Tree Pit Compost Sale (Pre-Order)
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Tree Pit Compost Sale (Pre-Order)

Help Needed to Care for Jersey City's Street Trees!

The economic, aesthetic and health benefits of urban trees are well documented but those trees require care to fulfill that potential. Most of Jersey City's street trees have either overgrown their tree pits or are struggling in very compacted soil. It is incredibly easy to give these trees a boost by improving the tree pits they grow in.

Sustainable Jersey City is partnering with Community Compost Company to bring bags of rich Hudson Valley compost to Jersey City for residents to purchase and apply to tree pits in their neighborhood. These 8 lb bags are available for $5.00 each (cash paid at the time of pick-up).

Please enter your pre-order below, and thanks ahead of time - this is a mini-fundraiser for SJC and we appreciate your orders :-)

Let's return the favor to trees around Jersey City with some of this BLACK GOLD!

Pick-up will be in the parking lot behind St. Paul's Church on Sunday, September 30th from 11am to noon.  

Drive up the driveway, turn right toward P.E.A.C.E. Garden, into Parking Lot

Gardeners Also Welcome - If you want to give your garden a mid-season pick-me-up, these bags are perfect for a light application of compost that your plants will thank you for!

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Compost Workshop & Bokashi Starter Making Party
Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Compost Workshop & Bokashi Starter Making Party

Please join us for a discussion of composting systems including Bokashi style composting, a Japanese method of recycling food waste by means of fermentation. As part of the workshop we will be making the bokashi starter, a microbe-activated wheat bran responsible for the fermentation process.

You will learn ways to integrate this microbe rich resource into your traditional composting systems / garden landscapes and backyards as well as insightful lessons on the importance of healthy microbes and the role they play in our lives. 

Gardeners, Residents, Parents & Kids - EVERYONE interested in learning about how to recycle your food scraps are welcome - get your questions answered about starting a composting system in your garden and the Bokashi low-labor approach to recycling food waste! The hands on Bokashi Starter making is a great activity for kids - they love it! 

Information will be available on the Bokashi Garden Exchange program at P.E.A.C.E. Community Garden. Bucket kits and Starter will also be on sale! 

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Join A Sustainability Team This Fall !  October Monthly Meeting
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Join A Sustainability Team This Fall ! October Monthly Meeting

SJC Hosting 2 City Hall Meetings This Fall To Build Project Teams - you are also welcome to join SJC’s Organizing Team.

Some of these projects are staffed and active but would be more effective with additional members.  We also have a couple of new projects that require more educational outreach to the public before they can be fully activated. This is a planning meeting to sync goals for 2018 - 2019 and is the perfect time to plug-in !

October Meeting Registration Here

Choose From These Topics In October -

  • Community Composting

  • Community Solar

  • Plastics (shopping bags, plastic straws, other plastic garbage) (NEW)

  • LED Street Lights for JC (NEW)

Choose From These Topics In November -

  • Green Infrastructure

  • Greener Buildings & Energy Efficiency

  • Community Sustainability Curriculum & Education

  • Good Food Now !

Format of these evenings will start with a quick overview of each topic and what SJC activities have been thus far. Then we will move on to small breakout groups to discuss what that team would like to pursue - either similar projects or new project ideas the group comes up with.

SJC is Jersey City’s Community Green Team. We initiate collaborative neighborhood projects across the city and make our platform available to those who wish to work with us. We also partner with other groups and support initiatives that are helping to make Jersey City a more sustainable place to live and work.

Come early to say hello and meet some new people with similar interests. Everyone is welcome! Just bring your good ideas, some of your creative skills and willingness to get things done :-)

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Join A Sustainability Team This Fall !  November Monthly Meeting
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Join A Sustainability Team This Fall ! November Monthly Meeting

SJC Hosting 2 City Hall Meetings This Fall To Build Project Teams - you are also welcome to join SJC’s Organizing Team.

Some of these projects are staffed and active but would be more effective with additional members.  We also have a couple of new projects that require more educational outreach to the public before they can be fully activated. This is a planning meeting to sync goals for 2018 - 2019 and is the perfect time to plug-in !

November Meeting Registration Here

Choose From These Topics In November -

  • Green Infrastructure

  • Greener Buildings & Energy Efficiency

  • Community Sustainability Curriculum & Education

  • Good Food Now !

