New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability


NJHEPS Community News 

March 2012  

In This Issue
A Message from the President
A Message from the Executive Director
A View from the President's Office
Igniting NJ Climate Action
New Jersey WasteWise Business Network Meeting
NJAPPA & NJHEPS: Getting Your Clean Energy Projects Funded
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Workshops


Creating a Sustainable World: 


Voices of Key Practitioners


The second half of a series of six presentations at Ramapo College of New Jersey in spring term 2012 sponsored by 

 MASS: Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies.


An Ecology of Mind:

A Daughter's Portrait of Gregory Bateson


Nora Bateson  March 29, 2012 6 P.M. 

Film and discussion



"Materials Cycling, Green Jobs and the Promise of Local Self Reliance"


Neil Seldman

April 5, 2012 6 P.M. 


Advancing Consensus on Sustainability in Higher Education: From Curriculum to Climate" 


Dr. Anthony Cortese  

April 12, 2012 6 P.M.
April 13, 10 A.M.

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!



Do you have an event/article you would like to see in the NJHEPS Newsletter? 


Let us know! Send an email with your idea to with details of the event/article you wish to include.  



A Message from Michael Kornitas, President

Just a short note this month:

We are finalizing our plans for the strategic planning meeting.  Work progresses on the whitepapers and because of the whitepapers, other initiatives are taking place.  For those of you on the sidelines it's time to join in on the action.
Mike Kornitas


A Message from the Executive Director


In this issue of our newsletter, we launch what we which we hope will become a recurring feature article: "A View from the President's Office." I recently met with Dr. Peter P. Mercer, President of Ramapo College, and we had a conversation about his perspective on sustainability-at Ramapo and for Higher Education. We are grateful to Dr. Mercer for his time and candor, and are pleased to share his thoughts with you.


Our joint event with NJAPPA at Rutgers, Getting Your Clean Energy Projects Funded, featured the Hon. Robert Hanna, Esq., President of the NJ Board of Public Utilities as our keynote speaker and numerous specific strategies and successful examples of campus-based projects that have improved energy efficiency or are utilizing renewable energy sources. Additionally, we will be working in partnership with NJAPPA and the NJ Office of Clean Energy to conduct a regularly-scheduled series of stakeholder meetings specifically for the NJ Higher Education community of facilities, utilities, energy management and other interested professionals. This will enable a deeper conversation on issues such as program funding, project management/administrative considerations and benchmarking/reporting-all tailored specifically to the needs of Higher Education in New Jersey.


Our EPA greenhouse gas reduction initiative continues to progress; recent workshops at the EPA region 2 headquarters in New York, and at Bard College, were well-attended and enable us to continue our outreach effort to educate a range of stakeholders on the tangible actions that can be taken to both measure, and reduce, greenhouse gas emissions In a campus setting.


And, I would also like to alert everyone to a special event at Ramapo College on Friday, April 13th; Dr. Anthony Cortese will be speaking/hosting several moderated discussions on climate-change related issues. Dr. Cortese is a co-founder and President of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop the national capacity to make healthy, just, and sustainable action a foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. He is also a co-organizer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). He is co-founder and co-coordinator of the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), and a consultant to higher education, industry and non-profit organizations on institutionalization of sustainability principles and programs. Details of the event will follow soon, but we encourage you to save the date so that you can participate. For sponsorship information, please contact me at


Gary Minkoff



A View from the President's Office


Gary Minkoff (GM), Executive Director of NJHEPS, recently sat down with Dr. Peter Mercer (PM), President of Ramapo College. They had a wide-ranging conversation about sustainability-at Ramapo and to a broader extent, Higher Education in New Jersey. Dr. Mercer's biography may be found here.


Here is an excerpt from that dialogue:  


GM: How important do you feel sustainability is at Ramapo-and why?


PM: Sustainability has generated an extraordinary range of interest and activity; I haven't seen something like this for some 40 years. In its own way, sustainability seems as generative a concept as civil rights was to prior generations. At all levels, societal, corporate, government, education and individual, there's a growing recognition that without focusing on sustainability, the future can't be secure. Not just for our basic needs, but for the very system that's inhabited, we need to consider the sustainability of programs and institutions.


 To read the full interview, click here!



Igniting New Jersey Climate Action 


April 12 and 13

Ramapo College of New Jersey


New Jersey took the lead on climate change with the 2007 Global Warming Response Act adopting the Kyoto Protocol targets of 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050.


As a follow up to our 2007 conference and expo Green Meets Green: A Climate for Change, Igniting New Jersey Climate Action asks "How Are We Doing and What Do We Need to Do Better?" This meeting draws together representatives of campuses of higher education in the state who will share their work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, advancing the climate issue through research and innovation, serving as models of climate action and disseminating to the public approaches for meeting the Global Warming Response Act targets. Challenges and strategies to address them will be discussed at this session.


