78 (Normandy Real Estate Partners)
      • Wyndham Worldwide LEED Certified Campus
    • Not For Profit - Commercial: The Bolger Community Center (Peter Wells Architects, LLC)
    • Not For Profit - Residential: Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development (Vantage Health System, Inc.)
    • Special Impact Award - Education: Leadership for Sustainable Schools (NJ School Boards Association)
    • Student Award: Bay Head Resilient Design Project, being accepted by James Giresi,
    • on behalf of all of the students in the Spring 2013, 'Garden State Studio', Susan Bristol, Professor, NJIT (Eric Barreira; Mina Choi; Richard Clark; James Giresi; Michael Hertl; Pablo Lopez; Timothy Man; Bryan Miksiewicz; Christopher Sala; and Kaitlyn Sena)
    • Honorable Mention: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield - NJ Headquarters
    • Honorable Mention - Residential Resiliency: Holmes-Rulli Residence (Designs for Life LLC)

    These winners represent a wide range of the best practices in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer. We are proud to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the professionals, projects and organizations that are transforming New Jersey into a more sustainable state impacting economics, health and the environment.

    Among their many accomplishments, the award winners and those receiving honorable mentions, contribute to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and serve as role models to others in our community and business world. They are ‘paying it forward’ by educating the public and/or landowners/clients in the principles of sustainable design and the LEED® programs. These inspiring projects span a wide range of topics, including: the renovation and upgrade of a landmark barn into a new ambulance core and community meeting space (The Bolger Community Center); a LEED Gold housing project for those with special needs (mentally ill and/or homeless) (Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development); corporations investing in green buildings to not only improve their bottom lines, but also to serve as an example to customers, clients, and other businesses (Wyndham Worldwide/ Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield); and working collaboratively to improve the environmental health and operations of NJ schools, making them safer and more cost-effective places to learn and work (New Jersey School Boards Association). For more on these and ALL the award winners, please see the Winning Project Descriptions.

    As stated, the 2013 Municipal Honoree is Mayor Cory Booker, for the Newark Sustainability Action Plan. Mayor Booker took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Booker has begun work on realizing a bold vision for the city. Newark’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families. On Oct. 17, 2013, Mayor Booker won his bid for US Senate. The Newark Sustainability Action Plan outlines strategies to address Newark’s key environment issues with the goal of creating 
    a healthier, more prosperous future for the city. It represents a commitment from the City of Newark to incorporate sustainability into municipal operations as well as into city policies, programs, and partnerships with community members. (Click here for more info.)

    Pictured above left: The Newark contingent accepting their award on behalf of Mayor Cory Booker and the Newark Sustainability Action Plan! Left to right: Stephanie Greenwood (Sustainability Director, City of Newark); Florence Block (ED, USGBC NJ); Chelsea Albucher (Newark EC member & former Sustainability Director); Robert Thomas (Sustainability Energy Manager); and Kim Gaddy (Chair, Newark Environmental Commission).

    As mentioned above, the 2013 Corporate Honoree is Hampshire Real Estate Companies. Hampshire has an impressive set of Sustainability Principles and Guidelines. These include striving to cost effectively limit the environmental footprint of the firm’s operations and assets, while maintaining the primary obligation as fiduciary to our investors. It is also a priority to educate Hampshire’s tenants, partners, consultants, and employees as to the benefits of sustainability efforts. In addition, Hampshire endeavors to measure and strive to reduce the energy use, water consumption, and waste production of the firm’s assets, where practicable. (Click here for more info.)

    Pictured left to right: Ed Walsh (USGBC NJ Board member & Gala MC); Florence Block (USGBC NJ ED); Rob Schmitt (USGBC NJ Board member and accepting the award for Hampshire Real Estate Companies)

    Senator Smith impressed the savvy crowd with his depth of understanding on green building and energy-related issues. Having served in the New Jersey State Legislature since 1986 first as a State Assemblyman and more recently as State Senator, Bob Smith is considered one of the State’s leading environmental lawmakers. He has also been a tireless advocate for NJ residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. In fact, this past August, USGBC NJ Vice Chair Wayne DeFeo, on behalf of our Advocacy Committee, attended a joint New Jersey Senate/Assembly committee meeting featuring Senator Smith. As a result of our ongoing advocacy work, USGBC NJ was able to present testimony to this body of legislators to illustrate that sustainable buildings (LEED®, in specific) are more resilient- specifically in relation to storms such as Hurricane Sandy.

