We are shifting our usual monthly SWGTs meeting agenda as we transition to Neighborhood Sustainability Planning activities associated with facilitating the community to execute on more Innovative Demonstration Projects - stay tuned for additional details but please note the change in dates and meeting venue for July.
Info below is helpful to newcomers interested in learning more about SJC; also visit our website for additional updates on our activities.
This meeting agenda can be found at http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/69881252/
We are going to use this month's time together to enter into a Planning Dialog with collaborator ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS and other ARTS COMMUNITY FRIENDS and explore a Decision Tree Framework for selecting Green Infrastructure + ART Projects.
See you there !
Background below -
Meeting Format - First Tues Nites
Each month Sustainable JC comes together to learn about and support community projects. The format of the meeting often includes a brief talk on a topic of interest, an update on new tools and resources we are bringing to our growing network of collaborators and then an exchange amongst the Small Work Group Teams (SWGTs) that have formed.
Folks come early (6:30pm) and stay late (9pm) if they want to network; program kicks off at 7pm and ends around 8:30pm. All monthly meetings take place at HCCC Culinary Conference Center.
What We've Been Doing
Check out our April Newsletter http://www.sustainablejc.org/News/SJC-April-Newsletter.pdf and this Small Work Group Team (SWGT) notification to get a sense of what we've been doing since the beginning of the year http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/54709872/. Is always good to read previous event notifications to stay up to date with our activities !!
Our focus continues to be about introducing collaborators to one another, facilitating folks to team up around community projects and developing organizing tools for the Sustainable JC Collaborative Network. SJC is intended to be a support system for community stakeholders who want to do projects together. One of the ways we have begun to do this is by structuring CSC educational workshops and events across various sustainability topics and we've also launched this meetup community calendar open to all those who are convening 'green conversations' - feel free to use the SJC Meetup to announce your events ! Lastly, we've been working really hard to understand where stakeholder priorities intersect so we can help to create synergies across projects.
Update on Project Team Activity / Partnership is Key !
This past month marked a number of new and exciting collaborations for SJC; partnership categories spanned the community sustainability spectrum and range from green jobs training orgs to arts groups and funding resources for community projects, so stay tuned!! And we have also committed to a monthly partnered social / learning event we're calling SJC Green Drinks + ART - we're kicking it off this week as part of JC Fridays - COME ON OUT !! details here - http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Jersey-City/events/64488812/
We hosted a starter group for enterprising Composting Passionados this past month and in June SJC will host 2 composting workshops with our partner the Jersey City Art School !! One of the goals of the SJC Good Food Now ! is to network the food system here in JC and that includes Food Scrappers & Community Gardens sharing resources and ideas like developing small scale composting systems across JC - look for those icons on the SJC Green Map !! And watch what's emerging over at the Jersey City Art School as they take on a Community Composting Adventure
Speaking about SJC Green Map - we've begun working with Boys & Girls Club to teach their Civics Club members how to work with the Green Map Systems platform so stay tuned as we turn out more neighborhood narratives thru the eyes of these young people. Where are the photographs, videos and poetry that describe what's happening in your neighborhoods? Work with SJC and Boys & Girls Club to Map Your Neighborhood !!
The NJ Farm To School project is percolating as we work to evolve more after-school and Summer programming for kids in community gardens and pilot some innovative 'community supported food' models; we've partnered with the JC School District as hosts for some "Lunch Lady Bootcamp" training for the NJF2S Fall Conference program at the HCCC's Culinary Conference Center and are also working to track some other green job certification programs there at the college - stay tuned.
We also hosted a Green Complete Streets/Working With the Media event partnering with the Committee For A Greener Hoboken - we're inspired by the idea of our two Hudson County municipal Community Green Teams working together on sustainability programming. After the success of the Urban Farming + Gardening event series, we plan to launch a Recycling & Materials Re-use series and an Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation series early Summer so stay tuned. Consider becoming part of these team efforts as both project will take MANY Community Collaborators !!
Yes we have been busy !!
Anyone is welcome to join an existing project SWGT to team up with others
and if you have a project you would like to create and are looking for folks
to team with, come put your project up on the board and we'll try to support you.
June Meeting Agenda
We set out to accomplish quite a bit in our 2 hours together so hope you don't mind the high energy format to our meetings !
Announcements Guest Speaker - Dennis Burkhardt ** who will be speaking with us about Residential Energy Efficiency Opportunities. SJC Tools
Review of Primary Colors, project management for community groups & Grant Writing Process Preview of SJC Crowd Source Funding Partner - workshop scheduled for Mon eve June 18th Introduction of New Advisory Board Members & Organizing Committee Shout Out !! Team Building Exercise for SWGTs and break out sessions to share milestones, challenges and needs from the various SWGTs that have begun to work together
**Dennis Burkhardt -
"Learn about technologies that have recently become available for insulating your home or apartment and saving on utilities. Besides helping the environment and your wallet, conserving energy turns out to have a positive impact on your home health environment."
SWGT Leader Dennis Burkhardt will provide techniques for finding air leaks, caulking without tools and advise you on hidden water bandits. He will show you surprisingly painless energy fixes which are low tech or low cost.
Meeting starts promptly at 7pm - come at 6:30 for half hour of networking if your schedule permits.
Feel free to use this SJC Meetup site to plan and post sustainability related events in your neighborhood - its intended as a community calendar for that purpose.