Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report

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This is the Sustainable Jersey Certification Report of Wyckoff Twp (Bergen), a Sustainable Jersey silver certified applicant.

Wyckoff Twp (Bergen) was certified on October 31, 2013 with 350 points. Listed below is information regarding Wyckoff Twp (Bergen)’s Sustainable Jersey efforts and materials associated with the applicant’s certified actions.

Contact Information

The designated Sustainable Jersey contact for Wyckoff Twp (Bergen) is:

Name:Harriet Shugarman
Title/Position:Commissioner / Environmental Commission
Address:1 Scott Plaza
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Phone:201-906-2675

Sustainability Actions Implemented

Each approved action and supporting documentation for which Wyckoff Twp (Bergen) was approved for in 2013 appears below. Note: Standards for the actions below may have changed and the documentation listed may no longer satisfy requirements for that action. Additionally, points associated with actions prior to 2013 certifications may not be accurate.

  • Community Partnership & Outreach

    Community Education and Outreach

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Environmental Commission and the Township Committee have a long term commitment to encourage and educate residents on the importance of recycling and litter abatement. The award winning recycling program, Nifty Fifty (encouraging recycling of 50%) is an ongoing program, publicized and promoted on the Township's website, in each e-mail sent to residents (on any subject, bills, PSA's general info), in flyers, mailers and announcements and through educational programs that the township runs. In 2010 the Township was recognized by the State Assembly of NJ for it's success with this program (see link http://www.mygov365.com/legislation/view/id/4d0cc52b49e51b5915573000/tab/versions/). The program is advertised on the home page of the Township Website (http://www.wyckoff-nj.com/NiftyFifty/index.html as well is on our Green Team Website http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2013/04/10/as-seen-in-the-wyckoff-patch-team-up-to-tidy-up-and-shredding-event/ and in the local press http://wyckoff.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/shredding-through-litter-and-staying-green) and was also promoted at a wide range of educational events on an ongoing basis throughout the year. In 2012/13 events where nifty fifty was encouraged included: 2 shredding event, "Team Up for Tidy Up" held in April and at Wyckoff Days held in early June 2013. The program is also advertised on all 5 School district Websites. New in 2013 is the "Recycleometer" on the home page of the Township website, and which will be updated regularly. In support of this goal, and as a precursor to it, each year the Wyckoff Environmental Commission (WEC) sponsors a litter abatement event titled "Team Up to Tidy Up" Wyckoff. In an effort to get the youth of the municipality involved, previous years have included T shirt logo contests with the overall winners printed on the 300 T shirts, given out free of charge at the annual event. In 2013, the WEC created and gave out "beanies" that said "Green it up Wyckoff, NJ." (See attached photo) Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce has been engaged and has awarded gift certificates in the past. Residents including Boy & Girl Scout Troops, school groups and local volunteer groups, tour the Township's recycling depot, and tours are given regularly on request. The Township has been holding the Nifty Fifty event for over 30 years, and each year the program has some new or different aspects.

    Create Green Team

    10 Points Bronze Mandatory

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Green Team was established formally by Township Ordinance on April 26, 2011. The Green Team meet monthly, and as of 2013 meets on the third Monday of each month following the regularly scheduled Wyckoff Environmental Commission meeting. An updated membership list is attached. The Green Team is a vibrant and active part of the Wyckoff Community and has generated, lead and motivated a wider range of sustainable programs in the community. In the summer of 2012 a Green Team website was approved by the Township Commission and is updated on a regular basis, providing the community with information about Green Team activities and other sustainable programs in the community. Here is a link to the website. http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/. As part of our promotional activities, we purchased a new tent in 2013 (see photos from 2013 Wyckoff Days) which has sides promoting the Wyckoff Green Team and the Wyckoff Environmental Commission. The tent is already being utilized to create a more visible presence for our Green Team! In 2013 the Green Team lead the outreach and education campaign of the Environmental Commission on the new once a week recycling program. Stickers were, designed, purchased and distributed to all households and school children to promote the campaign and banners where purchased and strategically placed on a rotating basis throughout the community. The Township Committee has been an active supporter of the work of the Green Team, with several members of the Township Committee actively and regularly participating in the work of the main committee as well as several of it's Task Forces.

