World Ocean’s Day is on June 8th Saturday! Starting in Jersey City - Register Now !

World Ocean’s Day is on June 8th Saturday! 

We are counting down the days for an unforgettable World Ocean’s Day celebration in Jersey City and NYC!  Event kicks off in Jersey City, downtown at 15 Exchange Place - Register Now !

This year we’ve partnered with some amazing brands and local shops to bring the best experience and we’re always looking for more to make this better! If you or others are interested to sponsor or donate to our work and these activites - please Contact Us! 

Our goal is to turn the Jersey City waterfront BLUE with all who are wearing blue t-shirts and walking along the waterfront! Our only request of you is to wear an ocean blue t-shirt. If you don’t have one we have them available for you to purchase upon registration through BeNatural.World

What is it?

3 Human Formations

2 Clean-ups

1 Amazing Walk around the Hudson - where you can join us for as short or as long as you want! 


While the majority of the activities will be taking place between Jersey City and Weehawken - the walk will continue much further towards the George Washington Bridge and return on the other side of the Hudson down to Battery Park. 

The walk is in collaboration with the FreeWalkers - please check their website for their empowering and inspiring mission to get Americans of all ages on their feet, remaining active for any or no reason at all, and keeping healthy and fit! Just keep on walking. This year they joined us to create a collaborative event as they walk along the Hudson River for 30 miles remembering and reminding us of our tie to the ocean, regardless of where we are. 

Did you know that 80% of all ocean pollution is land based? 

Start - To - End, Here’s What The Day Will Look Like -

As we start at 7:30am we will be doing a human formation at the Exchange Place waterfront - getting ourselves into a marine shape - and getting a photo with the Freedom Tower behind us - as we’re all going to be wearing BLUE t-shirts as a symbol of the Ocean. Both because we believe all creatures of the ocean deserve to be Free (as opposed to captive in pools) and also because we are blessed to have the FREEDOM to make our own choices for the impact we want to have on the world.

We’ll continue our walk to Hoboken - where at 9:30 we’ll be met by our friends at Trader Joe’s for refreshments and some cool drinks! No plastic please! 

At 10am we will have another Human Formation this time right by the Empire State Building. 

Did you know that the earth’s surface is 70% ocean? WE look like a blue marble from outerspace!

For those who would like to participate in a clean-up we will have a chance to take a shuttle to go to Liberty State Park to join a beach clean-up at Caven Point - right behind the Statue of Liberty. #wereallinthistogether Here we will be met by our friends of Liberty State Park as well as the Big Blue Ocean Clean-up crew who will be in town all the way from London. 

At the end of that cleanup there will be another human formation on the beach - between 12 - 12:30 with the statue of liberty and the skyline in the distance before we get back onto the shuttles and return to meet the walkers - if you wish. Otherwise a little bit of walking and a healthy cleanup - that could be the end of the events for you. 

Did you know that every second breath you take is enabled by the ocean? The ocean provides 50% of our oxygen.

As the walkers continue along the Hudson up to the George Washington Bridge - we will be gathering at the Riverside Park for another clean-up at 2:30pm. Feel Free to join us here and then continue the walk all the way down to the Freedom Tower/Brookfield Place. 

All we ask is to wear a BLUE t-shirt. Don’t have one? Don’t fret - you can get one after you Register for the event via Freewalkers and Eventbrite.

All proceeds go to help the Big Blue Ocean Clean-up effort organizing clean-ups all around the world. 

Did you know that there really is one ocean on our beautiful big blue? Even though we like to divide it up to names, it is all just one big connected body of water! #wereallinthistogether

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Taking a Stand on Climate Action, in Hudson County NJ

Taking a Stand on Climate Action, in Hudson County NJ

- submitted by Ashwani Vasishth, PhD, Founding Advisor, Sustainable Jersey City, and Associate Professor of Sustainability at Ramapo College of New Jersey

The very first Hudson County Climate Town Hall (HCCTH), held on April 17, 2019 in the Jersey City Council Chambers, showed clearly and unequivocally that residents of Hudson County both care about and are ready to act upon the looming existential threat of Climate Change.

As Michael Watson and Noah Levinson, of The Climate Mobilization (Hoboken Chapter), put it 

“If there was one takeaway from the evening, it’s that in Hudson County, the threat of climate change is not an abstraction, nor the pet concern of an informed few, but a major political issue capable of mobilizing citizens from all corners of the community.”

