PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University Launched

Photo: Mike Peters

Witnessing SGA President Jonathan Preciado sign a student resolution to establish Sustainable Earth Day are, from left, PSEGISS Director Michael P. Weinstein, Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole, College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant, Gotta Be Green Vice President Leah Thiel, PSE&G President and COO Ralph A. LaRossa, and Montclair State Board of Trustees Student Representative Ian Honauer.

The latest addition to Montclair State University’s growing list of institutes and centers, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (PSEG-ISS), 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 PSEG-ISS, 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. The state resolution was read by Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (34th district), and Student Government Association President Jonathan Preciado represented the Montclair State student body in signing the student resolution.

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