Community Gathering

We can support each other in creative ways and work together as we never have before to have different results. Come for a dynamic discussion and collaborative, results-oriented experience.

I know there are people out there who are looking for the same things I want: an education for my children that nutures them as a whole person, local fresh food for a reasonable price, a healthy and safe environment free from carcinogens...etc... yet there is a disconnect between what I care about and the policies and plans that are in place. We can work together and make a big difference:



Actions have results, so lets plan for them


Please Join Us

A Community Gathering: Visioning Hillsborough’s Future

On Monday, September 24th, 2012

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hosted by Township Committee Candidate Judd Mandell and Jennifer Dowd. You are invited to attend this dynamic discussion. We will identify our shared interests, define success for our community, and examine our current reality. Help build shared priorities for a shared town.

Tea and desserts will be offered. All residents welcome to attend. This is the first of a 3-part session.

24 Fieldhedge Dr

Hillsborough, NJ

RSVP via phone or email to: Jennifer


(c) 773-682-8125




Discussion facilitated by Jennifer Dowd and Annalise Silivanch, certified trainers in sustainability.

Annalise Silivanch is a writing instructor, author and editor with a background in writing and reporting on environmental, travel and community-oriented issues. She teaches writing at Drew University and business communication skills for University of Phoenix, Jersey City campus. She is the author of Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure and Making the Right College Choice (Rosen, 2010). She is a Board of Trustee for Unity Charter School, Morristown, and a core member of the Montclair Community Food Coop.


Jennifer Dowd is a new resident in Hillsborough, the Teacher Naturalist/ Ecoschools Coordinator for NJ Audubon, and graduates with her ED.S. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Management in January, 2014. She educates for sustainability through an outdoor curriculum for children in grades K-8. She creates public programs for families and adults that foster a love and connection with the environment, and makes medicinal tinctures and liniments in her home.


As a team they were awarded a grant to attend The Cloud Institute for Sustainability, and have an advanced certification as sustainability education trainers- helping schools and communities enact the pedagogical and behavioral changes necessary to shift toward a sustainable future, and working with them to find funding for these goals. They have worked with NJ Audubon students and staff on identifying sustainable/ unsustainable mental models, and with the West Orange Human Relations Commission to align priorities with values and develop healthy perspectives that drive intended results. For the past 3 years they collaborated with West Orange township stakeholders and School Administration to form a Community-wide Sustainability Committee, implement a district goal, and write a board policy. 


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