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EPA rebates fund cleaner schoolbuses in 5 New Jersey towns and 88 fleets around the US


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today awarded more than $7.7 million to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 88 school bus fleets in 27 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

In New Jersey, the five school systems that receiving retrofit funding are Orange, Lakewood, North Brunswick, Wall and Toms River.

“Thanks to DERA funding, we are protecting our children from breathing diesel emissions as they travel to school,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “Nearly 17,000 of our country’s schools are located within steps of a heavily traveled road, potentially exposing more than six million children to traffic-related pollution at a time when their developing lungs are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution.”

Applicants replacing buses with engine model years of 2006 and older will receive rebates between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on the size of the bus. Applicants also had the option of retrofitting school buses with engine model years between 1994 to 2006 with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation system (DOC plus CCV) to reduce toxic emissions. EPA will fully fund the cost of these devices up to $4,000.

EPA has implemented standards to make newer diesel engines more than 90 percent cleaner, but many older diesel school buses are still operating. These older diesel engines emit large amounts of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, which are linked to instances of aggravated asthma, lung damage and other serious health problems. 

The full list of 2016 DERA school bus rebate recipients are:

State  City     Selectee Funding   Buses
AZ Marana Marana Unified School District #6 $465,000  20
CA Moorpark Moorpark Unified School District $25,000 1
CA Soquel Santa Cruz City Schools  $155,000 9
CA Tulare Sundale Union Elementary School $20,000 1
CO Glenwood Springs Yampah Mountain High School $20,000 1
CT Ashford Town of Ashford $20,000 1
FL  Orlando School Board of Orange County, FL $240,000 20
FL Fort Pierce The School Board of Saint Lucie County $200,000 10
IA Bondurant Bondurant-Farrar Community School District $70,000 3
IA Lawton Lawton-Bronson Community School District $80,000 4
IA Sioux City Sioux City Community School District $20,000 1
IL St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 $20,000 1
IL Frankfort Lincoln Way Area Special Education District 843 $75,000 5
IL Mt Vernon Spring Garden School District 178 $20,000 1
IN Greensburg Decatur County Community Schools $75,000 3
IN Waterloo DeKalb County Central United School District $100,000 5
IN Goshen Fairfield Community Schools $40,000 2
IN  Gary Incandescent Transportation Solutions LLC $25,000 1
IN Versailles South Ripley School Corporation $55,000 3
KS Emporia Unified School District # 253 $40,000 2
KS  Sublette Unified School District # 374 $20,000 1
KS Ottawa      Unified School District # 290 $40,000 2
LA Alexandria Rapides Parish Schools Board $100,000 5
ME Kennebunk Regional School Unit 21 $160,000 8
ME Sullivan Regional School Unit 24 $40,000  2
MI Haslett Haslett Public Schools $60,000 3
MI Hudsonville Hudsonville Public Schools $60,000 3
MI Whittemore Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools $60,000 3
MO Jamestown Jamestown C-1 School $55,000 3
MO Louisiana Louisiana RII Schools District $25,000 1
MO  Sullivan Sullivan School District $40,000 2
MO Wheaton Wheaton R III School $40,000 2
NE Arlington Arlington Public Schools $20,000 1
NE Wahoo Wahoo Public Schools $20,000 1
NJ Orange Belair Transport Inc. $145,000 7
NJ Lakewood Klarr Transport Service Inc. $200,000 10
NJ North Brunswick North Brunswick Township Board of Education $85,000 5
NJ  Wall Student Transportation of America $200,000 10
NJ Toms River Toms River Regional Schools $180,000 9
NY Brocton Brocton Central School District $40,000 2
NY Belmont Genesee Valley CSD $20,000 1
NY Huntington Station Huntington Coach Corporation  $200,000 10
NY  Huntington Station Huntington Coach LLC  $200,000 10
NY Craryville Taconic Hills Central School District $20,000 1
NY  Verona Vernon Verona Sherrill Central Schools $60,000 3
NY Whitesboro Whitesboro Central School District $30,000 2
OH Sullivan Black River Local Schools $20,000 1
OH Rawson Cory-Rawson Local Schools $70,000 3
OH Lynchburg Lynchburg Clay Local Schools $60,000 3
OH Thornville Northern Local School District  $60,000 3
OH Andover Pymatuning Valley Local School $80,000 4
OH Canton Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities $60,000 3
OK Boswell Boswell Public Schools $20,000 1
OR  Lakeview Lake County School District #7 $40,000 2
OR Pendleton Mid Columbia Bus Co. Inc  $180,000 9
PA Carlisle Deitch Buses Inc. $80,000  4
PA Glenmoore George Krapf, Jr. & Sons, Inc. $60,000 3
PA Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia $165,000 10
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Anderson 1 School District) $100,000 5
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Charleston County School District) $200,000 10
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Chester County School District)  $40,000 2
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Colleton County School District) $140,000 7
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Dorchester 4 County School District)  $80,000 4
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Greenville County School District) $200,000 10
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Kershaw County School District) $100,000 5
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Lexington 4 County School District) $80,000 4
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Orangeburg 5 County School District) $80,000 4
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Spartanburg 3 County School District) $40,000 2
SC Columbia SCDOE (For Spartanburg 6 County School District) $80,000 4
SD Hayti Hamlin Public School District $20,000  1
TX Rockport Aransas County ISD $105,000 5
TX Uvalde Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District $20,000 1
UT St. George Washington County School District $250,000 10
UT West Haven Weber School District $100,000  5
VA Alexandria Alexandria City Public Schools $64,000 16
VA Charlotte Court House Charlotte County Public Schools $100,000  5
VA Norfolk Norfolk Public Schools $200,000 10
VA Salem Roanoke County Public Schools $215,000 10
WA Vancouver Evergreen Public Schools $235,000 10
WA Lind Lind-Ritzville Transportation Co-Op $20,000 1
WA Longview Longview Public School District #122 $95,000 4
WA Northport Northport School District $20,000 1
WA Quincy Quincy School District No. 144 $50,000 2
WA Sumner Sumner School District $20,000 1
WI Spencer Burnett Transit $40,000 2
WI Dousman Dousman Transport Co., Inc.  $200,000 10
WI Beloit  School District of Beloit Turner $40,000 2
WI Shell Lake School District of Shell Lake  $20,000 1

