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  • 05-Dec-2014 11:08 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Election Period Open!
    Members Cast Your Votes For The
    2015 Board of Directors




    Meet The Candidates At The Annual


    Chapter Members:
    To View Candidate Profiles and to Cast your Votes

    Deadline 12/31


    The Election voting page is only accessible to NJ Chapter members.


    To renew, or become a member, click here: http://www.usgbcnj.org/membership


  • 25-Nov-2014 11:44 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Going green goes beyond the building: Sustainability measures take new forms for N.J. corporations


    By Joshua Burd
    NJ BIZ, November 24, 2014 at 3:00 AM



    Wyndham Worldwide's Parsippany headquarters is a LEED Silver building. - (PHOTO BY AARON HOUSTON)


    CLICK HERE to see the article on NJ Biz's website.

    CLICK HERE to open the article as a PDF.


    Take a walk through Wyndham Worldwide's headquarters campus in Parsippany, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave.


    There’s the 24-hour fitness center and the full-service cafeteria, which you’ll find at many other modern office spaces. But you can’t say the same about the on-site Starbucks, the credit union and the general store that sells groceries and greeting cards.

    Not to mention the on-site nurse who can write prescriptions.

    The amenities are meant to keep Wyndham’s existing employees satisfied and attract new ones. But they serve another equally important purpose for the global hospitality giant: keep the employees on campus.

    Specifically, for the purpose of reducing their use of automobiles undefined a concept that’s easy to overlook but critical to Wyndham’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

    It’s a key focus for many corporate anchors in New Jersey, a state that’s rich with Fortune 500 companies and a tight-knit business community. And experts say sustainability is becoming increasingly important across all industries undefined especially as the concept expands beyond the traditional definition of being environmentally conscious.

    Stakeholders say the concept has come a long way from 20 years ago, when sustainability was focused largely on building design and construction. That gave way to the U.S. Green Building Council and the building certification system known as LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

    But today, experts said “sustainability” can cover everything from employee health and social responsibility to a company’s supply chain and vendor partnerships.

    “The lines are blurred,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “But at the end of the day, everyone’s concerned with what I call the ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance), and that covers all of it.



    Faith Taylor, Anastasia Harison and David DeVos.


    “And that’s what investors are looking at us for, so this is going to keep evolving.”

    The concept can be tough to quantify and measure undefined especially given the lack of uniform regulation across the country undefined but experts say there’s plenty to be said for doing the right thing. And, equally important, it makes good business sense.

    Just ask Prudential Real Estate Investors, which in 2011 oversaw the installation of 10.5 megawatts of rooftop solar panel systems across its worldwide portfolio, adding more than $56 million to the value of the properties.

    “I like to say that, if properly applied, sustainability initiatives are cost-effective,” said David DeVos, Prudential Real Estate Investors’ vice president and global director of sustainability. “If they weren’t cost-effective, it wasn’t done properly.”

    Reducing a company’s carbon footprint is easier when it owns its real estate, experts say. But today, “the large developers are bringing the facilities to you LEED-ready, which was never heard of before,” said Anastasia Harrison, the immediate past chair of the USGBC New Jersey.

    That’s made it easier for tenants looking to improve sustainability.

    But even for companies without that advantage, there are other ways to achieve that goal: educating employees, partnering with environmentally conscious organizations, changing its supply chain.


    The grounds of Wyndham Worldwide.



    As a company with a global portfolio of hotels and hospitality properties, Wyndham has made all of those areas part of its focus. Taylor said that, to date, some 25 percent of its $2.1 billion supply chain meets the company’s green requirements through actions such as using furniture and uniforms made of recycled materials.

    “Our supply chain, to me, is our biggest opportunity,” she said.

    The company, meantime, is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions and water usage 20 percent by 2020.

    As the definition of sustainability has evolved, so has the way it’s measured. Harrison said that, when the LEED rating system was created some 20 years ago, it was tailored to commercial buildings on the basis of design and construction. Today, there are systems for multiple building types undefined and the requirements have become more sophisticated.

