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Style & Sustainability; A Fashion Show In The Garden

Join us for this FREE event

June 14, 2018 at 7:00PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, NJ

Brought to you in partnership with Reeves-Reed ArboretumThe Regeneration magazine, Ciel Power LLC, and Green Summit NJ.

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Event Highlights:

Runway-Style Fashion Show

Bringing together this, "new concept of luxury", sustainable fashion stylist Lauren Engelke will showcase a consciously-curated collection of fashionable outfits on the Reeves-Reed Arboretum runway.

Narrated by producer and stylist Leslie Patrizio, this collection will feature "looks" that incorporate sustainably-sourced virgin materials, recycled materials or up-cycled materials.

Student-Led Sustainable Design Challenge

Local fashion students will participate in a "Project Runway"-style show with original design compositions. Designs will incorporate sustainably sourced virgin materials, recycled materials or up-cycled materials.

Theater Costumes

Enjoy a stunning display of original costumes created from recycled and up-cycled materials on loan from the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Summer Spectacle

The event will be in a clear-top tent on the grounds of the Arboretum. Enjoy more than thirteen acres of natural woodlands, formal gardens, and open vistas with wine and light bites.


How do we use fashion as a vehicle for change?

A Regenerative Vision for the Fashion Industry

Explore with us environmental ethics in the fashion industry, real-world experiences, social consciousness, and successful local and individual implementation... our goal is to build consensus for action.

The fashion industry is a major contributor to the global economy and is a vital sector to consider in developing solutions to create a better planet.

To meet global sustainability targets, all of civil society, world leaders, institutions and private sectors must work together and take accountability for their actions as we search for better and more sustainable alternatives.

The fashion industry is finally starting to embrace sustainability and become a significant driver of how and what consumers purchase. Business Of Fashion tells us that 65 percent of consumers actively seek sustainable fashion, a massive increase from the tumbleweeds we saw just 10 years ago. More and more, we are seeing designers, brands, celebrities and influencers speak out about making a change.

- Patrick Duffy, Global Fashion Exchange

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Municipal Leadership Strategies for Community Energy Efficiency


Residential and commercial energy consumption account for 22% of New Jersey's greenhouse gas profile according to a Rutgers 2012 study.  Come listen as green team members and municipal officials from three municipalities describe how they implemented effective outreach programs to increase adoption of the Home Performance with Energy Star program for residents and the Direct Install Program for businesses.

New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference; Thursday, November 16th

Atlantic City Convention Center


Nora Radest; Mayor, City of Summit


Scott Fischer: Co-founder & Managing Member, Ciel Power LLC

Gary Finger; Ombudsman

Beth Lovejoy; Summit Green Team Chairperson

Tony O'Donnell; Economist, Sustainable Jersey

Brian Suffy; Office of the Mayor, City Hall

Christine Symington; Energy Director, Sustainable Princeton

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Fall In Love with Sustainability

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Forum To Explore Sustainability

Enjoy cocktails, community, and conversation while learning about sustainability programs and renewable energy options.

Solar power and energy efficiency: What resources are available?  What sustainable initiatives are happening?  These and other questions will be explored at a free public event entitled, "Fall In Love with Sustainability: Cocktails, Community, & Conversation."  The event takes place on Thursday, November 9th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts located at 9 Main Street, Madison NJ 07940.

The purpose of the event is to inform residents about local programs and resources that will help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, lower emissions, and help us accelerate our transition to renewable energy.  Sustainability experts will be on hand to discuss ongoing energy efficiency programs, renewable energy options, and programs underway in the Borough of Madison.  Enjoy complementary wine, cheese, and light refreshments while you network and engage with friends, neighbors, and members of local sustainability groups.  The event is co-sponsored by Green House Solar and Ciel Power LLC, administrator of the Borough of Madison $49 Home Energy Assessment Program, with the support of the Madison Environmental Commission.

"This is an exciting opportunity to discuss practical resources available to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of people's homes," says Scott Fischer, Managing Member of Ciel Power LLC and co-sponsor of the upcoming forum. 

The event is free, but registration is required.  Click here to learn more about the event or here to register.

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Energy Audits: Save Your Money and Environment

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Scott Thomas Fischer, Co-founder and Managing Member of Ciel Power, will explain the benefits and mechanics of a home energy audit.  

Join us on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1 pm at the Morris County Library, 30 Hanover Ave, Whippany NJ

He will provide examples of lower energy bills resulting from home upgrades by picking the most productive home projects based on the audit.  For projected energy savings of 5 to 20%, homeowners may be eligible for up to $2000 cash rebates (50% of project costs) and $5000 of financing at 0% interest.  Scott is the author of a book, #Home 101 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Comfort and Energy Efficiency. 

