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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 22, 2010

MAHWAH – Ramapo College of New Jersey is the new home of the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS). The organization is located in the College’s new Sharp Sustainability Education Center.

The construction of the Sharp Sustainability Education Center is part of Ramapo College’s continued effort to foster environmental awareness and a greater understanding of the importance of sustainability. The demonstration project provides classroom space for Ramapo students and host visits from area schoolchildren. Features include a geothermal heating and cooling system and photovoltaic roof panels for electricity production.

Emma Rainforth, an associate professor of Geology/Environmental Science, is the current NJHEPS president. “We are excited by the opportunities this new partnership creates for our community,” said Rainforth. “Together, Ramapo College and NJHEPS will be able to advance sustainability education and awareness on our own and other campuses, benefiting students, campuses, and our surrounding communities.”

The mission of NJHEPS is to transform the higher education community to consistently practice sustainability and to more effectively contribute to the world’s emerging understanding of sustainability, through teaching, research, outreach, operations, and community life. Currently there are more than 40 institutions, both public and private, participating in the partnership, working to promote the implementation and integration of sustainability into higher education in New Jersey and beyond. NJHEPS was originally founded in 1999 by two Ramapo faculty members, Donald Wheeler and Clifford Peterson with the help of a Dodge Foundation grant.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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