2 Committee MembersMiddlesex County Showroom of Environmental Technology (MCSET)H. James PolosMiddlesex County FreeholderMCSET ChairmanAthena SarafidesN.J.D.E.P.Middlesex County CoordinatorAnne Marie McSheaN.J.B.P.U.Mayor Peter CantuPlainsboroMayor Daniel J. ReimanCarteretMayor Francis “Mac” WomackNorth BrunswickDavid R. CampionDirectorDepartment of Public WorksMark FinkelsteinMiddlesex Regional EducationalService CommissionRichard FitamantMiddlesex County Utilities AuthoritySteven R. FittanteDirector, Middlesex CountyDepartment of TransportationJohn HenryNJ Green Building CouncilRichard J. HillsSolid Waste Management DirectorWilliam T. HlubikMC Cooperative ExtensionJane LealMiddlesex County ImprovementAuthority RepresentativePatrick PiegariMiddlesex CountySuperintendent of SchoolsJohn Reiser, Jr.County EngineerMaria M. SirimisDepartment of Shared ServicesJeffrey MayerowitzMCSET Program CoordinatorThe Middlesex County Board of Chosen FreeholdersIn Partnership With:The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities~The New Jersey Department of Environmental ProtectionDo you want to MCSET logo or the County logo on this page?
3 The Clean Air Initiative In 2004, the Clean Air Initiative was created as part of the Common Cents Program. The county made a commitment to integrate alternative fueled vehicles into the county motor fleet and to educate municipal governments on “green” technologies. In addition, a policy was established which required a minimum of 10% of all future vehicle purchases to be alternative fueled. Out of this initiative came the Middlesex County Showroom of Environmental Technology (MCSET) Program.
4 What is MCSET?The MCSET Program is a unique partnership between Middlesex County, the NJ Board of Public Utilities, and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection that promotes clean air and water initiatives through the use of alternative fuels, energy efficiency, and “green” technologies. MCSET will assist municipalities, schools, and the private sector to identify and implement “green” technologies by coordinating state grants, technical assistance, and county resources.
5 Our MissionProvide assistance to municipalities, agencies, authorities, schools and the private sector with the implementation of clean air and sustainability programs by coordinating resources with needs and facilitating communication between the State and Local entities through a unique partnership between the NJ - BPU, NJ - DEP, and Middlesex County.
7 Common Cents Cooperative Purchasing Program MCSET InitiativesCommon Cents Cooperative Purchasing ProgramUtilizes the County’s buying power to assist municipalities in reducing their costs for goods and services, including natural gas, electricity, equipment, services, and supplies.Open Space ConservationOpen Space Program, through which the County can purchase outright, or work with municipalities and the state, to purchase and preserve open lands.As an outgrowth of this, the County established the Conservation Corps, made up of students and volunteers, who maintain and protect the land already in the Open Space Program.To date, Middlesex County has preserved over 6,000 acres of open space and over 4,500 acres of farmland.I don’t know what exactly you want here? Information can be easily added or removed.
8 Recycling Solid Waste MCSET Initiatives cont’d Curbside Recycling Program, operated by the MCIA, collects co-mingled recyclables for 16 towns throughout the county. The county is consistently among the top recycling counties in the state.Leaf composting.Solid WasteThe Landfill Gas-To-Energy project, operated by the MCUA and in association with the National Energy Resource Corporation (NERC), characterizes the future of the waste management industry by introducing sound ingenuity to maximize efficiency in resource management and energy consumption and minimizes the environmental impact of waste disposal.I don’t know what exactly you want here? Information can be easily added or removed.
9 Transportation Renewable Energy MCSET Initiatives cont’d Hybrid vehiclesAlternative fuelMiddlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) ShuttlesKeep Middlesex Moving (KMM) is a nonprofit transportation management association. Its mission is to improve mobility, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality, thereby making Middlesex County a better place to live, work, and do business. We work with our members - your fellow businesses, municipalities, and developers - to create transportation solutions and support alternatives such as carpooling, vanpooling, mass transit, compressed work week, telecommuting, and much more.Traffic LightsRenewable EnergyMiddlesex County/Rutgers Cooperative Extension Solar ProjectLandfill Gas-To-Energy projectI don’t know what exactly you want here? Information can be easily added or removed.
10 MCSET Grant Programs for Municipalities In addition to assisting our communities with obtaining state and federal grants, the County also provides the following grants:Municipalities are eligible to receive $500 per alternative fuel/hybrid vehicle with a limit of 2 vehicles per municipality.The Economic Development Sustainability Grant Program provides up to $100,000 per community for Sustainability and GREEN Initiatives.In September 2006, the Middlesex County Freeholders approved a $50,000 grant program to municipalities to encourage the goals of the MCSET Program. The grant dollars will be used for the following purposes:• $25,000 toward the purchase of alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles. Interested municipalities are eligible to receive $500 per vehicle with a limit of two vehicles per municipality.• $25,000 toward the assistance of green building construction. Downtown Business Improvement Grant Expanded - Application criteria to this existing grant have been modified to give first priority to projects utilizing green technologies or sustainable planning.
