Sustainability Summit to Bring Together Experts, Agency Reps and Community Green Teams to Discuss NJ Sustainability Goals

on Sep 10, 2013

Sustainable Jersey announced today that the first annual Sustainability Summit, taking place on September 18 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey, has sold-out due to intense public interest.  Approximately 200 pre-registered attendees that include sustainability experts, academics, state and local agency representatives, and Sustainable Jersey Green Team and Task Force members will attend the one-of-a-kind, all-day Sustainability Summit.   

The purpose of the summit is to create clear goals for the future sustainability of New Jersey that will be linked to specific best practices and strategies that communities can implement.  Sustainable Jersey will provide participants briefing papers called ‘Sustainability Briefs’ in advance on key topics that summarize research, goals and proposed direction for New Jersey and the region.

“New Jersey communities have implemented thousands new strategies to become more sustainable as part of our program,” said Randall Solomon, Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey. “At the summit we expect experts and grassroots practitioners to help us define the outcomes we are trying to achieve, and the best way to track progress.”

What:              Sustainable Jersey Sustainability Summit (EVENT REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Where:            Duke Farms, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ Directions

When:             September 18, 2013, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Agenda Highlights:

8:45 am    Plenary Session: National and Regional Sustainable Initiatives with Michelle Knapik and Helen Chin of Surdna Foundation, Andrea Peet of STAR Communities and Andrew Bowman of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

9:45 am    Creating the Vision for a Sustainable New Jersey with Randall Solomon, Co-Director of Sustainability Institute and Sustainable Jersey

10:35 am  Concurrent Facilitated Discussions: 1) Economic Competitiveness, 2) Natural Resources, 3) Social Capital & Equity and 4) Water Quality, Availability & Infrastructure

12:40 pm Keynote Address by Mathis Wackernagel, PhD., Co-Creator of the Ecological Footprint

2:00 pm   Concurrent Facilitated Discussions: 1) Agriculture & Food Security, 2) Climate Change, Energy & Mitigation, 3) Land Use, Transportation, Housing and Infrastructure and 4) Public Wellness

Link to Speaker Bios: Summit Speaker Bios

Summit Co-Conveners:   New Jersey Future, the New Jersey League of Municipalities, and the American Planning Association, NJ Chapter.

Summit Sponsors:           Ramapo College of New Jersey, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Good Energy, Spiezle Architectural Group Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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