Events

Sustainable JC hosts a large number of workshops, talks and fun events that create awareness about various topics and educate the community – everyone is welcome.  Many of these educational outreach activities fall into one of our three primary CSC tracks –

  1. Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle
  2. Built Environment Energy Efficiency Opportunities & Water Conservation
  3. Urban Food Systems 

Most often, these activities relate to the Projects we are working on or Campaigns we are running.  For example, our Greener Buildings / Green Infrastructure advocacy work and SJC’s Rain Gardens +ART Campaign,represent two approaches we take to educating the community about the need for policy change in Jersey City, and we often address these topics at our events.

We also hold our SJC Monthly Meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday evening of every month from 7pm – 9pm at City Hall, Council Caucus Room #204.  These EAT, MEET, TALK programs provide opportunity to network over delicious local fare, listen to relevant Community Org / Expert Presentations and be included in discussion about SJC Business / Project activities.  All are welcome and is a great way to plug-in to the sustainability movement in Jersey City.

2014 Monthly Meeting Calendar Below –

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Sustainable JC also hosts a monthly social and business networking event for the community called SJC Green Drinks +ART.  This event takes place every 3rd Thursday evening of the month from 7 – 9pm or so . . . Come check out our outdoor patio party for Summer, indoor Jazz / Acoustical Lounge Vibe for Winter.  Great food, music, spoken word and other artistic talent is braided together with community info-sharing, sustainable lifestyle demos and marketplace updates.

Photos of past events.

2014 SJC GD +ART Calendar Below

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Summer 2014 GD +ART @ St. Paul’s in the Emerging Five Corners Eco District

Overlooking the Bergen Arches, this is a fabulous location with parking !  Come checkout the P.E.A.C.E. Garden, whose harvest contributes to The Sharing Place Food Pantry (also onsite) and the newly installed RAIN GARDEN.  St. Paul’s is a great sustainability demonstration site, also implementing a commercial solar array on the community hall out back – Bravo !

Upcoming details about all of SJC events will be posted on the Home page of our website, our Fan Page, Linkedin and are Tweeted; also feel free to join our Meetup and Facebook communities to stay in touch.

Details for ongoing event series will be updated each month, closer to the event date.

Jun
11
Thu
Rutgers Landscape Architecture Students Take On Jersey City! Local Environmental Groups Sponsor Exhibits at Casa Colombo
Jun 11 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm
Rutgers Landscape Architecture Students Take On Jersey City!    Local Environmental Groups Sponsor Exhibits at Casa Colombo @ Casa Columbo | Jersey City | New Jersey | United States

PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

Rutgers Landscape Architecture Students Take On Jersey City!
Local Environmental Groups Sponsor Exhibits at Casa Colombo

Two exhibits of Rutgers student work on Jersey City infrastructure and landmarks are at the Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo from June 11th until August 27th.  Environmental Resources and Issues: Investigations of Environmental Solutions for Jersey City is in Gallery 2. Building Studies: An Archive of Jersey City Architecture is in Gallery 3.

The student work was originally shown for one evening at a Jersey City Environmental Commission meeting. Now several local environmental groups are partnering with Rutgers to broaden opportunities to engage the public and to inspire greater input from citizens to City officials about the changing landscape of Jersey City.

Reception and Viewing Hours

An opening reception is set for Thursday, June 11, 2015, from 5-8 pm, at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth St, Jersey City. Eldad Tarmu, vibraphonist / composer, will be performing.

The program schedule is as follows:

5 pm   Doors open for viewing exhibits in Gallery 2 and 3

6 pm   Music and refreshments in Gallery 2

6:30   Welcome from organizers in Gallery 2

6:45    Opening remarks by Rutgers curators

7:30   Questions and discussion

Following the opening, the exhibits are viewable during regular museum hours, which are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 3pm, and at additional special events and times to be scheduled over the summer. A closing reception is scheduled for Thursday evening, August 27. See Sustainable JC’s website for updates on summer programming (http://www.SustainableJC.org).

