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Water Quality and Conservation
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Local and Organic Food | Featured Research Projects

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Energy Efficency and Conservation Top

The Facilities Energy Conservation Program The University, through the University Facilities and Housing, is in the process of doing a lighting audit of all university facilities. From audit findings they will be replacing inefficient lighting with high efficiency lighting and controls at Camden , Newark and New Brunswick / Piscataway campuses, over five years. Rutgers will reduce energy consumption by 42,500,000 kWh and reduce CO2 emissions by 23,333 tons per year. The University is replacing 40 year old deteriorated high temperature hot water pipes with new insulated pipes. When the project is complete the resulting savings will be 2,520,000 therms per year. This is a reduction in emissions of CO2 by 2,285 tons per year. Also the University is going to replace standard efficiency motors with high efficiency motors throughout the New Brunswick / Piscataway Campus. University Facilities is looking at motors 10HP and above. They estimate a savings of 2,784,000 kWh per year. They project a reduction in emissions of CO2 to be 1,516 tons per year.

REI Energy Information

Livingston Solar Energy Project

Rutgers wins 2009 Energy Educator of the Year Clean Energy Leadership Award

Rutgers buildings to go green -

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The Rutgers EcoComplex is Rutgers University 's Environmental Research and Extension Center . The EcoComplex is dedicated to moving science from the lab to real-world applications in our state's businesses and industries, and to promoting New Jersey as a center for environmental innovation and enterprises. -

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Climate Change Top

The Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative ( ) is a university-wide endeavor that addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time. This multidisciplinary research, education, and outreach effort draws from the strengths in many departments at Rutgers and facilitates collaboration across a broad range of disciplines. The initiative also aims to provide a variety of climate resources to individuals and communities in New Jersey .

The Initiative on Climate and Social Policy (CSP) ( ) - functions to marshal the resources of Rutgers University in the social sciences and the humanities to address the challenges posed by global warming, greenhouse gasses and the reduction of carbon emissions. Its mission is to conduct research, education and public service to better understand how both state and national political institutions can respond to these challenges.

At the Center for Environmental Prediction the talents of faculty, staff, and students from several departments coalesce to form a focus for climate-related research, education, and service at Rutgers . This multidisciplinary team acts as a catalyst, creating a force to address the wide-ranging problems that face natural systems and human societies experiencing rapidly changing climate and environmental conditions.

Waste Minimization and Recycling Top

University Facilities continues to have one of the most successful recycling programs in the nation. Last year we recycled about 10,000 tons of our solid waste, including paper products, aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles, scrap metal and concrete and asphalt construction debris.

RecycleMania is a friendly 10-week competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

The mission of the Rutgers Center for Sustainable Materials (CSM) is to increase the availability and use of renewable materials in broad segments of society to reduce dependence on petroleum and to generate a sustainable steady state materials balance world-wide.  The Center will engage in research, development, and commercialization of such materials, principally polymer and polymer composites, to increase the palette of materials available to designers in industry and commerce.  The CSM will utilize the broad, cutting-edge scientific and engineering capabilities at Rutgers University, and elsewhere, to understand sustainable materials from the molecular scale through fabricated components and structures  to provide novel and effective approaches to the development of new materials.  As a group, we will work with government, industrial, and commercial stakeholders to promote sustainable materials in all areas of application.

The AMIPP Advanced Polymer Center is a group of collaborative researchers and stakeholders dedicated to exploring immiscible polymer blends and the novel structures and materials obtained by processing such blends. Founded as a Research Excellence Center by the State of New Jersey and Rutgers University, the Center depends on an interactive relationship with industry, government, and other universities to generate a steady stream new technologies , materials, and products in an environment focused on research, development, and commercialization. Research:

Plastic Lumber Flexes It's Muscle in Army Railroad Bridges:

World's First Thermoplastic Bridge Capable of Supporting 70+ Tons:

REHS Hazardous Waste Disposal Policy/Procedures

REHS Hazardous Waste Minimization and Chemical Re-Use Program

The primary objective of a waste prevention program is to reduce the amount of waste that has to be managed.  Waste prevention should be given the highest priority because it emphasizes elimination or reduction of waste at the point of generation.  Waste preventing products are durable, reusable, rechargeable and/or refillable.  They achieve the same performance as their more wasteful counterparts, while reducing waste quantities and costs.

Water Quality and Conservation Top

The goal of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program is to provide solutions for many of the water quality and quantity issues facing New Jersey . This is accomplished through research, project development, assessment and extension. In addition to preparing and distributing Fact Sheets, we provide educational programming in the form of lectures, seminars, and workshops as part of our outreach to citizens.

