Upcoming events

    • 27-Mar-2015
    • 31-Jul-2015
    • Electronic submission


    Download Award & Honoree Criteria HERE. 

    Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability.

    The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 13th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    The award categories are:

    • Suburban Green Project

    • Urban Green Project

    • Not for Profit Green Project

    • Corporate Culture and Sustainability Practices

     Innovative Sustainability Initiative

    • Student Project (Separate application, coming soon)

    In addition, the USGBC NJ Award Committee will also select a Municipal Honoree and a Corporate Honoree.

    Previous award honorees include: Colgate Global Technology Center; PNC Bank; NJ Economic Development Authority; Newark’s Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hampshire Real Estate Companies; Wyndham Worldwide; Panasonic Corporation; Prudential Real Estate Investors; BASF Corporation; the Rockefeller Group; L'Oreal USA Research & Innovation; Paterson Habitat for Humanity; Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters and Senator Cory Booker.

    USGBC NJ Former Board Chair Ed Seliga stated: “These folks do not do this for the accolades, of course. They do what they do because sustainability is a guiding principle behind these projects. We are proud to be casting a spotlight on these innovative projects, projects that are transforming NJ into a more sustainable state.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area.

    Deadline for submission is July 31, 2015.

    Award Winners to be announced on or before September 8th. The Gala takes place October 30, 2015.

    Please submit this form via e-mail to: and


    • 06-Jun-2015
    • The Columbia Trail, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Registration and pre and post festivities will be held at West Morris Central High School 259 Bartley Road, Chester NJ

     The 4th Annual Pedal for Preservation will begin and end at West Morris Central High School in Chester. 

    Four years ago The Land Conservancy of New Jersey began this family-friendly FLAT off road cycling event through picturesque small towns in Morris and Hunterdon counties. Pedal for Preservation highlights the scenic Columbia Trail and land preservation. The rail trail travels on PRESERVED land through forest, farms, and parkland alongside the South Branch of the Raritan River. 

    The event is not a race and is suitable for families, recreational riders, and avid cyclists.  New this year we will offer a guided hike for non-cyclists.  Please plan to join us!  Pedal for Preservation is one of The Land Conservancy’s biggest fundraisers and is fundamental to our efforts to preserve natural land and water resources. 

    When: Saturday, June 6, 2015

    Where: The Columbia Trail, Morris and Hunterdon Counties.  Registration and pre and post festivities will be held at West Morris Central High School 259 Bartley Road, Chester NJ 

    Who: Anyone interested in discovering the Columbia Trail and connecting with the outdoors.  Serious riders can use this as a training ride. The flat shaded path is suitable for more casual riders too. The entire length of the trail is 30 miles round-trip but there are a number of shorter options available perfect for participants of all ages.

    Why: New Jersey’s valuable undeveloped lands are disappearing at an alarming pace and open space funding is limited, so the work of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is more important than ever.  The Land Conservancy provides creative solutions to concerned individuals, landowners, communities, businesses, and government entities who are committed to take action now to preserve New Jersey’s land and drinking water resources, protect wildlife, and care for our parkland, farmland and open spaces. By working together, we are making New Jersey a better place to live, work, and raise a family.  

    See the The Land Conservancy of NJ's website for more info.

    • 15-Jun-2015
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Triumph Brewing Co., 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

    CLICK HERE for Governor Florio's bio.

    CLICK HERE for Mitch Carpen's bio. 

    • 17-Jun-2015
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • NJIT School of Architecture


    June 17, 2015

    8:30 am to 4:00 pm

    at NJIT School of Architecture

    Featuring AIANJ COTE

    Top10 Green Projects


    Conference Program & Schedule

    Continental Breakfast/Check-in 8:00am 8:50am
    Opening Plenary 9:00am 9:50am
    Breakout Session 1 10:00am 11:00am
    Breakout Session 2 11:15am 12:15pm
    Lunch 12:15pm 1:00pm
    Breakout Session 3 1:15pm 2:15pm
    Closing Session 2:30pm 3:45pm
    Networking Reception 3:45pm 5:00pm

    Opening Plenary Session:

    Speaker Names: Faith Taylor

    SVP Global Corporate Responsibility at Wyndham Worldwide Hotels

    Background: This opening plenary will feature Faith Taylor who is a senior global executive with progressive record of achievements and significant experience in strategic planning, development of new and existing businesses, innovation and change management, P&L and brand management as well as marketing.

    Breakout Sessions:

    Session 1

    Track 1A: From LEED to Living Buildings – Continuing to Transform the Market

    Speaker: Rollie Jones, CIH, Environmental ConnectionTrack 1A

    Course Description: Green building has often been about creating ‘less bad’ buildings. LEEDv4, released in November 2014 goes beyond doing less bad to creating buildings that give back. Living Building Challenge has been focused on this since 2006, aspiring to create buildings which are net positive energy & water and net zero waste while instilling beauty, place, and healthy indoor environments. This session will provide an overview of LBC v3 and examples of how to create buildings that good for people and the planet.