    Education for Sustainability Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    There are 4 elementary schools and one middle school in Wyckoff. All schools incorporate environmental science and sustainable development in cross-curricular ways. In order to achieve our goal to make Wyckoff's children & families & communities more responsible aware sustainable minded members of our community, one member of Wyckoff’s Environmental Commission became the School Coordinator – we refer to her as the “Green Goddess” of all of the 5 elementary schools! Each school was asked to appoint a Green Leader in the school and the Green Goddess worked directly with them to assist in creating sustainable programs in the school sponsored by the PTO and the Board of Ed. Each school Green Team was given a budget by the PTO and applied for a grant from the Bergen County Utility Authority. Attached is the presentation to the Board of Ed showcasing program that the Green Team implemented in the Wyckoff elementary schools in that past 7 months under her guidance. The power point covers current and future hopes - file 2 and video is http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2013/03/20/green-teamer-janice-reynen-presents-to-the-wyckoff-boe/ ). Highlights from the program created for all 5 schools included: receiving 5 grants totaling over $3,400, expanding the recycling program to incorporate plastics up to #7, removing Styrofoam from the hot lunches program, weekly “Green Scenes” included in the Friday E-blasts sent directly to each family in the school to educate the community (File 6), classroom recycling pledges (File 3), and custom stickers for existing containers. None of these things would have been accomplished without the Township Committee, Board of Ed, Principals, and PTOs and parents and kids working together. Another important part of this was receiving a curriculum binder from BCUA. All school teachers were made aware of the binder via their Green Leader and the Librarian at each school agreed to keep the binder and associated books and samples in the library. The school curriculum director was also given a binder. The town librarian was given books that are referenced in the binder.

    Green Challenges and Community Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    A Green Challenge Program is a strategy to engage individual residents and businesses in a community effort towards sustainability. The Wyckoff Green Team (WGT) Challenge: Wyckoff Recreation Pledge - bring a reusable beverage container to every game and practice, labeled with your name.All players participating in our Recreation Programs were invited to take a recycling challenge pledge. Stop using disposable bottles and bring your own reusable bottles to all practices and games on the athletic field/courts. Specific Action - Official pledge forms were available in the Rec office and when families signed up for the upcoming season’s sport they filled out the Recycling Pledge in addition to the Sport Registration Form. The forms were collected and tallied, results were reported at WGT Meetings. Goal - get 75% of the athletes to participate by signing the pledge form and s to agree to the action and participate. 1,200 forms were collected. We successfully gathered forms from 2.5% of the town residents or households. The Challenge Program originated in September 2011.This Green Challenge Pledge was lead by members of Task Force #4 - Waste Management. This group tracked the progress and the program had full support from the Mayor, WEC, WTC, WGT, WREC. Frequency - this was a One-time pledge but has been supported and established as an ongoing pledge, year to year.

  • Municipal Energy Audits and Upgrades

    Inventory and Upgrade All Buildings

    50 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    In February 2009, The Township of Wyckoff interviewed five energy audit firms stipulated by the NJ Purchasing law that required five FRP’s be obtained in the selection process of procuring an audit firm to conduct the energy audit of the three municipal buildings of Wyckoff Township. The township applied for and received an energy audit grant through the NJBPU’s Local Government Program and engaged a pre-qualified consultant, Dome-Tech, Inc. to perform the audit under the guidelines of the State of NJ Local Government Energy Audit Program. Under the grant program, eligible applicants receive 75% of the cost of the audit and can receive an additional 25% if energy conservation measures identified in the report are implemented. In September 2009, the Township of Wyckoff received an executive summary of the energy audit that evaluated the Township’s energy consumption, established a baseline for energy efficiencies, and identified opportunities to reduce the amount of energy used and/or its cost. In 2010, the township implemented 6 of the 14 energy conservation measures to include: Gas UH to radiant heat in the DPW garage Destratification fans in the DPW garage All lighting in the DPW garage Increase of attic insulation in Town Hall Two window replacements in Town Hall Two window replacements in the DPW garage. Approved for implementation by the Township in 2011: Replacement of 6 HVAC units in the three buildings Energy lighting in Town Hall And one boiler in Town Hall The implementation of these conservation measures affords the Township of Wyckoff the opportunity to continuously apply for energy grants, maximize efficiencies in running each of the three buildings, and realize significant cost savings to the Township.