For more information about this rebate program, visit

In 2nd agreement, Volkswagen recalls 83,000 diesel vehicles & settles on emissions cheating scandal

No more lies
Source: GreenPeace via Twitter
WASHINGTON – In a second partial settlement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the State of California, automakers Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Porsche AG and related entities (collectively referred to as Volkswagen), have agreed to recall 83,000 model year 2009 through 2016 3.0 liter diesel vehicles sold or leased in the U.S. that are alleged to be equipped with “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests, in violation of the Clean Air Act and California law. For the older vehicles, Volkswagen is required to offer to buy back the vehicles or terminate leases, and must also offer an emissions modification to substantially reduce emissions if one is proposed by Volkswagen and approved by regulators. For the newer vehicles, if Volkswagen demonstrates it can make the vehicles compliant with the certified exhaust emission standards, it will have to fix the vehicles and will not be required to buy the vehicles back. Volkswagen is also required to spend $225 million to fund projects that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx).

Today’s partial settlement does not resolve any pending claims for civil penalties, nor does it address any potential criminal liability. The settlement also does not resolve any consumer claims, claims by the Federal Trade Commission, or claims by individual owners or lessees who may have asserted claims in the ongoing multidistrict litigation. The state of California has secured a separate resolution for the 3.0 liter violations that addresses issues specific to vehicles and consumers in California.

The affected older vehicles (referred to as “generation 1” vehicles) are the 2009 through 2012 Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 diesel models. The affected newer vehicles (referred to as “generation 2” vehicles) are the 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg diesels, 2013 through 2015 Audi Q7 diesels, 2013 through 2016 Porsche Cayenne diesels, and 2014 through 2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L and Q5 diesel models.

“EPA has a public health imperative to hold Volkswagen accountable and remedy the illegal pollution their cars put into the air,” said Cynthia Giles, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “From the start, our team vigorously pursued this case to ensure these cars were fixed or taken off the road. Today we’ve secured another important settlement that delivers on EPA’s essential public health mission.”

“The settlement marks another significant step in holding Volkswagen accountable for cheating Americans out of the promise of cleaner air by selling vehicles equipped with defeat devices,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden. “This consent decree provides a remedy for every affected vehicle which will be removed from the road or meet enforceable standards that will reduce emissions, and will also require VW to provide additional funding to address the harmful impacts to human health and the environment from VW’s violations.”