Water Resources for Sustainable Communities

Storm water Management

Rain Gardens

Water Quality Trading Program

Rutgers helps improve water resources in New Jersey

The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute is a federally funded program of research, training and information transfer concerning all aspects of fresh and estuarine water in the state. Use this site to learn about: water research in New Jersey; watershed and water monitoring initiatives; newsletters, books and articles about water; water events and conferences; links to water organizations, real-time data, and government agencies; and information about water courses at Rutgers University.

Natural Resources and Resource Conservation Top

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources  is an interdisciplinary department specializing in ecology, evolution, and natural resource conservation. Our teaching and research focus on issues of global change including managing natural resources within urban ecosystems, studying the evolutionary origins and maintenance of biodiversity, and conserving and restoring native ecosystems. Our research interests cross all biological scales from microbes to ecosystems. We are also committed to working with the public through education, outreach, and extension .

The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) helps consumers and agriculture and other businesses develop and implement practices that maintain an efficient balance among the environment, human health, and economic benefits. NJAES is an integral component of Rutgers , The State University of New Jersey. The experiment station provides a diverse range of research, extension, and education programs that serve the people of New Jersey and the urban, suburban, and rural communities in which they live.

Plan of Action for Manure Management

The Rutgers Ecological Preserve and Natural Teaching Area, created in 1976 by the Rutgers Board of Governors, is a 316 acre tract of land including old growth forest and abandoned agricultural fields in various stages of succession. The preserve is located on the grounds of the former World War II Camp Kilmer, and is presently bounded to the west by Route 18 and to the north by Rutgers University 's Livingston campus.

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Supplier Diversity Program Top

The Supplier Diversity Initiative was implemented to enforce Rutgers ' commitment to Diversity, by ensuring that minority and women owned enterprises (MWBEs) are included in our procurement process. Our initiative performs a key role by providing supplier diversity outreach and educational programs. The program forms a connecting link between the University, the small business, minority owned and women owned business community, as well as, state and federal agencies. .

Local and Organic Food Top

Rutgers purchases Jersey Fresh produce when in season and offers fair-trade coffee on campus.

The mission of the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market is to provide the local community, including residents, students, university faculty and staff, University Dining, and restaurants the opportunity to experience and purchase fresh, locally grown and/or prepared food products.

Slow Food Rutgers - Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

The Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension (a substation of NJAES) ensures the continued production and availability of high-quality blueberries and cranberries through basic and applied research, minimizes the use of pesticides in the culture of these two crops, maintains research programs and investigates causes and controls of diseases that affect blueberries and cranberries.

The mission of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center is to stimulate and support sustainable economic growth and prosperity to the food and agricultural industries in the New Jersey region by providing businesses with innovative research, customized practical solutions, resources for business incubation, and a trusted source for information and guidance.

Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) - Rutgers is working to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from hunger. From food drives to 4-H programs, from grocery-shopping advice to agricultural research, RAH aims to increase awareness of hunger and encourage community service to help those in need. RAH will enlist Rutgers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the concerned public in efforts to stock food banks, provide consumer education on nutrition, deliver technical and organizational support to community groups, and conduct research toward improving food production, packaging, and distribution.

Research programs at the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology whose aim is to have positive transformative impacts locally, nationally, and internationally in areas of plant agriculture, biotechnology, horticulture, and basic plant biology and pathology:

The Department of Food Science emphasizes fundamental principles of food biology, food chemistry, and food processing to prepare graduates to be leaders in development of new, wholesome, nutritious, and safe food products.

Rutgers Scientists Preserve and Protect Foods Naturally

The Food Policy Institute (FPI) is an academic research unit of Rutgers and is the product of a collective vision of leaders from the food industry, government, consumer groups and university researchers. Their mission is to bring the depth of academia's knowledge to bear on pressing issues and challenges facing the food system by providing timely and relevant research that is responsive to the needs of government, industry and the consumer. Current and past research projects are listed here:

Featured Research Projects Top

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) is home to forward-looking, cutting-edge research ( ). You will find examples of research that range from very basic inquiries in the physical, chemical, biological and social sciences to applied research programs that are directed at providing solutions for some of the most challenging problems facing us today.

Center for Environmental Prediction

There's Energy in Algae!

A World of Power Lies in Duckweed!

Commuter Transit & Parking Services Receives NJ Smart Workplaces Award Cited for Work to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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