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Electronic Reports Bill Goes to Senate Panel

Courier Post
December 30, 2008
By Courier Post Staff

A bill that would require state reports to be filed electronically, instead of being printed, has advanced in the state Legislature, a South Jersey assemblywoman said Monday.

The measure, recently approved by the Assembly, has been referred to a Senate committee for consideration, according to Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, a co-sponsor.

"It's astonishing that in the age of electronic communications the state remains mired in a paper-and-ink mentality," Lampitt said in a statement. "The savings on postage alone could make this change pay for itself."

The measure would affect all periodic reports required by law to be presented to the governor or the Legislature.

 

Lampitt Applauds BPU For Protecting 'Green' Energy Rebates

For Release: December 23, 2008
Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

LAMPITT APPLAUDS BPU FOR PROTECTING 'GREEN' ENERGY REBATES

Calls Incentive Funding 'Critical' to State's Energy Future

(VOORHEES)— Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) applauded the state Board of Public Utilities’ decision to maintain New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s CORE Rebate funding for all projects that have received a commitment letter. The CORE Rebates program provides funding to projects that develop alternative energy and has given a financial incentive to over 3,400 successful renewable energy projects by businesses and individuals statewide to date.

“The CORE Rebates have been a textbook example of a successful program of incentives and investment,” Lampitt said. “Without New Jersey continuing to offer its own incentives, the state runs the risk of losing the lead it holds over the majority of the nation in promoting alternative energy and seeing technology firms and green jobs leave the state." 

New Jersey has the nation’s second largest solar program, behind only California, largely because of state support and incentives. New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan calls for thirty percent of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, which estimates suggest will create 20,000 “green” jobs in the state.

Greenwald, Lampitt Announce $150,000 In Home-Heating Assistance

For Release: December 17, 2008
Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

GREENWALD, LAMPITT ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN HOME-HEATING ASSISTANCE

Sunoco Foundation grant will cover 600 families’ home-heating bills

(PENNSAUKEN)— Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (both D-Camden) yesterday announced a $150,000 grant from the Sunoco Foundation to the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity.  

The grant—given as part of the Foundation’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program—will cover the home-heating bills of approximately 600 low-income families in Camden County.

“I’m proud to stand with the Sunoco Foundation to present this critically needed assistance to South Jersey families,” said Greenwald. “The current economic crisis didn’t start in New Jersey, and it won’t end in New Jersey, but it’s hitting family budgets hard. This grant will provide important help to those who need it most—those who can’t afford their heating bills as we approach the heart of winter.”

Working Green, Making Green

Asbury Park Press
December 10, 2008
By David P. Willis

With the economy in tatters, hitting blue-collar and white-collar workers alike, there’s a push for more workers who wear another colored color.

The color is green.

“This is an opportunity to take a problem in terms of the economy and the work force and marry it to something that can be something great, like green renewable energy, green jobs,” said Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, D-Camden, during a panel at last week’s 2008 Governor’s Conference on Workforce & Economic Development in Atlantic City.

But that raises the question—just what is a green-collar job?

It’s “someone who is working on projects that relate to saving energy or creating cleaner energy,” said Carl E. Van Horn, professor of public policy and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

And at a time when the economy is in recession and major industries, such as financial services and construction, are in the dumps, these green-collar jobs might be the sweet spot.

Why? It’s the push, both in the U.S., and in New Jersey specifically, toward saving energy and using renewable sources for power, cutting down on the electricity generated by fossil fuels, such as coal.

In October, Gov. Jon S. Corzine unveiled a plan calling for the state to obtain 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and reduce consumption by 20 percent by 2020.

Change the Rules

The Times of Trenton
November 29, 2008
By Pamela R. Lampitt

Having a child is an anxious experience, but most parents prepare in every way possible even before the birth of their kids. They consult with doctors. They select hospitals and doctors after hours of careful study and review. They buy whatever products are needed to keep their baby strong and healthy.

When the child starts to walk, parents baby-proof the house.

They learn about their child’s school and, when their child boards the school bus for the first time, they meet the driver.

But the greatest test of parental anxiety comes much later, when teenage children take the car keys for the first time and head out onto the road. Parents who have spent years doing all they can to protect their child enter a new world of uncertainty. Where they once were able to carefully control both their kid’s actions and the outcome, parents are faced with simply having to trust that their children will make the right decisions.

As a mother of two college-age children, I know firsthand the white-knuckle experience of watching a child take off in a car by himself or herself for the first time.