Congratulations to Elise Bremer-Nei, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Transportation for being selected as the Sustainability Hero for December 2018 by Sustainable Jersey!
Sustainable Jersey recognizes someone who significantly contributes to advancing sustainability initiatives in collaboration with municipal or school Green teams and serving on a Sustainable Jersey Task Force.
Elise is a member of the Sustainable Jersey Land Use and Transportation Task Force. Through her position at NJDOT, she supports the development of Sustainable Jersey actions and continues to provide free technical assistance to communities throughout New Jersey to assist with completing actions. Elise and NJ SRTS Resource Center staff have also been active members of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Health and Wellness Task Force and helped guide the creation of the actions that relate to SRTS. Elise was instrumental in securing the funds that allow the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center staff at VTC to serve on the Health and Wellness Task Force and provide direct technical assistance.
Through a partnership between NJDOT, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and all eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in New Jersey, the TMA staff provide technical assistance to municipalities, school districts and schools looking to achieve Sustainable Jersey points. Often the NJDOT-funded SRTS Regional Coordinators in each TMA service area look for opportunities to include Sustainable Jersey points in their work, furthering the goals of the NJDOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs.
Recognizing the longstanding commitment to mutual support between the New Jersey SRTS program and Sustainable Jersey, Elise spearheaded the development of the New Jersey SRTS Recognition Program. This program was developed to acknowledge the accomplishments of schools and municipalities implementing SRTS programs throughout New Jersey. Like Sustainable Jersey, this recognition program has separate requirements for schools and for municipalities, and has levels of achievement signifying progress towards sustainable SRTS programs. To foster mutual support and to encourage communities to participate in both NJ SRTS and Sustainable Jersey, recognition in the NJ SRTS Recognition program is designed to help municipalities and schools earn points toward Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.
We couldn’t agree more with Sustainable Jersey in honoring Elise for her commitment to sustainability and the environment by making walking and bicycling safer, easier, and more appealing for everyone.