SAS Ambassador Program

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Science and Sustainability (SAS) Ambassador Program
“The engine of life is linkage. Everything is linked. Nothing is self-sufficient. Water and air are inseparable, united in life, and for our life on earth. Sharing is everything.” HOME directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, narrated by Glenn Close

This 8-week program will run from July 6, 2017 until August 31, 2017, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (with Fridays being a half-day), and consist of field trips, garden activities, community service, and so much more. The purpose is to provide an interdisciplinary approach towards learning. Through this process, we believe individuals will become more informed about their environment, and therefore, more likely to have a holistic understanding of themselves and the world they inhabit.
Under the supervision of Tobias A. Fox, Founder and Managing Director of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc., six underserved, well and abled residents throughout the Newark region as young as 14 years old will become more exposed to cultural or worldly experiences.

SAS Ambassador Program
Participants will meet Mr. Fox at the Garden of Hope, 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. They will get to take in the beauty gardens offer before starting their day. Each day will be a pre-planned schedule of activities that includes acts of community service, field trips, workshops, and a series of outdoor/indoor hands-on experiences. Lunch will be provided. With the exception of Friday, the day will end at 3:00 p.m. with each participant being picked up from the Garden of Hope. Fridays will end at 12:30 p.m.

Those who actively participate in Newark SAS programs/events and emerge as leaders will be acknowledged as SAS Ambassadors to help promote healthy eating, active living, urban farming, and renewable energy practices in their homes, faith organizations, schools, and other networks to which they may belong. The participant will be awarded a certificate and acknowledged as an SAS Ambassador, and receive ongoing support and training from Newark SAS. This support also includes a letter of recommendation to education institutions and employment opportunities.

How to apply
To apply and receive a full scholarship, participants must be an Essex County resident of Newark, Irvington, East Orange, Elizabeth, Kearny or Harrison, be well and abled to perform outdoor physical activities, and write a one page essay on why they should be selected to participate in this program.

For more information contact tobiasfox1@gmail.com or 862.244.3519.

 

Sustainable Living Conference

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“Communities Connecting through Sustainability”

The purpose of this conference is to inspire and empower attendees, so they become active participants toward the goal of building healthy, sustainable communities. The speakers will use their own experiences and values to convey how they have been driven by their passions to various achievements. From urban farming to spiritual wellness to solar technology and climate change, the speakers will share information and experiences that assist with the creation of sustainable communities.

Here’s how you can help!

  • Join our panel.
  • Facilitate a roundtable discussion.
  • Become a sponsor or volunteer.
To express our appreciation, we would like to feature your brand through our direct media outlets, making it convenient to share with our followers the support you have given in helping to aid in self-sustainability and community empowerment. Your organization’s name or logo would be displayed on the following:
  • Website page and blog at sasglocal.com.
  • Newark SAS digital newsletter.
  • Acknowledgement on Newark SAS’s social media channels and press release.

We greatly appreciate your support.
 
Onward and upward…..
 
Tobias A. Fox
Founder-Managing Director
Cell: 646.399.0337
www.sasglocal.com

Highlights from Newark SAS 2016 Celebration

Click the link to view highlights of our End of the Year Celebration & Bday Bash:
Click the link to view photos of our End of the Year Celebration & Bday Bash:
Collaboration will be our ticket into the future. Special thanks to the following:
*Harvest Table Fresh Food Eatery (Newark, NJ)
*Nubian Flavor Restaurant (Newark, NJ)
*AeroFarms
*Rutgers VETS Program
*Annemarie Prince & Christine John Baptiste
*Ashley Woods
*Eddie Godfrey
*Karl With A K
*Li’za Donnell Woodard (DJ Sassi)
*I’Asia L. Deyo
*Halashon Sianipar
*NJIT Honors Program (volunteers)
*Patryce Lee
And all those who supported this event.
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Visit us at www.sasglocal.com
Looking forward to collaborating with you all in 2017. Onward and upward…. 

Newark SAS Celebrates

“End of the Year Celebration & Birthday Bash”

On Saturday, December 17, 2016, Tobias A. Fox, Founder of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. (Newark SAS), in collaboration with the Harvest Table eatery located at 550 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102, will be rolling out the green carpet to celebrate the success of Newark SAS as well as Fox’s birthday, and raise money for projects planned in 2017.

“We have a lot of events planned for 2017 and in order to bring in the New Year with a leading start we need the support of the community. And to top it off, people will help me celebrate my bday, Sagittarius style,” states Fox.

Newark SAS Events

For a minimum donation of $25, you will enjoy a full course meal, dessert, cocktails and entertainment.

