New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability


NJHEPS Community News  

October 2011 

In This Issue
A Message from the President
A Message from the Executive Director
NJHEPS/NJAPPA to Co-Host "Hands On" Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Update on the EPA Region 2 Pollution Prevention Grant - CEUs Now Available!
Lively Brainstorming Session Between NJHEPS Leaders and Other NJ Sustainability Non-Profit Leaders
NJHEPS Leaders at AASHE 2011
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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 progress to make your campus more sustainable.  We are looking for anything and everything from curricula to buildings to clubs!



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talent  "Talent Management:  

 Creating a Sustainable

Competitive Advantage by

 Selecting, Developing and

Promoting the Best People"


 Breakfast Seminar
Friday, November 18th, 2011 
          7:30 - 9:30 a.m.


Lance Berger, Editor

The Talent Management Handbook,
2003 and 2010


Hartman Lounge in Hennessy Hall Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940

This presentation will focus on:


-What forces you must harness to

realize a sustainable competitive



 -How you can identify the type of culture appropriate for your organization to create and

sustain value. 


-Which talent management

processes are most effective in

helping shape a preferred culture.  

-How you can design and implement a three step talent management process that will help select, develop, and promote the best people for the preferred culture.


To see flyer for more information,

Click Here 

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

NJHEPS will be having a retreat at Middlesex Couny College. We will be putting together a plan to enhance what was discussed at our last retreat, programs that need moving forward and new programs to add. Along with this we will discuss how we are going to operate in the future. I would like to send out an open invitation not only to the recipients of our emails and newsletters but all interested people within your institutions to forward questions and concerns that you would like discussed. If you receive our newsletter and you know someone in your institution who would be interested, pass it on. This goes for both academic and facilities. Though we are moving forward on many fronts I feel that there is more we can do to get institutions to participate. In order to do that we need to know what these institutions are looking for. We are all in this together. How can we help you?



A Message from the Executive Director

I am pleased to report that NJHEPS continues to make progress on vital fronts: outreach, "inreach" and new programming-sometimes in combination.  Our EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Workshops continued this past month in New York State, and as indicated by Dr. Daniela Shebitz in the accompanying article, we have more workshops upcoming in December. We had an exceptional representation at the recent AASHE conference in Pittsburgh, as our founder and former President, Dr. Donald Wheeler shares. We just had a great meeting with the leadership of numerous NJ non-profits who seek to partner with us to advance sustainability-related projects, and we continue planning for our working group presentations at our December 9th event, to be held at Princeton University. Details will follow shortly.

And, as Mike Kornitas mentioned, we are looking forward to our own strategic planning retreat later this month, to help us ensure our priorities, resources and activities are aligned, so that we can continue providing a strong voice for sustainability within, as well as, on behalf of, New Jersey's Higher Education Community.


Gary Minkoff


 NJHEPS/NJAPPA  to Co-Host "Hands On" Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


On Friday, January 20th, NJHEPS and NJAPPA will co-host a free workshop at Rutgers University for the higher ed community, with the goal of helping participants learn the specific actions to be taken to secure funding from New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. The focus here is very tangible; participants can literally bring their utility bills, project plans and other relevant information etc. to learn exactly how it should be used to apply for project funding.
Topics covered: 
  • Getting started-the Energy Audit
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy.

These 60 minute breakout sessions will run concurrently; participants will be able to attend up to 2 sessions.

A briefing on any relevant Clean Energy program changes for 2012 is also expected to be part of the program.

Registration  details will be published shortly; for event sponsorship information please contact Gary Minkoff, 732 777 6892 or email



Update on the EPA Region 2 Pollution Prevention Grant

CEUs Now Available!   


We are thrilled that work on our EPA Pollution Prevention Grant is going very well. For the past year and a half, NJHEPS has been collaborating with Kean University on the grant designed to help colleges and universities in EPA Region 2 learn how to track and lower their greenhouse gas emissions. We recently welcomed Joe Porrovecchio onboard to assist with updating the Green Design Guidelines to incorporate all of EPA Region 2 and present our sustainability tools at the workshops.  We have also been fortunate to have the USGBC, Hospitality Green, Clean Air-Cool Planet, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) present at our recent events. Thus far, we have held eight workshops, reaching hundreds of people in New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico. We have many more planned, and hope that you join us at some of them.


We now offer up to 3 CEU credits through Kean University for attending a workshop and AIA credits will also be available.


The following are the workshops coming up soon:


December 2, Ramapo College: LEED and Green Design Building Guidelines, EPA Portfolio Manager, New Jersey Case Studies, New Jersey Clean Energy Subsidies, Hospitality Green, NJHEPS Calculator 

December 9, Dominican College: LEED and Green Design Building Guidelines, EPA Portfolio Manager, Dominican Case Study, NYSERDA Subsidies, Hospitality Green  


Register Here 

February 10, EPA Region 2 Headquarters, New York City: LEED and Green Design Building Guidelines, EPA Portfolio Manager, New York City Case Studies, NYSERDA Subsidies, NJHEPS Calculator 

Register Here 

March 9, Bard College: LEED and Green Building Designs, New York Case Studies, NYSERDA Subsidies, Hospitality Green, NJHEPS Calculator 

Register Here  


Please contact Daniela Shebitz ( or Willard Reasoner at the NJHEPS office (  if you would like to register for a workshop or have any questions.


Lively Brainstorming Session Between NJHEPS Leaders and Other NJ Sustainability Non-Profit Leaders at Princeton University 


The first-ever discussion between NJHEPS leaders and New Jersey's top sustainability non-profit organizations leaders was held on October 25, at Princeton. The goal was to explore how college and university faculty/student teams and interns might be able to assist NJ sustainability non-profits to advance their organizational mission and advance sustainability in New Jersey.

Matt Smith,; Gary Minkoff, Executive Director NJHEPS; Patrick Hossay,VP NJHEPS,Prof. Sustainability, Richard Stockton State College


It was very appropriate that Dr. Patrick Hossay, Professor of Sustainability at Richard Stockton State College and a Vice President of NJHEPS, led the discussion. Stockton has carried out exemplary student/faculty projects and internships working with the leaders of many of the groups represented at the Roundtable as well as community groups (energy audits, etc.) and development projects in Latin America.

 Click here to read more!

Leaders from NJHEPS Institutions Offer Key Messages at AASHE 2011 in Pittsburgh


More than a dozen NJ faculty, administrators and a few students from NJHEPS institutions shared the richness of their sustainability knowledge and experience in presentations at the AASHE Conference and Expo at th

Ashwani Vasishth - Director of the Master's program in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey

e sparkling new Pittsburgh Conference Center, October 9-11. AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is the leading higher education sustainability member organization in North America analogous to NJHEPS in New Jersey. AASHE sponsors the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment with 672 colleges and universities committing to become climate neutral, 18 from New Jersey and STARS -Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System utilized by approximately 2,800 institutions of higher education.


To read more click here 

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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!