Over the past forty years, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission recognized the importance of environmental protection and planning while encouraging economic development and growth. This vision is supported by the NJSEA and continues with the development of the Meadowlands District Energy Master Plan. New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act of 2007 calls for a significant reduction in greenhouse gases, with specific goals set for the years 2020 and 2050. The Energy Master Plan will act as a guide to achieving – and even exceeding – these goals in the Meadowlands District.
As part of this plan, the NJSEA promotes the use of sustainable building practices by example and by offering incentives to companies and developers whose projects meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is one of a number of sustainable development guidelines that provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable Green Building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
The NJSEA's Center for Environmental and Scientific Education (Science Center) was the first public building in New Jersey to obtain LEED Platinum Certification – the highest rating, from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Science Center’s sustainable features include rooftop solar panels, recycled building materials, and energy-efficient heating and lighting systems.
Developers and businesses that build to LEED standards receive the following incentives:
• 30 percent refund of required zoning fees for Platinum certification
• 25 percent refund of required zoning fees for Gold certification
• 20 percent refund of required zoning fees for Silver certification
• 15 percent refund of required zoning fees for certification
• Priority review of applications for development
• Density bonuses and additions
Learn more about Green Building in the Meadowlands.