$358,000 for N.J. energy-efficiency projects

TRENTON – Two N.J. entities will receive $358,000 to promote healthy-environment projects, the EPA announced today.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology will receive $178,060 to develop an online toolkit that will provide training to supermarkets on ways to reduce energy through lighting improvements and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning controls, and reduce the release of hazardous materials from cooling system leaks, EPA said.

NJIT will disseminate the toolkit to supermarket chains throughout New Jersey and provide training to the supermarket staff through direct outreach and webinars.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will receive $180,000 to promote sustainability in hotels by providing training on ways to increase energy and water efficiency, reducing the use of hazardous materials and saving money, EPA said.

DEP will train hotel owners and managers on methods to achieve efficiency in their lighting, space health/cooling, water heating, refrigeration and appliances.

This project will target small to medium-sized hotels in Cape May and Atlantic counties, which have the state’s largest concentration of hotels, according to EPA.

DEP will provide outreach through four workshops, hotel job training at Atlantic Community College, as well as direct mailings to all hotels in New Jersey, EPA said.

These grants are part of the approximately $4 million in grants that the EPA awards each year aimed at preventing pollution across the nation.

$358,000 for N.J. energy-efficiency projects