7/26: Regional GHG Initiative and Josh Fox's New Film on Climate Change

Please Register here for this event.

Come join us, to get a handle on what we can do to move New Jersey back into the forefront of America’s efforts to combat Climate Change.  We will meet on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 6:30 PM in Room 202, Hepburn Hall (straight in from the main gate on Kennedy Blvd) at NJCU’s Main Campus.

This event is in two parts - Presentation + Film :-)

FIRST, we will hear an analysis of RGGI, and New Jersey's role in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a nine-state market-based collaboration to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from power plants. Governor Christie withdrew New Jersey from RGGI in 2011. More here -

THEN, we will watch and discuss Josh Fox's new film, "How to Let Go of the World and Love the Things Climate Can't Change"


  • 6:30 - 7:00: Networking and Introductions
  • 7:00 - 7:15: Presentation - The History and the Future of RGGI in New Jersey
  • 7:15 - 7:30: Discussion of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
  • 7:30 - 9:30: Film Screening
  • 9:30 - 10:00: Discussion of the Film

Parking: Located on Culver Avenue, the Michael Gilligan Student Union garage offers two levels of NJCU campus parking beneath the building

This event is presented by Sustainable JC and NJCU's C3: Communication-Collaboration-Commendation & Department of Geosciences and Geography

Co-Sponsored by: Environment New Jersey, New Jersey Sierra Club & the local Hudson County Sierra Club, as well as the Center for Sustainability at Ramapo College of New Jersey.


Hepburn Hall, at NJCU

NJCU's Main Campus - Hepburn Hall, 202 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07302 - View Map
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6/26 Footwear Drive @Berry Lane Park opening Opening 11AM-3PM

bookmark_front_FINALSLOW Fashion: The Race to Recycle Foot Gear/FFFARS will be at Berry Lane Park Grand Opening & Family Day Festival tomorrow collecting your gently used shoes which goes to those in desperate need and income generated goes to worthy cause #OneOrlandoPulse while keeping your foot gear out of the landfill! We gift you with artful #sustainableswag for your donations, thank you! See below for what you can bring and how you contribute and follow us @slowfashionfffars: Copy of HIGHLEVELPROCESS-2

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TREE SPEECH - JC Trees Speak Up!


Jersey City Trees Speak Up! Local Artist Anne Percoco and Sustainable JC Launch Stewardship Awareness Campaign on Twitter.

JERSEY CITY, NJ—This summer, the trees of Jersey City are taking to twitter. Environmental artist Anne Percoco is assigning Twitter accounts to Jersey City trees and recruiting residents to tweet, in the first person, from the trees' perspectives. These “tree stories” will start a citywide conversation about expanding and maintaining the City's deficient tree canopy.

This project, produced in partnership with Sustainable Jersey City and numerous volunteers, will be a vehicle for environmental activism, education, and community engagement. The project, which will launch on June 20th, will also help create a tree inventory using, an open source mapping tool to which the City subscribes. The team's goal is for 50 trees to be tweeting by mid-September.

Creator Anne Percoco shares her vision: “Both poetic and political, TREE SPEECH will form a virtual ecosystem of interconnected, communicative individuals. This will mirror the fact that trees actually do share information and nutrients through an underground fungal network.”

Participants will act as creative collaborators and authors, tweeting tree jokes, quotes, and drawings; updates about trees' health and seasonal changes; and educational information about the benefits of green infrastructure. The #TreeSpeech hashtag will track this dialog.

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How to Participate:

To sign up to tweet as a tree, email We'll send you instructions.

To join the conversation, use and follow the hashtag #TREESPEECH.

Suggested Donation: $15 Per Tree (to cover project costs)

View JC's tree map in progress and add trees on your block at OpenTreeMap

Sample Tweets:

Beatrice Cherry Tree @TS_Beatrice, located on 3rd Street and Coles, tweeted:

Aren't you guys tired of this fall weather in May? I know I am! Luckily, a lot of #UrbanBirds find shelter between my leaves...#TreeSpeech

Danny the Tree ‏@Danny_TS1, located on Hutton Street in Jersey City Heights, tweeted:

When I was small these power lines were no problem. Now I'm feeling a little cramped :( #TreeSpeech

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Why Does our Tree Canopy Matter?

