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  • 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 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.

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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


  • 08-Sep-2014 6:31 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Paterson Habitat wins energy efficiency award


    SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, 5:31 PM LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014, 5:31 PM
    PATERSON PRESS STAFF
    PATERSON PRESS


    PATERSON – Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s townhouse development on Harrison Street has won an award in recognition of its energy-efficient design and construction.

    The New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has named the five-unit development as a recipient of its Emerald Award in the not-for-profit Green Project category.

    "This is a remarkable accomplishment that we are proud to recognize on this very special occasion," said Florence Block, executive director the state chapter.

    Named “Harrison Green,” the townhome project was designed with advanced energy efficiency and environmental features, according to Habitat. Those features include air-tight doors and windows, double-studded walls to hold extra insulation, and solar energy systems to provide internal heat and hot water.

    The families living in the Harrison Street townhouse, like all Habitat homeowners, purchased their homes with the help of zero-interest Habitat mortgages. The homes were built with Paterson Habitat's construction volunteers, often working side by side with homeowner families who are each required to invest 300 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer labor.

    In October Paterson Habitat will begin its 30th year. So far the non-profit organization says it has created homes for over 265 families.

    Paterson Habitat will receive its award at the Building Council's annual gala on Nov. 7 at Montclair State University.

    - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-habitat-wins-energy-efficiency-award-1.1082053#sthash.6mcsV7CY.dpuf


  • 28-Aug-2014 5:22 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Stevens Tech students debut hurricane resistant, solar powered shore home design

    Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal

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    on August 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    CLICK HERE for the article on NJ.com, with photos. 

    Stevens Institute of Technology today showcased renderings of a high-tech, hurricane resilient “SURE HOUSE” designed in response to the devastation to homes on the New Jersey and New York shores by Superstorm Sandy.

    "I congratulate Stevens and the SURE HOUSE team on their innovative, forward-thinking design,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who attended today’s event. “We look forward to learning from the SURE HOUSE and potentially applying some of the concepts to making homes in Hoboken more resilient."

    The home, which is being designed and constructed by Stevens Tech students, will be completely solar powered, flood resistant and incorporate “very innovative cooling, heating and ventilation systems” has been accepted into the 2015 Solar Decathlon international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

    But even with all the technology in the SURE HOUSE design, the Stevens team is “trying to keep the homey feel of the Jersey Shore and the New York shore,” said Claire Griffin, a Stevens student of mechanical engineering with a minor in science communication.

    As people browsed the renderings of the house and its systems in a building on Sinatra Drive this afternoon, Griffin, who is on the communications and public relations team for the project, said “it is the brainchild of a bunch of engineers and architects and people from all kinds of majors at Stevens Tech.

    Design work for SURE HOUSE began in October 2013 and Griffin said about 35 to 50 students have been working on the project on and off and the team is to be expanded.

    “We spent the entire summer in a design studio," Griffin said. "It has been a very, very intense summer,” Griffin said.” All the students have worked really hard and all are super proud.”

    Over the next year and a half, Stevens students with expertise in engineering, energy efficiency, architecture, business, communications, management, and computer science will create SURE HOUSE in a campus lot on the Hudson River. It is expected to cost $300,000 to $325,000 to build.

    SURE HOUSE will then be disassembled, transported to the competition site in Irvine, California, reassembled and exhibited during the Solar Decathlon competition and exhibition in Fall 2015. After the competition, it will be moved to a location on the Jersey Shore where it will be inhabited or used for a municipal function, Griffin said.

    Among those overseeing the project are Stevens Tech Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering & Science,Keith Sheppard and Industry Professor and Director of Product-Architecture and Engineering Program John Nastasi.

    In 2013, Stevens finished second in the United States and fourth globally with Ecohabit, a “smart house” that now serves as veterans center at California State University. In 2011, Stevens joined with the New School University and Habitat for Humanity to create Empowerhouse, which won awards for affordability and hot water, and is now home to a working mother of three in an inner-city neighborhood.

    The biannual Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses, which are judged based on how well the houses perform and how livable and affordable they are.

    To view the progress of SURE HOUSE, go to http://www.surehouse.org/
    © 2014 NJ.com. All rights reserved.


  • 07-Jul-2014 1:55 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    LEED Certified Projects in NJ have reached 330 (as of June 30, 2014). 