“We’re only asking for a minimum of $25, but people are welcomed to give more if they can. And if you’re unable to attend we’d greatly appreciate your $25 donation toward our cause.”

Purchase tickets or make a donation by clicking on this link: [Let’s Celebrate!]

Since 2012, Newark SAS has conducted free workshops on renewable energy, along with organized community events on wellness and nutrition education, urban agriculture, ecological building and eco-art.

“They’re a great grassroots organization and we at the Harvest Table want to support in any way we can,” states Carissa Borraggine, restaurant owner. Borraggine operates two restaurants in Newark’s business district. This event will take place at the 550 Broad Street location from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

“Words can’t express how thankful I and the Newark SAS team are for your unyielding support. You make it possible for local residents to have access to fresh, locally grown produce. You make it possible for youth to participate in our programs such as our Eco Art Summer Camp or enjoy our Pedal Bike Powered Smoothie Bar. It is because of you that I refuse to give up hope or lose the will to continue being of service.”

Newark SAS 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, community based organizations and stakeholders, including local businesses.

#supportthemovement  #TeamSAS  #SustainNewark  #newarksascelebrates

Tobias A. Fox, Founder-Managing Director
Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.
www.sasglocal.com
Email: glocal@sasglocal.com
Cell: 646.399.0337

Preserving the Harvest

Newark SAS with the support of the Clinton Memorial AME ZION Church Presents

Preserving the Harvest: Fermentation and Canning Workshop  
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Come learn how to preserve your vegetables and fruit through fermentation and canning!

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

November 12, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Clinton Memorial AME ZION Church
151 Broadway
Newark, NJ 07104

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Azizi Berkland will discuss the probiotic benefits of traditional fermented foods.
If you have digestive problems, it will be almost impossible to permanently eliminate them unless you improve the balance between the beneficial and disease-causing bacteria that exist naturally in your gut. One of the most effective ways to do this is by eating traditional fermented foods rich in lactic acid–producing bacteria. These bacteria are what naturally make milk products go sour and vegetables ferment.
Lactic acid–producing bacteria are common in probiotic supplements—which is why traditional fermented foods are also known as probiotic foods.
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Amaryllis Olivo from the Garden of Worker Bees will present a canning workshop. Canning produces flavorful, high-quality food that saves money, builds self-reliance and creates lifelong memories, often while carrying on cultural and family food traditions.

 

For more information contact Tobias A. Fox (tobiasfox1@gmail.com / 646.399.0337) or Abe Gruswitz (Abe.Gruswitz@gmail.com / 908.619.8956).

Building Centers of Sustainability

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Building Partnerships: Education & Community as a Path to Urban Sustainability

Presented by the Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI) at Rutgers University-Newark and the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION HELD ON
October 20, 2016
Rutgers University-Newark

How are centers and institutes formed?
Tobias Fox: Until 2011, my professional experience consisted of technical and creative writing, filmmaking and book publishing. It was around that time I became exposed to the Occupy Wall Street Movement. As I got involved in social and environmental justice, I developed relationships with local green enthusiasts. We came together to brainstorm ideas and solutions to help better life in our communities. After being inspired by Occupy, I was compelled to form an organization that allows me to organize with other serious likeminded people.

We later established guiding principles that would become the foundation or spirit of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. or Newark SAS. I’ll share a few of them:

  • Be of service to the planet and human race;
  • Ensure that every individual is given an unlimited opportunity to discover and nurture their own purpose;
  • Encourage collaboration and social entrepreneurship as a means to create tangible and sustainable solutions for social and environmental issues;
  • Always be concerned with the health and integrity of our families, communities and environment.

How do centers and institutes establish their mission and goals?

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Tobias Fox: I believe that in order to improve social conduct, we have to better understand how our environment shapes behavior. Our programs at Newark SAS aims to awaken the social immune system and bring alarm to societal barriers, showing how we are directly affected by our environment and our capacity to influence change.

Through the use of indoor and outdoor participatory learning experiences, we provide guidance on putting theory into practice while connecting with nature. Beyond training residents in marketable skills that will meet current and future industry demands, we encourage them to strengthen their entrepreneurial abilities and promote self-sufficiency.

What makes centers and institutes successful?
Tobias Fox: What makes Newark SAS successful is really measured by how relevant and well received we are to those we are trying to connect with. By transforming a social movement into a viable center for sustainability we’ve been able to achieve significant outcomes, in spite of limited capacity and resources. We maximize our efforts by working in collaborative partnerships.

