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

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

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.

2017: Jersey City

Jersey City has prioritized transparency of data and has allowed public access for its public information and engagement and open data initiatives.  There is an executive order in the works that will finalize the long-term commitment of the City to open data.

Previous Recipients

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

  • 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.

2017: Longport, Margate & Ventnor

Realizing that sustainability issues do not stop at the town line, these three municipal green teams have joined forces to increase the quality of life on Absecon Island. Sustainable Downbeach and the Surfrider Foundation worked to have all Atlantic and Cape May County coastal communities pass an ordinance that prohibits the intentional release of balloons.

Margate, Longport, Ventnor and approximately eight other coastal communities have adopted an ordinance. The group is now focusing on statewide legislation. The group’s other projects include: reusable bag education and carry-out bag fee ordinances, beach sweeps, Absecon Island Back Bay Cleanups, a bike and pedestrian plan and a watershed management plan.

Previous Recipients

Read full descriptions of all past Collaboration Award recipients here.

  • 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