Secaucus, October 26, 2013 – ‘Super Bowl XLVIII (48) – to be played on February 2 in the NJ Meadowlands – is called the first ‘Public Transportation’ Super Bowl. It may also be the world’s first ‘Ecology’ Super Bowl. MetLife Stadium’s unique surroundings include 8,400 acres of environmentally significant waterways and wetlands – a vast natural home to diverse species of birds and amphibians that covers a larger area than Manhattan.
Nine members of the Bergen Grass Roots Task Force on Flooding set out on a Hackensack Riverkeeper pontoon boat to discover how these marshes and wetlands impact their communities. The group includes Charles Powers, Professor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and the mayors of Little Ferry, New Milford, and Secaucus.
This video is the first of a Meadowlands Series by NJ Arts News, funded by a mini-grant from the NJ News Commons at the Center for Collaborative Media, Montclair State University.
For further information on the Hackensack Wetlands and the Meadowlands Environmental Center, visit the NJ Meadowlands Commission website www.njmeadowlands.gov
Newark, August 15, 2013 – For hundreds of Newark teens, Summer 2013 brought life-changing opportunities to develop confidence, discipline, and flexibility in the workplace. The Greater Newark Conservancy and GlassRoots are among the more than one hundred businesses and nonprofits that hired youth for 20 hours per week over 6 weeks, through the City of Newark’s Summer Youth Work Experience program.
18-year old participants Ericka and Ruqqayah share their perspectives, along with mentors Kate Dowd, Emmanuela Mujica, and program director Bryan Rawls. Teens and parents interested in the program should contact the Newark Youth OneStop Career Center at 500 Broad St. (973.273.6064.) Applicants must be Newark residents, maintain a 2.5 grade point average, and demonstrate a positive attitude.
Our 2-minute video was produced and edited by Maya Curry.
Hillsborough, September 18, 2013 – Educators call for action and ‘thinking forward’ during a Sustainability Summit at Duke Farms in central New Jersey. “Something needs to be addressed right now,” says Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director of the Center for Urban Environment, Thomas Edison State College.
Jaimie Cloud of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education defines sustainable living as when “a society is far-seeing enough, wise enough, and flexible enough to actually contribute to the health of the systems upon which we depend.” Shana Weber, Sustainability Director at Princeton University, notes that today’s students are better prepared to resolve environmental issues.
Keynote speaker Mathis Wackernagel, President of the Global Footprint Network, acknowledges that “a ‘true’ sustainable future is possible, but we must choose it.”
The Summit was presented by Sustainable Jersey (sustainablejersey.org), at the 2700-acre Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ, and attended by more than 200 educators, civic leaders and conservation activists.
Keynote speaker Mathis Wackernagel, President of the Global Footprint Network, asks, ” Am I investing in something that has a life, that actually generates more than what it costs?” He acknowledges that a ‘true’ sustainable future is possible, but we must choose it.”
Hillsborough, September 18, 2013 – A standing-room-only forum presented by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit certification program, convenes 200 civic and environmental activists to redefine sustainability in the 21st century. Nearly 400 New Jersey municipalities participate in Sustainable Jersey’s conservation strategies that foster energy efficiency and savings, waste reduction, water conservation, cost sharing, and other sustainable practices. These municipalities comprise 82% of the state’s population.
Keynote speaker Mathis Wackernagel, President of Global Footprint Network and an environmental engineer by training, suggests that living “within the means of nature is the most productive economic proposition.” Margaret Waldock of the Geraldine R. Dodge foundation notes that despite community recycling, the amount of garbage that we’re generating is still “higher than it’s ever been.”
Other speakers included Randy Solomon and Donna Drewes, co-directors of Sustainable Jersey, and Andrew Bowman of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The forum’s venue was Duke Farms, a 2700-acre reserve in central New Jersey that is free and open to the public every day except Wednesdays, from 8:30 am to 6 pm.
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