New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability


NJHEPS Community News  

September 2011 

In This Issue
A Message from Michael Kornitas, President
A Message from the Executive Director
Autumn Workshops to Track and Lower your Campus GHG Emissions!
Rutgers and NJIT Build Solar Decathlon Entry on the Mall in D.C
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campusTell Us About Your Campus' Sustainable 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!


upcycle"UPCYCLING": Growing and Profiting from an Emerging, Sustainable Industry
an ISE/CHRMS Breakfast Seminar
at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the College at Florham  
Friday, October 21, 2011
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. 

Andrew Sell

Chief Hipcycler, Hipcycle LLC
This presentation will focus on:
  • "Upcycling" - an emerging sustainable industry with opportunities for growth
  • Marketing Upcycled products to consumers
  • Turning trash into valuable products
  • Upcycling Examples and Best Practices
  • Implications for companies,entrepreneurs, consumers and marketers  


jobJob Notice: 

A tenure track faculty position in
Environmental Science at Humboldt State University for a start date in Fall 2012. The position is for candidates with specialization in energy policy and technology; expertise in climate science and policyis also desirable. The due date for applications is November 1, and the announcement is available here. 

princetonLandscape Strategies for Stormwater Management    

James Hansen

Friday, November 4th, 2011

8am - 4pm  

The day will include presentations by leading experts in the fields of landscape design and stormwater management from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Nitsch Engineering and campus planning from Beyer Blinder Belle. Presentations on the performance of green roof systems, tours of recently completed campus projects and case studies presented by the Willow School, Villanova University and Rutgers University will also be included.


For questions or to reserve a space, please contact Sandra Kearney at or by
phone at 609-258-3704. 

wasteNew Jersey

WasteWise Business

The next meeting of the will be on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the PSE&G Training Center in South Plainfield.


NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Planning 

Click Here for More Info 


 A Message from Michael Kornitas, President




 Within the next few months we are we are going to have a retreat with our Executive committee and this will give NJHEPS an opportunity to re-energize and re-engage with our members.  It would be great to have feedback and input from our member institutions to help as we update our strategic plan.  I would like to ask each of you receiving this new letter to go to your institution, engage in conversations with  various functional areas and departments, help answer the question" What is it that we need, from NJHEPS, to move forward with sustainable practices and principles?"  Please compile a list and feel free to email it to us at  For NJHEPS to evolve and thrive as an organization, we need your feedback.  We are here for your institutions and partners, we can become the model that drives sustainability in Higher Education for every state.


A Message from the Executive Director

With the advent of the fall semester, NJHEPS continues to reach out to our various groups of stakeholders. In addition to our expected planning retreat, NJHEPS has launched its whitepaper effort in anticipation of our 12/9 conference. I will share more details next month, but if you have an interest in participating in the development of one of the whitepapers, please let me know as there is still time for you to make a contribution. Again, the whitepapers will cover these sustainability topics as they related to New Jersey's Higher Ed. Community:

  • Curriculum
  • Facilities and Operations
  • Law/Policy and Regulation
  • Green Careers
  • Green Technology Research, Application and Development.

I'd also add that we still have sponsor opportunities available for those interested in providing financial support specifically for this initiative. Please contact me for details.


We also launched our round of fall EPA Greenhouse Gas reduction workshops; thank you to all of our speakers-and attendees-and a special thank you to Dr. Daniela Shebitz and Terra Meierdierck for all of their hard work in ensuring the success of these events. Elsewhere in this newsletter, you can find the dates of additional workshops in various parts of New York, as well as an additional New Jersey workshop in December.


Last but not least, we have launched a new feature on our website: an NJHEPS Calendar!  When you click on the "Events" portion of our main menu, you will be taken the calendar. You can view events in "list" or "calendar" mode, whichever you prefer. This function is brand new, so we have only just begun adding a few relevant events. But we encourage you share your events with us for us to post on the calendar, and in this way, we can help provide a central source for sustainability-related events in New Jersey's Higher Ed. Community. Feel free to visit this calendar anytime, to learn more about NJHEPS-sponsored, or other events that may be of interest.


Gary Minkoff


Autumn Workshops to Track and Lower your Campus GHG Emissions!



On January 1, 2010, NJHEPS and Kean University began work on a partnership project, working together to help institutions in EPA Region 2 to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. NJHEPS and Kean were awarded a 3-year grant designed to update sustainability tools such as the Green Design Guidelines and a "How-To" manual that serves as a yardstick for sustainability management procedures.  In addition, there are 18 training workshops supported by this grant. This fall, 7 such workshops will be held at college and university campuses under EPA Region 2 jurisdiction in New Jersey and New York.


Topics covered throughout workshops this fall will include: Green Design Building Guidelines, state & federal incentive programs, Greenhouse Gas Reporting Initiative (GRI), Hospitality Green's Resource Tracking Tool, Clean Air-Cool Planet and other GHG Calculators, and highlights of what campuses throughout the region are doing to track and lower their GHG emissions. We hope to see you at some of these workshops. There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided to those that pre-register.


Here is a list of our autumn line-up of workshops and the main topic of each session. In addition, there is a website for each workshop that provides registration information.


  • October 14, Sullivan County College in Loch Sheldrake, NY: New tools and case studies for sustainability on college campuses - 
  • October 20, Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY: Greenhouse Gas Reporting Initiative and overview of Green Design Guidelines -    
  • October 21, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY: Greenhouse Gas Reporting Initiative and overview of Green Design Guidelines -   
  • November (date to be announced): Bronx Community College: Green Design Building Guidelines and incentive programs   
  • December 2, Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ: the NJHEPS Calculator and case studies of tracking and lowering GHG emissions - 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!


Daniela Shebitz (, 

Terra Meierdierck (

or Gary Minkoff (


We hope to see you soon!


Rutgers and NJIT Build Solar Decathlon Entry on the Mall in D.C.
Rutgers and NJIT students and faculty are curently heavily engaged with the US Departmentteam nj of Energy's Solar Decathlon project. Click here to read more about their involvement as they design and build a model of a zero energy home, and to learn more about the Solar Decathlon. 

Thank you for reading our newsletter! We certainly hope you found it worth your while.  If you have suggestions or ideas to make it better please feel free to contact us through our webpage  Feedback is certainly appreciated.   



P.S. - Is something exciting happening on your campus that you would like to have featured in the monthly newsletter or on our website? Let us know! 


We thank our members, corporate, and foundation partners for enabling the work of NJHEPS to continue to promote sustainability throughout higher education in New Jersey!