Hosted by the Jersey City Environmental Commission, and jointly presented by The Climate Mobilization (Hoboken Chapter), Food & Water Watch, the Hudson County Sierra Club and Sustainable JC, the Town Hall was opened by Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken, and Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City--both pleasantly taken aback by the extent to which the issue of Climate Change clearly had traction with their constituents.

This was followed by a panel of speakers, with Dr. Philip Orton, Professor of Ocean Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology presenting on the history and likely future trends in storm surges as they would impact Hudson County.  His message was clear and direct--act now or stand by and watch unacceptable portions of our region be rendered uninhabitable by seasonal and regular monthly flooding.

Then, Kim Gaddy of Clean Water Action of New Jersey spoke about the environmental justice implications of climate change as these impacts would truly have a devastating effect on our region, hurting children and the more vulnerable populations in our midst.

But leading us to understand the true extent and reach of climate justice issues was 16-year-old Ananya Singh of the Sunrise Movement, who showed, clearly and unflinchingly, that our rising generation of citizens was ready, willing and able to take on the tough issues we, collectively, had so long shied away from.  Ananya did not mince words as she exhorted us all to take on the true culprits in this horrid nightmare odyssey upon which humanity has been embarked this past century--the lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry.

Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. closed the panel as he firmly laid down the markers of the path Hudson County, New Jersey and, indeed, our nation must tread, if we are to rise ascendant from the current challenges of the very serious climate challenges looming over us.  Tellingly, Tittel evoked President Franklin Roosevelt--”I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it”--suggesting that it was our job to “make politicians do it.”

Sustainable JC supports Mayor Fulop and City Council as they conduct an Emissions Audit and a Carbon Footprint Report, which will help develop an effective plan to reduce emissions within Jersey City - we look forward to that Report being released this June.  We are also very supportive of Mayor Fulop’s participation in the “Mayors for Climate” Coalition, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, and his consideration to join the Sierra Club’s READY FOR 100 Campaign toward setting goals for 100% Renewable Energy, and the encouraging tone City Hall has toward green business practices with the launch of a JC Green Business Certification program targeting local small businesses.

But at the same time, Sustainable JC urges the City to partner again with local and regional NGOs to create forum opportunities to do public participation Climate Change Action Planning, to not only set specific emission reduction goals for the short and mid-term with specific target dates for each set of goals, but to ideate for the Green New Deal and steps JC can take to be a municipal leader in NJ on this very important issue.

In order for Jersey City to take its place amongst municipal leadership in the state and across the country, we need to target and begin to implement specific actions  For example, It is  the case that significant commercial building sector energy efficiency upgrades are needed before we can commit to a portfolio of renewable energy choices for Jersey City - we should start to develop an outreach and incentives program for the commercial building sector right away to engage building owners on the path toward lowering their building emissions and upgrading their properties for energy efficiency cost savings opportunities.

At the Statewide level, Sustainable JC joins New Jersey Sierra Club, along with Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action NJ, Empower NJ, Bluewave NJ, and The Climate Mobilization in advocating for an immediate statewide moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.  Citizens who wish to support this proposed moratorium can join the “Moratorium Mondays” campaign, spearheaded by Empower NJ, a coalition of 72 environmental and civic organizations.  Every Monday, constituents call Governor Murphy’s office to demand that no more fossil fuel infrastructure projects be built in the state until greenhouse gasses are classified as a pollutant, and regulated as such. 

Unfortunately, as our NGO comrades shared at the HCCTH, Governor Murphy faces proposals for 13 new fossil fuel projects in NJ—eight pipelines and five power plants—and has given no indication that his Department of Environmental Protection will block any of them, in spite of his executive order to transition New Jersey to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.  Please consider getting more involved in the Monday Moratorium on Fossil Fuels initiative - learn more here.

Thanks for participating and see you again at the follow-up Climate Town Hall event being planned for early June - event details coming soon !

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Green New Deal Town Hall - May 1st 7-9pm @ St. Peter's University

On behalf of The Sunrise Movement, Jersey City Chapter, SJC is very pleased to extend an invitation to all of our consituents for their very first GREEN NEW DEAL TOWN HALL! 

It will take place in Pope Lecture Hall at Saint Peter's University, May 1 @7pm-9pm. 