  • Farmland Preservation

    Farmland Preservation Plans

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The township of Wyckoff's Environmental Commission is tasked with Farmland preservation measures. The Township participate in the Bergen County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan. At that time, the township had 2 remaining working farms. The first, 5 acre Russell Farm site, and the second the 25 acre parcel farmed by the Abma Family. Both have been identified for Farmland Preservation. Short history of the Russell Farms site: Originally 33 acres that were sold to John Duryea in 1878 to be utilized as farmland. Edward Russell purchased the farm in 1906 and ran it as a wholesale apple farm. It was sold to Dorothy Long in 1941, and in 1950, it functioned as a retail farm. Through 2007 Russell Orchards, as it was known, operated as a farm stand and orchard. In 2008 the farm's owners entered into a contract to sell the orchard to developers to build single family homes. Due to the economic crisis, this deal fall through and the Township was able to began serious negotiations in order to o preserve property and the link to early farming in the Community. The township of Wyckoff completed the $3.1 million purchase of the 5 acre Russell Farms on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2012. An SADC county plan was approved in January 2013. See link and attachment for more information. http://wyckoff.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/township-completes-acquisition-of-russell-farms

  • Food Production

    Community or School Gardens

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    All 5 District K-8 Schools have built outdoor classrooms over the past 5 years. Attached is an updated document with 2013 photos of our Middle School Community/School Garden and updated information about lesson plans and programs. Our original document which highlights the Outdoor Classroom/Courtyards which were built with community support, including with support from the municipal Shade Tree Commission. Students, local businesses, community organizations, staff, teachers, and the local PTO were all involved and worked together on the projects is also attached. In addition, a new draft curriculum (attached) which was developed this summer at a national teacher training program at Columbia Teachers college for 8th grade use, is being further refined with teachers in District for implementation this year, and may be revised to use at varying grade levels with district students. In general, teachers use the gardens throughout the school year for many different aspects of the curriculum: science observation and experimentation, art drawing, painting and photography and language arts, poetry and inspired reflective journaling. The Environmental Commission and Shade Tree Commission with the support of DPW lend assistance as needed to these wonderful projects, which continue to play important community educational and entertainment roles for the school communities.

  • Green Design

    Green Building Policy/Resolution

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Attached please find our Green Building Policy Resolution that has been discussed, developed and coordinated, over time, with Township departments and commissions. The resolution was adopted on September 3rd and is being added to the township website, and the final adopted resolution has been circulated to relevant departments and devision heads. We are SO pleased to add this as an accompaniment to our Sustainable Land Use Pledge!

    Green Building Training

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Attached please find supporting documentation and certifications for 3 senior municipal employees who have attended and completed sustainability and green building training over the past 2 years.

  • Green Design Commercial and Residential Buildings

    Create a Green Development Checklist

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Green Team established a task force in 2011 to work on a "green development impact checklist." A draft of this working document is attached. After careful consideration by the township committee, engineer and other senior township staff, it was felt that much of the information identified in the checklist was already being asked for in other ordinances, check lists and building permit documentation. See attachment for listing of these items. As such, a separate checklist was not deemed necessary at this point. Discussions are ongoing, and the checklist continues to be a considered and may be revised in future to include as an additional voluntary checklist with building packets. Considerable time and effort was put into reviewing this action item and seeing if and how it could be made relevant for our township. We would hope that points would be awarded for our efforts and examination of how to make this "fit" for our community.

  • Green Design Municipal Buildings

    Upgrade/Retrofit-Light Pollution

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    This action item was jump started over 18 months ago by a lighting specialist on our Green Team who was concerned about a proposed development which included nighttime lighting for turf sports fields adjacent to several neighborhood. As per the Sustainable Jersey action, the development of outdoor lighting policies can prevent the negative impacts of misdirected or excessive light caused by inappropriate or misaligned light fixtures producing glare, light trespass, and skyglow. The glare of excessive light can reduce visibility, and well-planned lighting can save money, decrease crime, and improve nighttime ambiance around municipal facilities. The development and adoption of lighting policies allow communities to begin to reclaim the “dark sky,” and allow the stars to again become part of the community landscape. Our Green team worked to educate the public, township committee, Green Team and Environmental Commission about light pollution and why it is important to have proper policies in place. After more then 18 months of discussion, education and research, the attached policy was adopted in August 2013 by our Township Committee.

    Upgrade/Retrofit-Water Conservation

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Wyckoff is one of 4 municipalities to receive water from the Village of Ridgewood Water Department. The NJ Board of Public Utilities has designated Ridgewood Water as the legal authority to provide potable water to Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff. As such, Wyckoff cooperates with Ridgwood Water and encourages water conservation. Included in the attachment are water conservation practices and policies. The township supplements these with our own education conservation education programs including: public announcements, rain barrel education, ordinances to modify summer water usage, "walking the walk" by showcasing the townships utilization of timers to control and restrict iour automatic irrigation systems. As well, at our annual fishing derby, we distribute information about water conservation and the importance of keeping our waterways clear and clean.

