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June 6, 2013

Letter to the Editor – Committee for a Green Hoboken on Porous Pavement

Filed under: Green Hoboken,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:30 AM

The Committee for a Green Hoboken has their proposal for porous paving material to help alleviate flooding and reduce overall costs of maintaining our streets in Hoboken. Below is their open letter advocating for that street paving material and is worthy of consideration on TheBoken.com….

An open letter to the residents of Hoboken:

What is the purpose of the street cleaners in Hoboken? What is the end result we want to achieve? And are we achieving that goal?

If the goal is to leave the streets looking pristine, we are not achieving that goal. Every week, the street sweeper machines drive up and down our roads and leave a trail of debris in their wake. Along the way, they leave a $45 ticket on every car hat was mistakenly left in place, or frankly had no where else to park.

I am not suggesting we put an end to street cleaning, it’s rules, regulations, and associated fines. I am suggesting we take a holistic, cost saving approach to solving some of Hoboken’s issues, in this case keeping our streets clean while alleviating flooding. The answer is porous road pavement. Our current roads are paved and repaved on a regular asis using impervious (aka non-porous) asphalt, which forces storm water to run off the roads into our overburdened sewer system. By replacing impervious asphalt with pervious asphalt or concrete, the storm water will percolate into the soil below, and take the burden off the 100+ year old sewers and our sewage treatment plants. We have approximately 1.2 square miles of land surface in Hoboken, of which approximately 0.2 square miles is road surface. Porous pavement would absorb 17% of the water falling on Hoboken during all storm events. We would avoid using the porous material where the water table may be too close to the surface to prevent seepage from below.

Porous Pavement Example

In order to maintain this new porous material, we will need to outfit or replace our current street sweepers with vacuums and air compressors to keep the porous asphalt clear of dust, dirt, and debris, so water can flow through the road surface. Combining the dual roles of street cleaning and alleviating flooding is a cost effective approach to improving our quality of life. For a model, we can look to the Meadowlands area, where many pervious pavement surfaces have been installed, all meeting the NJDEP’s Best Management Practices for storm-water management quality and quantity regulations. The installation cost for pervious asphalt is between $6 and $10/square foot, versus typical paving, which would be about $5/sf, or $150,000 per block instead of $75,000. The extra cost comes from subgrade material, the underlying stone bed under the pavement, as opposed to typical dense graded aggregate, but in the long run, we will reduce the impact on our city budget of cleaning up after frequent storm-water floods.

For more information, please contact The QLC at cgh@qlchoboken.org or visit them  on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreenHoboken

Thank you,

Tom Chartier, PE, LEED AP
Co-Chairman, QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken

Chairman, Hoboken Chamber of Commerce’s Urban Planning & Sustainability Council
Brad Miller, PE, PP, LEED AP BD+C
Co-Chairman, QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken

Website Link: http://www.qlchoboken.org

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May 10, 2013

Hoboken 2nd Annual Green Fair Postponed to May 19th Due to Rain Forecast

It is supposed to rain tomorrow, which in of itself I thought is a green thing. Oh the irony! As a result of the rain forecast tomorrow the 2nd Annual Green Fair has been pushed back a week. Don’t mess with Mother Nature….

HOBOKEN’S 2ND ANNUAL GREEN FAIR POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, MAY 19

City of Hoboken Green Fair 5-19-2013 Pier A Park

The City of Hoboken’s 2nd Annual Green Fair originally scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013 has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 19 due to the forecast for rain (Please note: previously the rain date was incorrectly stated as Saturday, May 18). Vendor registration is also extended until Friday, May 17.

The 2nd Annual Green Fair will be held from 11am to 5pm at Pier A Park along the Hoboken waterfront and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental concerns, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water and limiting their dependence on fossil fuels.

A compost bin will be on-site and residents are encouraged to bring any compostable materials (coffee grounds, grass clippings, peanut shells, etc.) they may be storing at home.

Green businesses or non-profits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the Green Fair. The Green Team is also reaching out to involve the local arts community. Interested vendors can submit the online registration form at www.hobokennj.org/greenfair and contact Christopher Brown at cbrown@hobokennj.org with any questions. The final day for registration is Friday, May 17, 2013.

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April 4, 2013

Hoboken Community Invited to Public Workshop to Develop Green Element of Master Plan

The latest community meeting on the environment and our master plan from the City of Hoboken…

COMMUNITY INVITED TO PUBLIC WORKSHOP TO DEVELOP GREEN ELEMENT OF MASTER PLAN

Hoboken Library

The City of Hoboken invites residents to participate in a public workshop to guide the development and direction of a Green Buildings and Environmental Sustainability Element of the current city Master Plan.

The interactive workshop will solicit input from participants and will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 6pm to 8pm at the Hoboken Public Library’s Reading Room, located on the 2nd floor. The library is located at 500 Park Avenue.

A Green Buildings and Environmental Sustainability Plan Element will encourage and promote the efficient use of natural resources, the installation and usage of renewable energy systems, the conservation and reuse of stormwater, and will consider the impact of buildings on the local, regional and global environment.

