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8th Annual Conference: Acting Locally for a More Sustainable World

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Welcome to the 8th Acting Locally for a More Sustainable World Conference! Join us at the University Hall Conference Center for an inspiring event dedicated to creating a greener future. This in-person gathering brings together passionate individuals from various backgrounds to share ideas, learn from experts, and take action toward a more sustainable world. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, attend insightful workshops, and explore innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

Come and meet community leaders to network on environmental issues, including local food, eco-friendly gardening, sustainable communities, alternative transportation, renewable energy, clean air and water, environmental justice, and climate change activism.

  • Find out what’s happening in New Jersey and the region and see how you can help
  • Set up a table to show what your organization or group is doing
  • Network and explore collaboration on the spot
  • Hear speakers’ insights on local actions and national trends
  • Meet with regional community leaders and groups to network with local environmental issues

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Montclair State University Hall Conference
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Together, we can make a difference and shape a better tomorrow. See you there!


To register for tabling, please send an email to us at

If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at  To help support our work, go to

Montclair State University:
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm 




Marcus Sibley is an Environmental & Social Justice advocate, speaker and recording artist with a profound passion for justice. The Newark, NJ, native and former Family Crisis Intervention Specialist, with undergraduate & graduate Social Work degrees from Rutgers University, is National Wildlife Federation’s NY Metro Director of Conservation Partnerships. He also serves as NJ Progressive Equitable Energy Coalition (NJPEEC) Chair, Southern Burlington County NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Chair, and NJ Reparations Council Health Equity Committee Member. Recent former roles include NJ State Conference NAACP ECJ Chair, Cancer Free Economy Network National Building Power Team member, and SBC NAACP Immediate Past President. His most important and most cherished role of all is being his daughter’s father.
Presentation: “Operation: Justice” Environmental injustices are the result of systemic coordinated actions. Environmental Justice is the result of coordinated collective passion. In this presentation Marcus Sibley explores the relevance and role of strategy in environmental advocacy.



Dr Grabosky is a Professor of Urban and Community Forestry at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.  He is a writer and educator, cited over 2000 times in Google Scholar.  He served as Director of the Center for Resilient Landscapes, a joint venture of Rutgers and the USDA Forest Service.  Dr. Grabosky received his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University and served for six years as Editor-in-Chief of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) research journal: Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. He was recently elected to serve on the ISA Board of Directors in 2023.

Presentation: “Sharing space: Trees, people and the developed landscapes of New Jersey.”  New Jersey can boast of an incredibly diverse listing of tree species which can variously provide canopy in what might be called an urban forest structure.  But questions can develop in a time where many folks do not even recognize the differences between the trees, much less how they might deal with a rapidly changing environment.   We’ll chat about urban forestry, where folks can engage in positive actions to impact their community, and how we might look at service life for the trees in a municipality (publicly or privately held).

With a little historic perspective, and a lot of creativity, we can produce the values of longevity, service and resilience in our vegetation within urban spaces in balance with the risks of investing in the living components of our communities.  Those choices are not in opposition with our build infrastructure, if we choose to invest in integrated solutions versus exclusionary designs for single use simplicity.

Donna Merrill: Donna is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Pollinator Pathway, which unites landowners across the country in creating public and private pesticide-free corridors of native plants for pollinating insects and birds. She has certification in Landscape Design from the NY Botanical Gardens, and her conservation training includes studies in Sustainability Practices at Columbia University, Land Protection Strategies at Bard College, and Forest and Wildlife Conservation at the Yale University Coverts Project. Donna has been a leader in several Connecticut-based conservation bodies and is a Director of the Norwalk River Watershed Association.

Presentation: “Pollinator Pathway – Be on It!” Native pollinators face mounting challenges from a combination of habitat fragmentation and climate change. This presentation will explore how we can mitigate this problem and help to rescue these essential creatures by creating corridors of pollinator-sustaining native plants to connect habitat and facilitate migration. Find how you can take part in this effort in a local park, a neglected roadside, or your own backyard.












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