The program, gearing up for its fourth year, is targeting a wide range of participants.
“We’re trying to reach parents, artists (we don’t build anything without including the arts), members of neighborhood associations, business & community leaders, students, building professionals, contractors, developers…I come out of the business world. Everyone is on a learning curve with these topics – anyone interested in upping their game is welcome,” said Deb Italiano, Sustainable JC’s founder.
“Parents of young kids have been a significant part of our network. Many become interested in sustainability because their kids are interested. They learn about the environment at school, and they come home asking questions. Parents want to plant trees and gardens, learn about composting, and keep their kids engaged in general. These becomes great activities for everyone, and help Jersey City grow responsibly.”
For $225 ($175 if you register before 2/24), participants will begin the program by learning principles and practices of urban sustainability, whole systems approaches to problem solving, project management, and community action planning. They’ll then choose one of three tracks to complete the program, including:
- Citizen Science
- Greener Buildings For Neighborhoods / Green Infrastructure (CEU’s available)
“Sustainability really is a cultural conversation,” Italiano finishes, “It’s not specific to certain professions – it’s an interdisciplinary conversation. The biggest hump is getting folks to understand that all this stuff is is interconnected – and we will reflect that in the course.”
The course runs from March 6 – April 24 on Monday nights from 6:30-9:30 pm. Follow us for updates – Ur Doing It Right is a proud media sponsor of this course.