Exhibit Details

  • Environmental Resources and Issues is the outcome of an environmental resource study that resulted in maps showing the complex quilt of cultural, historic, civic, and natural resources of Jersey City.  These maps, plus research and interviews, resulted in an analysis of Jersey City and its history.  The analysis led to six sets of speculative design proposals that students developed to address issues such as pedestrian safety, transportation nodes, and environmental infrastructure. These proposals focused on The Heights, Journal Square, Downtown Jersey City, the West Side, and Greenville neighborhoods.
  • Building Studies is one result of a study of seventeen landmark buildings in Jersey City. The exhibit is a set of detailed measured drawings, showing the four facades and, when possible, a generalized floor plan, for each building.  In addition, three-dimensional studies allow for views of the buildings that highlight unique characteristics.

Many of the buildings studied are listed on the State and/or National Registers of Historic Places. These include the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (1889), the only survivor of Jersey City’s magnificent waterfront passenger rail terminals; Continental Can Company Complex (Canco Lofts), a factory-to-loft conversion project; Fairmount Apartments, an early-20th-century apartment building in the Arts and Crafts style; Hudson and Manhattan Powerhouse, the 1908 Romanesque Revival structure that once powered what is now the PATH; William J. Brennan Hudson County Courthouse, an early historic preservation success; Ionic House (Dr. William Barrow Mansion), an 1837 Greek Revival building; Loew’s Theatre, the 1929 Baroque-style movie theatre; Old Bergen Reformed Church, an 1841 building that houses a congregation that has met since Dutch colonial days; Stanley Theatre, the massive, ornate 1928 movie theater; Van Wagenen (Apple Tree) House, the 1750 home in which General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette were believed to have met.

The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company Warehouse is not only on the State and National Registers, but is also a National Landmark.

Other landmarks treated are Jersey City’s 1889 City Hall; Goldman Sachs Tower, the state’s tallest building when it was completed in 2004; the National Guard Armory, a beaux arts building completed in 1937; St. Anne’s, a 1903 church; Temple Beth-El, the 1926 home of a liberal congregation that has met since the Civil War period; and New Jersey City University (NJCU) Arts and Sciences Building.

Exhibit Curators and Sponsors

This undergraduate student work was developed under the supervision of Rutgers University faculty Jean Marie Hartman, Ph.D., David C. Smith, M.S., and Anita Bakshi, Ph.D., from the Department of Landscape Architecture, during semester-long Design Lab courses (Environmental Planning Studio and Visualization III-CAD for Landscape Architects) focused on Jersey City.

Sponsors of the current show are Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture Rutgers CUES, Sustainable Jersey City, Embankment Preservation Coalition, Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery, and Jersey City Parks Coalition. Special thanks go to Sidney Montanez of SDesigns and Alina Tarmu of The Art Garden Shed.

The sponsors hope the exhibits will help to educate visitors and spark a wider discussion among Jersey City residents about our city’s built assets and the options for future development, while encouraging these young students and future landscape architects in their public-spirited pursuits.

Additional Programming

Additional programming on topics of interest is being planned, and suggestions from the public are invited – please send to info@sustainablejc.org   Topics already suggested include Landscape Architectural Sketch Walks, Urban Forestry, and Soil Structure and Remediation of Heavy Metals for Open Spaces.

Please RSVP (required) here; suggested donation $5.00

Download Promotional Flyer here.

 

Sep
8
Tue
SJC Monthly Meeting – EAT, MEET, TALK 2015!
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SJC Monthly Meeting - EAT, MEET, TALK 2015! @ City Hall - CHANGED to Rm #322 This Month,  1 block walk from Grove St. PATH | Jersey City | New Jersey | United States

SUMMER SCHEDULE -JULY & AUGUST MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL BE FOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ONLY;

PUBLIC FORUMS WILL RECONVENE SEPTEMBER 8TH, BACK TO FIRST TUESDAY EVE OF EVERY MONTH.

  ENJOY YOUR SUMMER FOLKS !!