    Congratulations again to all of the 2013 honorees. Their exceptional accomplishments raise the bar in achievement of high-performance, sustainable initiatives which improve quality of life, economics and environmental stewardship. And these qualities were embodied by ALL of the attendees at the event, not just the award winners. Our 11th Annual Gala was truly a celebration of the transformation of the practice of building from “business as usual”, to practices of innovation and resiliency!

  • 27-Sep-2013 4:19 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    CLICK IMAGE ABOVE to open the PDF of USGBC NJ's pages.

    For the full Special Section, click here

  • 16-Sep-2013 2:30 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    PRESS RELEASE









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



    US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner:
    2013 Award Winners Announced

    Morristown, NJ (September 16, 2013) The U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) is celebrating its 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner on October 9, 2013 at the beautiful New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. We are pleased to welcome the Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ back as our keynote speaker and also as an honoree. We are also honoring the Hampshire Real Estate Companies for their accomplishments in the Sustainability arena as a developer. Our Master of Ceremonies this year is Edward Walsh, PE, Principal & Managing Director of Project Management, Avison Young. 

    Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability. 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; Duke Farms; CitiLog Newark Urban Sawmill; Stafford Park; Homeless Solutions; BASF Corporation and the Rockefeller Group. 

    The 2013 Gala Award winners are: 
    • Corporate Culture of Sustainability & Best Practices:  
        o Panasonic Corporation of North America
        o Prudential Real Estate Investors
    Urban Green Project: The Edge Mixed Use Building in Hoboken (Steven Winter Associates)
    Suburban Green Project:   
        o Center 78 (Normandy Real Estate Partners)
        o Wyndham Worldwide LEED Certified Campus 
    Not For Profit - Commercial: The Bolger Community Center (Peter Wells Architects, LLC)
    Not For Profit - Residential: Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development (Vantage Health System, Inc.)
    Special Impact Award - Education: Leadership for Sustainable Schools (NJ School Boards Association)
    Honorable Mention: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield - NJ Headquarters 
    Honorable Mention - Residential Resiliency: Holmes-Rulli Residence (Designs for Life LLC)                                                                                    

    “These winners represent a wide range of the best practices in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer,” said Florence Block, USGBC NJ Executive Director. “We are proud to be recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of the professionals, projects and organizations that are transforming NJ into a more sustainable state impacting economics, health and the environment.”

    Among their many accomplishments, the award winners and those receiving honorable mentions, contribute to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and serve as role models to others in our community and business world. They are ‘paying it forward’ by educating the public and/or landowners/clients in the principles of sustainable design and the LEED® programs. These inspiring projects span a wide range of topics, including: the renovation and upgrade of a landmark barn into a new ambulance core and community meeting space (The Bolger Community Center); a LEED Gold housing project for those with special needs (mentally ill and/or homeless) (Van Sciver Permanent Supportive Housing Development); corporations investing in green buildings to not only improve their bottom lines, but also to serve as an example to customers, clients, and other businesses (Wyndham Worldwide/ Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield); and working collaboratively to improve the environmental health and operations of NJ schools, making them safer and more cost-effective places to learn and work (New Jersey School Boards Association). CLICK HERE FOR THE AWARD WINNER DESCRIPTIONS & PROJECT PHOTOS.

    The 2013 Municipal Honoree is Mayor Cory Booker, for the Newark Sustainability Action Plan. CLICK HERE for the Description of Municipal Honoree: Mayor Cory Booker, for the Newark Sustainability Action Plan. The 2013 Corporate Honoree is Hampshire Real Estate Companies. Hampshire has an impressive set of Sustainability Principles and Guidelines. CLICK HERE for the Description of Corporate Honoree- Developer of the Year: Hampshire Real Estate Companies.

    Mayor Booker is also this year’s keynote speaker. Mayor Booker took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city in 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. Elected with a clear mandate for change, Mayor Booker has begun work on realizing a bold vision for the city. Newark’s mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling its resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families. Mayor Booker is also currently running for US Senate.

