Floral Nocturnal by Maggie Brown

Floral Nocturnal @ Maggie's Studio

Join visual artist Maggie Brown for her limited visual display titled Floral Nocturnal, an awesome ensemble of photos that can be seen 4 days on May 7/8 & 29/30, 2016 at her studio located at 195 West Kinney Street, #206, Newark, New Jersey 07103.

DSC_0369Maggie Brown is an arts educator and New Jersey artist who exhibit in museums, educational institutions, and art spaces statewide. New Jersey has consistently awarded her work, including honors from the 30th Annual Festival of Art, the Sixth Annual Arts Exhibition of “MASTERPIECES,” Matsushita Electric Corporation of America's First Annual Art Exhibition Black History Month, Elizabeth Library, and Essex County's Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Her sculpture assemblages and masks incorporate cardboard, wood, fiber, Styrofoam, recycled/discarded goods, and other materials. As a photographer, she has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Europe, and South America. “Ultimately, my goal in the community is to change the environment by helping to develop and create intellectual and environmental citizenship of our children. The recycled materials that I use literally change the environment and hopefully my art changes people's perception of what constitutes art.”

For more info contact Maggie Brown @ missbrowntoyou@gmail.com or 973.375.7163.

4th Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference

“Branching Communities Together”
4th Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference


Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Saint Peter’s University in the McIntyre Lounge located at 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07306, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 4th Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference presents inspiring speakers and thought-provoking roundtable discussions. This intimate, community-driven conference is meant to move people in a way to want to be the change that they would like to see in the world. It is also an opportunity for organizers and grassroots organizations to come together under one roof, share ideas, and move their respective mission(s) forward.


Attendees will be inspired and empowered by our panelist and roundtable discussions in a way where they become active participants toward the goal of building healthy, sustainable communities. Empowerment is a multidimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. It is a process that fosters power in people for use in their own lives, communities and in society by acting on issues they define as important.

Free and open to the public, this event is being organized by Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. [Newark SAS] with the support of Vaibrenta Holistics & Creative Community Action, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated,  Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance, Saint Peter’s University (Department of Political Science, Social Justice Program, Public Policy Program, Sustainability Committee), and many others.

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Taking the approach of social entrepreneurship, Newark SAS is a community-driven, 501c3 nonprofit organization that strive to assist with the creation of self-sustaining communities by developing pathways for green jobs that contribute to self-sufficiency and community empowerment.

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Become a Sponsor

  • Sponsors can support by providing healthy food & beverages;
  • Make a monetary donation to contribute toward the overall budget;
  • Cover the expense for one of the budget items related to this event;
  • Through in-kind contribution volunteer their time and service;
  • Facilitate a roundtable discussion; and/or
  • Be a panelist and participate in a discussion regarding poverty, health & wellness and ecological sustainability.


Facilitate A Roundtable Discussion on One of the Following Topics or Suggest Your Own

  • A Living Wage is Essential to a Sustainable Economy
  • Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Education
  • The Congregation, Health and Wellness
  • Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities through Urban Agriculture
  • Climate Justice and Becoming a Climate Resilient Community
  • Public Health and Community Impact
  • Volunteerism as a Means to Build and Strengthen Community
  • Healing Communities through Education & Community Development
  • Art Transforms Communities
  • Holistic and Spiritual Wellness
  • Transitioning Neighborhoods from Poverty to Sustainable


For additional information or to become a sponsor contact organizer Tobias Fox at tobiasfox1@gmail.com. 

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Newark SAS On Wheels

In 2014 and 2015 we were limited with our public demonstrations due to the lack of transportation, but that will not be the case in 2016.

IMG_20150922_173757(In the image above we are transporting a mini greenhouse to one of our gardens.)

Newark SAS thanks Damian Decaires of Newark, NJ for the donation of a 2002 Subaru Legacy Wagon. This will ensure our participation in many more community events and public demonstrations of our programs. This vehicle will also help commute some of our volunteers and provide the needed transportation of materials to our gardens. 