    CLICK HERE for the list of projects (sorted by most recent, and excluding confidential projects).


    For more on LEED in NJ, including stats, project profiles and other resources, CLICK HERE.



  • 02-Jul-2014 12:29 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)



    Topics include:


    • House Tour: An Architect's Eco-Shingle Style Home (Video)
    • Updated Chapter Market Report
    • Duke Farms Celebrates LEED Platinum Certification on Two Buildings
    • A New Paradigm in Education – The Green Program of Study
    • USGBC NJ Chapter Advocacy Update


    CLICK HERE for a PDF of the 3 page Newsletter



  • 19-Jun-2014 2:45 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    NEW JERSEY is #4 in the US for number of LEED for Homes certifications!


    With 2,625 units, NJ ranks #4 in the country. Read USGBC's new report on the green residential industry, including brand new stats and feature stories. Grab your copy at Dwell on Design this weekend or download now: http://go.usgbc.org/homes
  • 17-Jun-2014 10:37 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)


    Application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Is Now Available

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available. Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.

    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey’s premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.


    Since the awards program was established in 2000, 135 entities have been recognized. Nominations can be submitted for the following categories: Clean Air; Healthy Ecosystems; Water Resources; Land Conservation; Healthy and Sustainable Communities; Healthy and Sustainable Businesses; Innovative Technology; and the recently added “Environmentalist of the Year” category. In addition, the category for “Environmental Education” has been divided into two awards: one for adult-led educational initiatives and one for projects that are student-led or have succeeded due to a high level of student involvement.


    The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.


    Award winners will be honored at a luncheon and program to be held in December. Last year’s event supporters included PSEG, Duke Farms, New Jersey Natural Gas, Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Greener by Design.


    The 2014 application and other awards information can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards



    Questions about the awards program can be forwarded to:

    • Tanya Oznowich (609) 984-9802 Tanya.Oznowich@dep.state.nj.us
    • Caroline Kirkland (609) 633-7821 Caroline.Kirkland@dep.state.nj.us
  • 09-May-2014 9:38 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    Mayor Fulop & JCRA Announce LEED Green Building Training for City Employees; City Staff to Support Sustainability in Development Projects


    May 8, 2014 by RealEstateRama


    JERSEY CITY – May 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) –– Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency have partnered on a LEED Green Building Training by the U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter for city employees and agency staff who are involved in the construction and development process.


    The training will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 8th, 2014, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street. Approximately 30 employees will participate in the workshop including representatives from the Department of Public Works, the Planning Division, the Building Department, the Zoning Division, the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.


    “Jersey City is leading the State in construction projects and one of our goals is to develop buildings that meet LEED certifications as sustainability is a critical aspect of urban planning,” said Mayor Fulop. “We felt this training was a great way to educate staff on the certification process to further our sustainability efforts and continue to make Jersey City the best mid-size city in America.”
    Other cities that require green building training for staff include Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, and Chicago.


    Currently there are more than 50 LEED registered green development projects underway in Jersey City, both commercial and residential. The workshop will taught by staff from the U.S. Green Building Council and participants will receive credits toward the GBCI’s LEED AP Building and Design Construction credential.

    All media inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Morrill, Press Secretary for the City of Jersey City, at 201-547-4836 or 201-376-0699.


    Contact: Jennifer Morrill
    Press Secretary
    201-547-4836
    201-376-0699



    Mayor Fulop & JCRA Announce LEED Green Building Training for City Employees; City Staff to Support Sustainability in Development Projects 
  • 22-Apr-2014 12:58 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    12th Annual USGBC NJ Emerald Awards Gala Award Applications Due May 30, 2014.

    Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability. In addition, the USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the networking event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area.

    The nomination form can be found HERE. Honoree Criteria can be found HERE.

    This year’s Gala is slated for Friday, November 7th at the Conference Center of the LEED® certified University Hall at Montclair State University.

    Awards are presented in the following categories (at the selection committees’ discretion): Suburban Green Project; Urban Green Project; Not for Profit Green Project; Student Project.

    Among other attributes, award winners contribute to the diversity of the USGBC NJ mission and offers a role model to others in our community and or business world, and involve ‘paying it forward’ by educating the public and/or landowners/clients in the principles of sustainable design and the LEED® programs.

    Previous 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.
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