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Find out about reNew Jersey Stronger

We are glad to have some good news to share with you about the Sandy Recovery effort. New Jersey's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has unrolled the reNew Jersey Stronger program, which provides up to $150,000 in grants for qualified homeowners to retrofit and rebuild their homes to an acceptable energy standard.

Find out about reNew Jersey Stronger

Workers from EarthTech out of Ocean View, NJ drill and drive foundation piling at a new construction homesite on the bay in Ocean City June 4, 2013. Post-Sandy construction guidelines suggest pilings instead of blocks, even in “A” flood zones like this which are not subject to the same direct wave impact as in the "V" Zone (Velocity Zone) ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )
Workers from EarthTech out of Ocean View, NJ drill and drive foundation piling at a new construction homesite on the bay in Ocean City June 4, 2013. Post-Sandy construction guidelines suggest pilings instead of blocks, even in “A” flood zones like this which are not subject to the same direct wave impact as in the "V" Zone (Velocity Zone) ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

Earth to Philly presents another update from our partners at the Energy Coordinating Agency:

With summer rolling in, thoughts turn to the beach, backyard barbecues and warm summer nights with friends and family. This summer though, we’re also remembering that Hurricane Sandy hit 8 months ago and thousands of people are still rebuilding their homes and communities.

We are glad to have some good news to share with you about the Sandy Recovery effort.  New Jersey’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has unrolled the reNew Jersey Stronger program, which provides up to $150,000 in grants for qualified homeowners to retrofit and rebuild their homes to an acceptable energy standard.

On Thursday, June 27th, from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm, Atlantic Cape Community College and the Energy Coordinating Agency are sponsoring the "Credentials Matter Conference" to provide information to contractors, property managers, and other building professionals on the qualifications and the energy efficiency standards that must be met for homeowners to qualify for grants from HUD's reNew Jersey Stronger program.  The Conference will be held at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus (5100 Black Horse Pike) in the theater in Building M.

"Credentials Matter
" will feature top professionals from the State and Energy councils to discuss New Jersey’s action plan and the credentials and standards required for contractors to participate in building and retrofit activities. We encourage building professionals in the NJ/PA/DE area to attend to learn how to qualify for this upcoming work along the Jersey coast.

It’s essential to take full advantage of this major rebuilding effort to improve the quality of New Jersey’s housing stock:  not just slap something together, but to provide housing that is more durable, more efficient, and more resilient than it was before Superstorm Sandy.
 
"It’ll be better for the homeowners, for the environment, and for the community." says Liz Robinson, Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, "People will have an all-around better house - safer, more efficient, and more affordable."

Information about the HUD program can be found here. How to Register.

With summer rolling in, thoughts turn to the beach, backyard barbecues and warm summer nights with friends and family. This summer though, we’re also remembering that Hurricane Sandy hit 8 months ago and thousands of people are still rebuilding their homes and communities.
We are glad to have some good news to share with you about the Sandy Recovery effort.  New Jersey’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has unrolled the reNew Jersey Stronger (http://www.renewjerseystronger.org/ ) program, which provides up to $150,000 in grants for qualified homeowners to retrofit and rebuild their homes to an acceptable energy standard.
On Thursday, June 27th, from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm, Atlantic Cape Community College and the Energy Coordinating Agency are sponsoring the “Credentials Matter Conference” to provide information to contractors, property managers, and other building professionals on the qualifications and the energy efficiency standards that must be met for homeowners to qualify for grants from HUD's reNew Jersey Stronger program.  The Conference will be held at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus (5100 Black Horse Pike) in the theater in Building M.
“Credentials Matter” (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151634554740750&set=pb.101510335749.-2207520000.1371820730.&type=3&theater) will feature top professionals from the State and Energy councils to discuss New Jersey’s action plan and the credentials and standards required for contractors to participate in building and retrofit activities. We encourage building professionals in the NJ/PA/DE area to attend to learn how to qualify for this upcoming work along the Jersey coast.
      It’s essential to take full advantage of this major rebuilding effort to improve the quality of New Jersey’s housing stock:  not just slap something together, but to provide housing that is more durable, more efficient, and more resilient than it was before Superstorm Sandy.  
 “It’ll be better for the homeowners, for the environment, and for the community.” says Liz Robinson, Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, “People will have an all-around better house - safer, more efficient, and more affordable.”
Information about the HUD program can be found here. (http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/sandyrecovery/index.html)
How to Register. (http://www.atlantic.edu/conted/green/index.htm)
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Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.


Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...


Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.


Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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