  • Innovation & Demonstration Projects

    Innovative Community Project 1

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Wyckoff Green Team Website http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/. After a year of discussion and several months of development the Wyckoff Green Team Website was launched in 2012. The site has been a tremendous success, with over 500 people signed up to receive website updates, and with local press utilizing as a resource for articles and updates on sustainability programs in the community. We feel the website is an important part of our communication and information strategy to help people understand and know more about the Green Team and Sustainable Jersey. Our township website design doesn't easily allow for the dissemination of detailed information on these programs which we can make much more easily available and accessible by having a dedicated site for the Green Team that allows for greater access and viability. We would recommend this demonstration project as a program for other townships to adopt as a "best practice" for communication and promotion of Green Team Activities and local sustainability programs and projects.

    Innovative Community Project 2

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Environmental Commission and Green Team worked with Township administration and Township Committee on a new five year solid waste contract. This new contract, which came into force in January 2013 revised our recycling pick up from once every other week, to once a week, did away with grass clipping collections and revised downward the frequency of summer garbage pick ups. In order to educate and inform residents about the new program and as an educational tool which can be revised and re-run at future dates, a targeted, six week "Spotlight our Recyclable's" Initiative was created and coordinated with local media, schools and township outreach. The program began with 6 strategically placed banners which were moved from location to location throughout the township over the period of the initiative and culminated with a sticker given out to each K-8 student, through the schools, which states "Wyckoff Recycles Weekly" same visual as banners, which are to be placed on home recycling cans. We hope other communities will benefit from our experience and could replicated this special program. Funding for banners and stickers came from grants. Details and educational material about the initiative are included in attachments.

    Raingardens

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Green Team, along with the Township Committee and the Environmental Commission, installed a “rain garden” at a highly visible location at the Wyckoff Public Library in May 2013. The Rain Garden provides visiting residents with the opportunity to learn about the benefits of a rain garden, and establishes the Township as a leader of environmentally beneficial community efforts. OVERVIEW: After establishing interest in creating a rain garden among members of the Wyckoff Green Team, Environmental Commission and Township Committee, meetings began in October 2012 to lay the ground work for the Rain Garden. Through a small grant from the local Rotary Club and with guidance from the Wyckoff Shade Tree Commission and a local landscaping firm, the rain garden plan was developed, discussed and agreed upon in early 2013 and was installed in May 2013. Local high school and college students, members of the WEC and Green Team and local residents helped to plant the garden. An educational display on rain gardens is developed for inside the library. See link http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2013/08/17/the-wyckoff-rain-garden/ to a wonderful and descriptive article about the Rain Garden which also includes links to other local media reports. For more information about the plan, layout, costs, and photos, see attachments.

  • Land Use & Transportation

    Sustainable Land Use Pledge

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    The Sustainable Land Use Pledge was adopted at by the Township Committee as resolution 11-147 on April 26, 2011. The Pledge was developed jointly be members of the Environmental and Planning Commissions as well as by representatives of the Township Committee. The resolution is available via the open public Township Website and is recorded in the public minutes of the Township Committee. The Township administrative staff conveyed the resolution to relevant Commissions and the Environmental Commission informed the media and community about the resolution at it's open meeting in May of 2011, The resolution was also made available to the Wyckoff Green Team at it's May 2011 meeting.

  • Local Economies

    Green Business Recognition Program

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Green Wyckoff Business program is a collaborative effort of the Municipality and the Chamber of Commerce to promote sustainable business practices in Wyckoff by recognizing those businesses that work towards this end, and encouraging residents to support our local businesses. The Wyckoff Environmental Commission and the Chamber established a working group in January 2012 which would meet over the next 9 months to develop and launch the program. The program was presented to businesses at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in June 2012 and formally "launched" at a meeting in October 2012. As a result of Super Storm Sandy, we got off to a slow start, and reintroduced the program with Chamber members in the spring of 2013. In May, we recognized the first 4 chamber members into the program and we currently have 5 more applications pending. The attached application form which businesses need to complete, is available on the Chamber of Commerce website for businesses to download. Attached to it is a letter which describes the program. This letter is under revision and a new cover letter will be available later this fall. The joint municipal/chamber working group will meet in September 2013 to review the new applicants. We plan to convene a meeting of approved businesses in late 2013 to review the application process to suggest any changes or revisions to this ongoing and exciting new program. http://wyckoff.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/wyckoff-businesses-go-green

  • Buy Local Programs

    Support Local Businesses

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Municipality supports local business activities and development in a wide variety of ways which are outlined in greater detail in the attached documentation. As well, these links on our Township website provide support for and information to our local business community. http://www.wyckoff-nj.com/resources.html http://www.wyckoff-nj.com/virtualtour.html The township has also been instrumental and founding partner in developing, promoting and facilitating, with the local YMCA - Wyckoff Day - which is now in it's 4th year and promotes local businesses and organizations. See link to local press article about the event which has also been reposted on our own Green Team Website. http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2012/06/07/saturday-is-wyckoff-day/ The Township has been an active member of the planning committee since it's in 2009.