“This settlement highlights the fact that cheating to get a car certified has consequences for air quality and the public’s health — and that cheaters will be caught and held accountable, said CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey. “Because California is able to enforce its vehicle regulations, CARB was instrumental in uncovering the cheating in the 3-liter, and before that, in the 2-liter diesel engines. The mitigation in this settlement will now help California address its serious air quality and climate challenges with a focus on putting the very cleanest vehicles in disadvantaged communities where they are needed most.”

According to the civil complaint against Volkswagen filed by the Justice Department on behalf of EPA on January 4, 2016, and amended on October 7, 2016, Volkswagen allegedly equipped its 3.0 liter diesel vehicles with illegal software that detects when the car is being tested for compliance with EPA or California emissions standards and turns on required emissions controls only during that testing process. During normal driving conditions, the software renders these emissions control systems inoperative or reduces their effectiveness, resulting in increased emissions. This is known as a defeat device. By using a defeat device, these cars meet emissions standards in the laboratory, but emit up to nine times or more above the EPA-compliant levels for NOx during normal on-road driving conditions. The Clean Air Act requires manufacturers to certify to EPA that vehicles will meet federal emissions standards. Vehicles with defeat devices cannot be certified.

Because Volkswagen cannot modify the affected 2009 through 2012 Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 generation 1 diesel vehicles to meet EPA-certified exhaust emissions standards, the settlement requires Volkswagen to offer owners of generation 1 vehicles the option to have the company buy back the car and to offer lessees a lease cancellation at no cost. If a plan is proposed by Volkswagen and approved by EPA and CARB to substantially reduce emissions from the generation 1 vehicles, Volkswagen will also have to offer that as an option for consumers.

For the generation 2 vehicles, Volkswagen will recall and fix these vehicles so they meet their certified exhaust emissions standards, after the technical solution is approved by regulators. If after extensive testing the solution does not perform as expected and is not approved, Volkswagen must offer to buy back the vehicles. In that case, the company can also seek approval of an emissions modification plan to substantially reduce emissions and, if approved, can offer that as an additional option for generation 2 vehicles.

Under the terms of the settlement, Volkswagen must achieve an overall recall rate of at least 85% for each of the generation 1 and generation 2 vehicles recall programs or pay additional sums into the mitigation trust fund. The buyback and lease termination program for generation 1 vehicles will begin within 30 days following court approval of the settlement. Vehicle modifications will become available to eligible owners and lessees once the modifications are approved by regulators.

Vehicle owners and lessees will receive updated information from Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche concerning their available buyback or modification options after today’s settlement is approved by the court, and can also obtain information about these options at: and

The settlement requires Volkswagen to pay $225 million to fund projects across the country that will reduce emissions of NOx where the 3.0 liter vehicles were, are or will be operated. This funding is intended to fully mitigate the past and future NOx emissions from the 3.0 liter vehicles. That money will be placed in the same mitigation trust to be established under the partial settlement for the 2L vehicles. This $225 million is in addition to the $2.7 billion that Volkswagen is required to pay into that trust under the prior settlement. The mitigation trust will be administered by an independent trustee. Beneficiaries, which may include states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Indian tribes, may obtain funds for designated NOx reduction projects upon application to the trustee.

The emissions reduction program will help reduce NOx pollution that contributes to the formation of harmful smog and soot, exposure to which is linked to a number of respiratory- and cardiovascular-related health effects as well as premature death. Children, older adults, people who are active outdoors (including outdoor workers), and people with heart or lung disease are particularly at risk for health effects related to smog or soot exposure. NO2 formed by NOx emissions can aggravate respiratory diseases, particularly asthma, and may also contribute to asthma development in children.

The provisions of the settlement are contained in a proposed consent decree filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, as part of the ongoing multi-district litigation, and will be subject to public comment period of 30 days, which will be announced in the Federal Register in the coming days.

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When a bicycle transports as much as a car, including kids

Mom and kids on 4-wheeled bike
Source: stuffdutchpeoplelike
on Instagram
The excuse that you need a car because you can’t transport kids, backpacks and groceries on a bicycle? Well, the 4-wheeled bike this mom is riding blows that idea all to heck. Notice the leg space for the kids sitting in the back compartment – they’re completely comfortable back there.

“What happens when the kids get too big to ride back there?” you ask. Easy: they get to ride their own bikes alongside Mom!

Hat tip to Han Broekman for sharing.