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CivicStory Fall Forum Ecology & Economy: Can NJ lead in renewable energy?


Ciel Power's own Scott Fischer joins other distinguished panelists for a lively exploration of New Jersey's leadership in the area of renewable energy. 

Click here to reserve your seat!

Forum To Explore NJ's Role in Renewable Energy

5 energy & efficiency experts debate Garden State's leadership potential

Solar power; off-shore wind; geo-thermal: how is New Jersey tapping into new energy resources?  What are costs and benefits? What about solar panels?   These and other questions will be discussed at a free public forum entitled, "Ecology & Economy: Can NJ Lead on Renewable Energy?"  The event takes place on Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm, in the auditorium of Central Presbyterian Church at 70 Maple St., Summit.

Five sustainability experts will share experiences in a panel discussion followed by Q & A: Laura Stern, Co-Founder & President of Nautilus Solar Energy; Richard Dovey, President of Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Chair of Sustainable Jersey; Scott Fischer, Managing Member of Ciel Power; Frank Curran, Owner of Green House Solar & Electric; and Claire Cummins, Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

"This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight on the how, why, and when of renewable energy in NJ," says Susan Haig, Creative Director of CivicStory and forum organizer.  "Questions are encouraged!"  Meg Fallin Dietrich, trustee of the Summit Area Public Foundation, will co-moderate with Susan Haig.

To attend, register at CivicStory Fall Forums-Register.   Free parking is available in the Elm St. commuter lot, and light refreshments will be served at 7 pm.        

Panelist Bios:

Laura Stern is Co-Founder & President of Nautilus Solar Energy, based in Summit, NJ.  Ms. Stern holds an AB from Harvard University and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has been an Elected Director on the SEIA Board since January 2014, serving on the Finance Committee, on the Executive Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Federal Policy Committee.

Richard Dovey is President of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA)  and Chair of Sustainable Jersey.  Mr. Dovey has initiated and overseen efficiency projects including a 500-kilowatt solar project, a landfill gas-to-electricity project, South Jersey’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station, and the construction of New Jersey’s first wind farm at ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Scott Fischer is Managing Member of Ciel Power, an energy efficiency consulting and service provider based in Kearny, NJ.  A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Scott works with local environmental groups, elected officials, and leaders in environmental science and sustainability to develop and promote public/private partnerships that increase energy efficiency awareness to targeted communities.

Frank Curran is owner of Green House Solar & Electric in Madison, NJ, an electrical contracting company that specializes in solar installations, backup power, and system maintenance.  His team works directly for companies and individuals who need repair, cleaning, maintenance, or installation of solar panel arrays on commercial or residential buildings. An Electrical Contractor and NABCEP Certified Solar Installer, Frank volunteers with the Madison Environmental Commission Solar Task Force.

Claire Cummins received an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.  A sustainability consultant who lives and works in New York City, Claire is passionate about helping companies, organizations, institutions and governing bodies develop sustainability metrics to set goals, measure performance, and make more informed investment decisions. Originally from Summit, NJ, Claire is a member of Summit's Environmental Commission and the Summit Green Team 

CivicStory is a nonprofit solutions-based news site highlighting sustainability and creative growth in NJ cities and beyond.   A 501 (c) (3) based in Summit, NJ, its mission is to advance solutions-based news through short videos about citizens and organizations transforming their communities.   View videos and forums at www.CivicStory.org

Event Summary:

What: Public Forum: Ecology & Economy: Can NJ Lead in Renewable Energy?

Who:  Five expert panelists in NJ energy and efficiency fields (bios below)

When:  Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm to 9:05 pm

Where: Auditorium, Central Presbyterian Church, Summit, NJ

How to attend: Register at CivicStory Fall Forums-Register 

Speakers include: Claire Cummins, M.S., Sustainability Management, Columbia Univ.; Frank Curran, Greenhouse Solar & Electric; Richard Dovey, Pres., Atlantic County Utilities Authority; Chair, Sustainable Jersey; Scott Fischer, Ciel Power; Laura Stern, Founder & President, Nautilus Solar Energy; Meg Fallin Dietrich, Co-moderator, Trustee, Summit Area Public Foundation

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Green Summit Presents; Green Living Forum

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Ciel's Natalie Tocci will join a discussion about carbon footprints with two of Summit, New Jersey's Green Team members!  

Join the discussion on Oct 11, 2017 at 7:30pm @Mondo located at 426 Springfield Ave, Summit NJ

Claire Cummins will walk through the City of Summit's 2016 Community Carbon Footprint and highlight areas where we can make improvements. Melissa Spurr will discuss the results of her recent home energy audit and the steps she's taking to reduce her footprint.  Ciel, will be on site to answer any questions about energy efficiency audits, remediation, and rebate offers.


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