  • Natural Resources

    Environmental Commission

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Environmental Commission (WEC) has monthly meetings throughout the year. In addition, in late 2013 Green Team members have been invited to participate in the Environmental Commission meetings and Green Team meetings now formally take place following the monthly Environmental Commission meetings. In conjunction with the Green Team, the Environmental Commission worked with the Township Committee to advance and secure a once a week recycling collection, and reduced the number of garbage collections over the course of the year. The Commission holds an annual litter abatement event (Team up to Tidy up) & an annual fishing derby where presentations are made and information distributed to alert the community to the importance of stormwater management. Additionally, the Commission holds several informative presentations throughout the year, including at the township's annual Wyckoff Day, and at our now regular 2x yearly shredding events. The Commission keeps the public informed by way of regular public service announcements and support for the new Green Team website which provides information to all local newspapers and community websites. In 2011, the Commission, for the first time, also hosted a town wide shredding event at which it distributed information about recycling and composting. The WEC also participated in the 2nd Annual Wyckoff Days where displays and information on recycling The WEC is coordinating with neighboring towns to hold a regional Environmental Commission meeting scheduled for October 2013, to be held at the Wyckoff Public Library.

    Open Space Plans

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    On July 14, 2010, the Wyckoff, New Jersey Planning Board approved its Periodic Master Plan. The previous Master Plan had been adopted in 2004. As part of the 2010 Master Plan reexamination, the Planning Board adopted a 2010 Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) for the Township of Wyckoff. The goal of the OSRP is to provide the residents of Wyckoff with areas of open space for use and enjoyment, as well as active recreation and passive recreation opportunities. The road to adoption of the 2010 Master Plan and 2010 OSRP included ample opportunities for public comment and participation. The Township commissioned an Ad Hoc Committee of township officials and citizens. Sessions for public input were held on April 3, 2010, April 26, 2010, and June 9, 2010. Additional meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee were held in March 2010. A formal public hearing was held on June 9, 2010. The Planning Board meeting of July 14, 2010, where the Master Plan and OSRP were approved, was open to the public. Following the adoption of the 2010 Master Plan, the Township of Wyckoff purchased a 5 acre tract in the Township known as Russell Farms. The closing on that property took place in April 2012. The intent of the Russell Farms purchase is passive recreation and use and enjoyment of an open 5 acre tract by the residents. Following the adoption of the 2010 Master Plan, the voters of the Township reauthorized the Open Space Municipal Trust Fund in November 2011. The Trust Fund was first approved by the voters in November 2006. The 2010 Master Plan, the 2010 OSRP, and the July 14, 2010, minutes of the Planning Board, which approved the Master Plan and the OSRP, are attached hereto.”

  • Caring for Conservation Easements

    Easement Inventory and Outreach

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Wyckoff Land-use boards recognized a need to protect and conserve natural resources. When development proposals are submitted to either the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment and wetlands, natural features or other natural resources are present, the land-use boards attempt to protect those natural features through an action of the board. It is through an action of the board, typically a site plan approval, where the area of the natural features exist are identified for protection. This action is accomplished in three ways. The first, lists the area of conservation easement on the official final site plan map. The second is through the resolution of approval detailing the conservation easement and thirdly, through a separate document called a conservation easement. This document is recorded in the Bergen County office of deeds as a permanent record and printing on the municipal tax map. Through these three actions, the conservation easement becomes an area of permanent protection. Attachments 1. Detailed explanation of Easement Conservation and Stewardship Program including Three (3) photos of the sign that alerts citizens of a conservation easement and requests their participation in protecting the natural resource. 2. Five (5) copies of pages of the Wyckoff Tax Map that demonstrate the conservation easements at six (6) locations. 3. Five (5) examples of Public Service Announcements issued monthly to four (4) local newspapers that report on activities and actions in Wyckoff

  • Tree & Woodlands Management

    Community Forestry Plan and Tree Cover Goal

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    Wyckoff, through it's Shade Tree Commission, created it's Community Forestry Management 5 year Plan in 2009. The township has been approved by the NJ Forest Service Community Program through 2013. A copy of the 2012 annual accomplishment report is attached. The initial 5 year plan presented goals and objectives for establishing or improving upon programs for managing Township-controlled street trees, park trees, and trees on Township properties adn is also included. These programs continue to be expanded and refined each year. In addition, it is expected that elements of this Plan will help stimulate the planting and proper care of trees on private property and the preservation and the protection of the local environment in general.

