Free Download: Presentations from our September Meetup

If you weren’t able to make it to Sustainable South Jersey’s “Welcome Back” Meetup at the Collingswood Community Center on September 18th, let us tell you a bit about it! It was a terrific night with about 70 people attending from all around the South Jersey area. Delicious food from local and sustainably- minded Tortilla Press was available, along with our three excellent presenters who focused on a variety of environmental issues that affect us all in this region. Topics included: Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyanotoxins in New Jersey, Sustainable Building Practices in Action, and the Collingswood Community Habitat Project.

All this food, networking with friends and education was FREE! That’s what we do at SSJ – we are dedicated to fostering connections in our region and promoting knowledge and awareness about environmental sustainability that will lower our carbon footprint and contribute to a healthier planet.

If you weren’t able to join us that night (or you were, but would like to review the information that was presented), we’ve posted PDFs of the presentations /remarks from our three experts. Click the title slide of the presentation below to view each one.


Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyanotoxins in New Jersey

by Fred Lubnow PhD, Director of Aquatics Programs, Princeton Hydro


Sustainable Building Practices in Action

by Katherine Ng, LEED AP, Vice President, Wu & Associates, Inc.


Collingswood Community Habitat Project

by Tim Ifill, Collingswood Green Team member, Co-Coordinator of the Collingswood Community Habitat Project


Enjoy and please follow Sustainable South Jersey on Facebook and Twitter to learn what’s happening in our community and to get the date for our next Meetup. We hope to see you there!

Just Announced! #FindOurGreta Contest Winners

Sustainable South Jersey wants to help encourage and acknowledge the youth of Southern New Jersey who have worked to take action against climate change. Drawing inspiration from Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who became famous this Spring for launching a student movement to compel adults to act on global warming, we launched the “Find Our Greta” contest, which ran from June to November. After seeking nominees for several months, nine top youth eco-champion stories were posted on facebook for contest voting.

We believe in empowering our youth to take action locally, as they are the ones who will be leading our future,” said Ed Cohen, President of Sustainable South Jersey. “It was so inspiring to read the stories of youth in South Jersey who, just like Greta Thunberg is doing in Sweden, are already taking action to make their own communities more resilient to climate change.

We received stories of how South Jersey youth eco-champions are cleaning up trash in their local neighborhoods; encouraging their school cafeteria to eliminate styrofoam or become 100% plant based; upcycling old t-shirts into reusable bags to eliminate plastic; sewing and selling headbands to raise money for the ocean conservation; and wearing the same dress for 100 days straight.

After one fruitful week, with over 3,700 total posts of youth stories shared, we are excited to announce the winner of the #FindOurGreta contest. Earning a $300 Amazon gift card, the first place prize went to a dedicated group of Medford middle school students from the “Citizen Science Education Program.” This group of students have worked with industry by testing bio-based blacktop sealers at their school, conducted research with NASA/NOAA weather and climate scientists, and traveled overseas to collaborate on environmental issues with a global student population. The second place (Kara Parker of Bordentown) and third place (Joseph Gasperi of Audubon) winners each won a $100 Amazon gift card. All finalists will receive a Sustainable South Jersey tee-shirt and free admission to SSJ’s 2020 events.

The Citizen Science Education Program (CSEP) is an environmental education movement ready for duplication in other schools across the globe,” said nominator Vicky Gorman. “The focus of the program is to improve scientific literacy in local communities.

The program’s motto is “Students Making a Difference… Improving Scientific Literacy Around the Globe.” Students host cleanups, plant gardens, or recycle cans. However, their real game-changer end goal is to increase the education and awareness of the people who vote and make decisions for their families, towns, states, and countries. CSEP brings science into the community and allows students to apply their scientific knowledge to the real world.

CSEP formally began in September 2013, with 44 founding members; both 7th and 8th grade. Since that time, over 150 students have become CSEPers. In the last six years, students have organized and conducted three Medford Science Summits and participated in two Burlington County Earth Fairs. The main focus of outreach education has been climate change with an emphasis on the Climate and Ocean Literacy brochures, as well as Water in our World.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and thank you for making the world, especially our home of South Jersey, a better place.

#FindOurGreta Contest: Nominate a Youth Climate Activist

Nomination are closed. Please vote on our Facebook page until Nov 1, 2019. 

Our new contest seeks to find, empower, and reward South Jersey youth eco-champions for  in their local communities.

 

Sustainable South Jersey (SSJ) wants to help encourage and acknowledge the youth of Southern New Jersey who have worked to take action against climate change. Drawing inspiration from Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who became famous this Spring for launching a student movement to compel adults to act on global warming, SSJ is pleased to announce the “Find Our Greta” contest.


The #FindOurGreta contest will run from June 26, 2019 to October 15, 2019. South Jersey’s “Greta” will receive a $300 Amazon gift card.

“In Sweden and right here in South Jersey, children can help increase their parents’ level of concern about climate change. From Trenton to Cape May, we’re excited to help foster their efforts.” said Ed Cohen, President of Sustainable South Jersey.

According to a study published on May 6, 2019 in Nature, children can help change their parents minds about climate change. Thunberg has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine. SSJ believes in empowering the youth to take action locally, as they are the ones who will be leading our future. This contest aims to find the local youth who are already taking action in their communities, just like Greta is doing in Sweden and beyond.

The contest is now closed.  All submissions have been received and the 10 finalists selected will be posted on Social Media for public voting from Oct 25 to Nov 1.  The final winner and two runners up will be announced by Nov 8!


ABOUT THE ENTRY PROCESS

Eliligible entries were submitted from June 26, 2019 at 7 pm EST through October 15, 2019 at midnight EST. Visitors will nominate the South Jersey youth eco-champion they feel most embodies the spirit of Greta’s efforts to drive action on climate change. Nominators will explain in 300 words or less why this young person is helping drive action or raise awareness, describe a past or upcoming summertime activity or event they’re organizing for the benefit of our planet, and submit a photo of the youth in action. Please use #FindOurGreta to spread the word on social media outlets.

DETAILS

The contest was open to everyone 17 years of age and under who resides or attends school in any of the following Southern New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, and Ocean.

SSJ will review all entries and choose ten finalists. From October 25 to November 1 at midnight, we will host a one-week long public vote to select the winner on our SSJ Facebook page and at the end of the designated period, the winner will be the nominee with the most “post shares”.

That individual will win a $300 Amazon gift card and the opportunity to give a keynote address at an upcoming Sustainable South Jersey Meet-Up. Second and third place each receive a $100 Amazon gift card. All finalists receive a Sustainable South Jersey tee-shirt and free admission to SSJ’s 2020 events. The winner and two runners up will be announced by November 8, 2019.

Find Our Greta Nomination Form

Rules: Nominees must be 17 years of age or under and reside in or attend school in any of the following Southern New Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, and Ocean.