Energy & Environmental Resource Center

An exciting learning center focused on building a greater understanding of energy, environmental challenges and strategies for balancing energy demand with environmental stewardship.

Designed to promote broad conversations around energy use and the complexities of climate change, the EERC presents the real facts about electricity use and environmental impacts so that visitors can come to their own conclusions about our nation’s energy future.

PSEG opened the EERC in January 2010. The facility is housed in the former Nuclear Training Center in Salem, N.J. Over 20,000 square feet of the 65,000-square-foot facility is dedicated to public use, including 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. The exhibits explore the impact of technology, lifestyle and public policy on energy consumption and the environment and challenge visitors to consider their own energy use and carbon footprint.

The EERC is a Gold-level LEED certified building. Issued by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification signifies that a facility is designed and built with a consideration toward energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions-reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. By making strategic choices during the design and construction of the EERC, PSEG reduced energy use in the building by 28 percent and water use by over 40 percent. A 75 kW rooftop photovoltaic solar panel array and a 2.3 kW wind turbine provide 10 percent of the building’s power.

The EERC is open by appointment only.  Tours and functions are scheduled as requested. Educational programs on topics like electricity generation, climate change and nuclear energy are available for student field trips, scouting and other interested groups. PSEG is committed to meeting the needs of the local community, and meeting space – including a multipurpose room, classroom and wet lab – are available for the community’s use, free of charge. Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a visit or function.

Programming for All Ages & Meeting Spaces

PSEG offers a variety of educational programs that complement exhibit tours. Programs must be scheduled in advance. Program descriptions and information are grouped in three categories: