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Jersey City launches 'Year of Energy' to promote use of renewable energy, sustainability


JERSEY CITY — The city has launched a yearlong initiative targeted at increasing pubic education around clean energy and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

Mayor Steven Fulop last week announced 2018 as the Year of Energy for Jersey City, which will include a variety of initiatives, events and programming designed to increase the use of renewable energy.

The city earlier this year was awarded a $30,000 grant to come up with a plan to decrease the city’s carbon footprint and energy usage.

“At a time of federal inaction to fight climate change, it is vital for cities to take the lead on sustainability, and Jersey City is no exception,” Fulop said in a press release. “Finding bold new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce energy usage is key to moving our city forward.”

The initiative aims to undertake a greenhouse gas emission inventory, in partnership with Sustainable Jersey and the PSEG Institute for Sustainable Studies at Montclair State University.

The City will also launch a new website which will house information about its initiatives as well as educational information about sustainability issues such as energy.

The effort will be led by the City’s Office of Sustainability, which seeks ways to improve the city’s operations, raise public awareness and implement policies around sustainability.

The office will be working on areas such as water, energy, transit, and development that will improve the city’s long-term sustainability in environmental, economic, and social terms.

The “Year of Energy” will build upon last year’s “Year of Water” campaign — which sought to raise awareness around water infrastructure and conservation — and is part of a multi-year strategic sustainability effort. Next year will see the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods.

Corey W. McDonald may be reached at cmcdonald@jjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @coreymacc. Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook.

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