Clean Energy Event Combines Science, Economics, and Politics

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Michele Cook


On November 14, 2017, Action Together New Jersey and Jersey Renews co-hosted a town hall featuring a panel of experts, all of whom shared exciting news and information about current and future plans in renewable energy technology in New Jersey. Topics discussed included solar energy, the status of wind farms planned offshore in New Jersey, and the science behind sustainable, clean energy here in New Jersey and beyond.

The event, held at the UFCW Hall in Little Falls, New Jersey, included presentations by Dr. Rachael Shwom, the Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute. Dr. Shwom discussed not only the science behind harnessing renewable, sustainable energy sources, but also the political climate in which these decisions are being made, noting that “any political decision is a mixture of facts and values.”

Richard Lawton, the Executive Director of the NJ Sustainable Business Council, and Founder of Triple Ethos, also discussed the fact that “energy choices are enmeshed within a complex political economic system.” Mr. Lawton’s presentation touched on corporations’ decisions regarding sustainable energy choices, pointing out that “sustainable businesses look at where economic, environmental, and social interests overlap.”

With respect to wind power, Bill O’Hearn, the Communications/Outreach Manager for the Business Network for Offshore Wind, noted that New Jersey should have been “the first in the water.” Plans for wind farms off the coast of New Jersey were put into motion almost ten years ago, but were halted upon the election of outgoing Governor Chris Christie. Mr. O’Hearn noted that Governor-Elect Phil Murphy has already reached out to several organizations to revive these efforts, with the hope of construction beginning as quickly as possible.

Finally, Elliott Ruga, the Policy Director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition played a beautiful aerial video of the Highlands, demonstrating what needs to also be preserved in the Garden State. The animal species, clean water, and plant species protected in the Highlands

Moderated by Analilia Mejia, the Executive Director of New Jersey Working Families Alliance, and hosted by Christine Clarke, the Environmental Director of Action Together New Jersey, all in attendance were treated to an informative discussion about what is happening and what still needs to happen to promote clean energy here in New Jersey.

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This event was one of 38 events held nationwide as part of the #StillIn Day of Action, organized during the U.N. climate conference, in which national organizations like Center for American Progress, Organizing for Action,, the League of Conservation Voters, Second Nature, Sierra Club, NextGen America, The Climate Reality Project, Climate Nexus, and state groups like Action Together New Jersey and Jersey Renews hosted events across the country to support local climate action.



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