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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

New Jersey Innovation Institute Awarded Brownfield Coalition Contract

The Brownfields Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) has awarded the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) a contract for the Planning and Coordination Services for the 2017 Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop. NJII’s Elizabeth Limbrick, project manager for policy and planning innovation for civil infrastructure and environment will organize the conference, working with BCONE to develop the theme, agenda, and speakers, and will coordinate the efforts of BCONE volunteers. The conference is designed to break new ground, and offer new ideas and new concepts on the topics of sustainability, collaboration and leverage, contamination, resiliency, brownfields, technology, and their impact on community revitalization. NJII will assist BCONE with gathering the great minds of sustainability from across the world to share ideas that will help to achieve this goal.

BCONE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide education on the benefits of brownfield remediation and sustainable redevelopment and to work with member states and brownfield stakeholders to facilitate brownfield cleanups within those member states.  BCONE members have extensive experience in the brownfield remediation and redevelopment process. Members include state regulatory agencies and brownfield practitioners in the fields of environmental remediation, land use consulting, real estate, law, land development and green jobs training programs. The latter supply well-trained, accredited and certified entry-level technicians for a variety of brownfield and green energy jobs.

“BCONE’s annual Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop exemplifies the educational mission of the Coalition.  Now in its eighth year, the NSCW 2017 will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, March 15, 2017. This year’s theme is Driving Revitalization Sustainably: identifying sustainable goals and strategies for revitalizing their communities and brownfields. NJII is proud to be working with BCONE in planning this important event,” said Colette Santasieri, NJII’s director, policy and planning innovation for civil infrastructure and environment.

The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including healthcare delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security, and financial services.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.