Sustainable Jersey


Sustainability Institute at The College of NJ
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
County: Mercer


Mrs. Donna Poley Drewes

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For general operating support to advance sustainability in New Jersey through training, technical support, funding, and local action implemented by schools and municipalities that drive change and advance meaningful sustainable practices.

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 municipal and school certification programs for sustainable development 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 206, and the program officially launched in 2009, the nonprofit was not created until 2011. 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.

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 non-profit 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. Amelia Kamrad, Director of Development at Sustainable Jersey, has a MA in Sustainable Development, a MSC in Business Management, and 4 years of experience in account management and business development for a national eco-business. Over the past year program staff has grown and now includes 12 positions, and a more formal staffing structure that includes an Associate Director (Operations), 3 project Directors, and various program support staff and student interns.

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