Episode 45-Groundwork Elizabeth with Jonathan Phillips and Jackie Park Albaum

February 24, 2017

Groundwork Elizabeth is an innovative initiative that is improving access to sustainably grown local produce for urban communities surrounding Kean University. As one of the 10 winners of the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, Groundwork Elizabeth stood out for their Come Grow With Us! Community Farm and Garden Initiative. In this week’s podcast, Jonathan Phillips, executive director of Groundwork Elizabeth, and Jackie Park Albaum, Director of Come Grow With Us! Farm and Garden, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this incredible organization, its current initiatives and the many partnerships – including one with DEP -- that make it possible.

For more information on Groundwork Elizabeth, please visit http://www.groundworkelizabeth.com/ or call (908) 289-0262.  

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Episode 44-Presidential History and New Jersey wtih Director of Strategic Communications Bob Bostock

February 17, 2017

Every year the nation pauses on the third Monday of February to salute all those who have served as president of the United States. To commemorate President’s Day, Bob Bostock, DEP’s Director of Strategic Communications and a student of the presidency, sat down with Gladys Giron, Communications Assistant, to discuss those presidents who have had a close connection with New Jersey, from the first POTUS right down to the present day.

For more information on historical sites associated to the presidents, please see:

Monmouth Battlefield State Park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html
Princeton Battlefield State Park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/princeton.html
Washington’s Crossing State Park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html
Grover Cleveland's Birthplace: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/grover_cleveland/gc_home.htm

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Episode 43-Community Collaborative Initiative with Chief Project Advisor Lou Valente

February 10, 2017

DEP’s Community Collaborative Initiative works closely with diverse partners in urban communities to support their vision for revitalization and growth. It addresses complex environmental challenges with innovative solutions. Due to the CCI’s successful start in Camden in 2015, it has since expanded to include Perth Amboy and Trenton. Lou Valente, DEP’s Chief Project Advisor, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the CCI’s current and future goals and how these fit in with DEP’s overall mission.

For more information on the Community Collaborative Initiative, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/cci/.

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Episode 42-Brownfield Redevelopmment with Supervising Geologist Bill Lindner

February 3, 2017

One of the ways that DEP strives to protect New Jersey’s land, keeping it beautiful and safe, is assisting in the cleanup of sites that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination. Bill Lindner, Supervising Geologist in DEP’s Bureau of Brownfield Reuse, joined Bob Bostock to discuss brownfield redevelopment and the positive impact that this has on the surrounding communities.

For more information on brownfield redevelopment, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/brownfields/.

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