2017 Sustainable Jersey NJLM Session Presentations

During the 2017 NJLM Conference, Sustainable Jersey held nine sessions on a variety of topics.  A brief description of each session along with the presentations are posted below.

Environmental Justice in Planning and Zoning: This session features case studies from three municipalities on issues like proximity to pollution, lack of mobility options, gentrification and poor access to open space and recreation in relation to local development and business decisions.  The towns discuss how they are tackling these challenges with innovative approaches, and how Sustainable Jersey is incorporating equity into its work program.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Melanie McDermott, Senior Researcher, Sustainable Jersey; Nicky Sheats, Director, The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University; Tracy Rogers, Steering Committee Member, Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition; Joe Thomas, Camden Economic Development Representative, City of Camden, Office of Economic Development and Planning

Local Sustainability & Public Engagement Technology Solutions: This session discusses innovative solutions developed through the first ever, statewide Coding for Community competition, and also includes case studies from municipalities using tech tools to improve engagement. Sustainable Jersey's Public Information Technology Assessments highlight how these roadmaps can assist your municipality in assessing existing resources & capacity to achieve technology goals.

Session Presentation (Coming Soon)

  • Presenters: Lauren Skowronski, Program Director Community Engagement, Sustainable Jersey; Amy Cairns, Chief Communications Officer, Summit City; Justin Heyman, Director of Information Technology, Franklin Township (Somerset); Ankur Patel, Founder, Encore Dev Labs; Tracey Woods, Chair, Maplewood Green Team

Municipal Leadership Strategies for Community Energy Efficiency:  This session features green team members and municipal officials from three municipalities and how they implemented effective outreach programs to increase adoption of the Home Performance with Energy Star program for residents and the Direct Install Program for businesses.

Session Presentation 

  • Presenters: Tony O'Donnell, Economist, Sustainable Jersey; Gary Finger, Ombudsman, NJ Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy; Scott Fischer, Managing Member, Ciel Power; Beth Lovejoy, Summit Environmental Commission Chairperson; Christine Symington, Energy Director, Sustainable Princeton

Sustainable Jersey Program Update: This session provides an update on how Sustainable Jersey is creating and updating actions to keep up with an ever evolving world.  New focuses include commitment to art and creative culture, as well as green infrastructure. 

Session Presentation

  • Presenters (all presenters are from Sustainable Jersey): Renee Haider, Deputy Director; Heather McCall, Education Program Director, Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Linda Weber, Director, Policy and Program Development

Waste Not Recycle More! Effective Local Waste Management: This session introduces Sustainable Jersey’s new Gold Star Standard in Waste and how municipalities can meet the mandated performance target rates in solid waste reduction and recycling improvement.  Municipal leaders also share impactful local strategies implemented, including Pay-As-You-Throw and effective recycling and waste reduction education and enforcement.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Elyse Barone, CRP, CCCC, SRMP, Recycling and Clean Communities Coordinator, Sayreville Borough; Mary Jerkowicz, Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management; Ron Lotterman, Recycling Enforcement, Fair Lawn Borough; Councilman Len Resto, Chatham Borough; Norm Ruttan, President, iWasteNot Systems; Gary Sondermeyer, Vice President of Operations; Bayshore Recycling

Water Management Strategies that Yield Results: Panelists in this session explore the kinds of relationships towns have with water and sewer utilities, the potential benefits for communities of better water management, and effective management techniques such as performing water loss audits and implementing asset management. This session also provides guidance on how to get started on the new Sustainable Jersey green infrastructure actions.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Jennifer Gonzalez, Planner, City of Hoboken; John Perry, Director, Water and Sewer, Montville Township; Rick Risoldi, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Middlesex Water Company; Jane Rosenblatt, Program Manager, NJ Future

You Can Dream Big with a Small Grant:  This session covers information about our new funding cycle and project insight from previous grant recipients will help show you how your municipality’s dreams can become a reality.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Samantha A. McGraw, Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey; Vicky Binetti, Washington Township (Gloucester); Amy Sarrinikolaou, Director of Community Development; Middletown Township; Maria Spina, Program Officer PSEG Foundation, Corporate Responsibility Stakeholder & Engagement Specialist; Christine Symington, Program Director, Sustainable Princeton

Programs to Promote a Clean Energy Future Today: This session provides strategies for how to make your town 'solar friendly' and 'EV friendly' as well as insight on community-led initiatives that help residents and businesses make the decision to step into the future today.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Nancy Quirk, Energy Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey; Chuck Feinberg, Chairman, NJ Clean Cities Coalition and Executive VP, Greener by Design; Adnrea L. Friedman, Bureau of Mobile Sources, Division of Air Quality, NJDEP; Ryan Gergely, Research Scientist, NJDEP Bureau of Energy & Sustainability; James McDermott, Chairman, Park Ridge Borough Green Team; Rex Parker, Environmental Commission, Hopewell Township; Brittany Pfeiffer, Environmental Specialist, NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources

Complete Streets: Safe, Healthy and Green Streets for All:  This session highlights the Sustainable Jersey Complete Streets Actions, and steps for creating “green streets” that capture stormwater runoff and minimize flooding as well as funding sources. This session provides information on how to use Complete Streets policies to create healthier, green, and equitable streets for their communities.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Elise Bremer-Nei, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, NJDOT; Colin Driver, Director of Economic Development, Somerville Borough; Kandyce Perry, Planning and Policy Associate, NJ Future; Rona R. Urkowitz, Program Director, Cross County Connection TMA; Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Senior Research Manager, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, EJB, Rutgers