Resources

Below we have provided references (links) to various sustainability topics, including discussion boards and infographics developed by some of SJC’s Education Partners.

Affordable Housing

New York City Housing Authority – GREEN, GREEN, GREEN !

Affordable Housing Preservation FAQs

Housing and Community Development Network of NJ

Center for Urban Pedagogy in NYC

Enterprise Green Communities Development Criteria

Public Purpose ESCO (Energy Service Companies) For Affordable Housing

AGING IN PLACE aka SUSTAINABLE AGING

Creating Places To Age In NJ / Municipal Best Practices – NJ Future

Elder Boom – Surdna Foundation

Housing & Healthcare Collaboration MUST HAPPEN – Toolkit Now Available!

+ART

SJC believes that SUSTAINABILITY is a cultural conversation.  We also believe that art and design have an integral role to play in the reinvention and transformation of Jersey City, towards a more sustainable and climate change resilient live / work place.  For each of our project initiatives, we have a +ART component, holding participating artists as dynamic co-creators of urban design solutions that work with nature, rather than against it.   

Art, Architecture and Design: Transforming Place in Global Cities

Architectural Upcycling

Artscape DIY

CALL – City As Living Lab

Eco Art Space

Gary Snyder – poet laureate of ‘Deep Ecology’

JC Fab Lab

Left Bank Art Blog

Media Arts

Ragazine

Savage Habbit

Residence On Earth

SJC’s Rain Gardens +ART Campaign

SJC’s +ART Initiative

Bicycling in Jersey City (see Transportation below)

Biodiversity

Bees In JC 

NWF Eco Schools Biodiversity Learning Pathway

NWF Living Planet Report 2014

NYC Beekeeping

Biomimicry

Applied To Neighborhood Redesign

Applied To Org Structures For Business, Citizen Led Initiatives

Bioremediation – see Bokashi, Fungi under Composting and Soil sections below

BUILDINGS – See GREENER BUILDINGS below

BUSINESS – see GREENING YOUR BUSINESS below

Certificate Program – SJC’S Urban Sustainability For Jersey City

2013 Certificate Program Materials – login required

2014 Certificate Program Materials – login required

2015 Certificate Program Materials – login required

Citizen Science

 

City of Jersey City

JC Ward Map – 2012 City Planning / HEDC

2011 Sustainable Jersey Certification – SILVER

2014 Sustainable Jersey Certification – BRONZE

JC Environmental Commission

Nov 2014 Jersey City Report On Housing In JC

NEW PERFORMANCE METRICS COMING TO MUNICIPALITIES IN 2016

>>>Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification Program

City of Jersey City Green Policies – are we enforcing these ?

** SEARCH JERSEY CITY MUNICIPAL CODE

Mayor Fulop’s Transition Report

Mayor’s Quality of Life Task Force

List of Autonomous Agencies

EPA Consent Decree

Civics (Green Civics !)

Climate Change

Climate Change 101

Climate Mama

Climate Central – Cities Designed Like Ecosystems Offer Untold Gains !

Surdna Foundation infographic

Schneider Electric infographic

Climate Security Thinktank – SECURITY SUSTAINABILTY FORUM.ORG

350.org

Green Apps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

GRACE Eco-Centric / Climate Change

  • 2014 “Meet the Nexus” Guide – learn how food, water and energy systems are interconnected and be surprised by some of these great factoids !

NJ Adapt

NRDC Climate Change Indicators NJ

NRDC Report on Water Related Impacts of Climate Change – NYC Metro Area Profiled

Planning For Sea Level Rise Adaptation at the Site Scale in New Jersey (NOAA)

Rutgers Climate Change Impacts To NJ Report 2013

2014 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (IPCC)

US EPA Local Climate Change Podcasts & Webcasts

Colleges & Universities  

Campus Sustainability Resources

NYU’s Citizen Science Initiative

Interdisciplinary Courses of Study

Combined Sewage Overflows

Riverkeeper.org

Community Action Models

Bergen and Hudson County Partnerships

Empathic World

Faith-based Organizations Take The Lead

Cooperatives, Learning Communities, Open Source, The Commons

Complete Streets Program (GREEN Complete Streets)

Chicago Green Alleys Handbook

Smarth Growth America Green Complete Streets

Composting

See Food Waste section below

Why Use COMPOST In Rain Gardens ?