The City has retained the services of Natural Systems Utilities, Chartier Sustainability Group and Rutgers University to prepare the Green Buildings and Environmental Sustainability Plan Element.

The City also invites residents and businesses to take a sustainability survey which is available at www.hobokennj.org/sustainabilitysurvey.

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February 7, 2013

Hoboken Green Team Building Walking Tour Sunday April 21, 2013 and Green Fair Saturday May 11, 2013

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 5:55 PM

The latest green related initiative from Hoboken City Hall….

HOBOKEN GREEN TEAM ANNOUNCES GREEN BUILDINGS WALKING TOUR and

2ND ANNUAL GREEN FAIR – INVITES VENDORS AND PARTICIPANTS

Hoboken Green Fair 2013

The City of Hoboken Green Team is organizing a walking tour of Green Buildings within Hoboken for Sunday April 21, 2013 and will host the 2nd Annual Green Fair on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

The Green Team is soliciting both vendors for the Green Fair and property owners who would like to showcase their buildings to the general public for the walking tour.

The encouraged criteria for each walking tour featured property includes LEED Certification and/or certification through another recognized rating system. Properties with at least one feature that promotes large scale environmental sustainability (ie. green roof, solar panel array, etc.) will also be considered. Please contact Christopher Brown at cbrown@hobokennj.org for more information.

Green businesses or non-profits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the Green Fair. The Green Team is also reaching out to involve the local arts community. Interested vendors can submit the online registration form at www.hobokennj.org/greenfair and contact Christopher Brown at cbrown@hobokennj.org with any questions.

The 2nd Annual Green Fair will be held from 11am to 5pm at Pier A Park along the Hoboken waterfront and will feature live music and organic food vendors. It is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental concerns, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water and limiting their dependence on fossil fuels.

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October 13, 2012

City of Hoboken Residents Asked to Take the Green Team Challenge

City of Hoboken Green Initiative October 2012

The City of Hoboken’s Green Team is asking members of the community to take the Green Team Challenge by pledging to purchase locally grown produce and shop, dine, and support local Hoboken businesses. Pledges can be submitted online at: www.hobokennj.org/greenteam.

The pledge drive is part of the City’s participation in the Sustainable Jersey Program, a statewide incentive program for municipalities to achieve sustainability. In 2011, the City of Hoboken received Sustainable Jersey certification.

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July 25, 2012

Green Drinks Sustainable Summer Mixer at Pilsener Haus Hoboken Tonight July 25th 6-9pm

Hoboken Green Drinks will be having a Sustainable Summer Mixer tonight Wednesday, July 25th at the Pilsener Haus from 6-9pm. Read below for more details….

This month Hoboken Green Drinks (HGD) is mixing up their Green Drinks event.  Their friends at the United States Green Building Council (USGBCNJ www.USBCNJ.org), the Ramsey-Mahwah Green Drinks and the Jersey City Green Drinks Chapters will be meeting up for a Sustainable Summer Mixer at the Pilsener Haus and Biergarten in Hoboken.  They are looking forward to a grand turnout!
The USGBC is NJ’s leader promoting, advocating, and providing education for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of high performance buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, cost effective, productive, and healthly places to live, learn, and work.
Hoboken Green Dirnks is very excited to meet up with our Jersey City and Ramesey-Mahwah Green Drinks chapters, as well.
Date: Wednesday, July 25th
Location:  Pilsener Haus and Biergarten
Address: 1422 Grand St., Hoboken, NJ
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Note: Be on the lookout for a green balloon
This is an opportunity to come on out to greet our Green neighbors.  HGD looks forward to seeing you there!
If you are on Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken facebook page:
Wesbite About link:
It all started in 1989 at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, in which a handful of eco-conscious mates pulled some tables together and drank some beer. The concept evolved into Green Drinks and now it’s global. Each city has an organizer who arranges meetings in bars, restaurants, and other venues. Come join us and get green. The mother ship is at the website  http://www.greendrinks.org/.
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July 6, 2012

Hoboken Green Drinks Sustainable Summer Mixer at Pilsener Haus Wednesday, July 25th 6-9pm

Hoboken Green Drinks Sustainable Summer Mixer at Pilsener Haus Wednesday, July 25th 6-9pm

This month Hoboken Green Drinks is mixing up their Green Drinks event. Their friends at the United States Green Building Council (USGBCNJ at www.USBCNJ.org), the Ramsey-Mahwah Green Drinks and the Jersey City Green Drinks Chapters will be meeting up for a Sustainable Summer Mixer at the Pilsener Haus and Biergarten in Hoboken. They are looking forward to a grand turnout!

The USGBC is NJ’s leader promoting, advocating, and providing education for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of high performance buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, cost effective, productive, and healthly places to live, learn, and work.

Hoboken Green Drinks is very excited to meet up with our Jersey City and Ramesey-Mahwah Green Drinks chapters, as well.

