Sustainable Jersey Certification Application Cycle

Sustainable Jersey operates on a once a year submission cycle, with an initial certification application submission deadline in the beginning of June. Only those applicants that submit by the June deadline will be considered for certification that year.  See the chart below for details on the structure and timing of the application cycle.

2017 Application Cycle

Note: Any actions that are marked as approved and expire after the June 4 submission deadline do not need to be updated for your submission.  Once you submit, these actions will have their expiration date set to the end of the year.

June 4, 2017

On-line Application Submission Deadline

  • Application must indicate all actions the municipality plans to complete for credit by marking those actions “Completed.” Actions not marked “Completed” will not be considered for points in in subsequent review periods.
  • Action requirements do not have to be completed until the November final application deadline. To be recognized at the NJLM conference, all action requirements must be completed by September 10, 2017*.

Late-July 2017

First Round Review Comments Provided to Municipality

  • Each action will be scored as “Approved” or “Must Revise” and comments will be provided.
  • If the application includes actions scored as “Must Revise” the municipality has the opportunity to complete required activities and/or documentation in order to receive credit for these actions.

September 10, 2017*

1st Revised Application Submission Deadline (For those who applied in June only)

  • Revisions to applications that include “Must Revise” actions must be submitted by this date in order to be considered for certification and recognized at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon to be held at the 2017 NJLM Annual Conference in November. 

Mid-October, 2017

Second Round Review Comments Provided to Municipality

  • All municipalities that have met the certification requirements will be certified at the bronze or silver level based on the accumulated point total and considered for the Sustainable Jersey annual awards. For those certified in this round, each revised action submitted will be scored as “Approved”, or “Must Revise,” and comments will be provided.
  • Certified communities and annual award winners will be recognized at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon to be held at the 2017 NJLM Annual Conference in November.
  • For both municipalities that have and have not achieved certification there will be one final opportunity to complete outstanding actions scored as “Must Revise” to attain certification or increase a municipality’s certified level and/or point total by November 19, 2017.

November 19, 2017

Final Application Submission Deadline (For those who applied in June only)

  • This is the final opportunity for towns that submitted in June to resubmit outstanding actions and either improve on their already certified application, or attain certification in the 2017 year.

Mid-December 2017

Final Decision on Pending Applications

  • Each action will be scored as “Approved” or “Not Approved” and comments will be provided.
  • Final determination will be made on whether the municipality has been awarded enough points to achieve bronze or silver certification.  Municipalities certified on this date will be recognized at the 2018 Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon during the NJLM Annual Conference.
  • Municipalities that do not receive certification can re-apply in June 2018.  Actions that were approved during the 2017 cycle and have not expired will automatically be counted as part of the 2018 application submission.