Program Updates

On a continuous basis, through the help of the Task Forces, the Certification Committee reviews Sustainable Jersey program content and standards, considers and incorporates feedback on the program and ensure actions are up to date, appropriate and relevant to keep up with changing trends, information, and expertise. The committee is also responsible for reviewing, vetting, and approving/denying and proposed major action changes, new actions, or nominations for priority actions. Accordingly, Sustainable Jersey announces new program and action updates every year at the Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference.

NEW! Gold Star Standard

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Recently Retired Actions

  • Bulky Rigid Plastics, Carpet & Foam Padding and Shrink Wrap: All are now eligible for points under Non-Mandated Materials Recycling.
  • Complete Streets Program: The Adopt a Complete Streets Policy and Institute Complete Streets actions have replaced this action.
  • Construction Waste Recycling: Now eligible for points under the Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling action (formerly Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Ordinance).
  • Energy Audits and Implement Energy Efficiency Measures: The new Energy Efficiency for Municipal Facilities has replaced these two actions. Points can be earned under this action for energy audits and implementing energy efficiency measures.
  • Recycling Education & Enforcement: Now eligible for points under the Recycling and Waste Reduction Education and Compliance action.

Actions that are no longer eligible for points:

  • Education for Sustainability Programs
  • Energy Efficient Appliances or Equipment
  • High Performance Building
  • High Performance Building Portfolio
  • School-Based Energy Conservation Programs
  • Sustainable Energy Transition Plan

 

2017 New Certification Actions

Arts & Creative Culture

Municipal Commitments to Support Arts and Creative Culture: 5 to 25 Points

This action rewards municipalities for building a more welcoming environment for artistic and cultural activity through land use ordinances and other regulations, contractual relationships with cultural organizations, municipal ownership of spaces reserved for cultural and creative activities, tax abatements that help creative people live or work in the community, and art-specific strategies in the municipality's Master Plan.  Points are awarded based on the option(s) submitted.

Energy Efficiency

Commercial  Energy Efficiency: 10 to 20 Points

This action awards points for actively promoting the Direct Install Program to local businesses in partnership with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.  For 10 points, a municipality must have implemented an outreach and education effort detailing the advantages of the program.  For 20 points, a municipality must achieve a target goal of 5% participation rate among the local business community.

This action replaces the "Direct Install Outreach Campaign to Local Business Community" action and the "Achieving Target Increase in Local Business Participation" action. This new action simply combines those two previous actions into a single variable point action that encompasses both of the former actions with no other changes. Municipalities applying for certification or recertification in 2017 must apply under this new action.  Previously approved "Direct Install Outreach Campaign to Local Business Community" and "Achieving Target Increase in Local Business Participation" actions will remain in the municipality’s application and count towards the certification requirements until they expire.

Energy Efficiency for Municipal Facilities: 5 to 50 Points

This action is new in 2017. Previously, the points for completing an energy audit and taking steps to implement energy efficiency measures were achieved through two separate actions – Energy Audits and Implement Energy Efficiency Measures. These two actions have been retired. This action integrates all of the steps involved with implementing energy efficiency upgrades in municipal buildings.

Residential Energy Efficiency: 10 to 20 Points

This action awards points for implementing an outreach effort to help residents access and take advantage of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Comfort Partners Program initiatives.  An additional 10 points can be earned for conducting  Home Performance with ENERGY STAR audits.

This action replaces Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Municipal Program action and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Outreach action. The new action simply combines the two Home Performance related actions into a single variable point action.  A previously approved ENERGY STAR Municipal Program action and ENERGY STAR Outreach action will remain in the municipality’s application and count towards the certification requirements until it expires.

Innovation & Demonstration Projects

Make Your Town Solar Friendly: 15 Points

This action awards points to municipalities for taking steps to make permitting processes and zoning rules supportive of solar energy, while balancing the aesthetic and safety concerns of each community.

Community-Led Solar Initiatives: 10 to 15 Points

This action addresses programs that municipalities can support to engage residents and businesses in adopting solar power.  This action involves implementing a community-led solar purchasing program, undertaking at least one outreach activity to promote solar, and offer at least one incentive for solar.

Waste Management

Household Hazardous Waste: 5 to 15 Points

This action recognizes municipalities that create permanent household hazardous waste collection programs for two or more materials.  For 5 points, a municipality must have a collection program in place for two designated materials, and an additional 5 points can be earned for up to two other materials.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Education and Compliance: 15 to 20 Points (Priority action)

This action recognizes municipalities that have developed and implemented a comprehensive Recycling and Waste Reduction Education and Compliance Strategy for residents aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of recycling materials collected from residents, while reducing the amount of solid waste they generate. 

 

2017 Action Updates

Innovation & Demonstration Projects

Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: 15 Points

This action recognizes towns that build publicly available charging stations for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs).  These are distinct from workplace or home based charging stations since they are used by the general public. 

Waste Management

Construction and Demolition Wast Recycling: 5 to 15 Points

The Construction Waste Recycling action (formerly under the Green Design category) was retired and municipal activity related to recycling its own construction and demolition waste was combined into this action. The action name was changed from “Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Ordinance” to simply “Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling.” The action now addresses the recycling of construction and demolition waste from both municipal facilities and private sources.

Non-Mandated Materials Recycling: 5 to 60 Points

This action has been updated to consolidate the existing Bulky Rigid Plastics, Carpet & Foam Padding and Shrink Wrap actions under this action. In addition, the action was changed from a 10 point action to a variable point action thereby providing municipalities with the opportunity to earn more points for each non-mandated material recycled.

 

Previous Program Updates

View Sustainable Jersey's Previous Program Updates to learn more about the modifications made from 2009-2016.