UNION — A three-year grant has been approved for a project between Kean and the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) that helps colleges and universities significantly reduce their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
The grant, which starts in January and ends in 2012, will provide $179,655 for Kean and NJHEPS to organize 18 training workshops and seminars for more than 350 colleges and universities. The training sessions will focus on reducing and preventing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; improving environmental performance; and quantifying and reporting reductions and avoided emissions use.
Seminars will be held at college and university campuses under EPA Region 2 jurisdiction, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The project will also provide a methodology and approach for other U.S. EPA regions to emulate to reduce greenhouse gases and energy use at colleges and universities nationwide.
A “how to’’ manual will be produced to serve as a yardstick for sustainability management procedures.
Dr. Daniela Shebitz, assistant professor in Kean’s Department of Biological Sciences, acted as principal investigator on the project to secure the grant. Dr. John Dobosiewicz of the Department of Geology and Meteorology at Kean was the grant’s co-principal investigator.
Kean University is at the forefront of sustainability and environmental education in New Jersey.
The university has embarked on a “Blue Goes Green’’ sustainability plan with goals in the area of power generation and energy savings, building design and construction, transportation, waste reduction and food services.
A new six-story New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics education building at Kean is a candidate to become a LEED Gold Certified facility. It features glass curtain wall facades with solar shades and a geothermal system for heating and cooling.
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