AHES Matched with Environmental Defense Fund Fellows for Summer 2017

AHES Matched with Environmental Defense Fund Fellows for Summer 2017
Posted on 06/19/2017
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Atlantic Highlands Elementary School Matched with Environmental Defense Fund Fellows to Advance Sustainable Energy Projects

Atlantic Highlands, NJ – Atlantic Highlands Elementary School will receive two Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Fellows, Elihu Dietz and Kevin Hollerbach, to provide on-site technical assistance with energy efficiency projects this summer. This technical assistance program has been made possible through funding provided by New Jersey Natural Gas. 

“I am thrilled that Atlantic Highlands Elementary School has been chosen to receive EDF fellows for the summer of 2017.  We are always working to improve our energy efficiency and we look forward to working closely with both Elihu and Kevin to reduce our carbon footprint.” –Dr. Susan Compton, Superintendent of Schools

 “We are proud to partner with Sustainable Jersey and help connect communities with the resources they need to make wise energy choices,” said Anne-Marie Peracchio, director of conservation and clean energy policy for New Jersey Natural Gas. “The EDF Climate Corps fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for host townships and schools to embrace energy-efficient solutions and make sustainability a part of New Jersey’s energy future.”

 Through the EDF Climate Corps fellowship program, Sustainable Jersey is pairing three specially trained fellows, typically MBA or similar graduates, with municipalities and school districts to provide expertise and support for evaluation, planning and implementation of projects that will help improve the energy performance of their respective buildings. The EDF Fellows will begin work in June 2017.

 Sustainable Jersey reviewed the applications and will provide guidance to the fellows to help them advise participating schools and municipalities about resources specific to New Jersey, as well as initiatives that earn points toward the Sustainable Jersey certification program. “Supporting communities with technical expertise to do sustainable energy efficiency projects is an important step toward our goal of a sustainable New Jersey,” said Sustainable Jersey Director Randall Solomon. “Over the course of the summer, fellows will get energy efficiency projects on the fast track to accomplishment – simultaneously lowering energy costs and environmental impact.”

The 2017 New Jersey municipalities and school districts awarded an EDF Fellow are: Atlantic Highlands School District, Brielle Borough School District, Howell Township, Middletown Township, Rumson Borough School District, Sea Girt Borough School District and Shore Regional High School District.


Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 79 percent, or 444 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 261 school districts and 642 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program and the Surdna Foundation. The 2017 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas are Platinum Sponsors. NJM Insurance Group is a Gold Sponsor, Bayshore Recycling and Investors Bank are a Silver Sponsors and our Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, JCP&L, Direct Energy Solar, SolarCity and Sungevity.

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About EDF Climate Corps

EDF Climate Corps (edfclimatecorps.org) taps the talents of tomorrow’s leaders to save energy, money and the environment by placing specially trained EDF fellows in companies, cities and universities as dedicated energy problem solvers. Working with hundreds of leading organizations, EDF Climate Corps has uncovered nearly $1.4 billion in energy savings. For more information, visit edfclimatecorps.org. Read our blog at edfclimatecorps.org/blog. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/edfbiz and on Facebook at facebook.com/EDFClimateCorps.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,300 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and parts of Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
  • NJR Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar and onshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 280 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
  • NJR Midstream serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility and its stake in Dominion Midstream Partners, L.P., as well as its 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
  • NJR Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its more than 1,000 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

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