The latest addition to Montclair State University’s growing list of institutes and centers, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (PSEGISS) was officially opened by President Susan A. Cole at a ceremony in the courtyard of University Hall on April 21. Joining President Cole at the event were Ralph A. LaRossa, President and COO of PSE&G, and other business leaders, government dignitaries, and Montclair State students, faculty, staff, and administration.
Established by a generous three-year grant from the PSEG Foundation, the Institute will conduct sustainability science research, education, public policy development, and outreach. In her opening remarks, President Cole stated that “The collaboration between Montclair State University and PSEG will focus on real-world approaches to sustainability, a discipline that requires the merging of the sciences with policy and the economy, and the study of the interactions among environmental issues and human activities.”
Together with the launching of PSEGISS, the event was the occasion for unveiling a state resolution—and a similar Montclair State student resolution—to rename Earth Day as Sustainable Earth Day in New Jersey. Shown above signing the student resolution is SGA President Jonathan Preciado with, from left, PSEGISS Director Michael P. Weinstein, President Cole, College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant, Gotta Be Green President Leah Thiel, LaRossa, and Montclair State Board of Trustees Student Representative Ian Honauer.