New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability


NJHEPS Community News 

September 2012  

In This Issue
A Message from the President
A Message from the Executive Director
NJHEPS Welcomes New Intern
SHARP Sustainability Education Center Ribbon-Cutting
Higher Ed Clean Energy Stakeholder Group Launch
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Workshops
After Rio+20: Moving Beyond 2015
New Jersey WasteWise Business Network Meeting

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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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A Message from Michael Kornitas, President

Greetings! , 
It is the beginning of another school year and NJHEPS is again getting busy.  We are in the process of completing our whitepapers and are seeking funding for our Sustainability Career Development initiative.  We are also pleased that NJHEPS will be presenting a paper at the AASHE Conference in Los Angeles on sustainability careers.  We continue to encourage participation from our members and will be reaching out to everyone with some new and exciting workshops, which are further detailed in this newsletter.  I am looking forward to the dedication of the Sharp Sustainability Education Center (SSEC) at Ramapo College on September 21.  Ramapo has not only been a gracious and supportive host of NJHEPS (our offices are actually located at the SSEC) but has nurtured our relationship to become a trusted and invaluable partner.  On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to offer my congratulations, best wishes and gratitude to Ramapo - and we look forward to sharing important, shared milestones with them in the future.

Mike Kornitas

A Message from the Executive Director

As Mike Kornitas shared, NJHEPS spent the late spring and summer making plans for an eventful and productive fiscal year 2013. We have been extremely fortunate to be hosted in the Sharp Sustainability Education Center at Ramapo College, and are excited to participate in the upcoming Center dedication. We congratulate the entire Ramapo College community on this wonderful event and milestone-and are grateful to Sharp Corporation for their generosity.  

In partnership with NJAPPA, we are launching our new Higher Education Clean Energy Stakeholder Group on Tuesday 9/25--which is a tremendous opportunity to engage with Office of Clean Energy and peers to share issues and project solutions, learn about emerging policy and budget initiatives, and be sure that your institution is receiving its "fair share" of financial incentives for your clean energy projects.

Elsewhere in the newsletter you can learn about our final EPA Greenhouse Gas reduction workshop in New Jersey, and other interesting upcoming sustainability events around the state.

I would like to mention that a number of our Executive Committee members will be making presentations at this year's AASHE Conference, and NJHEPS will actually have a formal presentation made on our behalf by Pam Sammarco, who is a Co-Chair of our Sustainability Career's Working Group. (More on that in an upcoming issue of our newsletter.)

Soon, we'll be sharing more about our efforts to finalize our whitepapers along with plans for a conference to share that information, and we are making plans for a Chief Sustainability Officers' "Summit" for sometime in the Spring-you can contact me for preliminary details-or if you are interested in being part of our corporate sponsor program for that event.

With best wishes,

Gary Minkoff
Executive Director



NJHEPS Welcomes New Intern!


Entering her third year at Ramapo College of New Jersey, NJHEPS' newest intern Christina Crescimanno has shown great enthusiasm and passion for the natural environment around her campus. Majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Public Policy and Psychology, she has had her fair share of environmental activism. She has enjoyed participating in the 2011 Powershift Conference in Washington DC, living in the sustainable facilities on campus, and organizing protests against the natural gas pipeline proposed for the Ramapo Reservation. Christina shows promise and excitement regarding her new position and looks forward to working with the members of NJHEPS to help inform the youth community of state-wide issues and events, as well as improve the environmental conditions within New Jersey.


Ramapo College Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the SHARP Sustainability Education Center on September 21


(MAHWAH, NJ) - Friends and supporters of Ramapo College will join together Friday, September 21 to dedicate the Sharp Sustainability Education Center.

The Center is a demonstration space for sustainability practices, and includes classroom laboratory space, hosts forums for discussion and symposia of sustainability issues such as water use, open space, land use and development and alternate energy. It is also the headquarters for the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability.


