SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) presented a Certificate of Excellence to Middlesex County College for the work of Professor Claire Condie and the Earth Science Club in promoting sustainability efforts on campus.

 NJHEPS encourages the New Jersey higher education community to practice sustainability and contribute to the state, region and world’s emerging understanding of sustainability through teaching, research, outreach, operations and community life. Dr. Condie and her students have worked on a number of initiatives to promote sustainability. They installed a rain garden; added an outside laboratory and a community garden; and are developing the Sustainability Outside Lounge, which includes benches of reclaimed wood pallets and a moss mural.

In 2012, a tree that fell during Hurricane Sandy was utilized for a dendrochronology display.  Earth Science students designed the display and determined the age of the tree cut.  Facilities Management designed the cabinet that houses the 180-year old tree cut.