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In 2022, Rutgers received a $125,000 grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Wind Institute for the University Initiatives to Advance Offshore Wind Energy program. Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Josh Kohut, and Wade Trappe serve as co-investigators on the University Initiatives program, which include three projects:

  • Educational Initiatives for a Resilient Offshore Wind Energy Economy in New Jersey. Rutgers faculty and staff developed and delivered modular curricula across various technical, business, environmental, engineering and policy topics related to offshore wind energy. The modules were designed to be integrated into a wide range of current Rutgers courses and for presentation as standalone programs.
  • Offshore Wind Energy Symposium. The Symposium, which occurred in January 2023, brought together industry, nonprofit, government, and academic leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as build community engagement in offshore wind energy. A summary report based on the information from the symposium was prepared and outlines recommendations for the development of the offshore wind energy sector.
  • Community Events and Shared LearningThere were three in-person community-building events, one at each Rutgers campus: Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and Rutgers-Newark. These in-person events were instrumental in building community surrounding offshore wind energy across New Jersey.

For questions regarding the University Initiatives program, please contact Peggy Brennan-Tonetta, Senior Associate Director of NJAES, at