Conference Presentations

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.

2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

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.

Plenary Presentations

Concurrent Sessions 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Information Sessions 3:00pm - 4:00pm

2016 Sustainable Jersey NJLM Conference Sessions

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.  

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey; Chris Obropta, PE, PhD, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Edward Confair, Engineering and Land Planning Associates; Jennifer Gonzalez, City of Hoboken

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.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey; Jennifer Coyne, PSEG Foundation; Edward English, Bernardsville Borough (Link to video of Ed English's presentation); Michael Nordquist and Joanne Mullowney, Ewing Township; Ila Kasofsky and Edward Mignone, Fort Lee

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.  

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Donna Drewes and Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey Co-Directors; Lauren Skowronski, Sustainable Jersey, Program Manager for Community Engagement; Linda Weber, Sustainable Jersey, Resiliency Program Director; Chris Obropta, PE, PhD, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Chris Sturm, NJ Future

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.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Melanie McDermott and Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey; Gary Sondermeyer, Bayshore Recycling; Rocco D'Antonio, Organic Diversion, LLC

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.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Ann Brady, PlanSmart, NJ; Peter Cocoziello, Jr., Advance Realty; Daniel Hayes, Bridgewater Township, Mayor; Cassie D. Iacovelli, Main Street Hammonton; Jim Donio, Eagle Theater, Hammonton

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.  

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Marc Pfeiffer, Bloustein School of Public Policy; Brian Platt, Jersey City Office of Innovation; Adam Loehner, Village of South Orange; Lauren Skowronski, Sustainable Jersey

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.

Session Presentation

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.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Randall Solomon, Tony O'Donnell, Melanie McDermott, Sustainable Jersey; Ashley Miller, TRC Solutions

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.

Session Presentation

  • Presenters: Renee Haider, Sustainable Jersey; Ray Czywinski, ANJEC and Mayor of Demarest; Pam Zipse, Rutgers Urban Forestry Program of NJAE; John Cowie, Barnegat Fire Department; Leo Vazquez, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

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. 

Plenary Presentations

The morning session presentation consisted of the following speakers:

  • "Sustainable Jersey Update", Donna Drewes, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey & Sustainability Institute @ TCNJ
  • "New Jersey Sea Levels: Past, Present & Future", Dr. Benjamin Strauss, Vice President Sea Level and Climate Impacts, Climate Central
  • "Sustainable State of the State Report Update", Dr. Melanie McDermott, Senior Researcher, Sustainable Jersey & Sustainability Institute @ TCNJ
  • "Mapping Out Gold", Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey & Sustainability Institute @ TCNJ

Breakout Sessions 11:30am - 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions 1:30pm - 2:45pm

Breakout Sessions 3:00pm - 4:15pm

2015 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

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. 

Plenary Presentations

The morning session presentation consisted of the following speakers:

  • "Unlocking the Market for Strong + Resilient Communities," Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program Natural Resources Defense Council
  • "Sustainable State of the State Report," Randall Solomon, Co-Director, The Sustainability Institute at TCNJ and Sustainable Jersey and Dr. Melanie McDermott, Senior Researcher, The Sustainability Institute at TCNJ and Sustainable Jersey
  • "Sustainable Jersey Update," Donna Drewes, Co-Director, The Sustainability Institute at TCNJ and Sustainable Jersey

Round 1 Concurrent Sessions

Round 2 Concurrent Sessions

2015 Sustainable Jersey NJLM Conference 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's Presentation: Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey; Renee Haider, Sustainable Jersey; Melanie McDermott, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey; Heather McCall, Sustainable Jersey for Schools; Lauren Skowronski, Sustainable Jersey; Linda Weber, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey

Sustainable Jersey Program Update Part 2: New Actions

  • Sustainable Jersey's Presentation: Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey; Leo Vasquez, National Consortium for Creative Placemaking; Dan Saunders, NJ DEP Office of Historic Preservation; Bill Brash, Shelterwood Forest Managers, LLC; Linda Weber, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey; Lauren Skowronski, Sustainable Jersey; Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey

Tools for Effective Communication and Engagement

What Does Sustainability Look Like in Urban, Suburban, and Rural Municipalities?

2015 Government Connext Forum

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.