    The USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the networking event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area. Registration is available at www.usgbcnj.org/events. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, including spots in the Ad Journal. You can also find the Gala on Facebook at USGBCNJGALA. Also be on the lookout for Gala-specific info via #NJGala2013.

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

         

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    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.

    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 3,000 LEED® accredited professionals in NJ and over 900 LEED® registered and 300 certified projects in New Jersey, plus over 2000 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.


  • 11-Sep-2013 2:41 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Cyclists Embark on First Annual Tour de Farm NJ

    A statewide bike tour of the Garden State celebrates New Jersey’s home-grown bounty

    This article appears in the September 2013 issue of NATURAL AWAKENINGS, NCNJ Edition.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.
  • 27-Aug-2013 1:01 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    September 6th Deadline for the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Just Around the Corner!
     
    The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is reminding citizens that the application for the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards must be received by DEP staff by Friday, September 6th at 5:00 p.m.

    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, educators, institutions, communities, organizations, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.

    To date, 126 entities have been recognized since the awards program was established in 2000. Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air, Healthy Ecosystems, Water Resources, Land Conservation, Healthy and Sustainable Communities and Businesses, Innovative Technology, Environmental Education and the new “Environmentalist of the Year” category.

    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.

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

    Questions about the Governor's Environmental Excellence 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      
     
  • 16-Aug-2013 12:25 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    USGBC NJ Advocacy Committee Presents Testimony to NJ Senate/ Assembly Committee

    On August 15th, USGBC NJ Vice Chair Wayne DeFeo, on behalf of our Advocacy Committee, attended a joint New Jersey Senate/Assembly committee meeting in Atlantic City.

    As a result of our ongoing advocacy work, USGBC NJ was able to present testimony to this body of legislators to illustrate that sustainable buildings (LEED®, in specific) are more resilient- specifically in relation to storms such as Hurricane Sandy. 

    Our testimony helped to show that LEED is flexible enough to apply to all project types including healthcare facilities, schools, homes, and even entire neighborhoods. LEED addresses resiliency in a number of ways, including: sustainable site credits; smart location and linkage credits; green infrastructure and buildings credits; and for Homes- location and linkage credits. We also profiled a sampling of NJ case studies demonstrating how LEED certified buildings fared in the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. 

    The Center for Lifelong Learning, a LEED Platinum public school in Sayerville, had no structural damage or flooding, despite the heavy winds and pummeling rain. The LEED Gold Jersey Shore University Medical Center managed to keep their facility powered completely, regardless of the local power outage, by switching over to their co-gen center and a small handful of generators. A LEED Silver private home in Toms River came through with none of the wind damage or flooding experienced by some in the neighborhood, due to its LEED-based durability measures. In fact, even though the house had no electricity for days, a number of sustainable design features allowed it to maintain comfortable temperatures and sufficient natural light. In addition, a school in Bayonne served as an emergency evacuation center when the rest of the town lost power. The otherwise average school had been equipped with a unique solar power system designed to work in conjunction with a diesel generator in the event of a power failure.  

    These are just a handful of examples of how green features can improve the resiliency of public and private buildings and help safeguard these buildings and their inhabitants in the event of extreme storms.  

    Also, please see this blog post on Enviro Politics from Saturday, the 17th.

    It includes a 3 minute video interview with "Wayne DeFeo on LEED-certified structures and Hurricane Sandy". The interview is following the testimony on the 15th: New Jersey environmentalists on what Sandy taught us.
     
  • 16-Aug-2013 9:40 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    USGBC NJ, sponsors & attendees made it possible for 200 kids from NJ children's clubs to attend this fun & educational day FREE OF CHARGE. 

    The 6th Annual US Green Building Council- New Jersey Chapter’s (USGBC NJ) Summer Social took place on Thursday, August 15th at Jenkinson’s Pavilion 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 terrific networking event, but also a charitable day focusing on New Jersey kids.  

    The USGBC NJ summer social brings education for children as well as a networking opportunity for professionals in the green building and related industries. Though this event is presented by the Central Branch, it is truly a state-wide event, drawing attendees from far and wide.

    This is the third consecutive year that the Summer Social dedicated the day-time activities to “green” education on the sand, and amusement activities for kids from around the state. In 2012, USGBC NJ sponsored the day for 159 disadvantaged kids. 