Corporate Sustainability aka Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

CSR Reporting – Free Subscription (SJC Favorite – Elaine Cohen is VERY Funny!)

MITSloan Management 2014 Report – Collaboration & Leadership For Sustainability

CSR For Small & Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs)

Examples – Company Profiles Provided By SJC Constituents Working At These Firms or Those SJC Has Connected With Here In Jersey City

Kinder Morgan

Schneider Electric

ShopRite – Wakefern Food Corp.

2015 Sustainability & ShopRite

BCorps – Social Enterprise Corporations

New Jersey Based BCorps

BCorps – BE The Impact Metrics

CROWDFUNDING

CSO – Combined Sewer Overflow (See Green Infrastructure Section Below)

ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT ACCOUNTING

Economic Development – Sustainability / Resiliency Focus (also see Green Economic Development and Green Infrastructure – Municipal Best Practices)

  • Real Estate Dev With Neighborhood Revitalization In Mind – Low Impact Development (LID) Opportunities – also see Green Infrastructure and Best Municipal Practices links below; City of Jersey City /JCEC white paper by Tom Gibbons, Chair 2011
  • Energy

ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EV)

EMISSIONS

Energy (Clean, Renewable, Alternative)

BROCHURES FOR ALL PROGRAMS THRU THE NJ CLEAN ENERGY OFFICE – RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND MUNICIPAL

Energy Efficiency Tips – HOME, WORK, AT SCHOOL, ON THE GO by ase.org

JUST OUT- JUNE 2015 ! NJ PACE PASSES LEGISLATURE, WAITING FOR GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE; PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, WATER CONSERVATION ACTIONS. TICK TOCK ON GOV SIGNATURE.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY Without The Hot Air, new e-book download by David MacKay – everything you need to know, BY THE NUMBERS !!

See also Greener Buildings section below

Alternative Fuels

Energy Aggregation (and NJ Clean Energy Choice)

– Solar Energy

EVENT PRESENTATIONS & WEBINAR LINKS

 >>RUTGER’S LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS TAKE ON JERSEY CITY!

Federal Government Sustainability Initiatives

Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Food Systems

Ag in the City (Sept 2015 update – in process of being dissolved, great resources that SJC is in the process of adding to this page !)

Ag Tech

Change Food (this is the new advocacy organization that has emerged from the TEDxManhattan ‘Changing the Way We Eat’) big FALL 2016 NYC Event Planned – stay tuned !

Foodshed Alliance

Food Routes – Buy Fresh Buy Local

FOOD SHARE- check out Ample Harvest

OCTOBER 2014 GOOD FOOD GUIDE JUST RELEASED – FOOD TANK / JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION 

GRACE Sustainable Table

EAT WELL GUIDE Standards / GRACE

National Good Food Network Resource Center on FOOD HUBS

NJ Farm to School

NJ Urban Farm Exemption Law

RedTomato.org – Northeast Food Distribution Hub (AWESOME group / founders of Equal Exchange Fair Trade Movement)

RUAF Foundation – Urban Agriculture, City Regional Focus / Europe and Developing Nations – What can we learn from their supply chain and network strategies here in the US?

Seedstock Focus on Urban Food Enterprises

Table to Table Delivering Food to Those Who Need it Most

US Food Conferences 2012

Wallace Center Food Hub Resource Center

Food Waste

SJC Community Composting Initiative

Community Compost Company – pick up services now available in Jersey City !

Join The US EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge !

New Online Resource Hub – Everything In One Place – FURTHER WITH FOOD !  Center For Food Loss & Waste Solutions – share information, find technical assistance, join 2030 national goal to reduce food waste in US by 50%

RecyclingFoodWaste.org

Great Video About Smiling Hogshead Ranch in Queens NY + BOKASHI (yes!) + Mycelium (yes!) 

