Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report

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

Woodbridge Twp (Middlesex) was certified on October 10, 2015 with 905 points. Listed below is information regarding Woodbridge Twp (Middlesex)’s Sustainable Jersey efforts and materials associated with the applicant’s certified actions.

Contact Information

The designated Sustainable Jersey contact for Woodbridge Twp (Middlesex) is:

Name:Caroline Ehrlich
Title/Position:Chief of Staff / Mayor's Office
Address:1 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone:732-602-6015

Sustainability Actions Implemented

Each approved action and supporting documentation for which Woodbridge Twp (Middlesex) was approved for in 2015 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.

  • Animals in the Community

    Animals in the Community Education

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Animal Control Officers have gone to numerous Elementary Schools during the year to educate the students on proper animal care and treatment. Numerous Elementary classes have participated in fundraising for the Woodbridge Animal Shelter with Shelter staff guidance as a way to educate the students on proper animal care and treatment. April- Youth Month Animal Shelter staff provides educational seminars for school age children at the Animal Shelter with hands on demonstrations from Animal behaviorist and trainers. Public Health Day, April 12, 2015. ACOs participated in the event with educational information and coloring books with crayons for children to learn about animal care and behavior. Mayor’s Health Expo, October, 19, 2014. ACOs participated in the event with educational information and coloring books with crayons for children to learn about animal care and behavior. Free Rabies Clinics held 4 x year. February, May, August & September. Educational flyers and information provided to residents. Reduced fee micro-chipping also offered to residents during the event. New Flyer and outreach for Coyotes in Neighborhoods. Animal Shelter has numerous volunteers assist with the care, exercising and feeding of the dogs and cats at the Shelter. Each volunteer undergoes training before and during their time at the Shelter. For the year 2014, our partner, Whiskers Rescue Inc. has TNR’d (trap, neuter, return) approximately 400 ferals cats in Woodbridge Township. In addition, they removed countless litters of kittens and took them into their rescue. Our shelter’s euthanasia numbers have dropped significantly. Additionally our residents are pleased with this humane option to control the feral cat population and our shelter’s intake numbers are also on a steady decline. In 2011, our shelter took in 486 stray cats. In 2014 the stay cat intake was reduced to 360. That is a reduction of 30% over that period. In addition, our euthanasia rate for the same period is down almost 40%. This is a significant accomplishment for a public Animal Shelter.

    Companion Animal Management Plan

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township Division of Animal Control has long been in the forefront of developing innovative and humane solutions for animal management issues. The Companion Animal Plan created by the Township this year received significant stakeholder input from the community and from animal management professionals, including several meetings, minutes of which are included in Upload 2. Stakeholders: Local Animal Control Officers were chosen due to their knowledge, background in the area targeted and ability to effect change since they often interact with the public regarding outside cats and the need to control their breeding Health Inspector was chosen because of their knowledge of public health and nuisances. They are often called upon to respond to outside cat nuisance issues and can provide the technical assistance and information about existing populations that need control. The Animal Rescue stakeholders were chosen for their past experience and success relating to TNR in a neighboring town. The Animal Rescue stakeholders have the knowledge, resources and experience regarding how to address and reduce outside cat populations effectively. Stakeholder contributions: Health Officer coordinates and brings together all the parties and implements the overall plan. Animal Control Officer interacts directly with the Rescue stakeholders advising them where the outside cat issues exist and coordinates the animal control and Shelter involvement, if any. Health Inspector assists ACO and Rescue stakeholders if required and when necessary. Outside cats populations can cause public nuisances and or may require enforcement only a Health Inspector can provide. Rescue Stakeholders will volunteer their time and resources to meet with residents and spay/neuter outside cats residents are willing to personally care for. If residents cannot not afford the cost the non-profit rescue may assist in the cost. The rescue stakeholders will physically trap, remove, neuter and return the cat to the original area if the residents are willing and able to care for it otherwise. Evaluation: This is the first such program implemented in Woodbridge. The program’s success will be evaluated by the total number of outside cats neutered each year and during the existence of the program. Each cat neutered will mean one less able to breed. We are expecting to see an eventual reduction in the number of outside/feral cats and kittens trapped and brought to the Shelter by residents. However, we expect the reduction to be gradual until the program is fully accepted by residents.