Take action today to protest proposed NJ Transit fare hike

NJ Transit commutersTransit fare hikes is the sort of democratic activity we really need to rally around, and New Jersey riders still have 12 hours left to do it. Green Drinks co-host Sally Gellert advises that public comments on the proposed NJ Transit fare hike can be made online. So, why not take a few minutes out of your day to post a comment sharing your opinion on the proposed fare hikes – and your feelings about how buses and trains function in New Jersey?

Add your comment until 11:59pm tonite 21 May 2015.

Further actions you can take as a public transit advocate:

You might also enjoy reading this Record editorial spotlighting Christie’s disregard for the needs of public transit travelers:

Commuters spoke of late trains, crowded conditions at New York Penn Station and proposed cuts in service. At a time when rail and bus ridership is increasing, reducing service is nonsensical. Fewer trains and buses will force more people to use cars, and that only will add to the congestion on the state’s equally poorly maintained roads and bridges. The governor, who has a penchant for private jets, remains clueless to the plight of low- and middle-income New Jersey residents who, one, have to show up at their day jobs five days a week — something he has not done in more than a year — and, two, do not have the financial means or friends to provide free first-class travel to their desired destinations.

Should Bergen County’s Bike Path be useful for commuters? Comments now being accepted.

Central Bergen Bike/Walk ForumESPAÑOL (English below)
Los municipios adyacentes a la Ciclovía de Bergen County están creando un plan para conectar la vía con los destinos y municipios locales y están recopilando información sobre las necesidades de los usuarios de la vía. ¡Esto es una gran idea! Pero, la ciclovía tradicionalmente se ha utilizado principalmente para la recreación. Si usted desee que el camino también sea de gran utilidad para los que viajan hacía y desde la escuela o el trabajo ¡alce la voz! Hay dos opciones para comunicar su opinión:

  1. Asistir al foro público y expresar su opinión:
    Jueves 16 de abril 2015 4-7 pm
    Elmwood Park Recreation Center
    500 Boulevard (esquina Market Street)
    Elmwood Park, NJ
  2. Usted también puede compartir información electrónicamente en e inscribirse en la lista de correo electrónico para recibir actualizaciones sobre el proceso de planificación. Comentários sometidos a través del 31 de mayo se incluirán en el reporte final.
    1. Cuando estás dibujando su ruta cuidado de no cliquear en la casilla de “Snap to Route” – como no funciona.
    2. Tenga en cuenta que su viaje en la ciclovía puede incluir un viaje en autobús también. Muchos de los estudiantes de Bergen Community College, por ejemplo, viajan al Garden State Plaza Mall por bus y de allá podrían llegar al college utilizando a la ciclovía (algunos buses llevan portabicicletas por delante).
    3. Es posible comentar en otras rutas que fueron sometidas por demás personas.


Central BBW ssMunicipalities around the Bergen County Bike + Walk Path are creating a plan to connect the path with adjacent local destinations and towns and they are collecting user input. This is a great idea! But, the path has traditionally been used mainly for recreation. If you believe the path should also be highly useful for commuters traveling to and from school or work, please make your voice heard. You can do this in two ways:

  1. Attend the Final Open House meeting and voice your opinion on:
    Thursday 16 April 2015 4–7pm
    Elmwood Park Recreation Center
    500 Boulevard (corner of Market Street)
    Elmwood Park, NJ
  2. You can also give input electronically at and put your name on the mailing list to receive updates. Comments received through May 31 will be included in the final report.
    1. Please note that giving input requires registration (e-mail and username only). Also, make sure not to click the “snap to route” box because it doesn’t work right.
    2. Remember that you might want to ride the bus to Garden State Plaza Mall, for example, and bike from there to Bergen Community College, the Golf Course or Paramus Catholic High School. A growing number of buses have front-mounted bike racks.
    3. You can also comment on routes drawn by other people.

December 2013 Green & Sustainable Activities in NNJ

Donate your junked cellphone to a victim of domestic violence
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence. You can help change that. Just mail in a junked cell phone by Thursday, January 9. It’ll raise funds to help survivors of domestic violence.