11 County Sustainability Plan Middlesex County is the first County in New Jersey creating a County Sustainability Plan. This initiative is funded through a $75,000 N.J. Smart Growth Grant. The plan will be developed in partnership with the N.J. Sustainable State Institute and will serve as a model for counties throughout New Jersey.The Sustainable Middlesex plan will set goals for the future, use indicators to track progress, and develop action plans that have roles for county departments, municipal governments, citizens, businesses, schools, and civic organizations.
12 TransportationHybrid FleetTo date, the Middlesex County motor fleet consists of over 40 hybrid vehicles, the largest hybrid fleet in the state.Need to check Hybrid number stats.In addition, the entire county Park Ranger fleet consists of hybrid vehicles.
13 Old Bridge Township receives 1st County Hybrid Incentive Grant TransportationOld Bridge Township receives 1st County Hybrid Incentive Grant
14 TransportationCounty Hybrid Incentive GrantIn addition to Old Bridge purchasing hybrid vehicles, more and more municipalities are purchasing hybrid vehicles for their municipal fleet. They include:Are these municipalities all that used this grant for hybrid purchasing?CarteretNorth BrunswickPlainsboroWoodbridgeEdison
15 Transportation Bio-Diesel Bio-diesel is now being used by the county public works department.
16 Transportation Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT) Shuttles MCAT Shuttles provide fixed route, economical service for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and the general public.
17 TransportationTraffic LightsMiddlesex County has converted 95% of county traffic lights to LED. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have greater energy efficiency, a lifetime lasting years rather than months, are cost-effective, and can be solar-powered.
18 Sustainability Economic Development Sustainability Grant Program Freeholder H. James Polos presents Edison Mayor Jun Choi with a grant for the Middlesex County Sustainable Economic Growth Improvement Fund. Talk about the Edison Animal Shelter.
19 Sustainability Monroe Township Borough of Jamesburg Economic Development Sustainability Grant ProgramMonroe TownshipNew roof solar powered project at the new Monroe Fire District headquarters.Borough of JamesburgStreet improvement program in downtown business district. The street improvement program will include street trees, green areas, and solar powered pedestrian crosswalks.Woodbridge TownshipNew solar powered trash compactors will be used in the Iselin part of Woodbridge Township.
20 Sustainability Cranbury Township Plainsboro Township Economic Development Sustainability Grant ProgramCranbury TownshipInstallation of energy efficient heaters and triple-pane windows at the fire department and municipal building.Plainsboro TownshipNew library will include energy efficient equipment and building appliances.North Brunswick TownshipThe Public Works garage in North Brunswick will be equipped with a solar powered water heating system.
21 The Center of Lifelong Learning in Sayreville The Center of Lifelong Learning will demonstrate its commitment to energy self-sufficiency and environmental responsibility in a new 89,000 square foot School/Community Center.Located in Sayreville, the school is for autistic, severely multiply-disabled, and preschool disabled children from the ages of three to twenty-one years old.The Center is seeking the certification of LEED Platinum, which means that “green/eco-sensitive” building practices are being employed.This high performance/highly efficient, healthy building will be the first of its kind in the country.More information needed?
22 Renewable EnergySolar ProjectWith a grant from the NJ-BPU, the county installed a 25 kilowatt solar electric system at the Middlesex County/Rutgers Cooperative Extension Services building.
23 Renewable Energy Solar Project Expected to reduce the building’s electric cost by 40-50%.The expected payback period is 10 to 12 years.Middlesex County will receive an estimated $7,000 in energy credit each year under the new program by the NJ-BPU.Aside from monetary benefits, this solar initiative will avoid approximately 185 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent of taking 36 cars off New Jersey highways for a year.Need to check stats. And add any other benefits or stats from the solar project.
24 Renewable Energy New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program Do you want this smaller so we can have text about Clean Power Choice? And do we need to update with new members?The New Jersey CleanPower Choice Program is a simple way to choose clean, renewable sources of energy, like solar, wind, and landfill gas. Each household that participates in the program can reduce CO2 emissions by over 10,000 lbs. per year, which helps to preserve our climate and shoreline. Make the choice for a cleaner tomorrow and become part of a climate change solution.
25 Clean Energy LeadersWhich picture do you want? This one or the one from Woodrow Wilson elementary school?And was it the Municipality Award or Leadership Award? The MCSET Committee is honored with the 2007 Clean Energy Leadership Award - September 28, 2007MCSET – The 2007 New Jersey Clean Energy Municipality Award recipients.
26 Change A Light PledgeMCSET has joined the Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World Campaign. By taking the Energy Star Change A Light Pledge, you are committing yourself to being more energy-efficient. Changing just one light bulb, helps you save energy and helps improve the environment.Sign up today at our website.Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) typically use 65%-75% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb to provide the same amount of light. An added benefit of CFL bulbs is they last up to ten times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb. You can expect to save 30% in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime.Can talk about our 200 pledge goal.
27 Go Green Save GreenThe Go Green Save Green Challenge is a cooperative effort made up of PSE&G, Americana Hospitality Group, The Home News Tribune, and MCSET, that encourages individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, municipal and school entities within Middlesex County to go green and help reduce the damaging impact of global warming.Do you want a picture of the decal?
28 Cooperative/Green Purchasing Initiative under way to create a portal of communication between the County, Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, the Plainsboro Co-op, and Rutgers University, to purchase green products and supplies identified by Rutgers University through a cooperative purchasing program.To discuss future shared service partnerships and participation.To introduce a broader sense of shared services including green products and supplies.