    Companion Animal Management Pledge

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township Division of Animal Control has long been in the forefront of developing innovative and humane solutions for animal management issues. The Companion Animal Plan created by the Township this year received significant stakeholder input from the community and from animal management professionals. Upload 1 contains the Companion Animal Management Pledge adopted in 2011, along with the memo introducing the Pledge and outlining expectations for the municipal staff regarding implementation – as well as the list of staff receiving the memo as well as their affiliations. We solicited stakeholders from several areas and their contributions are: 1. The Animal Control enforcement area. These professionals deal directly with the issues related to outside cats so have direct knowledge of the problems and possible solutions. They know where the specific problems exist and can direct the 501 (c) (3) team to that area in an effort to address and resolve the issues. 2. Nonprofit organizations(s), 501 (c) (3) that are centered on helping outside cats. This group provides valuable insight for plan development and directly assists the residents with the outside cat issues by assessing the area, trapping the cats, providing neutering and returning the cats to the area as appropriate. 3. Shelter volunteers. These volunteers/people have a strong interest in finding efficient methods of addressing outside cat issues. They provide valuable insight for plan development and manpower to assist Animal Control and the 501 (c) (3) 4. The general public/residents of Woodbridge Township – many of the residents have issues and concerns about outside cats and so have a keen interest is resolving these issues. They provide valuable insight for plan development and about what whether our current actions are effective. 5. Health Department/Inspectors – They represent the public health side of animal control issues/concerns. They insure that the plan of action does not result in a public health issue or concern. The stakeholders were solicited in several ways. The public health professionals were solicited directly by the Director of Health or his representative due to their knowledge and background in dealing with animals and their issues in the community. All other stakeholders were solicited through either word of mouth in the community or through the general posting of a stakeholders meeting in public Township buildings such as the Woodbridge Animal Shelter, Woodbridge Public Health center and the Township web page soliciting input on the current status and issues related the outside cats. The last annual meeting was held on June 26, 2012. Measures of Success It is difficult to measure success for a program such as this in the short term. However, over the long term we expect to see several areas of improvement specifically at the Shelter intake numbers. When we began we expected to see a reduction in the number of trapped/stray cats brought to the Shelter YOY. We also expected to see a subsequent reduction in the number of euthanized cats at the Shelter as a result. The Shelter records show in the most recent calendar year period there is a reduction of cat surrenders of 50%, a reduction of stray cats of almost 15% and a reduction in cat euthanasia of more than 30%, year over year. As a contrast and a control, the number of dogs entering the shelter increased by 1% over the same period. Another measure of success is the number of cats neutered through the program during the year. Whiskers rescue has reported that over 300 outside cats have been neutered since the beginning of the program 1 ½ years ago.

    Pledge Supporting NJ Wildlife Action Plan

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, accomplished in 2011 ** Though Woodbridge Township is a densely-populated human area with little remaining open space, the municipal government recognizes that animals are an integral and valuable part of our community – especially in areas such as the Pin Oak Forest, Raritan River waterway and Woodbridge Creek headwaters that still harbor significant wildlife populations. The Township’s “Pledge Supporting New Jersey Wildlife Action Plan” works to support this important part of community sustainability.