These Were The Topics In October -

  • Community Composting

  • Community Solar

  • Plastics (shopping bags, plastic straws, other plastic garbage) (NEW)

  • LED Street Lights for JC (NEW)

Format of these evenings will start with a quick overview of each topic and what SJC activities have been thus far. Then we will move on to small breakout groups to discuss what that team would like to pursue - either similar projects or new project ideas the group comes up with.

SJC is Jersey City’s Community Green Team. We initiate collaborative neighborhood projects across the city and make our platform available to those who wish to work with us. We also partner with other groups and support initiatives that are helping to make Jersey City a more sustainable place to live and work.

Come early to say hello and meet some new people with similar interests. Everyone is welcome! Just bring your good ideas, some of your creative skills and willingness to get things done :-)

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Special Invite - Join Us For SJC Green Drinks +ART Event !
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Special Invite - Join Us For SJC Green Drinks +ART Event !

Special Event - SJC Green Drinks +ART @ LITM, Wed Sept 5th, 6-9pm

RSVP Here - Suggested Donation $5

SJC Green Drinks +ART will be hosting those who have an interest in sustainability and would like to meet other like-minded people. Who knows, maybe you will leave with a neighborhood project in mind and some new friends to help you do it! Join Us If You Can :-)

LITM is the fabulously friendly downtown hang with great drinks and food (in case you want to stay for dinner !) and their monthly art shows offer a really creative vibe in the heart of JC’s restaurant row. Sept featuring mixed media artist Theda Sandiford

Your first drink is on us! (While comps last) Happy Hour $5 Drinks 6-7pm

Thank you to our Sponsors: Hoboken Brownstone Co., JMA Jorge Mastropietro Atelier and Garden City Grown.

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LEED Green Associate (GA) - Test Prep, 4 Sessions Over 4 Consecutive Weeks
Jul
10
to Jul 31

LEED Green Associate (GA) - Test Prep, 4 Sessions Over 4 Consecutive Weeks

  • Hudson County Community College Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE HERE.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER WEDNESDAY JULY 4TH MIDNITE !

Sustainable Jersey City & USGBC NJ presents

LEED 201: v4 Core Concepts & Strategies & LEED Green Associate (GA) Exam Preparation

AVAILBLE IN-PERSON or as a LIVE WEBINAR

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE HERE

This is a grant funded training opportunity; participants are responsible for the LEED GA exam fee of $250.

DATES:   4 Sessions - Tuesdays July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
TIME:      3pm - 7pm
LOCATION:   Hudson County Community College Library, 71 Sip Ave, Room # 313: walk over from the Journal Square PATH / Jersey City, NJ

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC + TO QUALIFYING GRANTEES:

  • Employees of NJ businesses may qualify to take this course fully-funded. Register on Eventbrite here and then contact Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org or 973-255-0442 to confirm your company qualifies.  Employer Tax ID # REQUIRED and Duns # (if available).

    The course has a limited number of seats so offering is on a first come, first served basis.

Instructor: John Decina, LEED AP, GACP, Green Awareness Certified Trainer, PCRA Certified Trainer

Description: Gain essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts fundamental to all LEED rating systems. Learn LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level and basics of the LEED certification process. This course provides a foundation for pursuing the LEED Green Associate exam. This course will include LEED v4 updates.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the key components of the LEED Rating System.

  • Discuss the basic LEED Certification process.

  • Describe the intents and associated concepts of each LEED credit category.

  • Explain regulations, recognitions and incentives related to each credit category.

  • Recognize successful LEED strategies and measurements for achieving credit category goals.

  • Gain understanding of what is needed to pursue the LEED Green Associate exam.

Detailed Course Outline Here.

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Tree Mapping Meetup - 2 Dates
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Tree Mapping Meetup - 2 Dates

REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE HERE.

This event is one more step forward towards our ultimate goal of capturing the location, species, and condition of all the trees in Jersey City, one neighborhood at a time. This will help the City of Jersey City care for the trees we already have, and identify new sites for more green infrastructure, like rain gardens / bioswales, and more trees.

