Sustainable Morristown

Address

6 Dumont Place
1st Floor
Morristown, NJ 07960
County: Morris
http://sustainablemorristown.org

Contact

Ms. Meredith Davidson

Grant Amount

$20,000

Program Area

Morristown

Focus

Grant Details

To coordinate an overall sustainability vision with the community, set collaborative goals, share resources, create educational tools and disseminate information.

Organization Background

SusMo evolved from work of community-based leaders with a commitment to the triple-bottom line approach to community quality of life in Morristown. In 2007, Marty Epstein launched the effort as a Morristown Partnership Trustee. Initially branded Step Ahead, the work evolved in 2009 into a collaboration between Morristown Partnership, Town of Morristown, FDU-ISE and Inspired Future Campaign - under the banner Sustainable Morristown. In part, this was in response to a SDAT process recommendation -- "create a freestanding organization that would function as the hub of activity for sustainability efforts in Morristown". While a Town of Morristown Office of Sustainability helped bring sustainability into government, it was determined that the remaining community sectors could benefit from a centralized hub to provide access to critical information and institutional resources.

In 2012, SusMo was formalized as a NJ Non-Profit corporation by co-founders Marty Epstein, Paul Miller and Joel Harmon. In 2013, the Board was expanded in an effort to diversify its membership and increase its functional capacity. A mid-year, facilitated retreat helped articulate the organization's mission: To promote and support a sustainable future for the Morristown community through leadership, education, and action. Five key strategic initiatives were identified: Strengthen SusMo as an organization; Increase Revenue Streams; Strengthen Relationships with Key Organizations & Stakeholders; Become Hub for Information, Communication, Education; and, Accelerate Sustainability Actions by the Morristown Business Community.

SusMo's work is currently driven by a volunteer board of Trustees. Trustees now number ten, including Marty, Paul and Joel. Its executive committee is comprised of Paul, Heidi Killen (long-time Morristown resident), Meredith Davidson (educator and activist), and Tina Bologna (owner of an innovative eco-friendly fundraising program). In 2013, contract consultants were hired to increase organizational capacity and proactively address potential Board burnout. In 2014, the first official employee was hired in a part-time position. Dana Baumgartner is a 2014 graduate of Drew University with a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish. The organization's By-Laws were augmented in 2013 to require the creation of a Community Advisory Council to help guide the organization's ongoing efforts -- to better ensure broad-based community input and relevance.

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