  • Arts & Creative Culture

    Creative Assets Inventory

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Township of Woodbridge Creative Assets Inventory Support for Sustainable Jersey Certification Application In April, 2015, the Township of Woodbridge secured support to revise its Creative Assets Inventory (CAI) from the Environmental and Communications Group (EAC Group) in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. The EAC Group has experience working on issues related to land use, community participation, economic development, social services, housing, health and brownfields, and has expertise in a variety of research methods and data types, from quantitative to qualitative, including focus group meetings, charrettes and surveys. Dr. Karen Lowrie, the lead on this project, was also the lead project manager for the Woodbridge Arts Village and Inventory project conducted in 2008. The EAC Group reviewed and updated the existing arts inventory to include associations, organizations, community gathering spaces, environmental assets, cultural activities, historical assets, arts organizations, festivals and events, and individual artists. New data was gleaned through internet, local directory, and media searches, as well as an on-line survey. The survey was designed to gather information for the Creative Assets Inventory, and also to obtain input and direction for a Creative Placemaking Plan. The link to the survey was distributed to contacts on the CAI, through the Township’s community listserv, and was posted on the Township’s website and listed in its newsletter. The survey was also promoted through flyers that were distributed at arts events in the Township during the late summer. Additional information about Creative Assets was collected in consultation with the Township’s Creative Team and other community leaders and organizers at meetings with the Mayor’s Arts Advisory Committee. The EAC group will continue to work with the Township through the fall of 2015 to develop a Creative Placemaking Plan that will include a revised process for maintaining and updating the CAI.

    Establish a Creative Team

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Woodbridge Creative Team is known as the Woodbridge Arts Alliance, Inc. and was established Feb. 10, 2012, receiving 501(c)(3) certification Feb. 28, 2013. The Alliance covers all of Woodbridge Township and is organized to provide Arts and Arts Education services to the residents of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, through public programs that develop, expand and promote community interest and appreciation of the Arts. Original board members include Caroline Ehrlich (Township Official/Green Team Member), Michele Charmello (Township Official/Green Team Member), Lawrence McCullough (Township Official/Artist), Elizabeth Amory (Educator/Artist), Ricki Cohn (Educator/Artist), Steven Dillon (Business Leader/Artist), Cynthia Knight (Township Official/Artist), Igor Roitburg (Business Leader), Isha Vyas (Arts Leader). The Alliance has an advisory committee consisting of approximately 30 Arts-Involved Township residents [An updated 2015 member list is attached] including a sculptor, choral director, recording studio engineer, dance teacher, ceramicist, painter, digital animator, CD producer, photographer, graphic designer, jewelry maker, singer, poet, restaurant owner/chef and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Township Grants Officer.

  • Brownfields

    Brownfields Inventory & Prioritization

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township of Woodbridge prioritized potential brownfield sites to be redeveloped. These sites were utilized for industrial purposes for a number of years and much of their environmental values have been lost. The redevelopment of these subject brownfields may be the only realistic option for revitalization. The Township Planning Department looked at over 1,000 sites by initially downloading the data from the NJDEP website and then narrowed that list to 27 priority sites. The sites were prioritized by focusing on properties from the Township’s designated Brownfield Development Area’s and Redevelopment Areas. The sites were ranked in the following four categories: • Ownership • Proximity to Residential Properties • Redevelopment Potential • Potential to Reduce Blight The Woodbridge Township Brownfield Inventory will be updated annually at the end of each calendar year. The Planning Department will update the Inventory with input from other municipal departments, including the Township Department of Health, Department of Public Works and the Township Administration. The redevelopment and cleanup of these sites will be a great benefit to the residents of Woodbridge.

    Brownfields Reuse Planning

    15 Points

    Program Summary:

    If the municipality has completed a Redevelopment Plan, which has been passed by the Mayor and Council and added to the Master Plan, the Resolution authorizing the Plan and the Plan itself may be submitted in lieu of a Master Plan Brownfields Element. Attached is the Avenel Arts Village redevelopment Plan and Township Ordinance.

  • Community Partnership & Outreach

    Community Education and Outreach

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township’s Community Outreach and Education activities during 2014 and 2015 span have been varied and numerous. The Township and its Green Team popularize a monthly Greenable Woodbridge Television Show hosted by Green Team chair Caroline Ehrlich. She broadcasts on Township public access and with web access workshops that involve ecological awareness activities including Recyclable Arts & Crafts, and Recyclable Art Contests. Two important education and outreach programs include the Seed Library located at the Fords Library. The Seed Library is managed by the Environmental Commission and is an informative and collective way to help grow household gardens in our community. Secondly, Woodbridge has partnered with Rutgers University to host a series of nature walks at Ernie Oros Wildlife Preserve. These walks are sponsored by M&T Bank highlight the collective private and public partnership to sustainable/environmental community outreach and education.

