Upcoming events

    • 29-Apr-2019
    • 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619


    EARTH DAY AFTER PARTY 2019 & The Sustainable Trifecta:

    Taking your projects to the next level by achieving net zero energy, water and waste

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    Grounds For Sculpture,

    80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619


    This event - including the scavenger hunt- takes place in the LEED Gold Museum building & is rain or shine!

    Printer-friendly PDF of the event flier. 

    THE SUSTAINABLE TRIFECTA: Triple net zero energy, water & waste is the cutting edge in green buildings today. We have the technology now to make it happen. This 1.5 hour session will show you how you can integrate this into your projects and where this is being done to reduce or eliminate the impacts of buildings and communities on the Planet.

    EARTH DAY AFTER PARTY: Join with members, friends and special guests to see, listen, learn and network together. This event will stimulate all of your senses and create a meaningful and mindful post-Earth Day experience. Musical performance by Kevin Grossman and/or members of the Homeless Apians Band will perform an incredible set of sounds from one of a kind instruments made of old recycled stuff. We will also be celebrating GFS's new LEED O+M 4.1 Gold designation, and presenting their LEED plaque.

    VIDEO from last year's Earth Day After Party event. 

    Event Schedule

    3:00-3:30 Arrive, Check-in

    3:30-5:00 Sustainable Trifecta lecture

    5:00-5:15 Grounds For Sculpture LEED Plaque presentation & SunLab Presentation

    5:15-5:45pm Art Scavenger Hunt

    5:45-7:30/8pm Networking Reception w/ Live Music, cocktails & h'ordeuvres

    In-person Lecture/ Webinar: 3:30-5:00 PM:

    1.5 hour presentation available in-person or via live webinar (1.5 CEUs)

    The Sustainable Trifecta: Taking your projects to the next level by achieving net zero energy, water and waste.

    This session will be led by LEED Fellow, architect Jason Kliwinski and recycling industry expert, Michael Buono. The experience of this team spans 20 years of green building with fortune 100 clients from many industry sectors. Their work has evolved from early LEED projects seeking basic certification to some of the highest performing projects built today. Rating systems like LEED and Living Building Challenge are pushing the industry on performance toward a goal of climate neutrality.

    Using the LEED, LBC and TRUE rating systems as a guide, we will examine how net zero energy, water and waste buildings can be achieved, including a look at specific technologies and strategies. Project examples will include educational, commercial/retail, corporate, and residential instances where one or more of these net zero goals were achieved.

    New requirements and opportunities to achieve higher sustainability standards are emerging as growing number of communities are committing to Achieving Net Zero. We will highlight new auditing, measuring and reporting technologies that are leading the way to more sustainable building design and performance as we set stage set for achieving net zero results within the next decade.

    In addition, SUN LAB Studio’s Kevin Grossman, will demonstrate how he uses the sustainable power of the sun to make music.


    • USGBC NJ Members $100
    • IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members: $100
    • Not-yet-Members $110

    TRAINING FEES: In-person or Webinar

    • USGBC NJ Members $35
    • IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members: $35
    • Not-yet-Members $40

    PARTY FEES 5:00-7:30 (includes Beer, Wine & Local Eco-friendly Cuisine)

    • USGBC NJ Members $75
    • IFMA NJ Members, NJBIA Members, ANJR Members: $75
    • Not-yet-Members $80

    Event sponsorship: $500, includes 2 tickets to the event & inclusion in the event promotion.







    Speaker Bios:

    Jason Kliwinski is a LEED Fellow, Faculty, BD&C/O&M ap with two decades of experience. Jason has been involved in LEED projects since 2003 and the practice of green architecture since 1995. His work spans multiple market sectors and building sizes, including carbon neutrality master planning, net zero energy building design and numerous LEED certifications. Jason will discuss opportunities and challenges of achieving net zero energy and water results on projects.

    Michael Buono has been involved in more than 100 LEED projects, in charge of the recycling efforts that have achieved some of the highest landfill diversion rates in the country. His expertise is waste recycling, management, and market development. He is a Recycling Certification Institute verification body for material recovery facilities. Michael has helped define what net zero waste is. He will discuss his experiences with achieving this on various project types and new opportunities and challenges.

    Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park, museum, and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Opened to the public in 1992, it has rapidly become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey, welcoming and enchanting nearly 2.1 million visitors since then. Founded by artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson, the nonprofit Grounds For Sculpture presents and conserves an exceptional collection of contemporary sculpture, offers outstanding programming for all ages, and provides seasonally rotating exhibitions in six indoor galleries.

    • 22-May-2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • LEED registered Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ

    PDF of the flier above HERE. 

    Emerging Professionals (25 years old & under) and Students may join the Wait List:  Every year, we strive to make a certain number of seats available to Emerging Professionals free of charge. This is a great networking opportunity & a fun event! Sign up to be on the list. We will contact you if we have a spot available for you.

    Descriptions of the award winning projects are available online.

    The full project team from Unilever’s Project Unify:

    • Unilever
    • Cushman & Wakefield
    • Perkins+Will
    • Dykstra Walker Design Group
    • Maser
    • Active Design Group Engineering
    • Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants
    • AMA Consulting Engineers
    • HDLC
    • Jacobs Doland Beer
    • Gordon H. Smith Corporation
    • Milrose Consultants Inc.
    • Labrador Technology
    • Desman
    • StructureTone, Inc.
    • M&E Engineers
    • Design Management Services (DMS)

    The full project team from Frank J. Gargiulo Campus, Hudson County Schools of Technology:

    • Hudson County Improvement Authority
    • Hudson County Schools of Technology
    • Joseph Sirangelo, Director of Research, Evaluation & Planning, HCST
    • RSC Architects
    • DMR Architects
    • Terminal Construction Corporation
    • MAST Construction Services, Inc.
    • McManimon, Scotland & Baumann
    • Johnson & Urban
    • PS&S
    • Metropolitan Technologies
    • Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates
    • On-Tech Consulting
    • M&E Engineers
    • Raymond/Raymond Associates
    • Stages Consultants
    • Concord Engineering
    • Neglia Engineering
    • T & M Associates
    • Maser Consulting
    • Professional Systems Engineering
    • Giampietro Associates





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