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              The Sustainable State Institute is a cooperative venture with academia, business and non-governmental organizations, and will be led by both Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It will help guide New Jersey's pursuit of its sustainability goals by discussing sustainability challenges with the public, updating our performance on the 41 sustainability indicators, advising state government and others, and performing research on critical gaps in our knowledge of sustainability.

                Another recommendation of the above report is to expand state government's environmental procurement program to avoid purchasing products from companies that violate child labor laws in other countries. Companies can work with the International Labor Organization, the New Jersey AFL-CIO, and other statewide and international organizations to protect workers and the environment wherever they have subsidiaries and subcontractors.

                Last year, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator and former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, asked the NJDEP Commissioner to accept an invitation to address the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. This body coordinates effective follow-up to the 1992 International Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. More than 50 world environmental ministers attend the Commission's session each year. This was an extraordinary opportunity to share with the world some of New Jersey's many sustainability initiatives as it set the foundation for the future of environmental management.

OTHER NEW JERSEY SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

                To achieve sustainability, economic, social and environmental systems must work in balance, much like an environmental management system, using raw materials efficiently, focusing on energy efficiency, preventing or reusing waste, and conserving land. NJDEP's pollution prevention, brownfields redevelopment and recycling programs are examples of systems that work in unison to help create a sustainable state. The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, which aims to channel new development into already developed areas and preserve open space, promotes environmental protection, economic vitality and the social renewal of cities. More efficiently produced products and less waste can be cost-effective and helps foster economic development and opportunity. NJDEP created an innovative facility- wide permitting program- a national first in the early-1990s- that promoted a holistic approach to preventing pollution. The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable gave NJDEP an award for this program in 1997.

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