Special Awards

Special awards are presented in three categories:  Rookie of the Year, Creativity & Innovation, and Collaboration.

Rookie of the Year Award

This award recognizes a municipality that remained committed to achieving certification despite challenges along the way

  • 2018: Manville
  • 2017: National Park 
  • 2016: Monroe (Gloucester County)

2018 Rookie of the Year Manville Borough

Creativity & Innovation Award

This award recognizes a forward-thinking municipality that supports a culture of creativity and innovation as it implements new approaches to solving problems.

2018: Hightstown

The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission developed a Public Art Master Plan and Hightstown’s Planning Board adopted it as part of the Borough’s Municipal Master Plan. Included in the plan is a requirement that a percentage of any redevelopment efforts be dedicated to the inclusion of public art. Over the past two years the commission has worked with the greater community to establish pop-up art galleries throughout the borough and dramatic arts and theater performances with children of all ages at the local parks.

Previous Recipients

2018 Creativity & Innovation Award Recipient Hightstown Borough

Read full descriptions of all past Creativity & Innovation Award recipients here.

  • 2017: Jersey City
  • 2016: Longport
  • 2015: New Brunswick

  • 2014: Warren Township
  • 2013: Rahway City
  • 2012: Harrington Park

  • 2011: Princeton Township
  • 2010: Galloway & Livingston
  • 2009: Cherry Hill

Collaboration Award

This award recognizes municipal green teams that have advanced sustainability by building strong partnerships.

2018: Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison

These three municipalities are active participants in the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition, a non-profit, community-based organization that in addition to these municipalities includes local businesses, non-profits, and other public agencies. Its mission is to help address the quality of life and diverse needs and interests of older adults and their families in the three towns. One of the first key initiatives implemented by the coalition is its Rides for Seniors Program that launched in April 2017.

2018 Collaboration Award Recipients Chatham Borough, Chatham Township & Madison

The goal is to help those 65 and older in the towns get to where they want to go, when they want to go, without a smartphone. This on-demand car service program not only serves residents but helps local organizations and businesses as well by enabling older adults remain active in the community.

Previous Recipients

Read full descriptions of all past Collaboration Award recipients here.

  • 2017: Longport, Margate & Ventnor
  • 2016: Maplewood, Millburn, South Orange Village
  • 2015: Park Ridge

  • 2014: Hightstown & West Windsor
  • 2013: Maplewood, Millburn, South Orange Village
  • 2012: Camden

  • 2011: Jersey City
  • 2010: Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, Pennington
  • 2009: Chatham Borough & Chatham Township