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  • 27-Mar-2015 9:53 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    USGBC NJ Call for Gala Award Nominations

    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
    • Student Project

    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


  • 27-Feb-2015 11:05 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Melissa Orsen Appointed CEO of the EDA

    (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Feb. 26th, 2015

    The Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today voted to approve Melissa Orsen as the authority’s next chief executive officer.

    “Melissa is a highly regarded professional with a deep knowledge of our economic development efforts,” said Governor Chris Christie. “She will be a great asset to the EDA as it continues its work to create jobs and advance business growth in the state.”

    With over 15 years of experience in the public sector, Ms. Orsen will bring considerable knowledge and insight to the EDA. Ms. Orsen is currently deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she oversees a budget of more than $3.8 billion and a workforce of approximately 400 employees. In this capacity, Orsen’s duties and responsibilities were wide-ranging, including policy oversight, constituent relations, communications, and legal and procurement matters.

    “Melissa’s background, education and work experience are varied and strong,” EDA Board Chairman Al Koeppe said. “She has a wide range of both experience-based and subject-matter knowledge and an established record of leadership that will serve the EDA well.”

    Ms. Orsen previously served as chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, where her work focused on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies. During this time, she also served on the EDA Board as the Governor’s designee.

    Ms. Orsen joined the Lieutenant Governor’s staff in March 2012 from DCA, where she held several key roles, including chief of staff and chief counsel for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing within DCA. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University School of Law, Ms. Orsen has also served as a deputy attorney general for the state.

    In her role as CEO, Ms. Orsen will oversee the EDA’s strategic direction, leading policy and governance initiatives. She will join the authority on March 9. Ms. Orsen replaces Michele Brown, who led the EDA since October 2012 and is now serving as president and chief executive officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., a privately funded and operated organization that works to grow investment and jobs in the Garden State.

    Timothy Lizura will continue to serve as president and chief operating officer, where he provides leadership of the EDA’s business operations, including the Authority’s incentive and financing program portfolio, real estate development, and financial and accounting matters.

    The EDA is part of the state’s results-driven Partnership for Action. Created by Governor Christie and led by Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, the Partnership is the hub for all economic development activity in New Jersey and is comprised of four interconnected and highly focused organizational elements: Choose New Jersey, the Business Action Center, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the EDA.

  • 19-Feb-2015 9:31 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Camden NJ Passes Sustainability Ordinance

    Nancy L. Axelrod, MPA, Independent Consultant & Camden Green Team member

    The City Council of Camden NJ just passed a Sustainability Ordinance that will require all applicants for new development or modifications of existing development to submit an "Environmental Impact and Benefits Assessment (EIBA)" to the city's planning department to attest that the development will not adversely affect the air and water quality of proximate neighborhoods, and that quality of life issues (complete streets, recreation, open space, etc.) are addressed.

    This ordinance was developed and advocated for by the Camden Green Team in cooperation with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Environmental Justice, the City of Camden's Planning Department, and many community stakeholders.

    Camden is the only city in New Jersey to pass such an ordinance. 

    Camden has also received a grant to create a citywide Environmental Resource Inventory to create a benchmark for environmental and quality-of-life indicators that will be used to measure future progress.

    You can see the ordinance HERE.

  • 06-Feb-2015 2:06 PM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Prudential Real Estate Investors seeking Sustainability Summer Intern

    Prudential Real Estate Investors is hiring a summer intern to work with their Sustainability team at PREI for 10 weeks in their Madison, NJ office.

    The internship will begin June 1, 2015.

    Please see the job description & other info HERE. Follow the included link to apply online AND send your resume to Michele Le Goff Reid at

    Please apply online and submit your resume by February 20.

    Prudential Division: Prudential Real Estate Investors
    Location: Madison, NJ
    Position: Summer Internship – Sustainability Analyst

    In order to be considered, you must apply directly to Prudential’s Campus Recruitment site within 48 hours of submitting your resume through Career Services. Please copy and paste the URL link below into your internet browser:

    Business Overview:
    Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI) is the real estate investment management business of Prudential Financial. PREI is comprised of fund management centers in the US located in Madison, New Jersey, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. PREI has multiple global offices including: Munich, London, Singapore, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. PREI's specialized operating units offer a broad range of investment opportunities and investment management services in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. PREI’s Principles of Business include doing the right thing, building bridges, valuing our people and working to win; we also place high importance on sustainability.

    As of September 30, 2014, PREI managed over $58.2 billion in gross real estate assets ($43.5 billion net) on behalf of over 480 clients worldwide and ranks among the largest real estate investment managers. For more information, please visit

    We are seeking bright and highly motivated college students to join the team as a Summer Investment Analyst. The successful candidate would play an important and integral role on the team. An ideal candidate will be self-motivated and comfortable working in teams. PREI has an intern opportunity in Madison, NJ.

