Every year Sustainable Jersey holds or participates in conferences to share new and exciting sustainability initiatives and program activities. Each conference below contains a description of the event. In addition to Sustainable Jersey staff, outside experts are brought in to speak on a variety of topics. Use the links below to navigate to the different conference 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On June 21, 2017, the New Jersey Sustainability Summit was held in which the 2017 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report was released. Concurrent and information sessions were held on a variety of topics.
Concurrent Sessions 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Information Sessions 3:00pm - 4:00pm
During the 2016 NJLM Conference, sessions were held about stormwater management's role in community health and prosperity; accomplishing big things with a small grant; updates to the Sustainable Jersey program; waste management challenges and opportunities at the local level; building thriving economies through arts and economic development; open government in a digital world; the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and Sustainable Jersey; the new gold level for Energy and resources for achieving Sustainable Jersey certification. Below you will find the combined presentations for each session.
Stormwater Management's Role in Community Health and Prosperity: Green infrastructure practices are highly effective tools that address the impacts of stormwater on the community and also confer powerful societal and economic benefits. Learn from experts how tools like ordinance amendments, municipal incentives and Sustainable Jersey actions can bring green infrastructure assets to your town. Resources and networking available to municipal officials through the Jersey Water Works collaborative will also be discussed.
Accomplishing Big Things with a Small Grant: Learn how communities are successfully leveraging moderate funding to implement sustainability initiatives. Sustainable Jersey staff will also provide tips on how to create a successful application and guidance on strategies for identifying successful projects.
Sustainable Jersey Program Update: Sustainable Jersey has come a long way since it was first launched in 2009 thanks to commitment of the volunteer task forces charged with developing program actions and the local green teams focused on implementing them. To stay relevant and impactful this work must evolve with emerging best practices and current thinking. Join us to learn about the new actions, opportunities, and resources introduced in 2016 and preview what is planned for 2017.
Waste Management Challenges and Opportunities at the Local Level: Achieving state level goals related to solid waste, reuse and recycling, and hazardous waste is critical to becoming sustainable. Learn about the new and evolving technology that is essential to help deal with food waste, glass, and non-traditional plastics in the waste stream and what could make sense at the local level. Preview Sustainable Jersey’s new Waste Management Gold Star standard and discuss how the existing and new actions can start moving communities toward accomplishing it.
Building Thriving Economies through Arts and Economic Development: Municipalities across NJ are facing increased vacancies in large and midsize office parks and retail centers. Learn from municipal and business community leaders who worked together to build vibrant, thriving, sustainable communities. Learn how municipalities have addressed vacant or underutilized commercial properties and leveraged their communities’ cultural and creative assets to re-envision and support successful economic development through public private partnerships.
Open Government in a Digital World:The municipal government landscape is becoming more and more technology driven. Various tech methods exist to help municipal staff more efficiently deal with the need for public transparency and demands for data. Experts will talk about the basics of digitizing public information, opening up government data and the impacts that these methods have on public engagement and internal operations. Sustainable Jersey’s new Public Information and Engagement actions will be highlighted.
NJ Clean Energy Program & Sustainable Jersey Energy Program Perfect Together: This session covered Clean Energy incentives from the BPU Clean Energy Program including highlights of the Energy Master Plan, updates to the NJCEP and new incentives. It also featured how NJCEP and Sustainable Jersey work together to find new ways to make sustainable energy solutions available to your community, including new and updated Sustainable Jersey energy actions.
Presenters: Marybeth Brenner, TRC Solutions; Gary Finger, NJ BPU (Board of Public Utilities); Tony O'Donnell and Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey Energy - What's New - Gold? This session focuses on Energy Actions, new and updated. Featured will be Gold Energy Star, the rules and strategies for achieving this new standard and related actions. It will define new concepts such as wedges and the Green House Gas reduction rates established for achieving Gold. The session will also provide strategies related to Gold such as municipal building efficiencies and municipal fleets.
Achieve Sustainable Jersey Certification by Connecting the Dots: Successful green teams have learned to reach out to its municipal boards, commissions, and departments to ascertain the wide range of sustainability initiatives its community has already undertaken and build support for taking it to the next level. Gather tips and strategies for connecting with the different facets of municipal government and community organizations to document accomplishments, build your action portfolio, and achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.
On June 15, 2016, the New Jersey Sustainability Summit was held in which the 2016 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report was released along with the Sustainable State 2016 Update and the new Gold standard. Three breakout sessions were held on a variety of topics.
The morning session presentation consisted of the following speakers:
Breakout Sessions 11:30am - 12:30pm
Breakout Sessions 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Breakout Sessions 3:00pm - 4:15pm
On June 10, 2015, the New Jersey Sustainability Summit was held in which the 2015 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report was released. Two rounds of concurrent sessions were held to discuss the 57 goals and indicators of the report.
The morning session presentation consisted of the following speakers:
Round 1 Concurrent Sessions
Round 2 Concurrent Sessions
During the 2015 NJLM Conference, sessions were held about program updates, health initiatives, energy, communication and engagement, and more.
Accomplishing Big Things with a Small Grant
Green is the New Gray
Municipalities as Catalysts for Sustainable Energy
The Role of Local Government in Building a Culture of Health in Communities
Sustainable Jersey Program Update Part 1: Strategic Initiatives
Sustainable Jersey Program Update Part 2: New Actions
Tools for Effective Communication and Engagement
What Does Sustainability Look Like in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Municipalities?
On October 4, 2015, the Government Connext Forum brought together government, business, nonprofit and community leaders to learn about innovative communications, engagement and transparency tools and processes which can make municipalities more efficient, save money and more effectively involve residents in important quality of life decisions.