    And when the USGBC honors a company, it’s going beyond the building.

    “Now we’re looking at a much deeper layer of sustainability,” Harrison said. “What is that company doing? What is their sustainable impact on our state? How are they giving back to the youth, to their own employees, to the environment?

    “And that’s really showcasing, I think, what’s happening in New Jersey. It’s not the little LEED projects anymore. It’s these large companies that are doing remarkable work.”




  • 14-Nov-2014 11:38 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Camden Cancer Hospital Earns USGBC-NJ Emerald Award


    By Steve Lubetkin | Philadelphia


    Nov. 13, 2014


    CAMDEN, NJ  - When Cooper University Health Care topped off its new 103,050-square-foot cancer facility in Camden, NJ, workers laid a final beam with the inscription “Building Hope.” Beyond providing hope through cutting-edge care and discoveries for those stricken with cancer, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was built to create hope for the environment.

    The center has been recognized by the US Green Building Council’s New Jersey Chapter for setting a new standard for sustainability among health care facilities. The project received USGBC-NJ’s Emerald Award earlier this month.....


    Read the full article on GlobeSt.com HERE. 


    Or click here for a PDF. 


  • 11-Nov-2014 9:21 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    USGBC NJ is now accepting nominations for the 2015 
    Chapter Board of Directors


    Members of the 2014 Board pictured, left to right, back:
    Florence Block (USGBC NJ Executive Director); Jim Corrigan; David DeVos; Bill Gates; Harry McLellan (General Counsel); Anastasia Harrison (Immediate Past Chair); Aaron Kalisher; Vance Merolla; and Jed Richardson.
    Front row: Ana Meyer; Ed Seliga (Chair); Tracey Kasper; Faith Taylor (Vice Chair); and Zach Gallagher (Secretary).
    Not pictured: R.J. Donnelly (Treasurer); Tom Hales; Attilio Rivetti; Robert Schmitt; and Gregg Woodruff.

    Click here for info on the 2014 Board, pictured above.



    We are seeking candidates that bring the membership diversity, leadership qualities, and attributes needed to assure strong and dynamic NJ Chapter leadership and governance.

    The responsibilities of a Board Members are critical elements required to support the USGBC NJ mission and green building best practices for the health of our citizens, economic viability and environmental stewardship.

    Please review the attached documents on the links below and submit your applications no later than 11/26/14.

    USGBC NJ 2015 Board of Directors Nomination Package


    USGBC Chapter Conflict policy


    USGBC Chapter Conflict of Interest Policy acknowledgment

    USGBC NJ Board Seat Categories:

    Environmental
    Green Building Professionals/Construction
    Education
    Real Estate
    Finance
    Insurance
    Hospitality
    Health/Pharma
    Energy
    Government & Nonprofit




    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Call for nominations  

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Deadline to receive candidate applications  

    Week of December 1, 2014

    Nomination Committee meets to select + finalize the Slate

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    Candidates notified re: their selection for the slate  

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    Voting begins; announcement sent out to membership

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Holiday Party

    "Meet the Candidates" event.  All candidates must attend.  

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (if quorum is reached)

    Balloting is closed at midnight

    Week of January 5, 2015

    Week of January 5, 2015

    Current Board informed of results

    New Board Notified of results

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Election results announced  publicly via e-mail; those elected reminded of January Retreat date  


  • 04-Nov-2014 2:19 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Bayer: A Green Past, and an Even Greener Future



    PRESS RELEASE


    Contact:
    Josh Berkman
    Beckerman
    201-465-8029


    Whippany, N.J., (November 3, 2014) – For Bayer HealthCare, sponsorship of the 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala, hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC NJ), is a celebration of its new state-of the art U.S. facilities in Whippany, N.J. as well as decades of leadership in sustainability. Bayer is not only a sponsor of USGBC NJ’s Emerald Awards Gala, it is also one of the winners that will be honored at the event, which is taking place on Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    Bayer’s new facility represents its significant presence in N.J., where 2,500 employees are based. The facility is housed on a 690,000-square-foot, adjoined two-building campus that was once home to Alcatel-Lucent. When the company committed to relocating to this site, it hired Gensler, KA Architecture, Genesis Engineers, Rockbrook Consulting, Bohler & Hamilton and PS&S to help design and plan a complete renovation. Bayer has earned LEED Platinum certification for Interior Fit-out and continues pursuing LEED Gold certification for Core and Shell.

