2019 Green Teams group photo

2020 Green Teams & Deliverables

City of Jersey City
Jersey City, 2020 Green Team

About the City of Jersey City

Jersey City, located between the Hudson and Hackensack Rivers, covers nearly 15 square miles of land at the center of the New York City metropolitan region. Jersey City’s Office of Sustainability researches and implements new community sustainability policies, develops action plans for meeting the City’s climate sustainability goals, and interfaces with the community to raise awareness of sustainable practices and resources. This is Jersey City’s second year participating with the Green Teams.


  • The City of Jersey City is currently working to improve its tree canopy, an effort that involves:
    • A detailed assessment of existing trees;
    • Establishing an adequate and sustainable tree maintenance and planting program that meets their increased canopy cover goals;
    • Quantifying the benefits of increased tree coverage; and
    • Effectively communicating the City’s efforts to the community
  • Expectations for the Green Team include:
    • Significant progress in mapping Jersey City’s trees (to date only one of the City’s six wards has already been mapped)
    • Estimates of carbon sequestration by the City’s trees
    • A report and presentation that offers a plan for improving the City’s tree canopy
    • Recommendations for a method of communicating tree-related data and information to the public
City of Newark
City of Newark, 2020 Green Team

About the City of Newark

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, with over 270,000 residents. Newark’s Sustainability Office “supports policies and programs that improve public health and quality of life, drive down costs through better stewardship of resources, and expand green job and business opportunities for Newarkers.” This is the City of Newark’s fourth year participating with the Green Teams.


  • Construct a climate action plan by developing data sets to inform the proposed actions:
    • Understand how the results from the climate action report affect Newark communities and residents in relation to: general health and well-being, the economy, and job accessibility
  • Developing greenhouse gas inventory using ICLEI’s ClearPath software
  • Developing summaries of data collected using ClearPath
  • Identifying areas needing additional vetting of data sources, accuracy of available data, and missing data
  • Other possible projects, time permitting:
    • Completing LEED Cities and Communities certification
    • Working with Newark’s “Love Your Block” initiative, beautifying and empowering residents
Newark Science and Sustainability (SAS)
Science and Sustainability, 2020 Green Team

About Newark Science and Sustainability (SAS)

Newark SAS’ mission is to combine social entrepreneurship with environmental awareness and sustainability to improve the culture of health of Newark residents. The non-profit is led by Tobias Fox, and aims to “implement various initiatives to increase awareness of environmental, ecological and wellness issues through educational programs and hands-on activities.” This is the second year Newark SAS participating with the Green Teams.


  • The integration of technology into urban farms, community gardens, greenhouses, and distribution systems
  • Data collection and analysis from the technology, including but not limited to:
    • Remote data collection of environmental variables;
    • Tracking of varieties and seed sources planted;
    • Tracing and mapping of produce harvested by number, weight, and location
  • The development and editing of three promotional videos highlighting the organization’s programs, services/products, and mission
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG)
NJNG, 2020 Green Team

About NJNG

This is NJNG’s second year participating in the Green Teams program. Their company’s mission is to “promote increased emphasis on personal energy awareness and sustainable energy behaviors.” NJNG aims to promote a more responsible use of energy as well as working together to create a positive change


  • Support communities as they implement action plans to earn points for the Municipal Energy Initiatives, specifically residential and commercial energy-efficiency outreach
  • Work with municipal Green Teams (Green Teams within municipalities) to identify, recommend, and implement residential and commercial sources for energy efficiency and outreach strategies to earn points toward certification
  • Calculate and communicate energy savings and strategies for additional reductions
  • Provide recommendations on existing marketing channels and identify new channels for residential and commercial outreach
  • Recommend and implement outreach strategies and platforms that increase visibility of these efforts including, but not limited to municipal websites, social media posts, articles, etc.
  • Identify key partners and allies in the broader community to help create awareness
  • Analyze results e.g. web traffic, community metrics
  • Assist municipalities in compiling the information required for submission to earn the Sustainable Jersey points for this action
Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF)
Northern NJ Community Foundation, 2020 Green Team


The NNJCF, a non-profit, was first founded in 1998. The Foundation’s geographical reach extends to Bergen County and the surrounding region. Their mission is “to improve community life through its work in education, public health, civic engagement, the arts, philanthropy, and the environment. Central to its success is fostering collaboration among local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits, and citizen groups.” This is their first year participating with the Green Teams.


  • Outlining of existing state and local policies and regulations around organic waste, recycling, and (sub)urban agriculture and how they support or hinder a closed loop system including food waste, food recovery, and different methods of composting, etc.
  • Proposing changes to policies that would be more supportive and incentivize expanded organic waste recycling and local food production
  •  Analyzing waste generated by 3-5 municipalities
  • Identifying case studies and developing comparisons of existing components of a closed loop system locally and best practices from other regions that could be replicated
  • Economic analysis of costs and ROI of a closed loop systems and its individual components
  • Proposing systems to explore further to implement in these communities and the region
  • Time and resources permitting – preliminary identification of potential public and private funding sources including funding levels, lead agency/grantor, summary of requirements, and proposal deadlines
  •  Infographics describing the environmental and economic impacts of organic waste recycling
  • Strawman Closed Loop Food System operations in a cluster of 3-5 municipalities
  •  Persuasive presentation for use with municipal leaders and potential funders to justify the benefits of consolidation, both financial and environmental
  • Data driven report with recommendations for three levels of implementation – municipal, regional, and industrial
PSEG, 2020 Green Team

About PSEG

Established in 1903, Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest investor owned utility. They are a regulated gas and electric utility company serving 2.3 million electric customers and 1.9 million gas customers, approximately 70 percent of the state’s population. Headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, they have approximately $47.7 billion in assets and $10.1 billion in revenues.


PSEG is planning an internally-focused sustainability and energy reduction effort in their own facilities, requiring:

  • Collection of data to establish baselines for waste and electricity consumption;
  • Scope 3 and other emissions calculations, etc;
  • A cost benefit analysis tool;
  • Development of strategies for waste reduction and electrical efficiencies;
  • Communications; and
  • Employee engagement