Dear Members of the NJHEPS Community,
As we are well on our way into the 2015-16 academic year, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS). NHJEPS exists to leverage the collective impact of often isolated efforts on our campuses, to enhance the flow of information between research and implementation communities, and to share best and leading practices across the implementation communities. We want New Jersey to be a beacon for collaborative, smart, and meaningful collective impact for sustainability in the United States and beyond.
I am very proud of the strides NJHEPS made this past year. We welcomed an impressive group of new leaders to our executive team as part of a successful reorganization effort, representing the full spectrum of higher education institution types across the state; we attracted several new member institutions, and achieved great success in renewing existing members. We also hosted high quality events at various member institutions and partner organizations including Princeton University, Montclair University, Duke Farms and Ramapo College, focusing on timely topics important to our membership. These topics included: 1) utilizing your campus as a sustainable laboratory, 2) the psychology of sustainability decision-making and leadership, 3) the financial benefits of sustainable practices, 4) careers in sustainability, and 5) teaching sustainability across disciplines, to name a few.
One of the brand new initiatives that I am particularly excited about is our NJHEPS Student Leadership Group, engaging and supporting talented young people from our member institutions eager to apply sustainability within a variety of fields. One of the things we hope to build as part of this endeavor is a premier internship clearinghouse matching top NJ students with desirable placements in various NJ sectors, helping solve sustainability challenges. We are also in the final stages of completing an inventory of building metering needs across New Jersey higher education institutions, which will be presented to industry-leader BPU for potential funding.
We are looking forward to a very active academic year for all members of our constituency, including a slate of educational and operational conferences and workshops concentrating on energy, facilities and construction, education and curriculum, and sustainability research.
Again, thank you for your support in promoting sustainability in New Jersey Higher Education. I look forward to our continued partnership.
Shana Weber, Ph.D., President, NJHEPS
Director, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University