Jersey Central Power & Light Presents $20,000 FirstEnergy Foundation Grant to FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise
Madison, NJ (November 29, 2007) — The FirstEnergy Foundation has provided a grant of $20,000 to the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE), Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University to support the design, development and implementation of programs. The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). The grant will help launch ISE programs assisting FDU’s College at Florham in its effort to become more environmentally and socially sustainable.
"Sustainability is an important part of our business," said Everton Scott, area manager, JCP&L. "We support sustainability in many ways including educating customers and employees about the importance of energy efficiency. Our recent efforts include participating in the New Jersey Change a Light program where our employees have taken a pledge to save energy by replacing at least 5 lights in their homes with ENERGY STAR qualified compact florescent lights."
He noted that customers can learn more about conserving by requesting The Energy Decision Maker energy management guide at www.firstenergycorp.com, with additional tips available from New Jersey's Clean Energy Program at www.NJCleanenergy.com.
“FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise focuses on the important goals of sustainable economic development and employee involvement,” said Scott, “and enhances our ability to make a meaningful contribution across JCP&L’s service area.”
The Institute brings people together in a variety of ways to learn how to develop and lead thriving, sustainable enterprises that are “in and for the world.” ISE conducts research on sustainability-enhancing projects, develops programs, seminars and roundtables to support leaders, managers and students in leading and managing sustainably, and provides services to support concrete sustainability-enhancing projects. The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise is led by Silberman College of Business faculty members Gerard Farias, Joel Harmon, and Dan Twomey, and by its co-founder Jeana Wirtenberg, Director, External Relations & Services.
“The support from FirstEnergy is most rewarding,” said Dr. Farias. “This grant will enhance the Institute as we continue to focus on the critical role that organizations play in creating societal, economic and environmental sustainability.”
“In an interconnected, 21st-century global economy,” Dr. Harmon said, “social and environmental problems that arise from almost anywhere threaten the ability of people and businesses everywhere to flourish — no person, business, municipality or country is immune. At FDU, we want to help our students deeply get this, and we want to lead the way with our actions”
“The only win-win-win scenario,” says Dr. Wirtenberg, “is for a majority of people in every nation to believe that environmental degradation is a true threat, for global initiatives to be in place to further reduce social and economic inequalities, and for business organizations to increasingly embrace sustainability.”
The FirstEnergy Foundation provides support to non-profit, tax exempt health and human services agencies; educational organizations; cultural and arts programs and institutions; and civic groups in areas served by FirstEnergy’s seven electric operating companies and in areas where the company has facilities. Foundation contributions support programs and initiatives that improve the vitality of communities and support key safety initiatives; promote local and regional economic development and revitalization efforts; advance an educated workforce by supporting professional development, literacy, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education initiatives; and support employee community leadership and volunteer interests.
Jersey Central Power & Light serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.