    Create Green Team

    10 Points Bronze Mandatory

    Program Summary:

    In the past year, the Woodbridge Township Green Team has continued to initiate and sponsor a wide range of Sustainable activities spanning our core goal areas and action steps that are prescribed in the Woodbridge Sustainable Community Plan: Energy Conservation and Green Building; Transportation and Circulation; Water Management, Trees and Open Space; Green Purchasing, Recycling and Materials Management; Business Outreach; Resident Outreach. Special focus this past year was placed on encouraging home energy audits, continuing to implement energy efficiency measures in municipal buildings, and arts and sustainability programs, publicizing residential and business Clean Energy programs, creating more bike and walking paths, and other areas aimed at improving our Township's quality of life.

    Energy Education and Outreach

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    New Jersey Clean Energy Programs are promoted throughout the year through a various form of citizen outreach. The Environmental Commission and the Woodbridge Green Team offer programs such as Earth Day, Direct Install, Green Building Education and Home Energy Audits. A discussion of the Home Energy audit appeared on the "Greenable Woodbridge" TV broadcast on Woodbridge Channel 35. New Jersey Clean Energy Table brochures are available at the weekly Summer Woodbridge Farmers Market information table; at the Greenable Woodbridge Website link to NJ Clean Energy site at the Township's Planning Board Resource Center. The attached Clean Energy brochusres are available at the Housing Department and through links on the Greenable Woodbridge website and are distributed at township wide functions.

  • Green Fairs

    "Green" Your Green Fair

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission held its 14th annual Earth Day Fair April 18, 2015 at the Woodbridge Community Center. More than 400 attendees were on hand including members of the Municipal Council, Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission, environmental agencies, “green” businesses, eco-friendly vendors and Township residents. Partners included: ? Woodbridge Twp Environmental Commission (sustainability/public outreach); ? Woodbridge Police Department (bike safety for alt. transportation initiative); ? Woodbridge Department of Public Works (recycling; tree seedlings); ? Woodbridge High School (ecology club); ? Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MC Blue); ? Ciel Power (energy efficiency); ? Bayshore Recycling (recycling, waste reduction); ? NJ AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador (stream monitoring/training); ? Woodbridge River Watch (habitat preservation) ? TRC – Clean Energy Program (energy efficiency) ? Earth Center Honey (support local economies) ? EcoCycle Creations (support local economies) ? Little Owl Soaps (support local economies) Scattered around the park were recycling bins. All of the vendors were given re-usable canvas bags to give out. This is especially important for the Farmers at the Farmers Market because it eliminates the use of plastic bags and instead repeat shoppers can bring their canvas bag shopping each week. One of the vendors even brought in his old buckets to give out to people as a way to recycle and reuse them rather than having to throw them out when he was finished. All vendors were informed in advance that this was a “greener” green fair and the importance of sustainable practices through email and electronic notification to eliminate the use of paper.

    Hold a Green Fair

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission held its 14th annual Earth Day Fair April 18, 2015 at the Woodbridge Community Center. More than 400 attendees were on hand including members of the Municipal Council, Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission, environmental agencies, “green” businesses and Township residents. This year’s Earth Day Fair included “green” displays by environmental companies and local businesses; free giveaways of tree seedlings, energy-saving light bulbs, flower seeds and other “green” items ; information on the importance of recycling; energy-saving seminars and information; and a special “Earth Day” program for children. In celebration of Arbor Day, the Environmental Commission took charge of the planting of additional cherry trees along Community Center Drive, next to ones planted in prior years. Each Arbor Day, the Environmental Commission plants trees along the drive to signify the important role trees play in keeping the Township environment clean and smog-free. Event Strengths: The fair attracted a great diversity of residents in terms of age and ethnicity. A wide variety of eco-friendly vendors and community groups were represented at the fair and provided: 1) a much needed forum for exposure to and opportunity for access to sustainable products (local honey, bamboo table wear, homemade soap, jewelry made from recyclable products); and 2) opportunity for residents to connect with local environmental organizations (Food & Water Watch, NJ AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors, Citizens Climate Lobby, Middlesex County Master Gardeners/Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Woodbridge River Watch). Cooperation with the Township and having the event at the heavily-trafficked Woodbridge Community Center certainly boosted interest and attention. Woodbridge Public Works Department gave out tree seedlings. The fair was a success in achieving the goal of increased public outreach. This year we got the Woodbridge High School Ecology Club to participate. Event Challenges: The Earth Day Fair is an outdoor event, and its success relies heavily on the weather conditions which were perfect (sunny, warm, little wind) this year. Each year the Earth Day Fair has gotten larger; we would like to continue that growth. The primary challenge with the Earth Day Fair is to expand our offering of eco-friendly vendors and environmental organizations.