GreenDrink logo with wordsGreen Drinks Newark 1st Mondays | 7-9pm
December: 02 Dec 2013
Agave Mexican Restaurant
118 Pacific St, Newark, NJ | 973-732-4168
Street parking

GreenDrink logo with wordsGreen Drinks Hackensack 2nd Mondays | 7-9pm
December: 09 Dec 2013
Villa de Colombia
12 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ
Parking if restaurant lot is full:
Weekdays after 7 across street in jewelry business parking lot
Weekends in Salvation Army lot on the corner of Mercer & State Streets

GreenDrink logo with wordsGreen Drinks Clifton-Paterson (this location has no fixed monthly date or spot for now)
December: Tues 17 Dec 2013 | 7-9pm
Sultan Restaurant
429 Crooks Avenue, Clifton NJ (on the Paterson border)
Safe street parking

New Jersey Safe Routes to School Coalition/NJ Network meeting
Tues 10 Dec 2013 | 10am – 12pm
Bloustein School in Room 113 | 33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ
Please RSVP

WILMA SUBRA on Gas Infrastructure at Ramapo College
Wed 11 Dec 2013, 9:30-11:30am
RCNJ in Friends Hall
More and parking pass

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Green Drinks in 3 No Jersey enviro justice cities in December. Come talk sustainability!

Thanksgiving 2013 Group Photo
GreenDrink logo with wordsGreen Drinks are not a type of drink – that’s just our name! Green Drinks meets monthly in three north Jersey cities – we hold informal gatherings bringing people together to chat over food about green and sustainable issues relevant to our lives and communities. Green Drinks meetings are open! Everyone is welcome and there is no admission fee. Pay for the food and drinks you order at the restaurants where we meet – each location serves good food at moderate prices.

Discussion themes this month

  1. Replacing New Jersey’s climate change denying congressman – Scott Garrett
  2. Collecting toys, clothing, coats and money for holiday gifts
  3. Alternative fuel vehicles for personal and municipal use
  4. Growing the Green Drinks community in 2014!

Green Drinks Newark 1st Mondays | 7-9pm
December: 02 Dec 2013
Agave Mexican Restaurant
118 Pacific St, Newark, NJ | 973-732-4168

Street parking

Green Drinks Hackensack 2nd Mondays | 7-9pm
December: 09 Dec 2013
Villa de Colombia
12 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ
Parking if restaurant lot is full:
Weekdays after 7 across street in jewelry business parking lot
Weekends in Salvation Army lot on the corner of Mercer & State Streets

Green Drinks Clifton-Paterson (this location has no fixed date or spot for now)
December: Tues, 17 Dec 2013 | 7-9pm
Sultan Restaurant
429 Crooks Avenue, Clifton NJ (on the Paterson border)
Safe street parking

October 2013 green/sustainable activities & events

Check back for updates throughout the month.

Green Drinks 3 Sustainability Chats in Newark, Paterson-Clifton and Hackensack

Elly faceGreen Drinks are not a type of drink! They are informal gatherings that bring people together to chat over food and drinks about green and sustainable issues relevant to our lives and communities. Green Drinks meetings are open, everyone is welcome and there is no admission fee. Pay for the food and drinks you order at the restaurants where we meet – each one serves good food at moderate prices.

Green Drinks Newark 1st Mondays | 7-9pm
(07 Oct 2013)
Rio Rodizio
1034 McCarter Highway, Newark, NJ
Green Drinks Hackensack 2nd Mondays | 7-9pm
(14 Oct 2013)
Villa de Colombia
12 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ
If parking lot is full, park weekdays after 7 across the street in the jewelry business parking lot and on weekends park at the Salvation Army lot on the corner of Mercer and State Streets.
In October: Wed 23 Oct | 7-9pm
(Green Drinks Paterson-Clifton has no recurring monthly date for now)
Sultan Restaurant
429 Crooks Avenue, Clifton, NJ

Other green/sustainable activities & events

Public Notice: You can vote yourself a raise on Tues 05 Nov
The question of whether to raise the minimum wage in our state by $1 per hour gets decided by New Jersey voters in this year’s general election. Gov. Christie tried every tactic to block the wage hike but he lacks the power to remove a referendum from the election ballot. So, get to the polls on Tuesday, November 5 and vote your interest. Vote YES to raise NJ’s minimum wage to $8.25/hr!

“The Assault on Public Education and Public Services: A New Jersey Case Study.”
A talk presented by Walter C. Farrell, U of North Carolina professor.
Wed 30 Oct | 5-8 pm
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ
Dr. Farrell is fabulous. Don’t miss him!
Sponsored by Montclair Education Association. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 21, to

Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance in DC
Sat 26 Oct | 12–3 pm
Buses from NYC to Washington, D.C. with tix starting at $10.
StopWatching.Us — a diverse coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and businesses is organizing the biggest protest of the NSA’s surveillance programs to date. And you can join them. What are you waiting for?

