New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability


NJHEPS Community News


July 2011 

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Students Prepare for New Jersey's own Power Shift! 

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Tell Us About Your Campus' Sustaianable Initiatives!!

NJHEPS, working with The NJ DEP, is making a data base of NJ's sustainable projects in higher education.  Please Share with us any projects that are completed or in the works to make your campus more sustainable.  We are looking for anything and everything from curricula to buildings to clubs!


A Message from the Executive Director



I'd like to thank you for taking the time to review our new monthly e-newsletter, NJHEPS Community News.


It's no secret that NJHEPS has been going through an important transition period, but wherever I have gone in New Jersey and beyond to reach out learn about what we can do to make our organization better, I have received both encouragement and support. We've done many exciting things in just the past few months, as you'll see from our reports.  First you'll note our new logo; now we launched our new website.

Gary    Minkoff
Gary Minkoff

New partnerships and events featuring the NJ Board of Public Utilities' Office of Clean Energy, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy, and an infusion of enthusiasm from student leaders around the state, have been extremely valuable in helping us re-engage with Higher Education executives and administrators, professional staff, faculty, researchers and students. 

I think you'll be pleased to learn from Amanda Neshiewatt about her plans to mobilize a significant number of our students to participate in a PowerShift NJ conference this fall.  Working with students like Amanda, and our staff intern Frank Nitti, who facilitated our Co-Sponsorship of a Green Jobs Career Fair this Spring at Ramapo College, keep me focused on why we are involved in the important work of sustainability; we're preserving the world for their generation and those beyond them, while fulfilling our needs today.                               

I look forward to a sustainable future with your collective assistance and involvement.


A Message from Michael Kornitas, President

Michael Kornitas

As I take over as president of NJHEPS the first thing that I want to do is to thank our soon to be Past President, Emma Rainforth, for her hard work and dedication.  After NJIT did not extend its invitation to host NJHEPs, we saw our organization physically move from NJIT to Ramapo. With Emma's help this transition was done as smoothly as could be.  She has always stood up for NJHEPs even when the stand was not popular. In the past six months we have seen a change in our Executive Director and support staff.  Within a few short months, the new Executive Director, Gary Minkoff, has been a great asset to NJHEPS, and over the next two years, I look forward to working closely with him. Gary has been very instrumental in opening up dialogue with various departments in State government, such as the BPU and EDA.  For those of you who were fortunate to attend the Energy workshop that he put together you understand what I am saying.  Under Gary's guidance, NJHEPs is rebuilding its support organization and soon we will see the fruits of that effort.

Over the next two years I plan to rely heavily on member institutions as a whole to move the organization forward.  I plan with the help and support of our Vice Presidents and Executive Committee to firm up our rules and regulations so that our colleges and universities will feel comfortable working with us.

NJHEPS is here to support Sustainable Practices and Principles at our member institutions.  We need your feedback.  What is it that we can do for you?

Again, thank you for your support.  

Mike Kornitas

Save the Date


Tuesday, August, 2nd, 2011: Noon-3 PM simulcast videoconference--


New Jersey Policy Briefing and Planning for NJHEPS Fall Conference 

  • Briefing on the Energy Master Plan-NJBoard of Public Utilities President Lee Solomon
  • Review of the NJ State Strategic Plan-Dept. of Environmental Protection- Asst Commissioner Michelle Siekerka
  • Discussion of Green Workforce/Career Initiatives-Dr. Aaron Fichtner-NJ Dept. of Labor/Workforce Development
  • "Charge to NJHEPS working groups"-NJHEPS will coordinate the work of 5 different groups which would be requested to prepare white papers for presentation at an NJHEPS fall conference-topics/areas of focus are:
    • Curriculum
    • Facilities/Operations
    • Green Careers
    • Law/Public Policy and Regulation
    • Theory and Application (technology research and development).
Please plan to participate in this exciting and informative program, and learn about how you can become involved in the development of these whitepapers.

Locations (to be confirmed by NJHEPS with your rsvp)

-Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing
-Kean University, Union
-Mercer County Community College, West Windsor


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