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February 9, 2009
Trenton, NJ

“HOLD THIS DATE”
Sustainable Jersey Goes Live

Press Conference:

February 26, 2009
10:00 am, Room 109
Statehouse, Trenton, NJ

For more information contact Medea Villeré, 732-932-5475 x660 medeav@rutgers.edu or William Dressel, League Executive Director at (609) 915-9072 or bdressel@njslom.com

The much anticipated Sustainable Jersey program will go live on February 26, 2009.

At 10:00 on February 26, 2009, a press conference will be held to announce that the much anticipated Sustainable Jersey program will go live. Speakers at the press conference will provide an overview and information on how to get more details. The press conference will be held at the Statehouse, room 109, in Trenton.

Speakers at the press conference will include Bill Dressel, Executive Director of the NJLM; Commissioner Mauriello of the NJDEP; President Jeanne Fox of the NJBPU, Randall Solomon of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers, Donna Drewes of the Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey; and the Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Committee for a Green Future, Meryl Frank of Highland Park and Fred Profeta of Maplewood; and David Grant of the G.R. Dodge Foundation, along with representatives from our corporate sponsors New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy and Clean Energy. 

Governor Jon Corzine has been invited to speak at the press conference.

On February 26th date, full details about how to apply for the Sustainable Jersey certification, along with applications for the Sustainable Jersey grants funded by Wal-Mart, will be available on the website www.sustainablejersey.com . Grant applications for the Sustainable Jersey Grants funded by Wal-Mart will be downloadable from the website and will be due late April. Awards will be made later in the spring of 09. State agencies will also be announcing new programs linked to Sustainable Jersey that include financial incentives.

The release of Sustainable Jersey has been moved from January 2009 to February to give the organizers time to accommodate the all of the feedback received from the dozens of reviewers of the Actions and Tools. In December 2008 and January 2009, NJ municipalities volunteered to serve as Beta testers for the Sustainable Jersey program prior to its release by providing their feedback on the actions, tools, point system and program overall. There were also expert reviewers outside of the pre-existing Sustainable Communities Working Group who accessed the program and provided structured feedback. Final work is underway to incorporate the great feedback into the program.

                       

 

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