Farmageddon Screening at East Brunswick Public Library
Mon 14 Oct | 7pm

Save the Open Internet!
Preserving open internet access is one of the great freedom fights of our time. This is an ongoing topic of discussion at every Green Drinks 3 event. Learn more.

Facilities tour of Essex County Environmental Center (ECEC)
Followed by a discussion with College of Science & Mathematics (CSAM) faculty, ECEC Staff, Rutgers Extension agents on potential research, collaboration, education and outreach opportunities. ECEC is a new partner of CSAM’s PRI.
Fri 18 Oct | 10-1pm
621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068 973-228-8776
(Parking right in front of the building)
Please RSVP by emailing Ms. Jasey Araque

Gasland II movie & discussion (free)
Sat 19 Oct | 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
First Presbyterian Church of Englewood
150 East Palisades Avenue, Englewood, NJ

The People’s Conference on the Fight for Jobs, Peace, Equality, and Justice
With The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) and friends
People's ConferenceSat 19 Oct | 8am-6pm
Rutgers University-Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ
Cost: Free (but lunch not provided)
For information: 973-801-0001 or 973-951-3369
The goal of this conference is to unite our movement to determine demands, develop plans of action and commit to work for:
A national jobs program at a living wage, Healthcare for all, Education, Affordable housing, Justice, Peace

Sign up to speak in favor of reducing carbon pollution at an EPA public hearing being held near you
If you’d like to support strong carbon pollution standards for power plants, you can sign up to speak in favor of reducing carbon pollution at one of the EPA’s public hearings. The EPA is hosting these hearings to solicit ideas and input from stakeholders and the public about how to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. Attendance and comments are submitted on the record, and participating is a great way to show your support and voice your opinion.

Jersey Climate Action and Carbon Forum
Mon 28 Oct | 7pm
People Care Center
120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ
Cost: Free but registration requested
New Jersey Clean Energy Campaign and New Jersey Sierra Club kick off the Sandy Anniversary Week of Action with a community forum on how YOU can reduce carbon pollution. We’ll have experts to answer all your questions about climate change and the new EPA carbon standard. Thinking about solar, energy efficiency or purchasing clean power? There will also be clean energy vendors who can talk about what you can do at home to reduce your carbon footprint and save money. Take the next step in climate activism and join us!

Hackensack Non-Violent Fugitive Safe Surrender Information Session
Thursday 17 Oct 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm
Ciarco Learning Center (of Bergen Community College)
355 Main Street – Room 134 – Hackensack, NJ
(Free Parking Behind Building)
Download flier

Paterson Non-Violent Fugitive Safe Surrender Information Session
Tuesday 22 Oct 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm
Rogers Conference Center
32 Spruce Street (rear) – 2nd Floor – Paterson, NJ
(Parking at 75 Spruce Street-enter on Grand Street side)
Download flier

New Jersey Attorney General Fugitive Safe Surrender Program
Wed 06 Nov thru Sat 09 Nov 2013 | 9am-4pm each day
Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church
661 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ

Información en Español

Global Frackdown event on Saturday Oct 19!
Find and join a Global Frackdown event near you! Actions are being planned in 25 countries and all across the United States. We all lose when our governments put oil and gas industry profits above our health and environment. This Saturday, the global anti-fracking movement will come together with one unified voice to call on our elected officials to protect our air, water and climate and not cater to corporate interests. Follow this link to plug in and find an event near you.

The Funeral to Bury Violence in Newark
Sun 27 Oct 2013 | Procession 11am. Service 1pm
Members of the coalition behind this action include 211 Community Impact, Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, FP YouthOutcry, 24 Hours of Peace, Anti-Industry Entertainment, Stop Shootin Music, and West Ward Economic Development Corporation. Participating funeral homes are Perry Funeral Home, Woody Home for Services, Chapels of Edan Funeral Home, J. E. Churman Funeral Home, Cotton Funeral Services, and Cushnie-Houston Funeral Home.
Organizations interested in participating please email to
For more info: Facebook Event Page or

Sat 01 Nov 2013
Keynote VAN JONES, CNN Crossfire Co-host
and co-Founder of Rebuild The Dream, Former Green Jobs Advisor To The Obama White House