Why Use COMPOST In Rain Gardens ?

GrownNYC Composting Program

NYC Community-Based Composting Program

San Diego’s Use of Composting to Manage Stormwater

US Composting Council

Greener Buildings – Energy Efficient Buildings

see also City of Jersey City above for related ordinances (?)

>>>>>United States

NEW – 2015 TAX INCENTIVES FOR GREENER BUILDINGS

>>>>>International

RAIN WATER HARVESTING – Designing Buildings Wiki UK

Greener Buildings Consulting Groups You May Want To Get To Know

Eco Brooklyn Inc.

Greener Buildings Materials / Suppliers

ECO Supply Center

Green Economic Development

District Energy Initiatives As Economic Development Driver For Cities

– Small Business Models

– Municipal Economic Development Planning Models

GREENING YOUR BUSINESS

Measuring Success –

SBDC NJ – Free Tech Support on Greening Your Business

Small Business Guide to Recycling – NJ State Chamber of Commerce

Smart Steps Greening Guide by US EPA – Small / Medium Size Biz Focus

Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification Program Resources

Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce – Recycling Resources

[TRY THIS – google  chamber of commerce nj, recycling  – you’ll get a listing of what some of the other municipalities and counties have posted as resources]

>>> NJ -Green Business Development Partner Programs

Green Housing / Neighborhood Guides

NYCHA Green Guide

Chicago Green Alley Handbook

A CITIZENS GUIDE to LEED for NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT;  HOW to TELL if DEVELOPMENT IS SMART and GREEN by NRDC

A Citizen’s Guide to LEED for
Neighborhood Development:
How to Tell if Development is
Smart and Green

Green Infrastructure and Rain Gardens

Understand Difference Between Sewersheds & Watersheds

Why Use COMPOST In Rain Gardens ?

Center for Neighborhood Technology
The Value of Green Infrastructure     Wetrofit Jobs Program

City of Jersey City

Community Projects  FIVE PROJECTS ANY COMMUNITY CAN DO TO REDUCE STORM WATER RUNOFF IN FIVE EASY STEPS – thanks for compiling this ioby !

The Green Infrastructure Center Non-Profit based in Virginia (Jersey City JCEC Partner)

New York City Best Practices

NJ DEP Green Infrastructure Resource Site Facts, Best Practices, Projects Underway

NJ DEP Municipal TOOLKITS

New NJDEP Resource: Communicating with your municipality

A presentation by the NJDEP shows how water infrastructure improvements connect to what municipalities are already trying to accomplish. Advancing Multiple Municipal Objectives through the Combined Sewer Overflow Permit illustrates mutual benefits such as local jobs, redevelopment and community greening.

This toolkit features a decision support tool and downloadable design templates for an array of practical green infrastructure projects that can be scaled to sites across a wide geography. Its objective is to help municipal managers and decision-makers begin the process of implementing green infrastructure in their communities.

NJ Future / NRDC

Port of Seattle WA Testing Large Scale Mobile Rain Gardens – love this!!

SOIL SCIENCE MATTERS IN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN

US EPA’s New Green Infrastructure Strategy for Communities

Watersheds and Sewersheds – Why the difference matters

MUNICIPAL BEST PRACTICES – GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MASTER PLANS

Reinvesting in Urban Water Infrastructure through Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plans – Jan 8 2015 NJ DEP, NJ Future Forum Event

Climate Change Model Ordinances – Columbia Law School

HOBOKEN – (District Model for Jersey City !)

Hudson County Incorporates ALL Sustainability & Resiliency Planning / Performance Metrics Into Their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan, Including Green Infrastructure In Their Guidelines For Developers

South Florida Regional Model

University Sourced

Ashwani Vashishth / Ramapo College

Rutgers Cooperative Research

Washington State University

Nebraska University
Green Map

JC Green Map

2014 Green Map Impacts Report

GREEN ROOFS

GREENWASHING

GREENWASHING – WHAT IT IS & WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT !