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JUNE 2ND TOPIC –

~ TIPS & TOOLS 4 JERSEY CITY’S COMMUNITY GARDEN NETWORK ~

This event is intended to get you gardeners EXCITED – we’re hosting this gathering to bring you all together !  Did you know there are around 20 Community Gardens in Jersey City ?  Tonight we’re going to have a couple of short presentations which we think you will enjoy.  SJC has some tools we’d like to share and discussion will include info sharing amongst the group.

Special Guest Speaker is Basia Szlanic ~

IMG_2667Basia Szlanic and her family are long-time gardeners who were raising chickens and keeping  bees in Five Corners last century.  Basia’s favorite plants include nasturtiums, for which she named her garden “Nasturtium Heights,” and an ever-bearing, sixty-year-old Jersey City raspberry cultivar that her father-in-law has been growing for nearly forty-years.  Basia grew up working on both a small family farm and a commercial blueberry farm in Southern New Jersey.  “My father taught me how to plant tomatoes and pick potato beetles by hand, which I did not really like doing as a little one,” she explains.  “Now, I appreciate my parents’ hard work in creating and serving nutritious, homegrown meals.  Good food starts with good soil.  After that, it’s a matter of finding what grows in your particular microclimate.  Everything I do is an experiment.  I like throwing seeds in pots and plots and watching Nature work her magic.”

jpg0015Join us if you schedule permits and PLEASE RSVP so we make sure we have enough RAZZA Pizza Artisanale to go around !  That’s the EAT part :-)

Suggested food donation $5.00

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More about this past May and April SJC Monthly Meetings below –

May 5th Topic – Bokashi & Community Composting Opportunities To Recycle Food Waste and Grow Healthy Soil For Jersey City.

Special Guest Shig Matsukawa, Bokashi Master and lead educator for SJC’s Community Composting initiative.

shig teaching 2shig teaching

Full Event Details here http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/222079388/

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April 7th Topic – Introduction To Permaculture & Community Project Design

Permaculture is a design tool and framework for creating ecologically sound spaces and communities. Through low-tech applications that go beyond gardening and food harvesting, permaculture uses a whole-systems approach to show the connections between people and the earth. Inherent in permaculture are a collection of sustainability practices and techniques that can easily be applied to everyday life.

See bio information for Monica and Rachel  of Beyond Organic Design (BOD) here.

Bio Picture- Monicarachel bod website bio  (1)

 

 

 

Full Event Details here http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/221267073/

Special Thanks To RAZZA Pizza Artigianale’s Sustainable Table Menu !

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If you are interested to join one of SJC’s Working Groups, these monthly meetings are the place to jump in – this is a BIG agenda and more hands on deck are needed !

If you are interested in getting more involved please take our Welcome Survey is very quick and will also put you into our system so you can receive all of our notifications.

—————————————————————————————————————–

These EAT, MEET, TALK programs provide opportunity to network over delicious local fare, listen to relevant Community Org / Expert Presentations and be included in discussion about SJC Business / Project activities.  All are welcome and is a great way to plug-in to the sustainability movement in Jersey City.

Standing Agenda:

7pm – EAT and network with other like-minded folks interested in a greener, cleaner Jersey City.

7:30pm – MEET with JC Community Leaders, Municipal Officials and Field Professionals about VARIOUS Sustainability Topics important to Jersey City stakeholders; opportunity to get educated !

8:30pm – TALK  with SJC Committee and Project Leaders for updates on our activities and learn how you can plug-in as a volunteer and / or gain our support for initiatives in your neighborhood..

————————————————————————————————

Please note our 2015 SJC Green Drinks +ART events will now be held quarterly – venues TBA, stay tuned !

 

Oct
6
Tue
SJC Monthly Meeting – EAT, MEET, TALK 2015!
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SJC Monthly Meeting - EAT, MEET, TALK 2015! @ City Hall - CHANGED to Rm #322 This Month,  1 block walk from Grove St. PATH | Jersey City | New Jersey | United States

SUMMER SCHEDULE -JULY & AUGUST MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL BE FOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ONLY;

PUBLIC FORUMS WILL RECONVENE SEPTEMBER 8TH, BACK TO FIRST TUESDAY EVE OF EVERY MONTH.

  ENJOY YOUR SUMMER FOLKS !!