Jersey City OpenTreeMap Here

We are hosting 2 Saturday morning Sessions to do this and here are the locations for those meetups -

  • SATURDAY JUNE 16TH @ SNYDER HIGH SCHOOL, 239 BERGEN AVENUE
  • SATURDAY JUNE 23RD @ BERRY LANE PARK, NORTHWEST CORNER

If you would like to join us:

  1. RSVP on EventBrite for one or both sessions (mandatory so we can approve your OpenTreeMap account)
  2. Register for Open Tree Map
  3. Download the Open Tree Map app to your smartphone - itunes or Google Play
  4. Download either the Leafsnap (iOS) or the Virginia Tech Tree ID (android) tree identification app to your smartphone
  5. Bring a measuring tape if you have one !

Any questions, please email gioia.kennedy@sustainablejc.org

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Special Invite - Join Us For SJC Green Drinks +ART Event !
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Special Invite - Join Us For SJC Green Drinks +ART Event !

Special Event - SJC Green Drinks +ART @ LITM, Wed June 6th, 6-9pm

Suggested Donation - $5

The first time downtown, SJC Green Drinks +ART will be hosting those who have an interest in sustainability and would like to meet other like-minded people. Who knows, maybe you will leave with a neighborhood project in mind and some new friends to help you do it! Join Us If You Can :-)

LITM is the fabulously friendly downtown hang with great drinks and food (in case you want to stay for dinner !) and their monthly art shows offer a really creative vibe in the heart of JC’s restaurant row. June’s theme is everything NEON ~ 

Your first drink is on us! (While comps last) Happy Hour $5 Drinks 6-7pm

Thank you to our Sponsors: Hoboken Brownstone Co. & JMA Jorge Mastropietro Atelier

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 SJC Monthly Meeting – May ‘New Jersey Passive House – Energy Eff
May
1
6:45 PM18:45

SJC Monthly Meeting – May ‘New Jersey Passive House – Energy Eff

May 1st Meeting Agenda -

Quick Overview of SJC Activities

New Jersey Passive House Team Presentation - NJPH Team Bio here https://bit.ly/2GJx9O4
Justin Milliet Taylor, Darren Macri, Adam Romano

More than half of all greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings and there is a global movement toward mandating that buildings be built to higher energy efficiency standards as a vital way to fight climate change and as an opportunity to achieve large reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Passive House is a relatively new standard, originating in Germany in the 1990s, but it has started to ramp up here in the US over the last few years. Various recently completed projects, such as The House at Cornell Tech dormitories at Roosevelt Island in New York, have shown that these buildings consistently perform as they are designed, and result in heating and cooling savings of between 75-90% compared to regular construction. 

Full event details re: What You Will Learn here - https://bit.ly/2J6X3JN

Please register here - 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sjc-monthly-meeting-may-new-jersey-passive-house-energy-efficient-buildings-tickets-44713132182

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Earth Day Community Composting Workshop !
Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Earth Day Community Composting Workshop !

Tyler Randall, Master Composter & SJC Community Composting Project Lead, will offer a learning session to individuals and community gardeners about three types of composting methods at our demonstration site located in the P.E.A.C.E. Garden, out back of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Parking is available. Part of the workshop is indoors and part of the workshop is outdoors - Rain or Shine !

Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-community-composting-workshop-tickets-44712306713

Learn why it is important NOT to throw your food scraps in the trash and how to start composting them. Did you know that 20% of all methane emissions in our atmosphere are generated by organics that are taken with our other trash to landfills? It's an escalating problem and we all need to help solve it by doing our part.

Individuals have options - work with SJC's Bokashi program, join one of Jersey City's 20 community gardens, or have their food scraps picked up by the commercial residential pick-up service Community Compost Company.

Community Gardeners - learn how to start and manage different types of composting systems. You can choose one or more for your garden site after you learn the basics - GROWING SOIL for your garden while recycling food scraps not only helps you but helps the environment ! The three types of systems Tyler will teach about are -

Traditional static pile - common in most community gardens
Bokashi - food waste is fermented using activated microbes
Worm (Vermicompost) - worms consume material, their castings used to amend soil
Workshop will cover technical overview, application, and troubleshooting of each method.

Audience will include community garden members and managers, as well as the general public.

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Got Dirt? Community Compost Sale (Pre-Order)
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

Got Dirt? Community Compost Sale (Pre-Order)

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Jersey City (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sustainable Jersey City is partnering with Community Compost Company to bring bags of rich Hudson Valley compost to Jersey City for residents to purchase. Ideal for the backyard gardener, these 35 lb bags have 1 cubic foot of material and are available for $10.00 each (cash paid at time of pick-up).