 How do centers and institutes find funding?
Tobias Fox: As for funding, we currently do not have a paid staff, fulltime or part-time. We are all volunteering as in-kind contributions. But I quickly learned that you cannot grow and sustain an organization or any institution on the backs of volunteers. In order to address our financial challenges, we are actively seeking donations, pursuing grant opportunities, strengthening organizational partnerships, creating social entrepreneurship endeavors, exploring fundraising options and continuously encouraging volunteer support. In the next 2 to 3 years we plan to acquire real estate to house our organization, hire a full-time staff, and the necessary resources to support our programs. This can only happen through a collaborative effort of other stakeholders invested in community development and empowerment.  

What is urban sustainability? What would you like to see in a center of urban sustainability?
Tobias Fox: We have to first analyze the term urban sustainability and decide what that actually means. Then determine what social systems are needed for a human society to exist. From there decide if those needs are being met and if people are not living to the highest standard of life.

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Social Systems Needed for a Human Society to Exist
*High Quality Healthcare
*Relevant Education
*Clean Air & Water
*Organic Nutritious Food (indoor/outdoor for year-round production)
*Shelter/Housing
*Clothing
*Transportation (mobility)
*Communication
*Recreation
*Economics/Employment (a living wage)
*Safety/Security

How can stakeholders benefit from sustainability centers/institutes?
Tobias Fox: They participate in a social or common good that benefits a larger portion of our society; and in doing so, create tangible solutions to real world problems.

How is your organization connected to the topic of urban sustainability?
Tobias Fox: Newark has a population of approximately 277,000 burdened with an array of socioeconomic and environmental challenges, with 70% of it being impervious surface that contributes to storm runoff. As a major transit hub and port city residents are battling severe respiratory issues. Studies reveal that less than 1/5 of Newark children meet recommendations for vegetable intake. Also, due to poverty many residents can’t afford basic necessities and subjected to certain neighborhoods plagued with violence.  

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Newark SAS host a variety of educational, hands-on programs around community gardening, ecological building, eco-art, wellness & nutrition education, and the use of clean renewable energy. We strive to empower communities through our advocacy of localized energy production, with programs centered on the cultivation of organic produce, as well as battery pack, pedal bike, solar and wind technology. We plan to grow a generation of ecopreneurs and in doing so stimulate the growth of a local green economy.

What topic areas need the most immediate attention with regards to sustainability? (e.g. clean water, storm water overflow, atmospheric pollution, climate change, diversity and inclusion, small business economic stability, environmental education, best practices in sustainability, etc.)
Tobias Fox: The way we approach our problems is a reflection of our education, which greatly contribute to our failure at solving problems. We must take an interdisciplinary approach toward creating tangible solutions. Can you imagine your internal organs fighting each other, the heart demanding more nutrients because it felt it was more important than the liver? But if I had to make a choice I would definitely start with education, because we are a reflection of the education we received from conception to birth and throughout our physical existence. We need to seriously transform the paradigm of our current education systems. 

How could your organization benefit with some input from a sustainability center/institute?
Tobias Fox: Immensely! From research, student volunteers, internships/apprenticeships, providing expert advice, physical space for meetings, workshops, etc. The list can go on and on. We can no longer see our institutions as an extension of the community, but connected to the community’s eco-system. We must expand the learning experience beyond the borders of our college/university campuses.   

What are some strategies to building long-lasting successful partnerships?
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Tobias Fox: Being transparent and allowing all collaborating parties to participate in the decision-making process. 

Do you have any relationships with academic institutions?
For the past four years, we’ve been organizing an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference in partnership with a number of organizations including Essex County College, Saint Peter’s University, and the local business community. The conference attracts nearly 300 attendees.

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 become 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.

Where do you see the community and university intersecting?

webbanner2 copyTobias Fox: As previously stated, our universities are setup as extensions of the community. What if a city was designed in the model of a university? Every inch of the city would become a learning experience. Most decision-making could be based on the scientific method, research with measured results instead of opinions. There should be ongoing collaboration between the various institution departments, community organizations and community leaders. These partnerships should extend well beyond a semester.

I would have college students work on projects that could later become their thesis or life’s work. What I mean by this, students would be given an assignment such as transforming a vacant lot into an urban farm that feeds up to 50 families. They would have to collaborate with various campus departments and tap into available resources within the community.

I would have an assignment where we would revisit Hurricane Sandy and have to restore electricity for a neighborhood using renewable energy. They too would have to collaborate with various campus departments and tap into available resources within the community.

Our education must be relevant, and students must be given real world problems so they become problem solvers and true collaborators. Training people to become cashiers contributes nothing to society. I can go on and on about this but I’ll leave it here for now.

Tobias A. Fox, Founder-Managing Director
www.sasglocal.com