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Bergen STEM students working on a solar energy project.

Bergen STEM students working on a solar energy project.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Infiniti Equity Fund, a renewable energy advocacy and development organization located in Howell, has selected Bergen Community College for its inaugural $10,000 grant available to New Jersey nonprofits. The grant will provide a cohort of Bergen STEM students with educational programs centered around environmental sustainability and equity. Students completing the “Environmental Justice and Sustainability Program” will earn certifications as Infiniti Scholars.

“The support of partners like Infiniti Energy and their Infiniti Equity Fund, which value the creation of a stronger, more equitable energy workforce, is important in providing Bergen students with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about environmental justice and workforce equity,” Bergen STEM Program Director Luis De Abreu said. “The College looks forward to working with Infiniti in this powerful partnership.”

“The responses to the initial request for grant submittals made the award of this grant a tough decision,” Infiniti Energy General Counsel Liz Conroy said. “Yet all on the team felt that Bergen’s program best exemplified the grant criteria to advance environmental justice through educational initiatives. We look forward to seeing what these students accomplish.”

The Bergen Community College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the priorities of the institution’s strategic plan, alerted De Abreu to the opportunity with Infiniti.

STEM education represents one of Bergen’s major pipelines to industry – punctuated by the nation’s only STEM Student Research Center of its kind at a community college. More than 2,000 students take advantage of programs such as engineering science, computer science and biology while completing research projects in- and outside the classroom. Projects have included converting a softball field house into a workshop, high-altitude balloon launches, retrofitting a gas combustion truck and motorcycle into electric vehicles and conducting experimental testing with wind turbines and solar panels.

Infiniti Energy is a full-service solar power developer providing engineering, procurement, construction and long-term financing to select clients and to other solar companies. The Infiniti Equity Fund was established by Infiniti Energy LLC in 2021. IEF supports and empowers organizations and communities to address environmental justice, support workforce development, and tackle organizational obstacles to justly and equitably grow our nation’s renewable energy industry. Visit www.infinitiequityfund.org for more information.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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