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The Sustainability Institute’s mission is to build decision making and governance capacity to understand and act on sustainable development issues. We do this through programs that include training, research, outreach, and dissemination of best practices on a range of issues.

The Sustainability Institute has significant programs and capacity (including research, policy and program design, and program implementation) on a number of issues including urban planning, land use and transportation, energy, green infrastructure, decision making processes, the use of indicators in decision making, building leadership, climate adaptation policy and planning, and economic development.

The Sustainability Institute manages numerous research and outreach programs funded by various Federal and State agencies including:

United States Department of Energy United States Environmental Protection Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities New Jersey Department of Health
New Jersey Department of Transportation

For more information about these initiatives, contact

The Sustainability Institute also administers the award winning Sustainable Jersey Program. Sustainable Jersey is a multifaceted program designed to aid municipalities in achieving their sustainability goals. The program develops new models and best practices, conducts outreach, and provides technical support, grants, and other incentives to support municipal progress. A highlight of the program is the award winning “Sustainable Jersey Certification Program.” Over 400 municipalities participate and collectively have implemented over 4,000 discrete best practices as part of the program. The New Jersey Resiliency Network and Sustainable Jersey for Schools constitute new strategic initiatives within the program. For more information about Sustainable Jersey programs, click on the logos below.

Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools, scheduled to launch in October 2014, is a voluntary certification program for New Jersey public schools.

The NJ Resiliency Network is a post-Sandy initiative that matches municipal recovery and resiliency needs with resources provided by government, private, non-profit and academic organizations.