—————————————————————————————————

JUNE 2ND TOPIC –

~ TIPS & TOOLS 4 JERSEY CITY’S COMMUNITY GARDEN NETWORK ~

This event is intended to get you gardeners EXCITED – we’re hosting this gathering to bring you all together !  Did you know there are around 20 Community Gardens in Jersey City ?  Tonight we’re going to have a couple of short presentations which we think you will enjoy.  SJC has some tools we’d like to share and discussion will include info sharing amongst the group.

Special Guest Speaker is Basia Szlanic ~

IMG_2667Basia Szlanic and her family are long-time gardeners who were raising chickens and keeping  bees in Five Corners last century.  Basia’s favorite plants include nasturtiums, for which she named her garden “Nasturtium Heights,” and an ever-bearing, sixty-year-old Jersey City raspberry cultivar that her father-in-law has been growing for nearly forty-years.  Basia grew up working on both a small family farm and a commercial blueberry farm in Southern New Jersey.  “My father taught me how to plant tomatoes and pick potato beetles by hand, which I did not really like doing as a little one,” she explains.  “Now, I appreciate my parents’ hard work in creating and serving nutritious, homegrown meals.  Good food starts with good soil.  After that, it’s a matter of finding what grows in your particular microclimate.  Everything I do is an experiment.  I like throwing seeds in pots and plots and watching Nature work her magic.”

jpg0015Join us if you schedule permits and PLEASE RSVP so we make sure we have enough RAZZA Pizza Artisanale to go around !  That’s the EAT part :-)

Suggested food donation $5.00

————————————————————————————————————–

More about this past May and April SJC Monthly Meetings below –

May 5th Topic – Bokashi & Community Composting Opportunities To Recycle Food Waste and Grow Healthy Soil For Jersey City.

Special Guest Shig Matsukawa, Bokashi Master and lead educator for SJC’s Community Composting initiative.

shig teaching 2shig teaching

Full Event Details here http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/222079388/

—————————————————————————————–

April 7th Topic – Introduction To Permaculture & Community Project Design

Permaculture is a design tool and framework for creating ecologically sound spaces and communities. Through low-tech applications that go beyond gardening and food harvesting, permaculture uses a whole-systems approach to show the connections between people and the earth. Inherent in permaculture are a collection of sustainability practices and techniques that can easily be applied to everyday life.

See bio information for Monica and Rachel  of Beyond Organic Design (BOD) here.

Bio Picture- Monicarachel bod website bio  (1)

 

 

 

Full Event Details here http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/221267073/

Special Thanks To RAZZA Pizza Artigianale’s Sustainable Table Menu !

———————————————————————————————————-

If you are interested to join one of SJC’s Working Groups, these monthly meetings are the place to jump in – this is a BIG agenda and more hands on deck are needed !

If you are interested in getting more involved please take our Welcome Survey is very quick and will also put you into our system so you can receive all of our notifications.

—————————————————————————————————————–

These EAT, MEET, TALK programs provide opportunity to network over delicious local fare, listen to relevant Community Org / Expert Presentations and be included in discussion about SJC Business / Project activities.  All are welcome and is a great way to plug-in to the sustainability movement in Jersey City.

Standing Agenda:

7pm – EAT and network with other like-minded folks interested in a greener, cleaner Jersey City.

7:30pm – MEET with JC Community Leaders, Municipal Officials and Field Professionals about VARIOUS Sustainability Topics important to Jersey City stakeholders; opportunity to get educated !

8:30pm – TALK  with SJC Committee and Project Leaders for updates on our activities and learn how you can plug-in as a volunteer and / or gain our support for initiatives in your neighborhood..

————————————————————————————————

Please note our 2015 SJC Green Drinks +ART events will now be held quarterly – venues TBA, stay tuned !

 

Nov
3
Tue
SJC Monthly Meeting – EAT, MEET, TALK 2015!
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SJC Monthly Meeting - EAT, MEET, TALK 2015! @ City Hall - CHANGED to Rm #322 This Month,  1 block walk from Grove St. PATH | Jersey City | New Jersey | United States

SUMMER SCHEDULE -JULY & AUGUST MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL BE FOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ONLY;

PUBLIC FORUMS WILL RECONVENE SEPTEMBER 8TH, BACK TO FIRST TUESDAY EVE OF EVERY MONTH.