    Tree Maintenance Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township of Wyckoff is responsible for maintaining trees on the Township’s public right-of-way along our streets, in our municipal parks and municipal owned properties. Properties include: the Wyckoff Community Park, an 18 acre park with areas for recreational sports and passive open areas. The Township's Remembrance 9-11 Memorial is located within Wyckoff Community Park and includes a semi circle of 11 hornbeam trees, honoring the 11 residents which were lost in the terrorist attack at the World Trade Centre on 9-11. The Larkin House Park was the designate area for Wyckoff's tree farm. This 5 acre parcel of land is a passive recreation area. Gardens at Wyckoff, a 13 acre nature sanctuary is another passive recreation and with a large section designated as a rose garden. All of these municipal properties are regularly inspected and maintained throughout the year by Township officials. Prior to 2011, the Township of Wyckoff competitively bid out tree maintenance work annually on all Township trees located in the right-of-way. Private contractors who were the lowest bidder as well as the most responsive and responsible were awarded a contract for tree maintenance during winter months. In January 2012, the Wyckoff Township Committee made a decision to purchase a bucket truck to perform tree removals and pruning and/or elevating. The Wyckoff Public Works crew performs tree work on an as needed basis for trimming and pruning and removes trees which are dead and/or hazardous. Stump removals are performed by private contractors. By performing this work in-house, the Township has maximized the cost efficiency of tree maintenance. Of course, the Township crew also performs emergency tree work, primarily storm damage; removing fallen branches and trees from streets and resident homes. The Township utilizes its Recycling Center to compost tree debris. See attached documentation for a summarize the number of trees pruned or removed, summary of costs, plus an estimate of the number of hours and costs for municipal DPW staff or municipal tree volunteers assisting with the tree maintenance program

    Tree Planting Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    It is the goal of theWyckoff Shade Tree Commission (STC) to improve the preservation and protection of the Township's tree environment. The Township is know for its tree lined streets, green neighborhoods and its semi-rural wooded areas. The STC annually encourages residents to plant a tree in their yard to celebrate Arbor Day or commemorate a family milestone or life event. This is accomplished through the annual Resident Spring and Fall Newsletters. PSAs are also issued and posted on the municipal web site. 2013 was the 7th consecutive year of the STC's program to reforest public areas. The first three years the STC replanted Scott Plaza. This is a Plaza in the Memorial Town Hall complex. The next three years, the STC began to reforest the former canopy of weeping willow trees at the municipally owned Zabriskie Pond Park which is located on one of the tree primary roads that frames the downtown business district, colloquially known as "Business Triangle." In 2013 replanting began at our newest "open space acquisition" Russell Farm. On Arbor Days for the past three years, a total of twelve weeping willows have been planted to re-forest the Zabriskie Pond Park to achieve the previous canopy of willow trees that ringed the pond. The Township was very fortunate to receive donated willow trees. On Arbor Day 2013, six donated trees were planted at the Township’s newest Open Space Park – Russell Farms Community Park; three spruce trees and three October Glory trees were planted. The Township planted eleven trees on Monroe Avenue, one of the ‘entrances’ to the Business District; six trees were planted on Township property and two trees were planted on an adjacent street to the Business District. For more specific information, please see the attached documents.

  • Green Fleets

    Fleet Inventory

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    The Township of Wyckoff owns a fleet of fifty-three (53) vehicles, which serve the Police Department, Fire Department, Building Department and the Department of Public Works. The Township also fuels twelve (12) vehicles as a shared service with the Wyckoff K-8 Board of Education as well as two Ambulances which are privately owned and maintained by the Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps. All vehicles are owned, not leased. There are potentially three strategies that could be considered to attempt to improve the fuel efficiency of the fleet. Two are practically constrained and the third has potential merit. The first would be to abandon the practice of sourcing lower use vehicles in the Police Department and Building Department, with older, higher use sedans that are “retired” out of regular service. This strategy is dismissible because of the inability to make a fiscally prudent capital acquisition case for a replacement vehicle, compared against a fully amortized vehicle. This is particularly evident in these challenging budgetary times. The second strategy would be to more rigorously partition the work of the line patrol and traffic standby vehicles in the Police Department, and replace the traffic standby vehicles with more efficient models. With a total Police fleet of thirteen (13) vehicles, this kind of partitioning is simply not possible, and this strategy is dismissible as well. As a result, the target for Township of Wyckoff will be that every upcoming Patrol vehicle acquisition will result in the procurement of a vehicle whose fuel efficiency is demonstrable better than the vehicle it replaces.