We need to raise $1,500.00 for maintenance expenses by March 15, 2016 in order to pass inspection, and need your support. There are a number of ways you can donate to our cause. It is because of your unyielding support that we are able to host hands-on, educational programs, empower residents, and be an even greater service to our community. 


Electrical Engineer and Solar Technician Damian Decaires has been dedicating his life to help achieve a future in which electricity will be free for all through his designs. Amid the effects of global warming, and the ever increase in cheap carbon energy demands, Decaires advocates for how solar energy can move us to a more sustainable future. He is founder of Gridlink Systems.

It was Decaires who sparked the inspiration for the conception of Newark SAS and has been a collaborating partner ever since by facilitating solar technology workshops and assisting with the development of our sustainable science program.

When asked what prompted him to donate a vehicle to Newark SAS instead of selling it Decaires stated, “Just paying it forward.”

Onward and upward…..

Tobias A. Fox
Founder-Managing Director
Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.

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Newark SAS Launches 2016 Internship Program

We begin 2016 with the launching of our Internship Program.

Those who are interested in creating tangible solutions to real world problems will be more than suitable for our program. Although we only have funding to hire one intern at this time, we anticipate additional resources to be available in the spring and summer.  

Sponsor an Intern
Contact us to learn how you can help someone participate in our 12-week Internship Program. This initiative allows us to further our mission of creating pathways for green jobs in an urban environment, as well as provide support and inspire the next generation of ecopreneurs.  

Participants gain hands-on experience in the fields of sustainability and healthcare. They also become exposed to our social entrepreneurship program. By combining the social logic of a nonprofit with the commercial logic of a for-profit, they learn how to develop a creative means of solving real world problems. 

At the end of the 12 weeks, interns are awarded a certificate and acknowledged as Science and Sustainability Ambassadors, and receive ongoing support and training from Newark SAS. This support also includes a letter of recommendation to education institutions and employment opportunities. 

I’d like to take this time to introduce our intern Chimaobi Ibeh, American born to Nigerian parents and oldest of twelve. He definitely has a story to tell. I’ll let you read for yourself.


Hello, my name is Chimaobi and I am very interested and excited about the Community Outreach and Organizer Intern position.  Right now I am working as a chemist at Colgate-Palmolive and going to graduate school at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) for Material Science and Engineering. During the spring semester, with the assistance of financial aid and scholarships, I am planning to attend school full-time and spend more time conducting research. This intern position would fit perfectly into my schedule and align well with my current studies. I have always had a passion for science and want to participate in a movement that informs and changes a society for the better by the use of science. I believe my past work/academic experiences and recent experiences with Mr. Fox and as a graduate student at NJIT makes me very qualified for the position.
My interests in science and sustaining a healthy environment have developed from a young age. TV shows like the Magic School Bus and Mr. Rogers on PBS had made me aware of the industrial world around me and the impact it has on the environment. My passion for science led me to Penn State University. Material Science and Engineering became my main interest and eventually my major because many of its cutting edge research was displaying huge positive impacts to the environment and the society that lives within it. 


During my academic career at Penn State, I worked as a Research Assistant where I gained experience conducting thermal and electrical analysis on polymers samples for graduate students, and witnessed a collaboration of bright minds. I also participated in the NSF-REU program, where I conducted my research project titled “Dynamics of Single Ion Conductors Using Broadband Dielectric Relaxation Spectroscopy using the Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy”. This allowed me to model the phenomenon called electrode polarization with the experimental setup of ion-conducting polymer. I played a small part of a global effort in finding innovative ways to improving existing battery technology. My senior research project titled “The Structural Characterization of Organic Molecules with Intrinsic Microporosity (OMIMs) using X-ray Diffraction Technique (XRD)” allowed me to apply a wide-angle X-ray scattering method onto twelve different OMIM samples, interpret the scattering data, and conclude on the reasons for their structural formation. These porous material possess industrial and technological interests in the field of hydrogen storage, water filtration, and fuel cell membrane.
My first job right out of college was a Laboratory Technician at Lyondell Basell Industries where I conducted quality control analysis on various polyolefin catalysts and polymer samples. At L’Oreal, I worked as a Quality Engineer inspecting finished goods. I even worked as a Sales Representative at a marketing firm called Infinite Direct. That position pushed me to unfamiliar territory of displaying my confidence and communication skills from business to business, selling office supplies. I really enjoyed the daily battle of improving myself and taking advice from people and reading books about marketing and self-improvement. My favorite position was working as a Research Chemist at Ashwin Ushas Corporation where I participated in a project with the United States Army developing a unique voltammetric electrochemical sensor technology for the sensing of CW agent vapors. My main duty was to fabricate these small, lightweight, flexible, and thin sensors, which consisted of metalized microporous membranes functionalized with conducting polymers and saturated with various ionic liquid electrolytes.