  • Diversity & Equity

    Lead Education and Outreach Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    All Woodbridge Twp. Health Dept. Lead Education & Screening Programs are currently active, including: •Outreach includes creating new lead poisoning information brochures titled “Get the ABC’s of Lead Poisoning” published in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Russian and Polish and mailed to every Township business and residence. •Health Department offers free weekly lead-screening clinics as part of the Department’s weekly CHCs (Children’s Health Clinics). •Local Non-profit Entities such as Woodbridge YMCA, local United Way agencies, scout groups, churches, Red Cross aid in disseminating Lead-Safe information. •In addition, the Township and School District in-house public information apparatus is employed to spread word about the Lead-Safe initiative via Township newsletters, web site and two television channels. •Education efforts by the Township Health Department include intensive collaboration with Woodbridge Township School District and other Township schools to bring information about lead poisoning directly to 15,000 students and their families, encouraging them to participate in free screenings and increasing their knowledge about lead poisoning identification. Health Department workers do follow up monitoring throughout the year; all Township childcare, Head Start and day school facilities are included. •The Township’s housing inspectors inspect older at-risk housing to find and correct unreported units with unsafe lead levels. •Township’s housing department conducts free training seminars for painting and remodeling contractors that provide latest Lead-Safe work priorities and USEPA guidelines; a separate set of similar seminars will be offered to amateur home-repair enthusiasts. •The Township’s home repair program for elderly and disabled, “Tooling Around the Township”, incorporates Lead-Safe practices, especially with regard to weatherization; Tooling Around the Township is a program that enjoys significant corporate support, and these sponsors are encouraged to underwrite improved lead-safe weatherization and repair initiatives in Township housing.

    Lead-Safe Training Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Lead Safe Training Program in Woodbridge Township was held at the Health Center. The purpose of the training was to provide new information on lead prevention and resources that are available to local government. The lead prevention committee was lectured, mainly, on the importance of public education and how the community can reduce the risk of lead poisoning. Committee: Dennis Green, Director of Health Fern Kulman, Health Educator Nina Kimkus, Director of Nursing Vincent J. Ciuffo, REHS and certified Lead Inspector

  • Direct Install

    Achieving Target Increase in Local Business Participation

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge has reached out to our local Direct Install contractor for a list that details the list of local businesses that have completed the Direct Install process from within the past 18 months. Tri-State Light & Energy, Inc. provided us with the attached list that includes all businesses in the township that have had an NJDI audit done after Jan 1, 2014. Please keep in mind, the list only includes businesses that have completed the audit. There are others in queue for program consideration. They also did a telemarketing campaign earlier in 2015 to reach more businesses. Woodbridge Township also assisted by have youth Green Team members, our Green Ambassadors, walk our downtown business districts to inform each business about the program. Woodbridge was required to have 56 businesses complete a NJDI audit. In the past 18 months, 59 businesses have completed the audit.

    Outreach Campaign to Local Business Community

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    2013 brought a very aggressive Direct Install Outreach with flyers and letter from Mayor John E. McCormac. Being sent via email and regular mail to thousands of businesses in Woodbridge, this information was also distributed through the Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce. Green Team members also attended various business group meetings to educate their members about the program. The Woodbridge Township Green Team has aggressively reached out to our businesses to educate them about Direct Install. Every summer, our Mayor’s Leadership Council Green Team ambassador visits the stores in our 5 downtowns giving them information about Direct Install. This summer’s Ambassador Tour will be with representatives of Direct Install and our Clean Energy Provider. Using Sustainable Jersey as a model, we have offered sustainable office building, restaurant and small business contests with links to Clean Energy. We always have our links on the website and Direct Install information on our building department.

