The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered the Earth Day – New Jersey website for more than 17 years. Each year, the website attracts more than 40,000 visitors in April through May. The Earth Day – New Jersey website features an events calendar, school programs listing, history of Earth Day and Environmental Education Week, and suggestions for what families, schools and individuals can do to help protect the environment and participate in green, sustainable activities.
In celebration of “Environmental Education Week” (April 22 – April 28), the website will showcase your school programs along with descriptions of the lessons and projects that students are doing statewide to celebrate the week. Click here to submit information about your environmental education activities to be conducted in April – early May.
In addition, New Jersey is home to numerous Earth Day events, green fairs, clean-ups, trail work, tree plantings and other public environmental celebrations that are held in April and May. Most of these celebrations occur on the weekends. Last year, the Earth Day – New Jersey website featured over 105 public events. Click here to submit details about your own public event.
The Earth Day – New Jersey website is promoted to and used by media, schools, volunteers, scouts, youth groups, companies, municipal leaders, families and other individuals. DEP also uses the information posted on the website to determine the participation of its own speakers, displays and the distribution of its public education information. Make sure to share the Earth Day – New Jersey website.
Very excited that our own Chris Waldron, Director for Sustainability for Camden County was selected as a Sustainability_Hero_by Sustainable Jersey. Chris is an active member of the TriCounty Sustainability Alliance and is willing to assist Camden County towns start a Green Team and obtain certification through Sustainable Jersey.
This month our Sustainable Sips is at Oaklyn Manor Bar and Grill on June 7 at 6pm. Our hosts are the Oaklyn Green Team, the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance and Sustainable Cherry Hill. Network with other local sustainability enthusiasts. With private covered porch, the new Manor is known for its excellent food—both “bar food” as well as seasonal, local options including vegetarian choices. Complementary appetizers. Each participant pays for their own food and beverages. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gwenne Baile at 856-816-8508 or email [email protected].
Join us on May 31 at 7pm for the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance planning meeting at the Camden County Environmental Education Center. This is an all-volunteer group of sustainability enthusiasts working together to amplify our impact. TriCSA’s goal is to help connect people throughout Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. We are a Sustainable Jersey hub and put on events throughout the year. The meeting is open to all. Come to meet other sustainability leaders, contribute ideas for our next event, or just listen. If interested, just show up or contact [email protected] with questions. For more details, see tcsahub.org.
The Hispanic Family Center is offering several two week training programs for Green Jobs. Two week sessions start January 30th, February 20th and March 13th. Here’s their Green Jobs Flyer 2016 with additional information.
Sign up for the 2017 class of Environmental Stewards through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Station! The Class of 2017 recruitment is underway NOW. Enroll and join their team of 400 alumni working to improve New Jersey’s environment. The Rutgers Environmental Steward program provides training and experience which equips participants to contribute effectively to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in the communities of New Jersey. Click here for more information. The nearest program is the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office of Burlington County located at 2 Academy Drive, Westampton, Burlington County, NJ 08060. Classes meet Tuesdays, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm for 20 weeks. The cost of the program is $250.
On December 7 come on out and do a little “Speed Greening” as you network with other Green Teams, Residents, and Municipal officials that are working to make our region more sustainable! We’ll be upstairs at Double Nickel Brewing Company from 6pm to 8pm. Each participant pays for their own beverages. Double Nickel will be bringing in a food truck and TriCounty Sustainability Alliance provide some snacks. Come early, come late but come.
Double Nickel Brewery is located at 1585 NJ-73, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08110.
Our first All Green Teams Meeting is coming up. If you registered, a name tag will be waiting for you. If you didn’t register yet but want to here’s the link. No worries, walk-ins are welcome. To help you find the location, we’ve posted a campus map. Hope to see you on Wednesday.
When: Wednesday November 30th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (doors open at 6pm).
Where: Camden County Community College Mauke Building, 200 College Drive, Blackwood NJ (campus map below)
Things to Bring: Just bring yourself and a good attitude (Evite paper ticket is NOT needed),
Food: We will have light snacks and water (bring your reusable water container to reduce cup usage)
Who: Everyone is invited! Including: Green Team members, municipal employees, community members, and anyone who wants to learn. Walk-ins welcome.
Everyone is invited to this free event on November 30, 2016! Great opportunity to network with sustainability leaders in the Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties (and beyond). If you are a Green Team member, local official, municipal employee, community activist or anyone who wants to learn more, this is a great event for you. Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey program and how you can help your town become more sustainable. A variety of non-profit groups will be there with specific ways to get points for your town’s Sustainable Jersey certification. This isn’t just about networking, we’ll have breakout sessions geared towards different steps of the process including:
- How to get started,
- Capacity building (how to get volunteers),
- Maintaining enthusiasm (after getting points, how to keep people energized).
When: November 30 at 6:30pm
Where: Camden County Community College, Mauke Building, 200 College Drive, Blackwood
Details: Event is FREE and we’ll provide light snacks but we’d like you to register.
Join members of the TriCounty Sustainable Alliance in a march for Clean Energy the Sunday just before the Democratic National Convention. Spend a beautiful day walking in Philadelphia with thousands of enthusiastic individuals helping improve our nation’s energy use. On Sunday July 24th noon to 3pm, supporters of clean energy will march to encourage our government to make 100% renewable energy a national priority. This march takes place the day before the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention begins. The TriCounty Sustainability Alliance has already joined over 350 other organizations to endorse the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Your organization can sign up to endorse too at cleanenergymarch.org This peaceful protest march will be a family-friendly event with signs, costumes, songs, chants, and inspirational talks. The atmosphere will be joyous as thousands of like-minded individuals gather to share their vision of a safer world. Details are still being worked out, but expect this event to be similar to the 2014 New York City Climate March which had a carnival-like aura.
We need your help! More attendees means more media attention. We need you to sign up at cleanenergymarch.org sign up and plan to attend. In 2014, the Peoples Climate March in New York City, organizers expected 100,000 people, but got 400,000 instead. The Philadelphia Clean Energy March is expected to be smaller but with hundreds of endorsing organizations already, turnout could be terrific. We hope this will encourage politicians to put Sustainability on their agenda.
We will be meeting up at PATCO to ride into the city as a group. Check back for more details later. For more information, email Ed Cohen or call (609)217-1412.