  ENJOY YOUR SUMMER FOLKS !!

—————————————————————————————————

JUNE 2ND TOPIC –

~ TIPS & TOOLS 4 JERSEY CITY’S COMMUNITY GARDEN NETWORK ~

This event is intended to get you gardeners EXCITED – we’re hosting this gathering to bring you all together !  Did you know there are around 20 Community Gardens in Jersey City ?  Tonight we’re going to have a couple of short presentations which we think you will enjoy.  SJC has some tools we’d like to share and discussion will include info sharing amongst the group.

Special Guest Speaker is Basia Szlanic ~

IMG_2667Basia Szlanic and her family are long-time gardeners who were raising chickens and keeping  bees in Five Corners last century.  Basia’s favorite plants include nasturtiums, for which she named her garden “Nasturtium Heights,” and an ever-bearing, sixty-year-old Jersey City raspberry cultivar that her father-in-law has been growing for nearly forty-years.  Basia grew up working on both a small family farm and a commercial blueberry farm in Southern New Jersey.  “My father taught me how to plant tomatoes and pick potato beetles by hand, which I did not really like doing as a little one,” she explains.  “Now, I appreciate my parents’ hard work in creating and serving nutritious, homegrown meals.  Good food starts with good soil.  After that, it’s a matter of finding what grows in your particular microclimate.  Everything I do is an experiment.  I like throwing seeds in pots and plots and watching Nature work her magic.”

jpg0015Join us if you schedule permits and PLEASE RSVP so we make sure we have enough RAZZA Pizza Artisanale to go around !  That’s the EAT part :-)

Suggested food donation $5.00

————————————————————————————————————–

More about this past May and April SJC Monthly Meetings below –

May 5th Topic – Bokashi & Community Composting Opportunities To Recycle Food Waste and Grow Healthy Soil For Jersey City.

Special Guest Shig Matsukawa, Bokashi Master and lead educator for SJC’s Community Composting initiative.

shig teaching 2shig teaching

Full Event Details here http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/222079388/

—————————————————————————————–

April 7th Topic – Introduction To Permaculture & Community Project Design

Permaculture is a design tool and framework for creating ecologically sound spaces and communities. Through low-tech applications that go beyond gardening and food harvesting, permaculture uses a whole-systems approach to show the connections between people and the earth. Inherent in permaculture are a collection of sustainability practices and techniques that can easily be applied to everyday life.

See bio information for Monica and Rachel  of Beyond Organic Design (BOD) here.

Bio Picture- Monicarachel bod website bio  (1)

 

 

 

Full Event Details here http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/221267073/

Special Thanks To RAZZA Pizza Artigianale’s Sustainable Table Menu !

———————————————————————————————————-

If you are interested to join one of SJC’s Working Groups, these monthly meetings are the place to jump in – this is a BIG agenda and more hands on deck are needed !

If you are interested in getting more involved please take our Welcome Survey is very quick and will also put you into our system so you can receive all of our notifications.

—————————————————————————————————————–

These EAT, MEET, TALK programs provide opportunity to network over delicious local fare, listen to relevant Community Org / Expert Presentations and be included in discussion about SJC Business / Project activities.  All are welcome and is a great way to plug-in to the sustainability movement in Jersey City.

Standing Agenda:

7pm – EAT and network with other like-minded folks interested in a greener, cleaner Jersey City.

7:30pm – MEET with JC Community Leaders, Municipal Officials and Field Professionals about VARIOUS Sustainability Topics important to Jersey City stakeholders; opportunity to get educated !

8:30pm – TALK  with SJC Committee and Project Leaders for updates on our activities and learn how you can plug-in as a volunteer and / or gain our support for initiatives in your neighborhood..

————————————————————————————————

Please note our 2015 SJC Green Drinks +ART events will now be held quarterly – venues TBA, stay tuned !