    “Bayer embraced the guiding principles of sustaining economic growth without harming the planet or exhausting its resources, while providing spaces that improve the quality of life for its current and future employees,” said Dan Apel, Senior Vice President, Head of Bayer HealthCare Central Administration & Organization, and Whippany Site Head.

    After remediating the site to bring it to current standards, the project team implemented new environmental monitoring and treatment systems. Over the course of the project, specific focus on resource awareness, recycling and waste reduction resulted in diversion of more than 99 percent of construction and demolition material from landfill. Bayer’s commitment to recycling and re-use continues today. The company is using an organic food waste disposal system in its cafeteria kitchen to ensure that refuse can become part of the planet’s recovery.

    Bayer has also taken a leadership role in establishing a corporate culture that is committed to reducing the impact of employee motor vehicle travel. The company provides conveniently located bike racks, an onsite fitness center with showers, charging stations and preferred parking for electric and hybrid vehicles, shuttle service to area train stations at no cost to employees, and the addition of two bus lines within a one-quarter mile of the campus.

    Inside the buildings, Bayer’s focus on reducing energy use – and increasing employee productivity through comfort – permeates throughout. Open-plan workspaces allow natural sunlight to flow everywhere, while photocells, mechanical shades, individual task lighting and occupancy sensors enable the company to continually adjust and optimize lighting based on need. To ensure that Bayer’s employees could work in optimal health and comfort, Bayer designed its campus to incorporate three miles of walking paths and gave workers a selection of ergonomic chairs sourced from companies that manufactured their products according to best practices in sustainability. Each workstation is also outfitted with electronic sit-to-stand desks to encourage less sitting. Finally Bayer looked to dramatically reduce water use throughout the campus by installing low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms, kitchen and on-site showers.

    While Bayer reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 33 percent from 1990 to 2005, the company wanted to do even better. At the Whippany campus, energy-efficiency has taken the form of a white roof to reduce heat gain, a demand-controlled ventilation system to diminish HVAC loads, automated solar shades and energy-efficient equipment.

    “All of these strategies, among many others, would not have been successful without the integrated collaboration that took place very early on from all project team members and the continued focus by our employees everyday on sustainability,” Apel added.

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed online prior to the event. Pre-bidding is available HERE. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “USGBC NJ Gala sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org.

    REGISTRATION is available here.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

    For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*


    *As of September, 2014


  • 31-Oct-2014 2:27 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    The New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition: 
    Environmental Leadership With Tangible Results 


    PRESS RELEASE 


    Contact:
    Josh Berkman
    Beckerman
    201-465-8029


    New Brunswick, N.J. (October 31, 2014) – In 2013, the initiatives undertaken by the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition (NJCCC) – a public/private partnership that focuses on advancing economic, environmental and energy security through petroleum reduction in the transportation sector -- directly resulted in the reduction of more than 4.2 million gallons of petroleum and a resultant GHG reduction of over 21,000 tons. For that, among its many achievements, the U.S. Green Buildings Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) is honoring NJCCC at its 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala.

    The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University. The Emerald Awards celebrate organizations, like NJCCC, that demonstrate outstanding achievement and best practices in sustainability.

    “NJCCC’s approach brings a diverse group of stakeholders together to offer solutions that are not only cleaner, but also save money, more efficiently use our limited resources and reduce dependence on foreign sources for petroleum,” said Chuck Feinberg, Chairman of the Board of NJCCC. “While there are federal emission standards in place for newer vehicles and retrofits reduce the impact of older diesel vehicles, NJCCC provides a level of environmental leadership that exceeds all existing programs and provides significant, tangible benefits.”

