an introduction with contact info for GreenFaith staff
The Rev. Fletcher Harper
732-565-7740 ext. 301
Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and GreenFaith’s Executive Director. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship from a range of denominations in New Jersey and nationwide about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, he served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church before becoming GreenFaith’s Executive Director.
Director, Certification Program and Sustainability
732-565-7740, ext. 303
Stacey directs the GreenFaith Certification Program, and also helps religious groups develop sustainable consumption practices. She wrote Repairing Eden, GreenFaith's sustainable food guide, co-authored a food audit with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and has written many other environmental guides and toolkits. She has completed training with the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, The Center for Whole Communities, Pine Wind Zen Monastery, and The Climate Project. An honors graduate of Rutgers University with dual degrees in ecology and environmental policy, Stacey previously worked with Rutgers University’s nationally-respected Director of Purchasing on various “green” purchasing initiatives and as a leader of an environmental project at The Lawrenceville School. She has worked in depth with hundreds of faith-based schools and houses of worship from diverse religious traditions, helping them integrate environmental initiatives into their operations. In 2010, Stacey was named 'Top 40 under 40' environmental leaders by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Jamaal grew up in Newark, NJ and received a BS in Finance and Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. He first worked with GreenFaith in 2010 as an outreach volunteer on a community-based CFL distribution program, building partnerships with over 50 urban houses of worship to distributing over 10,000 energy efficient bulbs. Jamaal then was a leader in GreenFaith’s PSE&G Home Energy Efficiency Program, which provided New Jersey homeowners with a free home energy audit and $1,400 of weatherization work on their homes at no cost to the homeowner. Jamaal enrolled over 400 moderate-income homeowners in this program. Jamaal currently directs two GreenFaith programs: The Environmental Health Program and the Residential Solar Program. He organizes environmental health education events at faith-based sites, working with Rutgers and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has also scheduled over 75 solar screening events at faith-based sites state-wide, enrolling households in a free solar installation program in partnership with a solar developer.
Mostly notably Jamaal has increased the diversity of GreenFaith’s partnerships by establishing new relationships in the African American, Muslim, and Hispanic communities. Jamaal loves to swim, studies martial arts, and is a beekeeper.
Director of Advocacy
Paul has been active in faith-based environmentalism for more than 30 years. In 1981, he founded and chaired the Environment Committee at Temple Emeth, in Teaneck, NJ, where he has been a member for 45 years. For eleven years he was the Assistant Regional Director of the New Jersey-West Hudson Valley office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the synagogue coalition of the Reform Jewish Movement. During that time, he introduced the subject of Jewish Environmentalism to regional and national conventions of the Reform Movement. He is currently a member of the Commission on Social Action of the Religious Action Center, the social action arm of Reform Judaism. He teaches at Bergen Community College on the religious foundations of environmentalism. An ardent hiker and bicyclist, he believes that each person can make a real difference in preserving this planet, and that we have a duty to raise our voices to elected and appointed leaders to support environmental conservation.
Rabbi Lawrence Troster
Rabbinic Scholar in Residence
Rabbi Troster is a nationally recognized religious-environmental scholar and leader. A co-founder of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, through which he trained over 40 Fellows from around the country, he has also worked as the Rabbinic Fellow of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), an Adjunct Lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary, a Steinhardt Fellow at the Center for Life and Learning, a Program Officer at the Jewish Life Network, and as a rabbi of congregations in Toronto and New Jersey. He is on the editorial board of Conservative Judaism and he has published and lectured widely on theology, environmentalism, liturgy, bioethics, modern cosmology and Judaism. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
732-565-7740, ext. 300
Karyn is GreenFaith’s office manager, overseeing and administering the finances, database, and administrative support related to GreenFaith’s office and programs. Prior to working for GreenFaith, Karyn did drafting and desktop publishing for various non-profits, including Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and Chinese Acupuncture Healthcare. For 13 years she has volunteered for the Folk Project, a not-for-profit folk music, storytelling, and dance organization which sponsors and organizes a wide variety of folk activities in the Northern New Jersey area. She also assisted with desktop publishing for a local town newsletter, and did data entry and other office work for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Trenton. Karyn grew up in Millburn, New Jersey and moved to Florida after high school, where she majored in voice at University of Miami, Florida.