  • Green Purchasing Program

    Adopt a Green Purchasing Policy by Resolution

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Green Team and Environmental Commission have had numerous meetings and discussions on the importance of the Township setting an "example" on green purchasing. Senior staff from our Township administration have met with leaders in other communities that have green purchasing programs in place and have discussed how to create such a program that would work for our community. In August 2013 this policy was adopted by our Township Committee, please see attached. As well, please see article in local newspaper regarding adoption of policy by township committee. http://wyckoff.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/wyckoff-government-going-green-with-municipal-spending

  • Grounds & Maintenance

    Green Grounds & Maintenance Policy

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    We are pleased to attached our Green Grounds and Maintenance Policy Resolution which was adopted at the first Township Committee meeting of September. The Resolution has been discussed and devised with relevant departments, division head and commissions. The resolution will be added to our Township website when it is next updated and has been recirculated to relevant departments in this final, formal, form.

  • Recycling

    Community Paper Shredding Day

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township, with coordination from the Environmental Commission has been holding two township Shredding events annually for the past 2 years. The events arepublicized in local media, through flyers that displayed in local businesses and circulated via school, Green Team and township websites. The events are a huge success with hundreds of residents come by. We also set up information tables, where we provide information on the Township's Nifty Fifty recycling program, once a week recycling, and information on composting. In particular, in the fall of 2012, after Superstorm Sandy, the Shredding day offered residents an opportunity to come together for much needed community support and assistance. http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2012/11/05/shredding-day-is-saturday-november-9th-for-now-will-you-be-there/ http://wyckoff.patch.com/groups/editors-picks/p/photos-wyckoff-s-shredding-event http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2013/04/10/as-seen-in-the-wyckoff-patch-team-up-to-tidy-up-and-shredding-event/

    Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    In 2009, Wyckoff adopted an ordinance and updated its recycling code to comply with the mandatory state-wide recycling program P.L. 1987, c102 and the Clean Communities Recycling Act, N.J.S.A 13:1E-92. Wyckoff requires that at the completion of any construction project, and prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy or certificate of approval, that a comprehensive Recycling Report be completed and submitted to the Township Recycling Coordinator. (see link to Township Code and Laws found on Township website, in particular Chapter 155 http://ecode360.com/?custId=WY0919) Summary of the Impacts of the Municipal Ordinance that Requires Certain Construction Waste to be Recycled 1. The Township implements this ordinance through attaching a four (4) page bulletin as a required component in each construction permit application. The township’s effort is intended to; A. Advise contractors of the regulations. B. Provide an easy to use form for contractors to submit their construction waste recycling to the Township. C. Explain to the contractor the environmental benefit of recycling construction waste material. D. We assist the contractor by providing options for recycling markets that will accept construction waste. 2. A. The construction staff advises that they have a 99% compliance rate. Infrequently, they hold up Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Approvals until the recycling report is submitted. B. The construction staff also advises that the recycling report is considered a routine and regular part of doing business with Wyckoff. 3. The following feedback was provided by contractors to the Construction Official and the construction office secretary. A. “The Wyckoff form and information makes compliance easier.” B. “I wish all towns used the forms that you gave us.” C. “I called the Recycling Coordinator as listed on your form and he was helpful.” D. “Please let us know of any new recycling markets to bring our construction waste to.” A comprehensive list of items that are to be recycled and diverted from landfills is attached as are instructions for compliance. update