    The significant impact demonstrated by NJCCC is a result of the organization’s outreach, education and project initiatives. Two key projects that exemplify these efforts include:

    • NJCCC received a four-year $15 million ARRA grant from the US Department of Energy in 2009, with which it leveraged an additional $37 million of non-federal money to establish NJ’s first state-wide alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure program. Through this public/private partnership, NJCCC helped to accelerate the transition of private and municipal fleets to cleaner burning, domestically produced, compressed natural gas (CNG). Under the recently concluded program, the funding offset the cost of deploying 305 CNG trash trucks and shuttle buses belonging to 15 public and private fleets, and the construction of six CNG stations across New Jersey. The project directly resulted in the displacement of over 1.7 million gallons of petroleum annually, while eliminating an estimated 896,772 pounds of pollutants and GHG emissions.

    • NJCCC manages an approximately $4 million program for the repowering of unregulated marine engines with less polluting and more fuel-efficient EPA certified Tier 2 & 3 engines. This diverse partnership with companies operating in New York Harbor significantly reduces emissions from several of the dirtiest legacy marine engines operating in waters adjacent to New Jersey and New York communities. Once fully implemented, the ongoing project will result in estimated annual emission reductions of more than 7 tons of particulate matter (PM), 18 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), 140 tons of NOx and 2.5 tons of hydrocarbons (HC) that will improve air quality in the region. In addition, the new engines are expected to result in 15-16% improvement in fuel economy, resulting in estimated diesel fuel savings of 4M-5M gallons over the lifetime of the engines.

    “NJCCC’s initiatives have furthered the development, acceptance and use of alternative fuels in the state of New Jersey,” said Florence Block, Executive Director of USGBC NJ. “The organization contributes to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and serves as a model in sustainability for the business world. We’re honored to have the opportunity to recognize NJCCC for all of its efforts at our Emerald Awards Gala.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed online prior to the event. View items, or pre-bid here. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org.

    REGISTRATION is available here.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

    For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


  • 23-Oct-2014 9:34 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

      




    Contact:
    Josh Berkman
    Beckerman
    201-465-8029
    jberkman@beckerman.com



    For Immediate Release


    CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS on NJ.com



    Jersey City’s P.S. 5 is One of Two Schools Selected for USGBC NJ Statewide Pilot Program to Develop Green School Master Plan

    Mayor Fulop Joins Students, School Officials and USGBC NJ Reps at School
    to Celebrate Its Leadership in Sustainability

    Jersey City, N.J., (October 22, 2014) – The New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC NJ) and school officials joined Mayor Steve Fulop today at Jersey City’s P.S. 5 to celebrate with students the school’s selection to help create a statewide framework for a green school master plan that can be replicated nationwide.

    Financed by the U.S. Green Building Council through an impact grant to USGBC NJ, the green school master plan project is a pilot project that builds on previous work coordinated by the chapter – along with partners NJ School Boards Association and Sustainability New Jersey – including the NJ Sustainable Schools project and the Green Ribbon Awards. These initiatives have created opportunities for schools to divert cost savings, achieved through various sustainability strategies, into other core educational priorities during a time of budgetary retrenchment.

    Some of these strategies include improving energy efficiency, reducing water use, implementing recycling programs, planting school gardens, offering healthier food options, incorporating environmental curricula, utilizing green cleansing products and cutting carbon emissions. But the process for implementation of these strategies can be inefficient, time-consuming and costly. The average age of a school building in New Jersey exceeds 50 years, which means that capital improvements are necessary in some cases. In addition, there are governance protocols with which districts must contend. While USGBC NJ – in collaboration with NJSBA – has the expertise to help districts connect to a wealth of available financial mechanisms and to develop their strategies, there is a need to formalize a set of best practices that will allow districts and schools to achieve sustainability in a more streamlined and expedient fashion. This need serves as the impetus for the green school master plan project.

    P.S. 5 was selected as one of two schools to assist, under the guidance of Parette Somjen Architects, LLC, in the development of a green school master plan. Perth Amboy High School is the other school currently working on a master plan.

