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University Awarded at CIANJ Environmental Leadership Event

The 2019 Green Team assigned to University Facilities was awarded for its efforts to reduce water usage

Posted in: Green Teams, In the Community

group from PSEG ISS with their award
From Left: CIANJ Chairman, William Hanson, PSEG ISS Director, Dr. Amy Tuininga, and the Montclair State University Facilities 2019 Green Team with their Reducing Water Usage award

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), a unique network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State Their focus sets us apart from other organizations and provides the basis upon which we work to make our state a better place to live, work and conduct business. With its flagship publication, COMMERCE Magazine, CIANJ celebrated environmental leadership in the business community at a special awards breakfast.

Nearly 80 consultants, attorneys, accountants, engineers, licensed site remediation professionals and others, who work in the environmental sector, gathered at The Grand in Totowa for CIANJ’s first in-person event in more than a year. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette gave the keynote speech. CIANJ President Anthony Russo said the second annual event was held to showcase the extraordinary environmental work done throughout New Jersey.

We felt it was important to honor those who are committed to improving the environment. These award recipients are not only doing the work
but are doing so as leaders so that others can follow in their footsteps.

CIANJ President Anthony Russo

Awardees were chosen by an independent panel of judges from nominations submitted to the magazine by CIANJ members and the business community at-large. The panel of judges included Richard Lawton, Executive Director, New Jersey Sustainable Business Council, Amy Greene, Founder, Former President & Expert Advisor, Amy S. Greene Environmental, a Davey Company and Bob Martin, Former NJDEP Commissioner and Managing Director, Christie 55 Solutions. The environmental awards were the cover story of the April issue of COMMERCE magazine.

In that issue the University’s project was detailed; in 2019, the MSU Facilities Green Team randomly selected sinks and showers throughout the buildings and measured the flow rates of the original aerators and showers as well as three alternative treatments, analyzed the data, made recommendations, and calculated a return on investment of approximately 63 days for 0.5 gpm aerators and 1.0 gpm showerheads. The Green Team calculated an expected savings of $313,334 and 39.2 million gallons of water over five years by switching to more efficient showerheads and faucet aerators. Facilities is replacing the fixtures now and implementing resident education. They will be analyzing water usage data for the spring and fall 2020 to determine actual savings compared to the previous year’s usage

The honorees, who all received awards made from recycled materials, included:

Waste Minimization
Holy Name Medical Center
Riker Danzig
Valley Health System
Reducing Water Usage
Montclair State University
Remington & Vernick Engineers
Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites
Envision Environmental, Inc.
Matrix New World Engineering
Brownfield Redevelopment
SESI Consulting Engineers
Whitestone Associates, Inc.
The Steve Rich Group
Reducing Energy Usage/Green Building Design
Donnelly Energy
St. Peter’s Healthcare System
Ecological Restoration
Matrix New World Engineering
T&M Associates
Cleaning Up Local Communities/Environmental Education
NJEDA Brownfields Program
NJIT – NJ Brownfields Assistance Center
Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
New Jersey American Water
Remington & Vernick Engineers
Special Environmental Leadership Award
Emily Lamond, Member, Cole Schotz P.C.