Climate Showcase Communities
The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey has been working closely with officials in Highland Park, Cherry Hill, and Montclair over the past two years to implement energy efficiency measures. The center has advised the municipalities on energy planning for government buildings, helped them analyze the costs and benefits of particular conservation measures, and apprised them of applicable federal and state programs to underwrite their investments in these new efficiency programs.
The initiative was funded by a two-year, $500,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Showcase Communities” program in 2010, which supports local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Sustainability Insitute has been serving as the program administer for the federal grant.
“This is part of [The Sustainability Intitute]’s renewed focus on sustainability,” said Brian Reilly, the center’s former executive director.
The Sustainability Institute was established in 2003 (under the name the Municipal Land Use Center) to support municipal governments in meeting the region’s land use challenges by identifying opportunities for improved development and redevelopment, open space acquisition, and farmland preservation.
“The [Sustainabilty Institute] was founded to provide support to New Jersey cities and town. Our work applies knowledge and best practices to real world decisions on the ground in communities,” Reilly said.