    “In schools throughout this country, $8 billion is spent each year on energy,” Greg Somjen, AIA, managing partner of Parette Somjen Architects and USGBC NJ’s program representative told the P.S. 5 students. “If we could save just 25% that would be worth $2 billion. A lot of things could be done with that money instead of spending it on energy.”

    The green master plan project will include the establishment of a set of measurable objectives, development of a credit matrix for bridging the various green school certifications and conducting facility audits, implementation of regional sustainability leadership training, process evaluation, collecting and sharing of resources through an online platform, creation of sustainability videos and tutorials and development of the Sustainable School District Guidebook.

    “It is a priority of our administration to build LEED® certified municipal buildings and to encourage the development of private construction that meets green building standards," said Mayor Fulop. “We are proud that a commitment to sustainability is also being fostered in our public schools. I am delighted that the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has recognized Jersey City’s leadership in meeting 21st century standards of sustainability and has selected PS #5 to help blaze the trail toward a greener future for our community.”

    Demonstrating his commitment to sustainability, Mayor Fulop will deliver a keynote address at USGBC NJ’s 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

    For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


  • 17-Oct-2014 11:43 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)


    MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Builds Hope Through Sustainability

    World-Class Cancer Treatment Center’s New Camden Facility Wins USGBC NJ Emerald Award for Urban Green Projects

    Camden, N.J. (October 17, 2014) -- When Cooper University Health Care topped off its new 103,050-square-foot cancer facility in Camden, N.J., workers laid a final beam with the inscription “Building Hope.” Beyond providing hope through cutting-edge care and discoveries for those stricken with cancer, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was built to create hope for the environment. The center sets a new standard for sustainability among health care facilities and, for that, the United States Green Building Council-New Jersey chapter (USGBC NJ) will honor the project with an Emerald Award at the organization’s 12th Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 7 at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    Built on three acres of previously contaminated brownfield, the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper was designed by Langan Engineering and planned by project architect and LEED® coordinator Francis Cauffman. Partners Engineering & Science performed the Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineering. The goal was for the building to perform 18% above base code energy requirements. Unique and innovative features include:

    • Carefully graded pedestrian paths accessible by all people on site and connected to adjacent campus amenities and mass transit

    • Night-sky friendly, energy-efficient lighting that provides enough light for safety while meeting LEED® goals and lowering energy consumption

    • Sustainable stormwater management systems that incorporate landscape areas and engineered systems for cleansing and infiltration that exceed local and state water-quality requirements

    • Lush landscaping, including plantings in beds and pavings specially designed to minimize rooftop loading while creating a green, calming environment

    • Redevelopment of a contaminated site through innovative approaches to soil reuse and removal of underground tanks

    In addition to energy reduction and environmental remediation, the team of designers and planners also focused on indoor air quality in order to provide the optimal environment for patients with compromised immune systems, as well as for their families and the facility staff. This meant eliminating or minimizing human exposure to various chemicals by:

    • Designing the ventilation system to a more stringent code than ASHRAE 62.1

    • Monitoring outdoor air intake for pollutants

    • Specifying low-emitting materials for all adhesives, paints, flooring and composite wood products

    • Developing and enforcing a construction IAQ management plan

    Finally, the team left a percentage of the building as shell space to provide maximum flexibility for future fit-outs and so those projects would require minimal disruption to center operations and the environment.

    “Our focus has always been creating the most cutting-edge healing environment for our patients to allow us to give the best possible cancer care,” said Generosa Grana, MD, Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “Our new facility encompasses healing features for our patients, but also our community through the design and sustainability of the building.”

    USGBC NJ Executive Director Florence Block added: “It is a matter of social responsibility for a leading medical center to maintain an environment that is both healthy for all occupants and that protects the integrity of its surrounding area. In this case, the MD Anderson Cancer Center of Cooper has actually improved the surrounding environment while raising the bar for energy efficiency and interior air quality.