The beginning of 2015 was an interesting and stressful time for me.  While I was applying and waiting to hear back from graduate schools, I moved out of my parents’ house and was preparing to find a new job after my short-term contract position at Ashwin Ushas. I had wonderful thoughts of my future, conducting interesting research in the polymer field, but was facing the harsh reality of not finding permanent employment. One day, while unemployed and looking for a new job, I decided to check out a local garden across the street from me. There, I met with Tobias A. Fox for the first time and learned about the local garden and his organization Newark Science and Sustainability (Newark SAS). I decided to join and help out because I had gardening experience and wanted to improve the image of the neighborhood. What really impressed me about Tobias was when I told him about my material science and engineering background, he challenged me to participate in building a rainwater harvesting system and refurbishing the solar panels for useful application.  Most of the places I worked at never even acknowledged my engineering degree. I would later participate in the building of the rainwater harvesting system, gardening, and making posters for his electric pedal bike demonstration. It has been a fun, learning experience and look forward to contributing in the ever-growing development of Newark SAS. 
I hope you consider me for the intern position. I already have experience working with Mr. Fox and the position aligns with my major and future goals. My overall goal is to be part of the global effort of building sustainable systems using advance materials. Mainstream material science and engineering has for decades benefited the industrial sector and defense-related industries. I want to be a part of a new group of engineers and scientists that addresses the needs of the world of tomorrow—the need for clean energy, transportation, housing, food, recycling, and healthcare. I know working at the ground level with Newark SAS will give me the insight and experience I need to achieve my goals.

Tobias A. Fox
Founder-Managing Director

Garden of Hope

Newark SAS Recognizes Newark Filmmaker

It is my great pleasure to spotlight Jennifer Wager, a Newark-based filmmaker and director of Venezuela Rising and Against the Silence: The Families of the Five Speak Out, which have screened at international film festivals and been broadcast on Latin American television networks. 

Wager is an Assistant Professor at Essex County College (ECC), where she directs the Communications and New Media Technology programs. She regularly produces news segments for WBAI radio in New York City as well as the TV series Newark City of Poets. She holds a M.A. in Africana Studies from Ohio State University and a M.A. in Communication and Technology from Georgetown University. She is currently directing a documentary on the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.

As a board member of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. (Newark SAS) since 2014, her selfless acts have not gone unnoticed. Wager has rolled up her sleeves and took lead on grant proposals and contributed significantly to many of our public demonstrations, promoting healthy living and sustainable practices throughout Newark, New Jersey. 

Wager has helped organized a number of events, including our 3rd Annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference held at ECC. She has also spearheaded several video projects that involved highlighting our programs, which has served as an hands-on learning experience for her students. Through narrative filmmaking, Professor Jennifer Wager has helped our message reach the minds and hearts of people throughout the world.  

Tobias A. Fox
Founder-Managing Director
Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.

Newark SAS Recognizes Local Agents for Change

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to S. Aisha Steplight Johnson, Ph.D., Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Essex County College (ECC). In addition to being affiliated with other professional and community service organizations, she is also a founding Board member of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. (Newark SAS). Utilizing the approach of social entrepreneurship, Newark SAS empowers communities to become self-sustaining by developing pathways for green jobs grounded in self-sufficiency.

