Sustainable Jersey

Address

P.O. Box 6855
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
County: Mercer
http://www.sustainablejersey.com and www.sustainablejerseyschools.com

Contact

Mrs. Donna Poley Drewes

Grant Amount

$370,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

To advance sustainability and support local action in New Jersey communities through two certification programs and strategic initiatives.

Organization Background

Sustainable Jersey is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that was founded in 2011. The mission of the organization is to "make a better tomorrow, one community at a time." This is done through a bottom-up meets top down collaborative process to set standards, develop guidance and assistance programs, and coordinate resources. The focal point of the effort are municipal and school certification programs for sustainability that combine clear standards for action, robust guidance and implementation support, and a suite of incentives. While the Sustainable Jersey program partners began work in 2006 and the municipal program officially launched in 2009, the nonprofit was not created until 2011. Sustainable Jersey for Schools launched in October of 2014 after 2 years of development.

Through a formal agreement, Sustainable Jersey is managed by the Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey. The Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees includes leaders representing municipal governments, school districts, business, academic and statewide advocacy organizations as well as ex-officio members from the NJ League of Municipalities, NJ School Boards Association, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the NJ Board of Public Utilities. The organizational bylaws were amended in 2014 to expand board membership to formally include NJ School Boards Association as an ex-officio member and to add two additional board members representing school interest.

Key staff include:

Randall Solomon, Co-Director of The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey and Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey. He has fifteen years of experience in organizing successful public programs on sustainability and community issues, holding leadership positions in academia, government, and the nonprofit sector. Donna Drewes, PP/AICP, Co-Director of The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey and Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey, has 35 years' experience in community and environmental resource management planning. Ms. Drewes has worked in a professional planning capacity in the private sector, for public agencies and for private, non-profit organizations.

Over the past year program staff has grown and now includes 18 positions, and a more formal staffing structure that includes an Associate Director, Director of Development, 3 program directors, various program support staff, a communications consultant and student interns.

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