    Recycling Depot

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    In addition to bi-weekly curbside pick-ups for single-stream recycle, Wyckoff has a 50,000 sq.ft.recycle depot opened six days/week. At the depot, collection bins for all plastics, glass, paper, metal and corrugated cardboard are available to all residents. Additionally there are disposal sites for leaves, grass and branches as well as a compost site where residents get free compost. In 2009 the Township added a electronic recycling bin. As part of the recycling efforts, the Town\'s Nifty Fifty (recycle 50%) program makes recycling convenient and easy. The link to the recycling and conservation center which provides location information, times and materials collected, can be easily found on the Town\'s main Website. http://www.wyckoff-nj.com/trashrecycle.html Wyckoff Township has created the "Nifty Fifty" Initiative to increase township recycling rates and promote our recycling depot. The flyer promoting this initiative is attached. We've distributed this flyer to residents in our township newsletter and we've promoted the initiative and recycling depot at our school parent teacher organizations, township events like our "Team Up to Tidy Up" event, the Wyckoff Fishing Derby, our 1st annual Paper Shred Day, and our second annual Wyckoff Day. There's been significant press coverage of our township recycling initiative. http://wyckoff.patch.com/search?keywords=nifty+fifty http://findit.northjersey.com/search?client=default_frontend&output=xml_no_dtd&proxystylesheet=default_frontend&proxyreload=1&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&entqr=3&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ud=1&q=nifty%20fifty Our program was also recognized by the New Jersey State Legislature: http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/recycling-effort-gets-nifty-reception-in-trenton

    Shrink Wrap

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Over an 18 month period, the Green Team examined a range of options for implementing a shrink wrap recycling program. After much study and meetings with Township staff, Green Team and Environmental Commissioners as well as with the Township’s contracted recycler, a decision was reached to focus on creating accurate information for residents and holding education events discussing film recycling along with the Single Stream Recycling Program. A deciding factor was the townships contracted recycler informing our team that plastic films regularly “gum up their recycling machinery” and force work stoppages and delays, with much of this recyclable being wasted. The recycler would rather not see this recyclable in our mixed single stream recycling. Therefore, what was decided on was a “bring back to store plan” where Town residents could bring their clean, dry, unsoiled #2 and #4 films. This particular approach is also the same taken and recommended by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (www.sustainablepackaging.org). This action was

  • Waste Reduction

    Backyard Composting Program

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Wyckoff has a long and rich history of promoting composting. The Township has maintained a NJDEP permit allowing the township to compost it's resident leaves since 1967, Approx 10 years ago the Township began making property owners aware of the benefits of backyard composting through educational materials. Since the financial implosion of 2009 and tax levy restrictions, the township has more aggressively promoted backyard composting. See the attached information for measures and activities as well as various photos and media posts that discuss and highlight the township's program. We also used events like Team up to Tidy up, shredding day, and Wyckoff Day to highlight composting. See attached photo for composter "raffle" program which we created at Wyckoff day to educate people about composting. 155 composters have been sold to residents, at a discount, as well a composter has been donated and is being used at TownHall as a demonstration item. Starting at this year’s Team up to Tidy Event in Wyckoff in April, the Green Team purchased and gave to residents free of charge an authoritative text on composted, called “Home Composting Made Easy” by C. Forrest McDowell, PhD, and Tricia Clark-McDowell. Over 100 copies were distributed from April to July at public events where the Wyckoff Environmental Commission and Green Team could present educational materials. Events included the 2013 Shredding Day, Fishing Derby, Wyckoff Day and Arbor Day. From anecdotal and informal surveys, we would estimate that close to 20% of our residents compost household waste with a much higher a percentage who compost backyard waste including leaves and grass.

    Grass - Cut It and Leave It Program

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    As of January 2013, curbside collection of grass is no longer provided in Wyckoff. Residents are now encouraged to "Cut it and leave it. A green alternative which will actually benefits the lawn by returning nutrients and organic matter to the soil. Grass clippings returned to the lawn can provide up to 25% of your lawn’s total fertilizing needs." Education materials on this as well as PSAs, and articles on our Website have been widely circulated to residents and local landscapers and this information was sent to and circulated by local media outlets as well. In addition, a special educational forum was held with Wyckoff seniors, the group that expressed the most concerned about this change. http://wyckoffgreenteam.org/2013/03/07/alternatives-to-curbside-grass-pickup/. Other options offered to residents include: 1. Bring your grass clippings to the Recycling Center at 476 West Main Street, where they will be composted. In this regard, a new, easier and accessible area for grass clippings has been created at the town's recycling center.. 2. Compost your grass clippings in your yard. 3. Instruct your landscaper to take them away. Grass clippings can no longer be placed at the curb as household garbage in Wyckoff. Grass clippings placed at the curb will not be collected. These changes are intended to encourage recycling, avoid higher costs and comply with the State imposed 2% tax cap. See attached for PSAs examples. As well, a recycling book that encourages home composting also has information on cut it and leave it. This was purchased by the Green Team and distributed at various events, free of charge, to residents.