Toshiyuki Osawa, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sharp Electronics Corporation, will travel from Japan to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The company, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, has been a strong supporter of the College for more than 30 years.


Sharp Electronics provided financial support for the construction of the Center and also significant solar products for demonstrations and educational instruction. The Center also allows for advancement of the College's education outreach programs by offering classes to area schoolchildren.

Paul Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Science Center, will serve as keynote speaker for the dedication.


Corporate Vice President David Alai and other senior management leaders from Sharp will also attend. The dedication will be one of the highlights in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the corporation.


For more information contact:


Anna Farneski



Higher Ed Clean Energy Stakeholder Group Launch is Rapidly Approaching
Tuesday, September 25th 9:30am-12:00pm will be the first in a series of stakeholder meetings. Organized by NJHEPS, NJAPPA, and New Jersey's Office of Clean Energy, this will be a multi-location video simulcast. Participants can choose one of 3 convenient locations-- Atlantic Cape Community College, The Livingston Campus Center at Rutgers/Livingston Campus in Piscataway, or County College of Morris. Location details/parking information, and conference call number are available--click here for this information.
The objective of these meetings is to discuss how to be more efficient in our utilization of the Clean energy incentives/programs by New Jersey's Higher Education Community. On September 25th, as well as our future meetings, we hope to engage in discussions regarding the following.  
  • How NJ Higher Education institutions are utilizing New Jersey's Clean Energy program and how to facilitate greater participation
  • Successes and issues - lessons we can share 
  • Non-technical innovations, such as novel ways to finance clean energy projects
  • Energy policy discussions among members of New Jersey's Higher Ed community and NJ's Clean Energy program team 
  • Recommendations for Clean Energy program enhancements that could benefit the NJ Higher Education community and be a model for other stakeholder groups
  • Metrics/Reporting of New Jersey Higher Ed institutions' contributions to, and utilization of, the Societal Benefit Fund

We hope to greet you on 9/25.

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.


Campus Sustainability Workshop - Princeton University
September 28th, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM  
Puerto Rico Workshop: Calculating Your GHG Emissions
November 16, 2012.  More information coming soon.

These workshops are funded through a grant from the USEPA; the Campus Sustainability Workshop in Princeton is also generously supported by BlueSky Power. 
For more information email us at

After Rio+20: Moving Beyond 2015   

Peoples' Sustainability Treaties in a Post Rio+20 Future:

Advancing a Global Citizens Movement Around

Sustainable Development


A week-long set of Workshop Panels, 15-19th October, 2012 

Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, USA

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Schomburg Foundation, the Master's Program in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College is delighted to announce a major workshop series of events.  A draft program can be found here.

The speakers for this event series are all key players from Civil Society Organizations and from the United Nations, collectively engaged in planning for a post-Rio+20 future.  The purpose of the workshop series is to lay out the framework for a road map to plan for a Global Citizens Movement to help us move beyond the major United Nations Rio+20 conference held earlier this year in June. 

We are writing to invite you to this intensive workshop, in which the many dimensions of the UN Conference in Rio de Janeiro will be explored, and a coherent path forward will be charted.

As you may be aware, by most conventional accounts, Rio+20 was at least a disappointment, if not a failure.  We argue that real, path-breaking, and innovative solutions began to emerge from the grassroots level out, and we will present many dimensions of these solutions, as well as strategize a way forward into a more sustainable future. 
More information and and registration can be found here.
New Jersey WasteWise Business Network Meeting 
Thursday, November 8, 2012  
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Hello again to all.  The next meeting of the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network will be on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center, located at 1200 Negron Drive in Hamilton, New Jersey (Mercer County), so please save the date on your calendars and plan on attending.  As usual, there  is no fee to attend the meeting.


Note:  As you may have noticed, we will be meeting at a new location once again.  It is a very nice facility and is very easy to find.  While I will send out driving directions in upcoming emails, I will mention that it is located just a short ways from the NJ Turnpike in central New Jersey. 
Contact Steven Rinaldi at 
 for agenda and more information.

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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!