    This year, USGBC NJ hosted 200 kids from organizations such as Big Brothers - Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Clubs, from counties including Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Mercer, Ocean and Monmouth.

    Activities for these kids (and their handful of chaperons) ran from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and included Speed LEED* by Educators (interactive GREEN activities and learning experiences on the beach, solar powered race cars, eco displays), face painting, and all day beach passes. USGBC NJ also provided a pizza lunch and free tickets for Jenkinson’s amusement rides, mini-golf, fun house &/or aquarium. (The daytime activities were open to children 14 and under, in general, not just Children’s Club attendees.) 

    The educational activities were presented by environmental experts and environmental educators who volunteer their time, making sure these activities are fun and stimulating as well. This year, the NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA) coordinated the educators at the Summer Social. Who were the professional educators? NJSBA’s Sustainable Schools Specialist and USGBC NJ chapter K-12 education chair, the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools – Green Fellow, Department of Environmental Protection educational specialists, a Burlington County College renewable energy educator, Sustainable Learning Systems volunteers and past presidents of the Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE), Eco-Schools USA – New Jersey Coordinator, New Jersey Audubon and NJ Farm to School director. Additionally, volunteer boys from Delomay (Leaders of NJ) local chapter were on the beach to help the educators. Activities ranged from, Speed LEED, a quick overview, kids versions of green buildings, waste management, solar energy demonstrations, pollution prevention and more.

    The evening segment of the Summer Social focused on beach-side networking for the adults, with a BBQ from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., followed by Jenkinson’s fireworks on the beach. This annual event is a great opportunity for sustainability and green building professionals to meet and network in a fun casual environment. 

    Summer Social attendance fees and sponsorships subsidize the cost for the 200 kids from the Children’s Clubs to attend the whole day free. USGBC NJ’s Central Branch would like to thank all of this year’s event sponsors, especially the Children’s Club Sponsors for enabling us to host these kids. Additionally, thank you again to Jenkinson’s for their ongoing support of this event by donating a portion of the amusement tickets. 

    Thanks again to all of our sponsors & volunteers, including: CDS; HT Lyons ; Monmouth Wire and Computer Recycling Inc.; PPL Electric Utilities; Advanced Solar Products, Inc.; Bayshore Recycling; Binsky Snyder; General Cable; Herman Miller; Langan; Sander Mechanical Service; and Wyndham Worldwide.

  • 12-Aug-2013 11:05 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF LG ELECTRONICS IN ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS BUILDING CASE

    Judge Upholds Zoning Board’s Project Approval 

    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Aug. 9, 2013 – A court today upheld the Englewood Cliffs zoning board’s approval of LG’s new North American headquarters building.

    In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Alexander H. Carver III validated the right of the zoning board to grant a height variance for the LG headquarters project at 111 Sylvan Ave. The judgment covered two actions which involve multiple plaintiffs against the Zoning Board of Adjustment and LG Electronics USA. 

    This is a significant step forward for LG Electronics, which can now begin work on its $300 million project. In a statement, LG called the ruling “great news for the company and its employees, and especially for the local community because of the enormous economic benefits that this world-class green building will bring to Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County and the State of New Jersey.”

    Wayne Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics USA, said, “As we have constantly reminded people over recent months, LG was transparent, accountable and consultative in the process to achieve all necessary approvals for this project. We listened carefully to the concerns of local residents and community groups, and we amended our plans to address those concerns. Judge Carver’s judgment underscores the fact that Englewood Cliffs and LG Electronics followed the proper approval process for the project,” he said.

    The court ruling sets the stage for construction to begin shortly. In fact, the company is taking the first steps on the construction project, preparing for the demolition of the existing buildings at 111 Sylvan Ave.

    In March 2012, two local plaintiffs, Carol Jacoby and Marcia Davis, filed case numbers BER-L-2301-12 and BER-L-2372-12 in New Jersey Superior Court claiming, among other things, that the Englewood Cliffs Zoning Board of Adjustments exceeded its authority in granting approval for the LG project.  

    In January 2013, Judge Carver allowed Interveners into the case only for the purpose of appeal. Joining the case at the urging of New York special interest groups, the Interveners were the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, Scenic Hudson Inc. and two individuals, Margo Moss and Jakob Franke, members of the NY-NJ Trail Conference.

