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SJC Monthly Meeting - EAT, MEET, TALK ! Green Your Building Series~

SJC is digging in this Fall with a Greener Buildings education agenda, starting with our September 2nd Monthly Meeting.  We're partnering quite a bit to offer opportunities for both residents and trade professionals to understand the enormous environmental and health benefits (Quality Of Life) and frankly, the cost savings and returns on investments available to individuals, businesses and the City of Jersey City, if we all move in this direction.  We are also forming a Working Group to look at opportunities to modernize our building code and propose new policies where gaps exist.

If your schedule permits, come learn more about energy efficiency strategies for your own home or commercial building, and about ways you can plug into this Working Group - please RSVP so we make sure we have enough RAZZA to go around !  That's the EAT part.

September Monthly Meeting -


~ Special Guests - Elaine Hanson, Mark Smith and Tiina  ~

Elaine, Mark and Tiina are your neighbors and have gone through the painstaking process of creating amazing results with energy efficient designs and techniques at their respective homes, in Ward F / Bergen Lafayette and Ward E / Paulus Hook & Hamilton Park; all are very old buildings with some common challenges.

Tiina Ruhlandt Medel - President and Partner of EIMC LLC, an independent marine surveying and adjusting firm headquartered in Jersey City; Tiina is also Board Secretary of the Educational Arts Team and lives in WARD E / Hamilton Park.

Tiina Ruhlandt Medel converted her drafty 1880’s brick row house to an Energy Star Certified home in 2011. The Medel family completely gutted their 4 story row house in the Hamilton Park neighborhood - sealed, insulated, installed radiant floor heat and ductless split ac. Now the downstairs apartment can keep the heat at 64 degrees and be completely comfortable.

Mark Smith - Filmmaker, Founder: o7Films, Inc., live in Ward E / Paulus Hook

When Mark Smith moved with his family downtown 20 years ago and purchased his old brownstone, he began a years-long process and journey (1991 - 2013) with three things in mind - to reduce the energy consumption of his building, to make it more comfortable to live in year round, and reduce the cost of the energy portion of his monthly expenses, all at the same time.  Here's his project -

Elaine Hansen, Artist / Founder Yoga Shunya, lives in Ward F / Bergen Lafayette

When Elaine Hansen started to think about buying a derelict ironworks in 2000, she knew she could only afford to live in the brick shell with an energy efficient renovation. Chris Benedict, a NYC architect with a green reputation, checked out the building and estimated an energy efficient reno could be done with a yoga teacher's modest loan - on the condition that Elaine & friends did a lot of the work. Eight years later, a lot of caulk, insulation, and sweat, the lofts were finished -  3500 sf commercial ironworks renovated into live/work lofts.  Here's photo of her radiant ceiling heating system -

SJC Business Discussion - August Monthly Meeting Summary :

>>>   SJC is aligning our Greener Buildings, Green Infrastructure, Solar / Alternative Clean Energy Project Teams and digging in with some work streams this Summer that will support -the emerging Five Corners Eco District neighborhood revitalization model we are designing, changes we seek to the Jersey City Building Code, and assessment of current green ordinances and policies currently on the books for Jersey City - this is an opportunity to present useful checklists and policy / ordinance proposals, to City Council and other officials to help move JC forward.

>>>   New collaboration with Open JC on a Jersey City Trees Urban Forestry Project.Tree Mapping initiative in 3 neighborhoodsCommunity education / stewardship initiative

If you are interested to join these working groups, please let us know !

Our planning activities also include deepening our educational outreach activities in such areas as Recycling Food Waste and launching more innovative demonstration projects for Jersey City.  We are very excited about the support we can provide to neighborhood initiatives through our project funding platform with charitable donations partner and SJC is looking for more folks to join our ranks to make this happen.  Let us know if you would like to be involved in these areas !

If you have any grant writing experience please indicate that on our Welcome Survey, which we ask everyone who wants to volunteer with us to take; is very quick and will also put you into our system so you can receive all of our notifications.

Please attend our September meeting if you are interested to work with us on these and other activities; we will present an overview of those at the meeting.


Please RSVP here to help us organize attendance and food !

Suggested food donation $5.00

Special Thanks To RAZZA Pizza Artigianale and their Sustainable Table Menu !!

** Important to RSVP please so we have enough food for everyone. (yum!)



These EAT, MEET, TALK programs provide opportunity to network over delicious local fare, listen to relevant Community Org / Expert Presentations and be included in discussion about SJC Business / Project activities.  All are welcome and is a great way to plug-in to the sustainability movement in Jersey City.

Standing Agenda:

7pm - EAT and network with other like-minded folks interested in a greener, cleaner Jersey City.

7:30pm - MEET with JC Community Leaders, Municipal Officials and Field Professionals about VARIOUS Sustainability Topics important to Jersey City stakeholders; opportunity to get educated !

8pm - TALK  with SJC Committee and Project Leaders for updates on our activities and learn how you can plug-in as a volunteer and / or gain our support for initiatives in your neighborhood..



Our Summer SJC Green Drinks +ART events will be held at St. Paul's outdoors, overlooking the Bergen Arches, out back by the lovely PEACE Garden - stay tuned for entertainment details ! This is our monthly social event that takes place every 3rd Thursday evening, 6:30-ish til 9pm-ish.












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  • Amelia

    Hello, I purchased tickets and won't be able to attend anymore tonight, would I be able to switch it to the October 1st event?

    September 3, 2013

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