Sustainable Jersey relies on the collaborative power of our partners to help us envision and implement actions that make a positive impact in communities across New Jersey.
Here is a sample of some of the many partnership initiatives that have provided assistance to New Jersey communities:
In 2010, the Sustainable Jersey program was proud to offer 12 scholarships to a daylong workshop on building a local business network in partnership with the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. Sustainable Jersey municipalities that had initiated “Supporting Local Businesses” programs, “Main Street” programs or that had Urban Enterprise Zones were offered the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend the event. The workshop presented key principles and tools for building business and community innovation through creating strong, local, living economies.
We work with The College of New Jersey’s Bonner Scholars program. Undergraduate students serving as Bonner Scholars work directly with Sustainable Jersey communities to implement projects, and help coordinate ongoing volunteerism in host municipalities by large numbers of TCNJ freshmen that have to perform eight hours of Community Engaged Learning (CEL).
In 2011, the Citizens Campaign and Sustainable Jersey are teaming up to update the Citizen Campaign toolkit packed with the essentials to successfully move your community towards going "green," saving money and improving its quality of life for the long term. Citizens Campaign is also recruiting mentors from among lawyers, retired elected officials and other specialist to support requests from individual municipalities seeking support.
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) sponsored two student fellows from leading business schools to support Sustainable Jersey municipalities (within the company’s service territory) in meeting their energy-efficiency and conservation objectives. NJNG covered the direct program costs, providing a unique opportunity for participating municipalities to benefit from the knowledge and skill sets of students eager to positively address the environmental impact of municipal operations and practices. The fellows are members of Climate Corps, a summer fellowship program of the Environmental Defense Fund, which places MBA students into public and private organizations to assist them in reducing their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
We work with Green Faith to link Sustainable Jersey Green Teams with members of the faith-based sector. The large networks and sense of community that faith-based groups provide is a natural fit.
We work with Green Map to engage communities in mapping green living, natural and cultural resources. Registered and certified municipalities were given the opportunity to apply for a “Green Map Scholarship” that would include free consulting services as well as a one year subscription to a Green Map license. An application process was set up by Sustainable Jersey and four teams representing nine municipalities were selected to participate in the Green Map program. The maps help people of all backgrounds and ages share fresh perspectives on hometown progress toward sustainability.
Sustainable Jersey worked with the NJ Green Ribbon Schools Program. The Green Ribbon Schools award recognizes the highest performing schools in the nation that have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing environmental impacts and costs; improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The award also serves as a clearinghouse of resources to assist schools in advancing their progress toward sustainability. Sustainable Jersey helped to review the New Jersey applicants and nominate four schools for this prestigious award. All New Jersey nominees received the national award.
We work with HART, a non-profit corporation that promotes sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County; this organization works with municipalities to document Safe Routes to School efforts to help them gain Sustainable Jersey points toward certification.
We work with this group to enhance training, program development and consensus building around domestic and wildlife sustainability issues.
Relationships with nonprofit partners, like NJ Future and ANJEC strengthen the program. In 2010, ANJEC partnered on program outreach and assisted with tool development. NJ Future provided leadership and technical support to the Land Use and Transportation Task Force, as well as providing staff support for the certification review process.
We have worked with NJ Learns and Earthwatch to offer scholarships to teams and individuals from certified/registered Sustainable Jersey communities to enable them to participate in NJ Learns. NJ Learns offers Education for Sustainability programming and instructional support for schools, individual educators and community leaders. Earthwatch selects “fellows” from the pool of NJ Learns participants, and has provided mini-grants to the fellows to implement projects in their school or home community which will help their local Green Team advance a Sustainable Jersey action. When the fellow return to their school or community, Sustainable Jersey provides a $1,000 stipend to implement their educational project.
We partner with this group to offer an easy way for individuals, communities and towns to set up a Green Challenge Program. Green Teams were invited to join the Northwest Earth Institute’s annual EcoChallenge.
In 2012, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) partnered with Kilojolts and Sustainable Jersey to provide free “See the Light” Energy Kits (a $999.99 value) to schools within the NJNG service territory. These kits can be used to benchmark and track energy usage, and include lessons and materials to teach students about energy conservation.
Sustainable Jersey has worked with the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration to explore replicable best practices in New Jersey for Taiwan related to sustainable development. A team from Sustainable Jersey visited Taiwan and then received a delegation in New Jersey from the Taiwan EPA.
Sustainable Jersey works with the TMAC NJ that is comprised of the Executive Directors of New Jersey's eight Transportation Management Associations. TMAs are non-profit organizations that work with businesses, commuters, county and local governments, and state agencies to implement programs that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. The TMAs have provided expertise and guidance to towns regarding Complete Streets programs.