NJ Home Performance with Energy Star Program: Simple Steps to Reduce Energy Use

Scott Fischer, owner of Ciel Power and a CivicStory Board Member, explains home energy saving incentives that can benefit homeowners by reducing energy consumption. Getting smarter about energy conservation will not only save homeowners money in the long run, but also translates into less greenhouse gas emissions entering our environment.

Just In: If You Were a Sustainability Manager

Sustain Your Town

If you were hired as your city's Sustainability Manager, what would you do? How would you approach the role? Sustainability consultant Claire Cummins responds with a brisk rundown of key strategies for Summit, NJ, as if she's already on the job. Read More

Newark DIG - Doing Infrastructure Green

Citizens, Nonprofits Collaborate on Storm Water Management

To address the issue of potential flooding in Newark during heavy rains, a newly released video captures the efforts of a coalition of 14 civic, academic, and service organizations to educate the city’s residents on ways to better manage stormwater runoff.
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Camden Changing

"How do we connect the economic power of large corporations with the resident and small businesses," asks Raymond Lamboy, President and CEO of the Latin American Development Association. "Locking arms and opening the lines of communication is the most powerful thing."[1:40]

Heart of the City-TRENTON

"I'm excited by the people -particularly younger people - making a reinvestment in the city," says Dr. George Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State University. [23:00]

NEWARK Video Reveals Civic Sensibility of the Next Generation

"For change to happen, it has to begin with us," says Allyza Umali, graduate of Rutgers University-Newark. "If we have a voice, then use it!" [16:00]  

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'
The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

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