We will be having a variety of speakers, from elected officials to student leaders, who will be discussing the importance and effectiveness of the Green New Deal. It will also be an opportunity for different organizations to network and work together to sustain the movement and spread awareness. There will be a Q + A portion for any questions or concerns, and to talk about some of the local climate injustices we all face. 

To register:

Attached is their flyer. If you have any questions please email them at

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The Bigger Picture: Composting Policy in New Jersey


SJC and its members have always focused on helping individuals and organizations live and function sustainably here in Jersey City. Today, however, we are excited to share an opportunity for community members to start spreading sustainability best practices and policies across the state by joining forces with our newest partner, the New Jersey Composting Council (NJCC).

President and Trustee, Jairo E. Gonzalez after testifying for NJ bill s1768 and how Compost can Improve stormwater infrastructure. Source: Twitter

President and Trustee, Jairo E. Gonzalez after testifying for NJ bill s1768 and how Compost can Improve stormwater infrastructure. Source: Twitter

NJCC is a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Composting Council dedicated to the development, expansion, and promotion of the composting and organics and food waste recycling industry here in New Jersey through grassroots political advocacy. To date, NJCC’s officers have been busy advancing the interests of New Jersey’s organics waste industry in multiple public forums, including testimony before the township of Princeton regarding its food waste recycling program and testimony before the New Jersey Senate’s Energy and Environmental Committee regarding amendments to proposed legislation aimed at promoting green storm water infrastructure and encouraging the use of compost in sustainable infrastructure projects (bill S1768).

If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved as an agent of change throughout the state, we encourage you to attend NJCC’s spring meeting next Wednesday, April 24th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in Morristown. Corinne Coe, an NJCC member and organics recycling specialist at Sustainable Generation, will present on “Why the Waste Industry Should Support Small Scale Composting.”

This meeting will be a great opportunity to learn more about the state of New Jersey’s composting industry and to begin making your voice heard by your elected representatives in Trenton. For more information regarding this event, including location details, please visit Can’t make the meeting? Stay in touch with their advocacy work by signing up for their newsletter.

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Sustainable Jersey City's Eco-Ambassador Program Launch!


Sustainable JC is launching a new and exciting program to train Eco-Ambassadors in Jersey City. The program will educate individuals about the do’s and don’ts of recycling in Jersey City and empower them to engage with friends and neighbors to pass this information along. The program will focus on two areas of recycling - materials (plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum) and organics (compost). The first training will be THIS Saturday, April 13th for Food Waste. The second will be on Saturday, April 27th for Plastics and Materials Recycling.

Did you know Jersey City currently only recycles plastics 1&2?

Did you know Jersey City currently only recycles plastics 1&2?

While Jersey City offers curbside pickup of recyclable material, compliance rates citywide are low, and even well-meaning participants may be inadvertently introducing contamination. For example, Jersey City only accepts type 1 and type 2 plastics, like water bottles and milk jugs. This means that most other plastics like those used to make yogurt and take-out containers, cling wrap, and plastic cutlery will need to be pulled out after collection. If those items are in high enough concentration, everything collected will be deemed trash and sent to landfill. Our goal is to ensure not only recycling participation, but recycling of the right things. Contrary to popular belief, our mantra is: “When in doubt, throw it out.” Come out to one of our Eco-Ambassador trainings to learn more!

Compost bin at PEACE Community Garden in Jersey City

Compost bin at PEACE Community Garden in Jersey City

Organics recycling in Jersey City is not offered by the city (yet) but there are several options for recycling food scraps, including one run by Sustainable JC. Organic waste is wet and heavy, increasing the cost of hauling and disposal. But just as important, once buried in a landfill, this material generates methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than C02. Composting takes this wasted resource and turns it into a rich soil amendment that can be used in gardens, parks, and green spaces all over the city. Eco-Ambassadors will spread the word about how easy it is to plug into one of these composting options, and the personal and environmental benefits that come from adopting that into one’s routine.

We hope to see this transformation ripple through Jersey City with every conversation, interaction, neighborhood and association meeting the Eco-Ambassadors plug into. Information leads to new perspectives and ultimately a change in behavior. Be the start of this change. Sign up to become an Eco-Ambassador today! If you are unable to attend either of these sessions, please contact us at so we can let you know when our next training will be.

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