    Track 1B:  Green Building Risks & Rewards, A Legal Perspective

    Speaker: Mary Jane Augustine, LEEDap, Partner, McCarter & English

    Course Description: We often hear about the benefits of building green for the people in the buildings, environment, and long term profitability but what about the risks? With green building comes greater responsibility and therefore an inherently higher standard of care some think. This session will explore the risks and rewards from a legal perspective.

    Session 2

    Track 2A: Developing a Green Building Master Plan – A New Paradigm in Planning & Design

    Speaker: Greg Somjen, AIA, Partner, Parette Somjen Architects llc

    Course Description: Greening existing facilities and planning for the sustainable design and construction of new ones can be challenging and daunting. Where does it begin and end? What is included and not? Parette Somjen Architects, in association with the US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter, has developed a template for greening existing buildings by developing a comprehensive green master plan based on the LEED for Existing Building rating system. This session will use two recently completed plans as case studies to demonstrate the concepts, components, and organization of such plans which are necessary to effectively green our existing buildings long term and adequately address climate change in doing so. 75% of all buildings that will be here in 25 years already exist and unless we develop plans for greening these existing buildings we will not meet the Architecture 2030 targets.

    Track 2B: Renewable Energy – Then, Now and When

    Speaker: Lyle Rawlings, PE, Advanced Solar Products

    Course Description: New Jersey has been a leader in the renewable energy field since the development and implementation of its renewable portfolio standard in early 2000’s. The market has changed dramatically in 15 years and is poised to evolve yet again in the coming decade as alternatives to fossil fuel are sought more and more in the quest to address climate change. Lyle Rawlings has been a pioneer in this industry since the 70’s and remains as an active inventor, advocate, and business leader today. This presentation will provide a brief history of renewable energy in New Jersey, where the industry and policy are today, and a glimpse of the future and what may be, highlighting new legislation that can propel New Jersey to new levels of a sustainable economy potentially.

    Session 3

    Track 3A : Specifying Green Materials for LEEDv4 & LBC Compliance, What Makes a Product Green?

    Speaker: Lia Nielsen, LEEDga, Owner, Simply Sustainable llc, Partner, Green Building Center

    Course Description: Green materials do not “get” you LEED points typically, yet we hear manufacturers making this claim all the time. They do, however, contribute to many. Living Building Challenge’s Material Petal requires strict adherence to a chemical red list. The new requirements in LEED v4 using Health Product Declarations and Environmental Product Declarations are pushing market transformation once again by encouraging material ingredient disclosure and transparency. Learn how to navigate the new LEED v4 material credit requirements and Living Building Challenge material petal in this seminar as well as understand the ever changing market of selecting and specifying the greenest materials possible.

    Track 3B: Designing & Commissioning High Performance Building Envelopes

    Speaker: Thomas Jakab, Director Business Development & Marketing Vidaris

    Course Description: The weakness of many buildings, even ‘green’ ones is often the building envelope and air leakage resulting from poorly designed or constructed systems. Vidaris specialized in the design support of high performance building envelopes and their commissioning. LEEDv4 has introduced building envelope commissioning as an option to earn additional points within the rating system. This is something that Architects may want to consider offering as a value added service to their clients, who better to commission a building envelope that it’s Architect? This session will discuss various high performance envelope systems and the process of commissioning them.

    Closing Session:

    The International Green Construction Code & IBC in New Jersey

    Speaker:  Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow/Faculty, CSBA, NJDCA Code Advisory Board Member

    Course Description: New Jersey has typically been a leader in code adoption and innovation. Since skipping the adoption of the IBC 2012 codes, New Jersey has fallen behind other States. With the adoption of 2015 IBC codes this year and the potential for now considering the adoption of the IgCC 2015 overlay code, New Jersey stands poised to once again take a leadership role. The IgCC presents some unique problems for New Jersey because of its performance based approach and varying levels within it that are no longer just ‘bare minimum’ standards. Florida, Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona, Oregon, Rhode Island, North Carolina & Maryland have all adopted IgCC to some degree largely as a voluntary or equivalent compliance standard. While there are many pieces of legislation in New Jersey that talk about green building standards and designing green buildings, the State has yet to adopt a standard such as IgCC which clearly and definitively defines what constitutes a green building from a code compliance standpoint.

    Registration Information: CLICK HERE.



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    • 22-Jun-2015
    • 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • New Jersey National Golf Club, 579 Allen Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
    • 89

    CLICK HERE for link to Jim Corrigan's bio.

    Call for Volunteers for the Golf Committee.

    Interested parties contact


    Thank you to our SILVER SPONSORS:

    • 24-Jun-2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • Surf City, 1 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

    (Unlimited free parking for cars and bicycles in the parking lot across Marin Blvd., once you enter Liberty Harbor.)