    “We are thrilled for the opportunity to present an Emerald Award to MD Anderson and its team of engineers and architects.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

    For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*
    *As of September, 2014


    Contact:
    Josh Berkman
    Beckerman
    jberkman@beckermanpr.com
    201-465-8029



  • 14-Oct-2014 10:57 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)




    L’Oréal USA’s Commitment to Sustainability Earns Company the USGBC NJ Emerald Award




    Clark, N.J. (October 14, 2014) - While L’Oréal might be best known for its products that make people look and feel beautiful, the world’s leading cosmetics company believes it has a responsibility to help maintain the planet’s natural beauty by advancing the cause of sustainability. In 2013, the company announced its Sharing Beauty With All initiative, an ambitious set of sustainability goals set for 2020 that have been embraced by its US Research and Innovation unit. L’Oréal USA Research and Innovation will be honored for this commitment by the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC NJ) at its 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on November 7. The event will take place at the Conference Center of the LEED®-certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    “L’Oréal has a strong legacy in sustainability and our research teams will play a key role in the company achieving its 2020 goals,” said Stephan Habif, Senior VP, Research and Innovation, the Americas. “Balancing our success as a company with the needs of society has always been part of the way we do business.”

    Even before the company launched Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oreal USA R&I began to lay the groundwork for its 2020 commitments. Among the many steps it took were issuance of a formal policy, creation of a cross-functional sustainability committee that includes representatives from all major units, initiation of an annual symposium to share best practices and exchange new ideas in sustainability, deployment of a computer-based, raw materials inventory system, installation of LED, motion-activated lights and rooftop photovoltaic systems at two major buildings in order to achieve an immediate 40 percent reduction in energy usage and an annual reduction of 1,692 metric tons of CO2, installation of daylighting systems to maximize natural sunlight and installation of new low E-coated windows that reduce the need for climate control.

    “L’Oreal USA R&I is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished in a short timeframe when resources, expertise and corporate vision are all aligned towards the goal of leadership in sustainability,” said Florence Block, Executive Director of USGBC NJ. “We have no doubt that L’Oreal USA R&I will meet its 2020 commitments and USGBC NJ looks forward to serving as a resource for the Sharing Beauty With All initiative.”

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed on the USGBC NJ website prior to the event. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org.

    REGISTRATION is available here.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

    For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community. There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


    Contact:
    Josh Berkman
    Beckerman
    201-465-8029
    jberkman@beckermanpr.com




  • 08-Oct-2014 10:27 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)




    PRESS RELEASE

    Contact: Josh Berkman
    Director, Real Estate
    Beckerman Public Relations
    (201) 465-8029


    US Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter 12th Annual Emerald Awards Recipients



    Morristown, N.J. (October 7, 2014) - Each year, U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) recognizes and presents the distinguished awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.

    The winners of the distinguished awards will be celebrated at USGBC NJ’s 12th Annual Emerald Awards Gala on Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    The 2014 award winners are:
    •Corporate Culture: L'Oreal USA Research & Innovation
    • Innovative Sustainability Initiative: Advancement of Alternative Transportation Fuels from NJ Clean Cities
    • Not-for-Profit Green Project: Harrison Green from Paterson Habitat for Humanity
    • Urban Green Project: MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
    • Suburban Green Project (TIED):
    Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center
    • Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters

    • Honorable Mention:
    • County College of Morris - Landscape and Horticultural Technology Center
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Research
    • DTCC Headquarters - Jersey City


    These inspiring projects span a wide range of topics and boast some impressive achievements. Examples include:

    • In the first phase of creating its new campus in Clark, L'Oréal USA Research & Innovation converted dated offices in a 50-year-old former distribution center into modern, sustainable laboratories. The project achieved LEED Gold status in 2013. Project Campus is an example of a corporate culture of sustainability that includes aggressive goals, detailed standards and compassion for the community.

    • In 2013, the activities of the NJ Clean Cities Coalition directly resulted in the reduction of more than 4.2 million gallons of petroleum and a resultant GHG reduction of over 21,000 tons.

    Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s Harrison Green provides five LEED Platinum Homes that families earning 80% or below Area Median Income can afford, while lowering monthly maintenance and energy costs through the utilization of innovative green building technologies.

    MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is a state of the art healthcare facility located on three acres of remediated, previously contaminated brownfield in Camden. It is designed to deliver a world-class healthcare experience and improve the overall quality of life for patients and the surrounding community.

    • The Kent Place School Upper School Academic Center is a new 45,000-square-foot LEED Gold addition that embraces the school’s traditional aesthetic and rich history and traditions, while serving as a forward-looking, integrated learning tool for the students who inhabit it on a daily basis. In addition, the school supports a curriculum that integrates sustainability as a core value and consciously reinforces that value on a daily basis.

    • Located in Whippany, the Bayer HealthCare U.S. Headquarters is part of one of the largest-scale, mixed-use redevelopment sites in northern New Jersey. The Vision Equities and Rubenstein Partners team designed, executed approvals and developed a 675,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified facility for this global industry leader and long-time New Jersey corporate citizen.

    • The County College of Morris’ new LEED Gold-Certified Landscape and Horticultural Technology Building is a physical manifestation of the College’s commitment to environmental stewardship, and a highly visible, hands-on teaching tool for the campus community. The CCM Board of Trustees also recently passed a comprehensive sustainability resolution to strengthen and further enhance the college’s environmental goals.

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Monninger Center for Learning and Research is a new learning center that integrates a historic building into a LEED GOLD academic complex. The Monninger Center represents the commitment of FDU to create an innovative library and learning center that is both a hub of student life and a demonstration of institutional values of sustainability, transparency, reverence for history and engagement with new technology.

    • The DTCC Headquarters in Jersey City is the commercial office interior renovation of 300,000 square feet and 12 floors at 570 Washington Blvd in Jersey City. Through integrating sustainability into the culture at DTCC, attainment of LEED Gold certification for its headquarters and sharing its achievement through the educational tour, DTCC is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability in New Jersey. DTCC is the largest LEED certified commercial interiors project to date in the state of New Jersey.

    “I am truly inspired by the award winners we are honoring,” said Florence Block, Executive Director, USGBC NJ. “These finalists are an example of the best in sustainability and green design that New Jersey has to offer.”
    USGBC NJ 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.”

    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; and Senator Cory Booker.

    USGBC NJ’s annual gala is considered the networking event of the year by green building and sustainability professionals in the Tri-State area. This year, the gala will also feature a silent auction. Items will be displayed online prior to the event, and pre-bidding is available Nov. 4th, 5th & 6th HERE. Those who wish to donate to the auction should contact Caitlin Nagel at Caitlin.Nagel@wyn.com.

    USGBC NJ is also currently recruiting sponsors for the gala. Sponsor contributions provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s education programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provide start-up funds for new green building programs and resources.

    “When you become a USGBC NJ Gala Sponsor, you make a public commitment to supporting transformative programming, outreach, research and advocacy that shape a more sustainable future for New Jersey,” Block added. “USGBC NJ Gala Sponsors are vital in helping USGBC NJ achieve its mission.”

    For more information on sponsorships, click here or contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org.

    REGISTRATION is available here.

    Find USGBC NJ on LinkedIn (USGBC – New Jersey Chapter), Facebook (USGBCNJ), and Twitter (@USGBCNJ). Look for Gala-specific info with #NJGala2014.

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    About the U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

    More About the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter
    The USGBC NJ is a non-profit organization focused solely on advancing green building and sustainable communities. The mission of USGBC NJ is to transform NJ’s built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy. We accomplish our mission through education, advocacy, and collaboration. As New Jersey’s green building advocate and education resource, USGBC NJ provides over 150 educational programs, events, green building tours, research studies, and advocacy initiatives each year, through its three-branch, state-wide network.

    For over 10 years USGBC NJ has served as the meeting ground, catalyst, and propeller for sustainability-minded individuals in building-related professions. Through the NJ Chapter, LEED® and green building in general, have found fertile ground in New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter’s 1,400+ members represent the entire spectrum of New Jersey’s green building community.

    There are 5,179 LEED accredited professionals in NJ and 952 LEED registered and 359 certified projects in New Jersey, plus 2,625 certified LEED Homes.*

    *As of September, 2014


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