  • High Efficiency Municipal Buildings

    High Performance Building

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Option B Woodbridge Township and the woodbridge School Board have entered into an interlocal agreement by which the township maintain the building and ground for the Board of Education. Through this cooperative, we are very proud that ALL of our school buidings have achieved energy star status. The Township of Woodbridge and the School Board have worked together for a number of years on advancing the energy efficiency of the school portfolio. Significant upgrades to building portfolio began with a comprehensive energy audit addressing major mechanical systems and corresponding energy conservation measures. These Energy Conservation Measures covered AHU Scheduling, Computer Power Management Systems, Heating Hot Water Pump Controls, Building Envelope Strategies, Walk-In Cooler/Freezer Controls, Power Management Strategies, Boiler Controls and Upgrades, Insulation, Air Handling, Cooling, and Heating Upgrades, and Operational Optimization Scheduling. The Woodbridge Township School District has furthermore analyzed the use of renewable energy technologies within in this building portfolio energy audit. Solar PV systems have been installed at 12 of the sites in the portfolio and significantly yields to the energy management efforts. The efforts by Woodbridge Township and the Woodbridge School Board have resulted in 24 out of 25 schools within the submitted portfolio achieving an EPA Energy Star rating of 75 or above. This equates to a reduction of current site energy intensity by nearly 62%, across the portfolio of schools, from current source energy intensity. Implementation of all identified ECMs will further result in 2,270,000 kilowatt-hours of annual avoided electric usage and 171,000 therms of annual avoided natural gas usage. This equates to annual reductions of 1,750 tons of CO2 or 477 Acres of trees planted annually. The Township and School Board has explored, and secured some of, the following sources for funding, grants, rebates, and technical support: NJ Clean Energy Program, NJ Board of Public Utilities, NJ Smart Start Buildings, Pay for Performance Program, Energy Savings Improvement Program, and Direct Install Program.

    High Performance Building Portfolio

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    Option B Woodbridge Township and the woodbridge School Board have entered into an interlocal agreement by which the township maintain the building and ground for the Board of Education. Through this cooperative, we are very proud that ALL of our school buidings have achieved energy star status. The Township of Woodbridge and the School Board have worked together for a number of years on advancing the energy efficiency of the school portfolio. Significant upgrades to building portfolio began with a comprehensive energy audit addressing major mechanical systems and corresponding energy conservation measures. These Energy Conservation Measures covered AHU Scheduling, Computer Power Management Systems, Heating Hot Water Pump Controls, Building Envelope Strategies, Walk-In Cooler/Freezer Controls, Power Management Strategies, Boiler Controls and Upgrades, Insulation, Air Handling, Cooling, and Heating Upgrades, and Operational Optimization Scheduling. The Woodbridge Township School District has furthermore analyzed the use of renewable energy technologies within in this building portfolio energy audit. Solar PV systems have been installed at 12 of the sites in the portfolio and significantly yields to the energy management efforts. The efforts by Woodbridge Township and the Woodbridge School Board have resulted in 24 out of 25 schools within the submitted portfolio achieving an EPA Energy Star rating of 75 or above. This equates to a reduction of current site energy intensity by nearly 62%, across the portfolio of schools, from current source energy intensity. Implementation of all identified ECMs will further result in 2,270,000 kilowatt-hours of annual avoided electric usage and 171,000 therms of annual avoided natural gas usage. This equates to annual reductions of 1,750 tons of CO2 or 477 Acres of trees planted annually. The Township and School Board has explored, and secured some of, the following sources for funding, grants, rebates, and technical support: NJ Clean Energy Program, NJ Board of Public Utilities, NJ Smart Start Buildings, Pay for Performance Program, Energy Savings Improvement Program, and Direct Install Program.