    Visit the EP webpage

    Emerging Professionals- 
    Let's Emerge Green 
    • 30-Jun-2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Waterfront Technology Center at Camden (LEED Gold Certified) 200 Federal Street, Camden, NJ

    USGBC NJ Chapter
    South Branch Presents

    Mitch Carpen, Executive Director of The Energy Resilience Bank

    Presentation & Networking Dinner 

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    6:00 – 8:30 PM
    (Sign-in starting at 5:30)

    Waterfront Technology Center at Camden
    (LEED Gold Certified)

    200 Federal Street
    (NJEDA Offices, 1st Floor Conference Room)
    Camden, NJ

    Come out and enjoy a night of networking and socializing with others in green building & advocacy related fields. 

    Mitch Carpen, Executive Director of New Jersey’s Energy Resilience Bank
    Mitch Carpen, of Plainfield, NJ, is the ERB’s Executive Director and serves as the head of the ERB, leading all aspects of its strategy and execution. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for managing the pipeline of ERB investments, overseeing the selection and closing of individual deals, setting the direction of the ERB, and actively managing relations with local, state and Federal government and the public. Mr. Carpen is an experienced banking professional with international experience and expertise in corporate lending, risk management, compliance regulations, portfolio management and technology to drive business initiatives and decision making. Mr. Carpen is returning to New Jersey from Singapore, where he worked for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., as Assistant General Manager, Head of Credit Portfolio Risk and Strategy. Mr. Carpen earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science and a master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in mathematics of finance from Columbia University, New York.

    As part of the Christie Administration’s continuing efforts to minimize the potential for future major power outages and increase energy resiliency, the State established the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank (ERB), the first of its kind in the nation to focus on energy resilience. Utilizing $200 million through New Jersey’s second Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) allocation, the ERB will support the development of distributed energy resources at critical facilities throughout the state.

    Dinner will be included. 


    Members/ Non-members/ Students/ Emerging Professionals: $30 

    Event Sponsorship: $350
    (Includes recognition in event promo and materials, and two tickets to the event)


    • 22-Jul-2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23-Jul-2015
    • 4:30 PM
    • Traxon Technologies, 20 Murray Hill Parkway, Suite 110, East Rutherford, NJ

    USGBC NJ Presents

    GPRO: Fundamentals of Building Green +
    Electrical Systems

    DATE: July 22 + 23, 2015 

    TIME: Workshop 9 am - 4:30 pm BOTH DAYS
    (Registration:  8:45 am)
    Lunch provided.

    LOCATION: Traxon Technologies, 20 Murray Hill Parkway,
    Suite 110, East Rutherford, NJ
    (Do not call Traxon for info)

    Approved Grantees*: Free
    USGBC NJ Members: $435
    Non-Members: $485

    *Employees of NJ businesses may qualify to take this course fully-funded. Interested companies should contact Florence Block, USGBC NJ Executive Director at (973) 290-0013 or

    INSTRUCTOR: Tom Gardega
    Mr Gardega brings a vast amount of experience in instructing and curriculum development, and is a licensed New York State instructor. In that roll Mr. Gardega developed curriculums and delivered the same for: electrical calculations, estimating, control wiring methodologies, math, algebra, energy auditing, green technology, GPRO Fundamentals, GPRO Electric and industry specific designed courses. Mr Gardega is presently writing an estimating text book that includes the energy auditing building information systems, benchmarking, commissioning and green technologies. Mr. Gardega is a certified electrical inspector.

    DESCRIPTION: The construction industry is moving quickly towards greener, high-performing buildings, creating increased demand across the country for sustainable building skills.

    GPRO Electrical Systems (EL) explains the essential role electricians play on sustainable construction projects. Taught by industry experts using real-life classroom exercises, GPRO Electrical Systems gives experienced electricians the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices.

    GPRO EL is ideal for a range of professionals in the electrical industry including subcontractors, installers, and technicians.

    This 12-hour certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.



    Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green

    • Economic and health benefits of green building
    • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
    • Transitioning to sustainable construction practices
    • Complying with green codes and standards
    • Understanding LEED
    • Overview of green building strategies
    • The importance of commissioning

    Part 2: Electrical Systems

    • Important sustainability issues for electricians
    • Economic opportunities for the electrical industry
    • The role of electrical systems within the “whole-building” approach
    • The key differences between green and conventional electrical products and work practices
    • Improving efficiencies in lighting and HVAC
    • New technologies for distributed generation
    • Using benchmarking and other tools to maintain building performance
    • The electrician’s role in the building commissioning process
    • Retrofitting existing buildings with energy-efficient technologies
    • Green bidding issues for electricians


    GPRO Electrical Systems qualifies for 10 AIA and GBCI CE Credits. See for details.


    • 19-Aug-2015
    • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Martell's Tiki Bar, 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ


    • 30-Oct-2015
    • 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • LEED Certified Conference Center, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ


    CLICK HERE for more info + submission form for Gala Awards Nominations. 

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