Since 2013, Dr. Steplight Johnson has been instrumental with helping Newark SAS accomplish its mission by bringing individuals together in small and large groups for various programs and events related to environmental and socioeconomic issues. Her efforts of introducing Newark SAS to ECC administrators and professors have allowed us to strengthen our capacity to collaborate with residents, institutions, organizations and businesses. This has been demonstrated through our annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference hosted at Essex County College. The purpose of the conference is to inspire and empower attendees, so they become active participants toward the goal of building healthy, sustainable communities.

I have witnessed Dr. Steplight Johnson’s passion of being a connector of resources and local professionals, serving as an effective administrator who initiates projects/programs through innovative partnerships that benefit the community as a whole, especially college students to ensure their academic and career success.

With a proven track record of administering academic units and programs at colleges and universities, Dr. Steplight Johnson has been a tremendous asset with bringing stakeholders together and helping us achieve our goals of creating better health and wellness, for ourselves, our communities and our environment. 

Tobias A. Fox
Founder-Managing Director
Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.

Garden of Hope

When How You See It Matters!
Gardens: Real Symbols of HOPE

12094983_10206674500874047_840187715177829356_oEveryday throughout the week hundreds of people see this on their morning commute to and from work. Some, on their walk to the neighborhood businesses, or even to attend their pre-school located adjacent to it. Did they even notice? Did it affect them in any way? What do they see? What do you see?



What did we see?
We saw HOPE! At first sight this lot appeared to be just another abandoned lot. The trash was everywhere. The mural was crying out for restoration. This was in the eyes of many just another non-factor in the world of “I have more important things to worry about” but at a closer look at the neighborhood it was the perfect place for “The Garden of HOPE.”  


But Why…?
 Here was one of the most important reason why…

The pre-school children deserve to see beauty and hope on their way to school no matter the circumstance. Another reason is for the people who just need to see signs of restoration through the blooming flowers and the smile of a friendly face. Or even the power in bringing a community together in the cultivation of something great.  And so it begins…!

What is “Garden of Hope?”

The Garden of Hope willgardenofhopelayout be an herb and flower garden that not only stimulates the senses but is aesthetically beautiful. It is located at 3-5 Fairmount Ave. Newark, NJ. We want to bring together the elements of gardening, the Arts, and inspirational quotes in order to invigorate people’s senses during the day-to-day hustle and bustles. It will be a meeting place for the pre-school junior gardeners to learn the power of gardening. It will be a place to ponder their thoughts amongst the beauty of the garden. This garden will turn strangers into friends and abandonment into sustainability. It is our belief that gardens, in and of themselves, are the real life symbols of “HOPE.”




Bringing the Vision to Life?

Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. 501c 3 www.sasglocal.com is a community-driven organization that implements various initiatives to increase awareness of environmental issues through educational programs and hands-on training. We strive to assist with the creation of self-sustaining communities by developing pathways for green jobs that contribute to self-sufficiency and community empowerment. We are achieving this by partnering with residents, local organizations, and the local business community.

We are happy to announce that we are the recipients of the FISKARSFISKARS Project Orange Thumb grant 2015. One of only two winners of the grant in the state of New Jersey and the only organization in Essex County. As a leader in the lawn and garden industry, Fiskars believes in contributing to community gardening and the healthy, sustainable living it provides. Through Project Orange Thumb®, Fiskars awards cash and garden tools to help support community garden goals across North America.


 Winning this grant has given us the initial resources needed to begin this amazing endeavor.

10354759_1607025692893002_7304684805384460511_nHere we see volunteers utilizing the tools sent to us by FISKARS. They have begun laying the mulch for the garden and there is still so much more to do. We need your help and your resources to continue to bring this garden to life.

Make sure you visit our website to subscribe to our newsletters and for the most up to date information on the The Garden of Hope and more at glocal@sasglocal.com


We welcome you to visit us at 3-7 Fairmount Ave (corner of Central Ave), Newark, NJ.

For more information contact 

Newark SAS CEO Founder: Tobias Fox tobiasfox1@gmail.com

Garden of Hope Project Director: Jacqueleen Bido 1980company@gmail.com