Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.49
Liaison Angela Oberg
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2023

STARS v2.2

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Angie Oberg
Associate Director
Office of Climate Action
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Climate Action Plan

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
In 2021, Rutgers adopted a Climate Action Plan calling for the university to mobilize its academic, operational, and economic capacities to advance just, equitable climate solutions and help achieve national net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The community-developed plan recommended Rutgers establish the Office of Climate Action and charged our office with helping the university work toward (or advance) our goals on climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and campus culture.

Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Research
Campus Engagement
Coordination & Planning

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
PA 02 Sustainability Planning

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center was established by statute in January 2020 to “create and support the use of impartial and actionable science to advance government, public, private, and nongovernmental sector efforts to adapt to, and mitigate, a changing climate.” To that end, the NJCCRC mission is to: 1) research with real-world applications to New Jersey’s most pressing climate-related challenges; 2) Create planning tools, develop technical guidance, undertake pilot projects, and provide practical support for addressing climate change in New Jersey; 3) Connect actionable research to policymakers, planners, practitioners, the media, communities, students, and other individuals through outreach, training, and education.

Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Research
Public Engagement
Coordination & Planning
Investment & Finance

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
New Jersey Wind Institute

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
Sponsored by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and administered by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the NJ Wind Institute at Rutgers University seeks to empower university-wide projects related to the development of offshore wind and the industry surrounding it. NJEDA is providing funding to Rutgers University, Rowan University, Montclair State University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to advance academic research and investment in offshore wind workforce training. This work is in service of Governor Murphy’s goal of making New Jersey a national leader in wind energy.

Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Research
Public Engagement
Energy

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
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A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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