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March 20, 2014

Re: Upcoming Sustainable Jersey workshops which may be of interest to your municipality

Dear Mayor:

CREATIVE PLACEMAKING:
Connecting Culture, Community and Economic Development

April 23, 2014 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM   --   REGISTER

Creative Placemaking….You’ve heard the buzz, now find out what it is and how it can support the economic development of your community.

Creative Placemaking is a new way of making places better through and for arts and culture. The Creative Placemaking Plan should be considered the third step in a municipality’s efforts to make a community more sustainable through arts and culture. The first is to establish a Creative Team. This step is a pre-requisite for the Creative Placemaking Plan action in Sustainable Jersey.

Creative Placemaking focuses on how arts and culture can enhance community and economic development in sustainable ways. A Creative Placemaking Plan draws the connections among cultural, community and economic development.

This webinar will help you learn more about Creative Placemaking and why this approach to planning is a powerful model for sustainable social and economic development.

Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIPs): Learn How to Finance Your Building Upgrades Through Energy Savings WEBINAR

April 16, 2014 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM  --  REGISTER

Energy efficiency is one of the best ways municipalities and school districts can save money and tax dollars. An innovative financing tool, called an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), allows local government entities to leverage future energy savings to pay for building and equipment upgrades.

Paying for large-scale building upgrades such as high efficiency motors, transformers, water heaters, boilers, and air conditioning units can be challenging. A new financing tool, called an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), allows New Jersey municipalities and school districts to leverage energy savings resulting from installing a package of energy efficiency measures to cover upfront costs. Learn how your organization can take advantage of this innovative financing tool to complete necessary large-scale building upgrades, and significantly reduce its energy costs. Learn more about how this underutilized option can help address your organization’s short and long term needs.

TOPICS:

  • Current state law regarding ESIPs
  • The nine step process to develop and implement an ESIP 
  • NJ Clean Energy Programs that can provide additional financial and technical assistance for your project
  • Lessons learned from organizations that have undertaken ESIPs

Presenters will provide information on Sustainable Jersey’s ESIP How-To Guide and answer participants’ questions.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Business administrators, facility and energy managers, mayors, town council and school board members, and Green Teams

Upcoming In person workshops:

Capitalize on the Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities:
Strategies and Funding Sources

April 2, 2014: 10:00 AM – NOON – REGISTER
Rutgers Student Center, Room 411, ABC 126 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

April 3, 2014: 10:00 AM - NOON - REGISTER 
Montclair Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

April 4, 2014: 10:00 AM – NOON – REGISTER
Camden County MUA, 1645 Ferry Avenue, Camden, NJ  08104

There is growing evidence that providing places to walk and bicycle is a successful strategy for maintaining or restoring economic vitality and improving public health in a community.

  • The presence of sidewalks and other walking and biking facilities is shown to increase property values and commercial rents 
  • Sidewalks and connected, well-maintained pedestrian networks allow citizens to safely and conveniently patronize local shops, businesses, and restaurants
  • Safe, walkable, environments provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to stay physically active, socially connected, and engaged.
  • Walking or biking can decrease car travel and thereby decrease harmful auto emissions. 

Attend this workshop to learn more about the strategies, tools, and funding opportunities available to help your town realize these benefits.

Workshop topics include:

  • The business case for making communities more walkable and bike friendly
  • Sustainable Jersey actions aimed at implementing pedestrian and bike friendly policies and environmental changes
  • Local case studies
  • Tips and strategies for applying for federal and state grants that can make your project a reality. In particular, tactics for applying to the current grant solicitation from the NJ Department of Transportation for $20 million dollars in Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives funding will be discussed.

Presenters include:

  • Renee Haider, Sustainable Jersey
  • Jerry Fried, NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center at Rutgers University and a former Mayor of Montclair
  • Elizabeth Ward, The RBA Group
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center at Rutgers University
  • Representative, New Jersey Department of Transportation (invited)
  • Regional Case Study Representatives

Co-Sponsored by:

NJ Safe Routes to School; NJ Department of Transportation, US Department of Transportation, NJ Future

Learn How to Finance Your Building Upgrades Through Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIPs) WORKSHOP

(This in-person workshop will be similar to the webinar, but will allow more time for discussion)

May 27, 2014 -- 1:00 - 3:00 PM  REGISTER
The College of New Jersey, Education Building, Room 212

Energy efficiency is one of the best ways municipalities and school districts can save money and tax dollars. An innovative financing tool, called an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), allows local government entities to leverage future energy savings to pay for building and equipment upgrades.

Paying for large-scale building upgrades such as high efficiency motors, transformers, water heaters, boilers, and air conditioning units can be challenging. A new financing tool, called an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP), allows New Jersey municipalities and school districts to leverage energy savings resulting from installing a package of energy efficiency measures to cover upfront costs. Learn how your organization can take advantage of this innovative financing tool to complete necessary large-scale building upgrades, and significantly reduce its energy costs. Learn more about how this underutilized option can help address your organization’s short and long term needs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Business administrators, facility and energy managers, mayors, town council and school board members, and Green Teams.

 

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