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Sustainable Development  Committee  


Committee Leadership

Tobias A. Fox

Sustainable Development Chair

of UNA Northern New Jersey

The North Jersey UNA Sustainable Development Committee is designed to reduce poverty, spur economic growth, and tackle climate change through initiatives that work to develop urban agriculture, promote access to healthy food in disadvantaged communities, and establish best practices on How and Where construction takes place within a community to champion Sustainable Cities and Communities.

North Jersey UNA Sustainable Development Committee pledges to educate throughout 20 New Jersey cities on food access and decreasing food deserts through the establishment of urban agriculture initiatives and ecopreneurship1. The committee also aims to educate government entities, entrepreneurs, and local community members on the benefits of creating a green economy.


The Glocal Impact is an initiative that urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. Think Global, Act Local…That’s Glocal! By 2023, the Sustainable Development Committee will host one international conference to increase the understanding of global and local impact.



The Sustainable Development Committee is chaired by Tobias A. Fox. As Founder and Managing Director of the community-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. and founder and Facilitator of the Newark Community Food System, Tobias A. Fox has demonstrated collaborative leadership on a grassroots level for ten years. Aside from being a writer and having a decade of independent publishing experience, he is a professional organizer, urban farmer, photographer, and coordinator of an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference. Fox also conducts various community events, presentations, and workshops on sustainable living practices and assists numerous urban farmers and gardeners with the cultivation of their agricultural space. He has also assisted with the planting of nearly 100 trees in low-income communities with high environmental concerns. More recently, Fox has expanded his global outreach into the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Uganda. Fox has earned many accolades for his work, including:

  • Supervisor of the Hudson-Essex-Passaic Soil Conservation District.

  • 2022 NJ League of Conservation Voters Changemaker Award Honoree.

  • In part of Newark’s 350th anniversary, selected by peers for outstanding contributions to the Newark community to be part of the 100 People of Newark. This Newark Project, a series of 100 photographs and on-camera interviews with Newarkers, was produced by the 100 People Foundation in partnership with PSEG Foundation.

  • In 2014, awarded the Newark NAACP Environmental Justice Honoree.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our future events!

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