Please enter your pre-paid order below, and thanks ahead of time - this is a mini-fundraiser for SJC and we apperciate your orders :-)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/got-dirt-community-compost-sale-pre-order-tickets-44580474399

Give your plants the boost they need for a productive growing season with some of this BLACK GOLD !

Pick-up will be in the parking lot behind St. Paul's Church on Saturday April 7 from 11am to 12noon. 

Drive up driveway, turn right toward P.E.A.C.E. Garden, into Parking Lot


IMPORTANT Note to Tree Stewards

Even if you don't have a garden, purchase a bag of this fabulous soil amendment to feed tree pits on JC streets - this compost will not only feed the tree itself with nutrients over time, but it will help to break up the very compacted soil that is challenging so many of our trees in these tree pits ♥

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Film + Discussion - 'The Soil Solution To Climate Change'
Apr
3
6:45 PM18:45

Film + Discussion - 'The Soil Solution To Climate Change'

April 3rd Meeting Agenda –

• Quick Overview of What SJC’s Plans Are For the Month of April in Celebration of Earth Day + Other Projects We Are Focusing On.

• Screening of ‘The Soil Solution To Climate Change’ + discussion.

Viewing of the film that highlights soil’s ability to foster carbon sequestration followed by a group discussion that ties the topics in the film to activities happening in Jersey City, from community gardens to city parks to street trees.

Often urban soil is degraded and neglected – learn about ways you can make a difference in your neighborhoods to help GROW HEALTHY SOIL in Jersey City !

If you know any Soil Secrets, please join us to share them with the group – we are a learning community and your contribution is absolutely appreciated 🙂

All are welcome and as SJC builds up our teams for projects we are doing this Summer and Fall, this is a good meeting to attend so you can meet us and start to plug-in. More Volunteers needed for our projects !

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Now Everyone Can Pay $75 - SJC Cert Program 8 Weekly Classes
Mar
6
to Apr 10

Now Everyone Can Pay $75 - SJC Cert Program 8 Weekly Classes

  • Culinary Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SJC Is Now In A Position To Offer Our Community Partner Rate of $75 To ALL PARTICIPANTS ! If you have already registered please contact us. 

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM SERIES - INDIVIDUAL CLASSES NOT AVAILABLE ! 

Students with IDs attend for free.

SJC's Certificate Program in Urban Sustainability is back - starts Tues eve March 6th - ends Tues eve April 24th; 8 weeks, 3 hours each week = 24 hours for this intensive workshop series; CEUs available for the Greener Buildings Track! Full details here http://bit.ly/2DRhH1B

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SJC Monthly Meeting – FEBRUARY “Community Solar”
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

SJC Monthly Meeting – FEBRUARY “Community Solar”

Presentation on COMMUNITY SOLAR

Understand this new innovative, shared service model for solar implementation and what’s happening in NJ so you can support this initiative in Jersey City.

Our Guest Speaker – Gus Escher III

Gus is a founder and the Director of Finance of the Center for Regenerative Community Solutions, a 501c3 NJ Nonprofit organization and sponsor of New Jersey PACE.  He is a project finance investment banker in the renewable and alternative energy sectors and has extensive experience in working with clients throughout the country.

Gus has served in in both local and state public office as Councilman of Princeton Borough, where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.  He was also Redevelopment Director of the City of Trenton and as Assistant Executive Director of the NJ Housing Finance Agency.

In his private-sector finance work, Gus has worked for a variety of capital markets firms, most recently as Managing Director at BB&T Capital Markets, where he specialized in financing renewable and alternative energy projects.  Gus continues to advise clients in these sectors as an independent consultant (the CEO of First Enterprise Consulting LLC).

Gus holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, also from Princeton University.

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Emissions Reduction in Jersey City
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Emissions Reduction in Jersey City

November 7th Meeting Agenda –

• Quick overview of what SJC has been up to this year (see link below) and what our plans are for 2018

• Learn WHY Reducing Emission in JC is Important ?

• Understand that Buildings are responsible for 45% of our emissions and Transportation is responsible for 27% AND ….. how you can impact these stats DOWNWARD !

Our Guest Speaker –

Ken Hellberg is a Building Performance Specialist at Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, where he drives improved energy efficiency performance in commercial and industrial facilities by expanding energy efficiency training throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

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