    A successful candidate will be able to perform some or all of the following:
    • Provide data collection and analysis
    • Support data QA/QC and summarize data results
    • Administrate web based surveys
    • Manage an awards program

    Requirements and Skills:
    • A team player with good work ethics and a service orientation
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • Excellent analytical, quantitative and spreadsheet skills
    • Strong written communication skills
    • Experienced user of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    • High interest in research of Sustainability
    • LEED accreditation a plus

    Any applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to an extensive background screening. Failure to comply will eliminate an applicant from consideration for this position. Any negative information obtained as a result of the background screening may result in the disqualification of the applicant from this and any other position in Prudential.

    All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Prudential is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce.

  • 12-Jan-2015 11:17 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)
    USGBC NJ Advocacy Report- January 2015

    Legislative Activity: November - December 2014

    Prepared by Advocacy & Management Group (AMG)

    USGBC-NJ was actively involved in the legislative process in October 2014, supporting three prominent bills.

    A2305 w/GR (1R) was passed on December 15, 2014 in the Assembly (71-3-0) to concur with the Governor's CV recommendations. This bill requires DEP Commissioner to periodically study and make recommendations concerning blue roofs and green roofs. This bill is sponsored by Assembly members DeAngelo (D14); Pinkin (D18); Eustace (D38); Spencer (D29). USGBC-NJ submitted Slip of Support in Committee on 3/10/14 and a desk memo on 12/15/14.

    A2579 Aca(1R) reported out of committee with committee amendments and at 2nf Reading in Assembly. The bill authorizes municipalities to facilitate private financing of waster conservation, storm shelter construction and flood and hurricane resistance projects through use of voluntary assessments. The bill is sponsored by Mukherji (D33); Pinto Marin (D29); Eustace (D38). USGBC-NJ submitted a desk memo of support on 12/18/2014

    A2580 Aca(1R) reported out of committee with committee and was referred back to the committee for 2nd reading in Assembly. The bill provides for priority consideration by DCA, DEP, DOT and municipalities for permit applications for green building projects. The bill is sponsored by Mukherji(D33) Pintor Marin(D 29). USGBC-NJ submitted a slip of support in Committee on 12/11/2014

    A3849 Aca(1R) reported out of committee with committee amendments and a 2nd reading Assembly. The bill requires BPU to provide consumer information on third-party electric power and gas supplier pricing and services. The bill is sponsored by DeAngelo (D14) ; Eustace (D38); Mazzeo (D2); Pintor Marin (D29). USGBC-NJ submitted a slip of support in committee on 12/04/2014

    A3850 Aca (1R) reported out of committee with committee amendments and a 2nd reading in the Assembly. The bill requires BPU to establish procedures allowing electric power and gas suppliers to switch energy suppliers. The bill is sponsored by DeAngelo (D14); Eustace (D38); Mazzeo (D2); Pintor Marin (D29). USGBC-NJ submitted a slip of support in committee on 12/04/2014

    A3851 Aca (1R) reported out of committee with committee amendments and for a 2nd reading in the Assembly. The bill imposes contract standards between customers and third-party electric power and gas suppliers. The bills sponsors are DeAngelo (D14); Eustace (D38); Mazzeo (D2); Pinto Marin (D29). USGBC-NJ submitted a slip of support in committee on 12/04/2014

    South Jersey Branch Event January 28
    The second South Jersey Branch Event has been confirmed for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel. BPU Commissioner Fiordaliso and Executive Director of the Energy Resilience Bank, Mitch Carpen, will be the guest speakers at this South Jersey networking event. Commissioner Fiordaliso and Executive Director Carpen will discuss the priorities of the Board of Public Utilities, the Energy Resiliency Bank and the impact of BPU policies on South Jersey residents and businesses. We look forward to another successful event. (NOTE: This event was postponed due to inclement weather. Check here for the rescheduled date.)

  • 09-Jan-2015 10:45 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Our 2015 Slate of Officers of the Board of Directors

    Pictured above left to right:

  • 06-Jan-2015 11:52 AM | Medea Villere (Administrator)

    USGBC NJ Quarterly E-NEWSLETTER: 2014 Year End

    Click on image above for a PDF of the newsletter, or click on the individual articles below. 

    • Congratulations to our NEW & RETURNING BOD Members for 2015: Welcome to our new members Nicole Rodriguez (Turner Construction) and Daniel Topping (NK Architects). Click here to see photos & bios of ALL our 2015 Board Members. 

  • 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:

  • 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 HERE. 

    Or click here for a PDF. 

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