Hudson County

Hudson County Cultural Affairs & Tourism

Hudson County Planning Division

Hudson County Improvement Authority

Investing In Sustainability / Resiliency Strategies For Cities & College Campuses

Green Bonds 101

Impact Investing – Why Measurements Are Important

Rockefeller Report – Impact Investing 101

Rockefeller Impact Investment Report – A New Type Of Business Model

SRI Investing Trends Report 2014 – 10 Edition by  Forum On Sustainable & Responsible Investment, ussif.org

Green Revolving Funds – College Campuses – ALSO APPLICABLE TO CITIES

LAND TRUSTS

D&R Greenway Land Trust

The Nature Conservancy of NJ

MAPPING

MEDIA & CIVIL SOCIETY

MUSHROOMS & MYCOLOGY – Learn Why This Is Important For You To Learn About

MYCOLOGY GURU – Paul Stamets, SIX WAYS TO SAVE THE WORLD

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Sean Walsh, Permaculture Teacher

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies (also see Biomimicry above)

Creative Placemaking

Eco Districts US

Energy Districts – Economic Development

Main Street USA

NJ Municipal Government

NJ State League of Municipalities

>>>Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification Program

NJ Department of Environmental Protection

NJ State Planning Resources

Non-Profit Resources

Great Non-Profits – Profiles

Non-Profit Resource Center

Salesforce for Non-Profits

Philanthropy

Participatory Planning

Expanding the reach of environmental research with Citizen Science

Global Permaculture Projects & Communities
Urban Permaculture Talks by Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Research Institute Founder

Great Video About Smiling Hogshead Ranch in Queens NY + BOKASHI (yes!)

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Sean Walsh, Permaculture Teacher

Be The Solution videos  – Central Florida Urban Permaculture

Permaculture Network of New Jersey

RAIN GARDENS – SEE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE LINKS ABOVE

  • Transparent Reporting CIR 2014

 

 

  • PassaicLaunchFillerBins  That Educate

Hoboken Guide to Residential Single Stream Recycling

Watersheds and Sewersheds

 

School District Sustainability Initiatives

Let SJC and ioby.org Help You With Your School’s Sustainability Projects

ioby.org’s Green-Schools-Guide FIVE EASY PROJECTS EVERY SCHOOL CAN DO

NJ Farm to School

Composting Model for Schools – Institute for Local Self Reliance

The Cloud Institute

Eco-Schools USA

Creative Change / Educating for Sustainability

Ed Web Resource Site – Curriculum / Best Practices / Program Ideas for Core Standards

Edible School Yards NYC

Edutopia, the George Lucas Education Foundation

FACILITIES – 2016 REPORT ON STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS: America’s K-12 Facilities, is Joint Publication by the 21st Century School Fund Inc., US Green Building Council, and the National Council on School Facilities

Green Schools Alliance

New York City Environmental Education Initiatives

Project Based Learning – Buck Institute for Education

Terracyle Outsmart Waste

SOIL
  • Comprehensive Soil Analytics / USDA NRCS

New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts

  • Healthy Soil / Nutrient Values
  • Good Microbes – 
See Community Composting / Bokashi & Mushroom Cultivation on this page

Sustainable Cities Best Practices

Sustainable Cities Collective

Engaging The Community in Urban Design Decisions

Transparency in Government

Measuring Sustainability – GREAT MODEL, City of Jacksonville, FL

Municipal Finances: A Handbook For Local Governments

Public Sector Sustainability Reporting – 2013 UK Perspectives

>>>Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification Program

TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY – Transportation Planning Authority / North Jersey Region led Municipal Planning Initiatives Focused On Transit Oriented Development  – FOCUS: COMPETITIVE, EFFICIENT, LIVABLE, RESILIENT (includes presentations by Hoboken and Jersey City)

Systems Thinking– Understand the Interconnections 

Alternative Community Designs – NEXT SYSTEMS PROJECT Report

Change Agenda Roadmaps –

Science Of Sustainability

GRACE Communications Foundation – Food, Energy & Water Nexus

Food and Water Watch

Surdna Foundation – Buildings, Transportation, Food & Water

Energy Flow Between Self & Community – EmpatheticCommunities

TOOLKITS (VARIOUS)

TAXES – UnderstandTax Abatements & Property Taxes In Jersey City. With These EXCELLENT Infographics. Then consider what we don’t have tax incentives for going GREEN – other Cities are doing it.