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    About LG Electronics USA 
    LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life's Good” marketing theme. For more information about LG Electronics, please visit www.lg.com.  For more information about the North American headquarters building, please visit LGenglewoodcliffs.com


    Media Contact:
    LG Electronics USA
    John Taylor
    201-816-2166

  • 30-Jul-2013 3:20 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    1st Annual Tour De Farm, NJ

    USGBC-NJ Spearheads Initiative to Raise Awareness About the Importance of Eating Local and Supporting New Jersey’s Farming Community Through Statewide Bicycle Tour  of NJ Farms

    The 1st annual Tour de Farm, NJ is a 5-day, 400 mile, cycling tour of New Jersey’s farms. A dozen passionate cyclists will zigzag the Garden State from Cape May to High Point stopping at 20 farms throughout their journey. These cyclists will be sustained solely by the food grown on the farms. The final day of the Tour is for public participation as hundreds of cyclists join the ride and finish at a monumental Farm-to-Fork Celebration at the northernmost farm in NJ. This adventure is meant to raise awareness about the importance of eating local, farm-fresh food and to share the farmer’s stories. The entire journey will be documented by a film crew and press team.  It’s time we reclaim the title; “The Garden State.”  

    RJ Donnelly (Tour de Farm Co-Chair) of Donnelly Industries, Inc. explains the purpose of the Tour, “Our mission is twofold: First, we aim to highlight NJ’s local food community: our farms, farmer’s markets, CSA’s, farm-to-fork restaurants, school gardens, and urban farms. Second, we are ‘Calling NJ to Action.’ We hope this event inspires people to seek out their local food producers and ‘vote with their dollars.’ Let’s support our farmers and buy food that is local and seasonal before we just rush to the grocery store.”

    Although Tour de Farm NJ is exclusive to the dozen riders for the first four days of the journey, the final day, Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 is open to the general public ($25 registration). The route begins at Green Valley Farm at Crystal Springs Country Club, 3621 State Rt. 94, Hamburg, NJ, 07419 and concludes at Fair Acres / Kittatinny Mountain Farm, 1339 State Rt. 23, Sussex, NJ, 07461. Riders who register will have the opportunity to experience the tour first hand, as well as try some delicious farm fresh fare. 

    Mitch Morrison (Tour de Farm Co-Chair) from Economic Green Solutions and a co-founder of the Sparta Farmer's Market says, “We are going to have a blast riding through the beautiful State of NJ and visiting our farms.  We expect a few hundred riders to join us on September 22, 2013. What a fantastic way to celebrate NJ and our NJ farmers!”

    The final day of Tour de Farm NJ concludes with a Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Restricted to the first 150 registrations, the Farm-to-Fork Celebration is a gourmet outdoor feast using only local, seasonal ingredients as prepared by top New Jersey Chefs such as: George Mandakas of Innova Cuisine; Andre deWaal ofAndre’s Restaurant and Wine Boutique; Dan Rothman of Whole Foods Market NE Region; Joel Cain of St. Mortiz; Brad Boyle of Salt Studio; Kirk Avondoglio of Perona Farms; and Ben Del Coro of the Sparta Farmers Market & Fossil Farms. Early registration for the Farm-to-Fork is $50 a person until 8/15/2013. Farm-to-Fork is $100 per person from 8/16/2013-9/22/2013. (The fee to join the last leg of the Ride is $25, regardless of date.)

    Ben Del Coro of the Sparta Farmers Market and Fossil Farms says, “This event highlights and puts a focus on the current state of NJ farms while also providing a fantastic opportunity and venue to host people, families and friends for a locavore farm to table dinner.” 

    Sponsored by New Jersey companies, Economic Green Solutions of Sparta and Donnelly Industries, Inc. of Wayne, Tour de Farm NJ, is not a fundraiser; its sole purpose is to spread awareness about the importance of local, fresh, farm produce, meats, poultry, milk and cheeses and the farmers that harvest and produce them. 

    For more information regarding the USGBC-NJ’s Tour de Farm NJ or Farm-to-Fork Celebration please visit www.tourdefarmnj.com, or contact RJ Donnelly at (973) 380-9234 or email, rjdonnelly@donnellyind.com


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