April 12

6PM-8PM: Friends Hall

Key Note:

Anthony Cortese:  

Advancing Consensus on Sustainability in Higher Education: from Curriculum to Climate


April 13:

10 AM-4 PM Friends Hall


Empowering Campus and Community Action on Climate in NJ

Moderator: Anthony Cortese


10AM-12 Noon: Panel discussion- "How Are We Doing?"  Panelists: TBA. Leaders in environmental policymaking, regulations and advocacy organizations will discuss climate change as it relates to New Jersey. 



Noon-2 Working Lunch. Campus Climate Report:

Representatives from New Jersey's Higher Education Community will discuss plans and actions taken to reduce green house gas emission; common challenges and ways to address them will be explored.



2-4 Power Shift: What students and faculty can do to advocate on sustainability-related issues on New Jersey campuses.




workingNew Jersey WasteWise Business Network Meeting 


New Jersey WasteWise Business Network Meeting
Date:  May 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location:  PSE&G Training Center,
4000 Hadley Road, South Plainfield
Directions to:
Street Address: 
4000 Hadley Road South Plainfield, NJ 07080-1192


From N.J. Turnpike - Take N.J. Turnpike to Exit 10. Follow signs for 287 North. Take Exit 4 for Durham Avenue/South Plainfield. Go down the ramp and bear left. Go one block to light and make a right onto Hadley Road. Go past the first light. Building is on the right hand side approximately 200 yards past light. Look for PSE&G sign. From Route 287 (South) - Take exit #5 and make a right onto Stelton Road Make first left that is Hadley Road. Go past the two lights. Building is on the left hand side. Look for PSE&G sign on left.
Contact Steven Rinaldi at 
 for agenda and more information.



NJAPPA/NJHEPS Getting Your Clean Energy Projects Funded  

On Friday January, 20th, 2012, NJAPPA and NJHEPS jointly hosted a very successful program at Rutgerstitled: Getting Your Clean Energy Projects Funded: What You Need to Do - and How to do it. The intent of this program was to enable participants to learn specific details related to planning, funding and implementing clean energy projects. Rather than engage in broad concepts, the program allowed for in-depth discussion of the "ingredients" for successful projects, along with lessons learned to minimize the risk of failed or poorly conceived efforts.

Keynote Speaker Robert Hanna, Esq., the newly-appointed President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, provided an overview of the current state of New Jersey's Clean Energy program and then fielded questions from the audience. His overall tone was one of expectation of a high degree of engagement, and interest in the efforts of New Jersey's Higher Education community with respect to Clean Energy.


President Hanna was followed by Dr. Daniela Shebitz, of Kean University. She spent a few minutes discussing the NJHEPS/Kean University/EPA Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative. This initiative is focused on for Higher Education Institutions in EPA Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico). The intent of this initiative is to use a variety of educational programs, materials tools and resources to obtain baseline measures of greenhouse gas emissions and to then implement procedures, projects, and policies that will demonstrate measured reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. For more information on this effort, please visit

The group of approximately 50 attendees was then given a choice of participating in 2 of 3 concurrent workshop sessions:

  • Applying for LGEA (Local Government Energy Audit) Funding   which was led by Mark Showers, President of NJAPPA and the Assistant Director of Facilities at Rowan University, and Roger Kliemisch, Assistant Vice President of TRC-Program Manager for Commercial and Industrial Programs for New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. The focus of this discussion initially was on how to conduct an energy audit to enable institutions to qualify for various financial incentives, but the topic quickly shifted to various issues and challenges that some institutions have experienced with the program, and ways to resolve them.
  • Energy Efficiency Projects - Planning and Funding . This workshop was led Michael Kornitas, Energy Conservation Manager,   Rutgers, the State University of NJ and President of NJHEPS, as well as, Joseph Sullivan, Vice President, Energy Policy and Development for Concord Engineering. They provided a sequential approach to planning and implementing Energy Efficiency projects, including the Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) Facility at Stockton College, Rowan University's 69 KV substation which consolidated electricity to meet demand on a rapidly expanding campus, and a new Geothermal Heat Pump project for the Business School at Rutgers University. The discussion focused on ingredients for success, and lessons learned that could avoid potential project failures.
  • Renewable Energy Projects - Planning and Funding. This workshop featured Andrew Christ, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Construction Management, New Jersey City University and President-Elect, NJAPPA, as well as, Benjamin S. Parvey II, CEO, Blue Sky Power. This workshop followed the same format as the Energy Efficiency session; the discussion addressed "do's and don'ts" of successful projects, while showcasing specific examples of solar energy projects at Georgian Court University and New Jersey City University. Common characteristics of process, and procedures, as well as "intangibles" such as setting realistic expectations, were highlighted.


Powerpoint slides for each presentation are available at the NJHEPS website at . The workshop was made possible with support from the USEPA, BlueSky Power and Concord Engineering.
workingUpcoming Kean University/NJHEPS Greenhouse Gas Reduction Workshops 


If you have not already had the opportunity to attend one of our free workshops on strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make your campus more sustainable, we have more events to offer you-and you can even earn Continuing Education or AIA credits.


Calculating your Greenhouse Gas Emissions: NJIT, Newark, NJ: Wednesday, 4/18/11: 

These workshops are funded through a grant from the USEPA. For more information email us at



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