Date: Wednesday, July 25th
Location: Pilsener Haus and Biergarten
Address: 1422 Grand Street Hoboken, NJ
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Be on the lookout for a green balloon

Come on out to greet our Green neighbors. They look forward to seeing you there!

If you are on Facebook, make sure to ‘like’ QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/QLCs-Committee-for-A-Green-Hoboken/131885020215142

QLC HOboken Website: http://www.qlchoboken.org/about
QLC Hoboken email: greendrinks@qlchoboken.org

About Green Drinks:

It all started in 1989 at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, in which a handful of eco-conscious mates pulled some tables together and drank some beer. The concept evolved into Green Drinks and now it’s global. Each city has an organizer who arranges meetings in bars, restaurants, and other venues. Come join them and get green.

The mother ship that started the whole movement is at  http://www.greendrinks.org/

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May 9, 2012

HCIA To Offer Free Shredding and Discounted Compost Bins and Rain Barrels May 12th Starting at 9am

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:30 PM

Here is an update from Hudson County Improvement Authority to help residents with shredding and providing discounts for rain barrels and compost bins for Hoboken Residents.

HCIA TO OFFER FREE PAPER SHREDDING AND COMPOST BIN/RAIN BARREL SALES

On Saturday, May 12, 2012 the Hudson County Improvement Authority will be providing free paper shredding and selling rain barrels and compost bins at the Hoboken Public Works Garage on Willow Avenue and Observer Highway.

Compost bins are being sold for $30 (Retail value over $150) and rain barrels are being sold for $50 (Retail value over $120).

Paper shredding will take place from 9am to 1pm and rain barrels and compost bins and will be on sale from 9am to 3pm.

Hudson County residents are invited to have personal confidential and/or sensitive documents shredded for free. In an effort to accommodate all those wishing to participate please limit your documents to no more than 40 lbs. Documents will be commercially shredded safely, privately and properly by trained, licensed and bonded document destruction specialists. Residents may bring documents in whatever type of container they wish. Participants may stay and watch the process if they wish.

Important Notes:

  • Remove large binder clips (staples and paper clips are okay)
  • No plastic binders
  • Recycle magazines and non-confidential paper curbside
  • Residents only – no businesses

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April 26, 2012

D’s Soul Full Cafe Announces An Eco-Friendly “Bring Your Own Mug” Special in Hoboken

Filed under: D's Soul Full Cafe,Hoboken,Restaurants — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 11:10 AM

Here is a eco-friendly initiative from the Owner of D’s Soul Full Cafe…

D’s Soul Full Cafe Announces An Eco-Friendly “Bring Your Own Mug” Special

No matter what your stance might be on this whole issue of Global Warming, one thing is for sure; We can all use a lot less waste in our lives. Paper, plastic, money. Wasting any of it is just not a good idea.

D’s Soul Full Cafe  (918 Willow Ave, Hoboken) has come up with a way that can help you help the planet and save you some cash in the process.

Come in any day of the week and fill up your favorite travel mug (up to 20 oz) with hot coffee or tea for $1 or iced coffee for $2.

That’s right … just one (or two) measly li’l dollars!

D’s Soul Full Cafe features delicious coffee flavors from Barrie House brewed fresh throughout the day and a variety of Stash Tea.

Come in and fuel your day responsibly.

Cheers!
Stephen Bailey

Cultural Exchange Advocate
http://stephenbailey.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=adb70414ba473ccf95d7cd6c1&id=b02ec86ed6&e=4f446d60af

D’s Soul Full Cafe
http://stephenbailey.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=adb70414ba473ccf95d7cd6c1&id=3afa3d6876&e=4f446d60af

Hoboken Music Awards
http://stephenbailey.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=adb70414ba473ccf95d7cd6c1&id=34fdd25e45&e=4f446d60af

Clueless Events
http://stephenbailey.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=adb70414ba473ccf95d7cd6c1&id=c1d03860ad&e=4f446d60af

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March 4, 2011

Hoboken Green Drinks March 23rd: Fresh Dough and Local Ingredient​s at Dozzino’s

Filed under: Dozzino Pizza — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 4:00 PM

Dozzino HobokenQLC Banner Hoboken

QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken invites you to join us for our monthly Green Drinks event.  Please join us at Dozzino of Hoboken on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00pm.

Date and time: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 7:00PM
Location: Dozzino, back room (ask for Green Drinks Event)
Address: 534 Adams Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, (201) 656-6561
$15 donation requested – includes pizza and an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages until they are all gone!

Dozzino’s is an artisinal pizza shop in Hoboken that opened in 2010.  The owner, Rob, used reclaimed materials when building the restaurant.  He also uses only fresh ingredients and his restaurant has minimal waste disposal each week. Website: http://www.dozzino.com/

Hope to see you there!

Holly Fedeyko,
Green Drinks Coordinator

Green Drinks History

It all started in 1989 at a pub called the Slug and Lettuce in Northern London, in which a handful of eco-conscious mates pulled some tables together and drank some beer. The concept evolved into GREEN DRINKS and now it’s global. Each city has an organizer who arranges meetings in bars, restaurants, and other venues. Come join us and get green.

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