Innovative Demonstration Projects – in support of the Sustainable Jersey statewide certification program criteria, SJC’s mission includes this Action alongside two others – Community Education & Outreach and Sustainability Planning for Neighborhoods.
SJC has chosen a series of Innovative Demonstration Project Sites to kick off our SJC Rain Garden + ART Campaign – 1) the emerging Five Corners Eco-District, a vision we share with St. Pauls Center of Caring (SPCC) and The Big Sky Project Five Corners Eco District, 2) one each of the City’s college and K-12 campuses, and 3) a Jersey City municipal park landscape. After this initial cluster of installations, we will be looking to broaden SJC’s Rain Garden + ART Campaign to include other Faith-Based Managed Venues, Community & School Gardens, Open Spaces, Streetscapes, Private Residential & Commercial Properties, and other Municipal locations.
Please reach us if you wish to discuss opportunities to have a Rain Garden installed at a site that you control or can gain community support for. We intend to build on this initial Green Infrastructure focus and are seeking collaborators who are willing to showcase and advocate for multiple sustainability applications at their site or in their neighborhood. Send us a note with Innovative Demonstration Project Partner in the subject line if this is of interest.
Five Corners Eco-Village
The Project Team coming together to work on this initiative is made up of an array of professionals and neighborhood stakeholders who wanted to be involved in such a visionary project, some of whom have completed SJC’s Certificate Program: Urban Sustainability For Jersey City. The Project Team includes those who spear headed the Innovative Demonstration Project up at Washington Park, which helped Jersey City achieve its Silver Certification under the Sustainable Jersey program; the project staved off approximately 250,000 gals (Rutgers metric) of stormwater from impacting the City’s sewer system through the installation of a Rain Garden and underground bioswale irrigation system on a large, eroded landscape.
St. Paul’s Center of Caring (SPCC) and the Big Sky Project are Collaborators on the project and are part of the hub energy that has spawned and will anchor this project with SJC. Already on site at St. Paul’s, which is located at the center of the Five Corners neighborhood , 440 Hoboken Avenue, is a Phase 1 stormwater management system which we are now building on, a solar array atop their community center, and an emerging food eco-system with the Sharing Place food pantry operation (largest in Hudson County) and the P.E.A.C.E. Garden, which through it’s shared community beds, food grown in the garden will benefit Sharing Place clients.
In addition, thru SJC’s Good Food Now ! initiative, we are working with several partners to provide healthier and more accessible food options throughout Jersey City and for the Five Corners Eco-District project, we have partnered with the Journal Square CSA to provide these integral benefits to the Sharing Place pantry clients through the JSCSA Low Cost Vegetable Shares program . The venue is also home of the Jersey City Food CoOp, whose surplus summer field greens often find their way into food pantry client allocations. Also, as part of this emerging food eco-system, SJC has established our first Community Composting exchange site at the P.E.A.C.E. Garden which we are piloting with JC Moms and other interested community stakeholders. Education partners on the project are Shig Matsukawa, Bokashi Master and the U.S. EPA.
Stay tuned for more on emerging plans for the Five Corners Eco-District and the other targeted sites we have in mind to develop we share more sustainable ways of living and working in Jersey City with JC stakeholders. More details about St. Paul’s other ministry services that care for our community can be found here.