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.
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Brownfields Assessment and Investigation: 5 to 30 Points
This action awards points to municipalities that have taken steps to assess and investigate properties with suspected or actual contamination to position them for remedial action and redevelopment. Municipalities can earn up to 30 points by contracting with Licensed Site Remediation Professionals and submitting proof of completion of Preliminary Assessments, Site Investigations and/or Remedial Investigation reports.
Climate Adaptation: Flooding Risk: 20 Points
The updated action includes new spotlights.
The updated action includes new resources to help in completing the action.
Community Education & Outreach: 5 to 20 Points
The updated action includes new strategies/options for completing the action, the types of activities that qualify/do not qualify, NEW submission requirements, and the opportunity to earn additional points depending on the scope of work completed.
Residential Energy Efficiency Outreach: 10 to 20 Points
The updated action includes refined guidance, elimination of the Comfort Partners requirement, and a model RFP.
Building Healthier Communities: 5 to 25 Points
The updated action includes streamlined guidance, new submission requirements, and the opportunity to earn additional points depending on the scope of work completed.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Audits: 5 to 10 Points
This updated action is now variable point and allows municipalities to earn 5 points for a bike audit, 5 points for a pedestrian audit, and 10 points if both a bike and pedestrian audit are completed. New resources have also been added.
Community Forestry Management Plan and NJUCF Accreditation: 10 to 20 Points
Formerly called the "Community Forestry Plan & Tree Cover Goal," this updated action has a new name and is now variable point and allows municipalities to earn 10 points for a new community forestry management plan and 20 points for accreditation with the New Jersey Urban Community Forestry Program. It also eliminates the requirement of including a tree cover goal.
For more detailed information about the previously non-expiring actions that now have an expiration date, please view the Master Action Tracking Spreadsheet, which provides each action's look back, approval period, and resubmission requirements. Towns approved for these actions have received an expiration date in accordance with their certification expiration.
View Sustainable Jersey's Previous Program Updates to learn more about the modifications made from 2009-2018.