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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Please note that all energy related actions previously under the Innovation & Demonstration Projects and Operations & Maintenance categories have been moved to the Energy category.
Action Category Name Changes
Action Name Changes
Coastal Vulnerability Assessment: 20 Points
This action awards points to municipalities that use the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) tool to evaluate the degree to which its assets will be impacted by projected sea level rise and tidal and storm-related coastal flooding, as well as the consequences those vulnerabilities pose to the community.
Heat Island Assessment: 10 Points
By reducing the extent and magnitude of heat islands, municipalities can make their communities healthier, safer and more energy efficient. This action awards points to municipalities that have assessed the Urban Heat Island effect, identified hot spots and developed strategies for mitigation.
Green Infrastructure Planning: 5 to 20 points
This action awards points to municipalities that have taken steps to better manage stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces that reduce flooding and improve water quality in streams. Towns can complete green infrastructure planning at three levels: impervious cover assessment; green infrastructure action plan; green infrastructure strategic plan.
Green Infrastructure Implementation: 10 to 20 points
This action awards points to municipalities that have implemented green infrastructure in one of three levels: green infrastructure demonstration projects; green infrastructure action plan; green infrastructure strategic plan.
Brownfields Inventory & Prioritization: 10 to 15 points
The updated action includes new/clearer submission requirements, more detailed guidance, and a new look back/approval period. It is now also a variable point action.
Brownfields Reuse Planning: 5 to 15 Points
The updated action includes new/clearer submission requirements, more detailed guidance and a new look back/approval period. It is now also a variable point action.
Brownfields Marketing: 10 Points
The updated action includes new/clearer submission requirements, more detailed guidance and a new look back/approval period.
Make Your town Electric Vehicle Friendly: 15 Points
This action includes updated guidance, best practices, and resources.
Climate Adaptation: Flooding Risk: 15 Points
This action includes new resubmission requirements and look back period.
Community Gardens: 10 Points
The updated action includes new/clearer submission requirements, and more detailed guidance and resources.
Green Business Recognition Program: 10 to 20 Points
The overall goals of this action remain the same, as does the maximum number of points that can be awarded. The main difference is that now there are two performance tiers, instead of three. Ten points will be awarded to a municipality that has its own recognition program and criteria with at least two businesses participating. Twenty points will be awarded to a municipality that incorporates the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry (NJSBR) Program criteria into its program, requires participation in the NJSBR, and has at least three businesses participating.
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 2009-2017.