JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

 

 

EXPERTS

These subject matter experts have volunteered to assist student teams in developing their projects as part of the Sustainability STEAM Challenge.
Bernadette Kucharczuk
Director of IT, City of Jersey City

Sustainability Expertise: Hardware, Software, Computers, Information Technology
Key Question: How can we reduce the overall energy consumption of the City through technology?
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Alisha Park
First Ave School, City of Newark

Sustainability Expertise: Education, School Operations
Key Question: Is there a way to reduce waste, but use the compost system as a science/ learning or community tool at a school?
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Gioia Kennedy
Sustainable Jersey City

Sustainability Expertise: Education and Communication
Key Questions: How do we educate the public on interconnected sustainability and resiliency topics in the best way we can?
How do we inspire adults and kids to work together on projects in their neighborhood?
How can you throw an awesome, sustainable event and maximize the turnout using email, social media, and other communication tools?
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Carmen Gandulla
Director of the Division of Community Development, City of Jersey City

Sustainability Expertise: Community Development, Low-Middle Income Neighborhoods, Grants & Funding
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Kate Lawrence
Director of Sustainability, City of Jersey City

Sustainability Expertise: Citywide Sustainability
Key Questions: How can we improve the number and health of trees in JC neighborhoods?
How can we reduce the amount of waste JC residents are sending to the landfill?
How can we reduce carbon emissions from transportation in JC?
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Christine Goodman
Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Jersey City

Sustainability Expertise: Citywide Event Planning, Public Events
Key Questions: How can we encourage our City's event organizers to think about the importance of sustainability when planning their parades, festivals and special events?
What are some ways we can encourage events to be eco-friendly?
What are some public events we could create that would encourage the conversation around sustainability?
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Elizabeth Balladares
NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program, Hudson River Foundation

Sustainability Expertise: Water Quality, Habitat and Ecological Health, Port and Maritime Activity (looking at Toxic Contamination), Public Access and Stewardship, and Community Engagement in the Harbor Estuary
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Raman Sharma, MD
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Sustainability Expertise: Healthcare
Key Question: How can we reduce costs of care, promote accessibility of care, community education on preventive medicine, and/or donate surplus medical supplies that cannot be used locally?
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Alison Cucco
Jersey City Environmental Commission

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental Advocacy
Key Question:
How can we promote or facilitate composting in our communities?
How can we reduce plastic waste in our communities?
I am happy to brainstorm with a school group to identify a challenge question that THEY are interested in answering
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Allison Mulch
New Jersey Audubon

Sustainability Expertise: Sustainability and Environmental Education
Key Question:How will your product or solution do one of the following: 1) Improve an environmental problem, 2) Make a system more sustainable, 3) Be created and/or sourced in the most sustainable way, 4) Be disposed using a sustainable method at the end of it's useful life
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Liz Pyshnik
Rutgers University-- New Brunswick

Sustainability Expertise: Water Pollution and Water Management
Key Question: how to solve local flooding issues, how to analyze a watershed/sewershed to find key points for reducing flooding, how to incorporate green infrastructure to improve pollinator habitat
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Zachary Cole
New Jersey Highlands Coalition

Sustainability Expertise: Water Management
Key Questions:
1. How could rain gardens help Jersey City manage water after a heavy storm to ensure it is not wasted, and that it is purified before it reenters the water system?
2. How can we make Jersey City residents aware of their water footprint (how much water they use), and how can we encourage them to change to more sustainable habits with their water use?
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Raju Datla
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Transportation
Key Questions: How can we create sustainable, cost effective transportation in NY/NJ Harbor?
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Matthew P Adams
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Key Questions: How can we best employ recycled construction materials in urban environments?
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Eva Tanner
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental Health Research
Key Questions: How can we use plants to reduce pollutants in the air, soil, or water?
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Yi Bao
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Civil Engineering
Key Questions: What are the sustainable solutions for the aging infrastructure that is adversely affecting our quality of life?
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Brian Noveck
ISOS Group

Sustainability Expertise: Reporting and Risk
Key Questions:
1.What impacts do businesses have on local sustainability challenges?
2. How can businesses play a role in partnering to solve local sustainability challenges?
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Lucia Rodriguez-Freire
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental Engineering
Key Questions:
1.How can we use already existing local natural processes to control the spread of contamination? How can we clean up contaminated sites?
2.How can we limit the amount of contamination in our daily life?
3. Is there a value in the current waste we are producing?
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Miao Yu
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental Science
Key Question: How can we address Persistent Organic Pollution and their impact on daily life?
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Rachel Melamed
University of Chicago

Sustainability Expertise: Health
Key Question: How can we treat or prevent communicable diseases?
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Mark Yuschak
Kean University

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental and Sustainability Science
Key Questions:
1.How can we improve energy efficiency in existing buildings which includes, electrical, water, waste and indoor environmental quality?
2.What effect does our built environment have on the natural environment?
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Weina Meng
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Sustainable Design Materials
Key Question: How can we lower the CO2 embedded in concrete?
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Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental Engineering and Transportation
Key Questions:
1.How can we educate people about sustainability?
2. How can we find out about and reduce our overall carbon footprint?
3. What are the pros and cons of adopting renewable energy sources?
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Matthew Bandelt
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Civil Engineering
Key Question: How can we improve sustainability of buildings, construction, and engineering?
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Clarke Snell
Stevens Institute of Technology

Sustainability Expertise: Sustainable Engineering
Key Question: How can we make buildings more energy and resource efficient?
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Sarah Pidgeon
Solar One

Sustainability Expertise: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Water Quality, and Sustainable Food Systems
Key Question: How can we help more communities get access to renewable energy to help fight climate change?
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Irais Vázquez
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)

Sustainability Expertise: Environmental Science and Technology
Key Question: How can we reduce the environmental impact of regional economy production and consumption?
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