 

 TRANSPORTATION

TREES (see Urban Forestry below)

Know about Cork Forests ?  Check out this amazing organization !

Urban Farming & Gardening

Ag in the City – NJ Statewide Clearing House Info, Tools, Etc.

Beginner’s vegetable garden, salad garden, herb garden, tomato garden, canning garden, salsa garden, northern and southern seed collections – downloadable pdf charts

FARMING CONCRETE Data Collection Tool 

Jersey City Community Gardens Are Already Listed in the BARN !

Five Boro Farm Toolkit – Jersey City New Pilot Group For This !!

City of Jersey City Community Gardening Program

GrowNYC Resource Guides

The Micro Gardener

My City Garden – Jersey City’s Carol Nissan’s Garden Blog Site

Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Sean Walsh, Permaculture Teacher

MYCOLOGY GURU – Paul Stamets, SIX WAYS TO SAVE THE WORLD

NYC Beekeeping

PONICS ! Aero / Hydro – what’s next or what about DYI ?  Ideas here

Smart Gardener Planning Guide

SPIN Farming

SPIN Gardening

Square Foot Gardening Foundation

Urban Agriculuture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation – Comprehensive  New Book by the American Bar Association

Urban Gardens and Soil Contaminants

WINDOWFARMS Based In Brooklyn – What Are These ?

Urban Forestry (also see Green Infrastructure above)

Baltimore City Forestry Initiative 2015

City of Jersey City – Community Forestry Management Plan 2015-2019

FUNDING A TREES CAMPAIGN FOR JERSEY CITY – See CROWDFUNDING above and info about charitable donations partner site ioby.org whose platform is totally devoted to neighborhood environmental projects !

GIC Tree Canopy Study sponsored by JC Environmental Commission June 2015

 

 

 

HEALTH / OTHER BENEFITS OF TREES

NJ Tree Foundation – SJC’s community partner for our Rain Gardens +ART Campaign and the JC STREET TREES initiative – next: BIOSWALES WITH TREES !

OPEN TREE MAPCloud-based Tree Mapping & Inventory Management Platform; SJC community partner on the JC STREET TREES initiative

PSE&G RECOMMENDATIONS – SMALL TREES FOR PLANTING UNDER UTILITY WIRES

SHELTERBELT OF TREES PLANTED IN CAMDEN – Smart Stormwater Management Strategy !

SMART TREE PITS IN NYC

Tree Pit Planting Resources

SOIL GUIDELINES – Important Perspectives on NYC Million Trees Initiative provided by the USDA NRCS

  • Comprehensive Soil Analytics / USDA NRCS
USDA Soil Analysis Data – Hudson County Soil Analysis Complete
(
See Jersey City Soil Assessments by using this tool)

TREE LIST – UPDATED OCTOBER 2013 – JERSEY CITY TREE ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

Tree Stress Study – Drought

URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT / US EPA – PLANT MORE TREES!

US_Mayors-Tree_Canopy_Survey – BEST PRACTICES FROM 135 CITIES !

Utility Initiatives To Conserve Energy & Water

  • Model Water Utility – see Hillsborough Natural Systems Utilities
  • Camden County MUA – Off Grid Energy Initiative

Water

GRACE H2O Water Footprint Calculator (fabulous family fun!)

Water Footprint Consortium

Water Conservation

US EPA New Jersey Water Fact Sheet

GRACE Water Program

H2O Conserve Water Footprint Calculator

Funders Network State Of Water In The US

Chicago’s Green Alley Program

Water Infrastructure In New Jersey