2017 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN URBAN SUSTAINABILITY – 24 Hours of Training !

FAST TRACK SERIES STARTING MARCH 6TH, ENDING APRIL 24TH –

8 CONSECUTIVE MONDAY EVENINGS, 6:30 – 9:30PM !!

Early Bird Registration has begun!  Ends Monday February 24th 2017 – $175 !!!

Regular Registration $225; Community Partner Rates May Apply For Orgs / Student & Alumni Rates Apply  (send inquiry to info@sustainablejc.org) ~

2017 PROGRAM OFFERS NEW TRACKS & ALIGNS WITH SJC SUPPORT OF CITY OF JERSEY CITY SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS (YES!!)

Principles and Practices of Urban Sustainability – Whole Systems Approach To Problem Solving, Project Management, Community Action Planning, Greener Buildings For Neighborhoods / Green Infrastructure, Permaculture, School / Extended Campus Sustainability Planning, Citizen Science.  CEUs Available.

“The Certificate Program entitled Urban Sustainability for Jersey City looks like a great opportunity for current and emerging environmental professionals, project managers, and concerned citizens to develop their sustainability skill set.  The proposed program has a great mix of sustainability concepts and management/implementation techniques.  The instructors are excellent and offer expertise from diverse backgrounds.  I strongly encourage this program and have circulated it to the other members of the Jersey City Environmental Commission.” 

Gerry Nicolls / Past Chair, Jersey City Environmental Commission

PLEASE NOTE LOCATIONS FOR THE COURSE –

  • PART 1 (6 Sessions)  Hudson County Community College (short walk from Journal Sq PATH, parking available), and
  • PART 2 TRACKS (2 Sessions)
    • Tracks A & B – the Greener Buildings and Permaculture Tracks will be taught Downtown at Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, (short walk from Grove St. PATH, street parking)
    • Track C – the Citizen Science Track will be taught on NJCU’s Main Campus, taking advantage of outdoor classroom instruction and their Water Laboratory (easy to get to by public transit, parking available)

FULL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION LINKS BELOW – 

2017 SJC Certificate Program Prospectus

2017 Instructor Profiles

2017 Session Descriptions

Eventbrite Registration 2017

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CSC RELATES TO ALL THAT WE DO !  

 

Community Sustainability Curriculum (CSC) Background

Incorporating feedback garnered from an array of community stakeholders from across the City whom we polled in 2011, we began to design a community education initiative with two important workshops our first Prospectus, offered at Hudson County Community College (HCCC) in January 2012.  These workshops were quickly embraced by the community and we scheduled seven more workshops based on priorities that were shared during those polling sessions – these framed our 2012 Workshop Series.  The series was designed to help develop the skills necessary for effective community organizing and to share tools, techniques and knowledge that would help us all to understand the causes and solutions to sustainability challenges here in the City.

More information on the polling exercise can be found on our Participatory Planning page where we talk about the Concept Mapping tool we used.

Building Momentum

In addition to that 2012 workshop series at HCCC, we hosted 50+ education events during 2013 – 2014, in a variety of venues, which formalized our Community Sustainability Curriculum (CSC) as an SJC Project initiative.  In 2014, we formally launched our new Certificate Program: Urban Sustainability in Jersey City, which ran from March to early June, and is now offered each Spring around the same time.  This is the first community education initiative to address sustainability in Jersey City, Hudson County, and we have proudly partnered with Ramapo College of NJ, The Cloud Institute, Green Path NJ, Eco-Schools USA and affiliate The Natural Step, to offer this Fast Track 24 hour 8-session series.  In 2015 we added a Project Management track and in 2016 we added a Permaculture Track with partner New York Permaculture Exchange. And now, for 2017, we have deepened the Permaculture training we are offering as part of this course with partner AppleSeed Permaculture, and have added a new Citizen Science Track with partner NJCU.  So far, CEU’s are offered by the US Green Building Council and we are currently pursuing additional professional development credits for new components of this Certificate Program in Urban Sustainability.  Also in 2017, we will be launching more professional development course for Built Environment Professionals so stay tuned !

Going Forward

In addition to the Certificate Program In Urban Sustainability, we sponsor a large number of ad hoc hands-on learning opportunities, panel discussions by practicioners, films and talks by professional experts in a variety of fields.  Topics are wide ranging and include 1) Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, 2) Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation, and 3) Green Infrastructure 4) Urban Farming &  Gardening  Topic suggestions and offers to teach and share knowledge are most welcome and can be submitted here.

Future Vision

Sustainable JC would like to see a learning community evolve that includes the school district, municipal employees and other community stakeholders participating together – on both planning and implementing projects – that impact the future sustainability of Jersey City neighborhoods.  By prioritizing community education and collaborating with an array of education partners, we feel that we are doing our part to bring a more informed public in that effort.  Our emphasis on Innovative Demonstration Projects and advocacy for a citywide Sustainability Task Force, that includes representative voices across all Wards of the City, is intended to further that effort.

Collaboration is key to forging a new culture of sustainability for Jersey City.  We have proudly worked with individual community organizations and those individuals, including artists, to advance neighborhood sustainability efforts across our urban landscape.  We also work with the Jersey City School Districts to bring more students into sustainability focused afterschool programming opportunities, many of which allow  Jersey City families to participate and learn with their kids.  More information about SJC’s ‘Permaculture For Kids’ and Sustainable Schools program can be found here.

If you are interested to help your organization get educated and be part of a community of conscious practicioners, contact us at info@sustainablejc.org – SJC can help !

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