Urban trees lower temperatures, utility costs, and building emissions substantially. They reduce stormwater runoff by absorbing thousands of gallons of rain each year. They help mitigate climate change impacts naturally and greatly improve our air quality and public health. The Jersey City Environmental Commission's July 2015 Tree Canopy Study recommends that our canopy coverage increase by 30,000 trees as a restorative measure. While local government has committed to planting 2,000 trees in parks over the next 5 years, more is needed and the community must help. TREE SPEECH would like to raise awareness of the dire need to maintain the City’s existing tree inventory and to plant more Street Trees.

Check out the URBAN FORESTRY links available on SJC's Resource page here.


Planting the right trees in the right locations in the right way, will restore our Tree Canopy (now at 17%, should be at 44% !) and provide Green Infrastructure benefits across Jersey City.

Partners: NJ Tree Foundation & OpenTreeMap

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DOUBLE HEADER – Two Important JC School District Projects, PLEASE SUPPORT !

FIRST UP, is the amazing +ART STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH) = STEAM Project led by fabulous Music Teacher John Flora in partnership with Science Teacher Mrs. Wusu at MS #7, one of Jersey City’s newest Eco Schools !! Supported financially by the Grammy and Honeywell Foundations, I received this email today –

I'm glad I collaborated with science teacher Mrs. Wusu this school year for a unique S.T.E.A.M. initiative! First, we selected an 8th grade class based on our shared schedule. Then, we used our training and resources from the Honeywell Ecosystems Institute this past summer, in addition to supplemental curriculum and resources from the GRAMMY Museum in L.A. We wanted students to see the relationship between watershed and biodiversity. Our final theme became: "Our City and Nature: Songs of Biodiversity". Hopefully, homeroom 217 will never forget the cross-curricular lesson plans we exposed them to, thanks in a big way to many of the individuals and organizations involved in this email.

This initiative has offered kids the opportunity to be intimately engaged with our urban ecology and nature’s happenings here in JC – yes amongst our hardscapes NATURE IS HAPPENING !  Get inspired !!

Come on out if your schedule permits – applaud these kids on Thursday 5/26 at 6:30pm in the MS#7 auditorium at their annual Spring Concert for family/friends, 222 Laidlaw Avenue, for any who can join to congratulate these students.

     SECOND UP, and this one needs some $$$ Folks !!  TEAM WILDERNESS TAKING KIDS OFF CITY STREETS TO LEARN TEAMWORK ON MOUNTAIN PEAKS, founded by Steve Cunningham and incubated at Snyder HS will offer kids the opportunity to intimately engage with nature OUTSIDE OF JERSEY CITY and promises the opportunity to develop our young people’s leadership skills and HATCH THEIR CHARACTERS into new inspiring choices they will make as a result of this experience.  Here’s more about this new organization and how to donate

We’re 95% there – helps us over the finish line !!

SJC is doing cartwheels over these and other initiatives spearheaded by Teacher Champions, Principals, Vice Principals and the Superintendents Office – the JC School District is challenged in many ways, as we all know, but we should take great pride in the fact that VERY GOOD things are happening and some very innovative, project based learning opportunities are emerging for our kids, both inside curriculum based initiatives and thru independent and innovative program offerings like the above – synergies move the needle and now is the time for all of us to LEAN IN, CREATE MORE.  That’s the new culture of Jersey City ~

More about SJC's Sustainable Schools initiative here.

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SLOWFASHIONFFFARS & SJC present another chance to donate and volunteer! Your gently used shoes go to charity and top donors can enroll and win tickets to our upcoming fundraiser TBA! Details below:  Untitled design (1)

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