  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Municipal Program

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    Through an RFP process the Township of Woodbridge formed a partnership with CIEL Power to offer a Township-wide Home Energy Assessment program. For a special rate of $49.99 Woodbridge Township homeowners can get a comprehensive home energy assessment and qualify for up to $5,000 in rebate(s) and/or a $10,000 zero interest loan to cover the costs of energy-saving improvements to your home. This is an official program of the Township of Woodbridge and CIEL Power, and available only to Woodbridge Township homeowners and residents. Through various forms of publicity (mailings, flyers, representatives at Township events, emails, the website and the Greenable Woodbridge TV show) we informed residents that the Home Energy Assessment program can help them achieve up to 30 percent savings on their energy bills, while reducing environmental impact. In most cases, the monthly savings on energy bills will far exceed the zero interest loan payments. The assessment program covers insulation, windows, doors, heating and cooling, and hot water systems, among other energy-saving additions and home repair. The Home Energy Assessment program allows homeowners to improve the value, comfort, health, and safety of their home while saving money. The Home Energy Assessment program is made possible at no cost to local taxpayers via aggressive pursuit and leveraging of federal and state incentives, and utilizing the Township’s group negotiating powers. The Home Energy Assessment program is a key component of “Greenable Woodbridge” – a Township-wide environmental awareness initiative that identifies the environmental and sustainable issues of importance to the future of the community and provides easy-to-use information to residents, businesses, and visitors on “going green” and what we are doing to establish Woodbridge as a leader in “green” and sustainable living.

  • Municipal Energy Audits and Upgrades

    Inventory and Upgrade All Buildings

    50 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed ** Woodbridge Twp. has begun the Direct Install program on all Municipal Buildings following an audit funded by NJBPU -- full final audit report attached.

  • Food Production

    Community or School Gardens

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    In the spring of 2011, the Woodbridge Environmental Commission (a commission of Woodbridge Township Municipal Government) in conjunction with the Woodbridge Green Team embarked on the first Woodbridge Township Community Garden. In 2012 the Garden was expanded with continued support from the Township, Green Team and a new municipal partner – the Woodbridge Community Center. Working with the Woodbridge Township Public Works Department, we found a perfect location located at a piece of Township property known at “Parker Press.” Once the location had been set, we worked with the Parks Department to build two garden beds. The beds are 8 x 10 feet in size, and 12 inches deep. We had a small chicken wire fence built around to keep out rabbits and such. The Township also supplied us with 100 percent organic soil and mulch. Two garden beds were added this year at Parker Press Park. The Woodbridge Environmental Commission is maintaining the two center beds planted with tomato, eggplant, green bell pepper and zucchini. The Commission has installed soaker hoses and is rotating a water schedule on a weekly basis between members. The two outer beds have been planted and are being maintained by the Woodbridge Community Center. We used an all-volunteer team to plant zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes. The goal of this community garden is to grow fresh organic food that will be served as healthy food to the less fortunate of our township. In 2014, the community garden program has continued and thrived. Our expenses were $400 for the season and we have donated over 200 lbs. of vegetables to food pantries. Next Year, we plan to continue expansion at Parker Press, plant and harvest more crops along with adding a community garden at the Evergreen Community Center. Information about the garden can be found on the Greenable Woodbridge Facebook page.

  • Support Local Food

    Buy Fresh Buy Local Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Throughout the year the Township's website has a link to local supermarkets that sell locally grown produce. This listing is located on the Buy Local page of our website. The Township highlight the buy fresh, buy local – jersey produce program and healthy eating through event with the Wellness Committee and in coordination with our Farmers Market. Additionally, at Public Health Day, Wegman's, a local food store that supplies and sells locally grown produce, has a healthy cooking demonstration for the general public.

    Farmers Markets

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    2014 FARMERS MARKET – SUMMARY The Woodbridge Wednesday Farmers Market will be in its 9th year beginning in June 2014. As in years past, the market will be held in the heart of downtown Woodbridge at Parker Press Park every Wednesday from 3:00-8:30 p.m. The Farmers Market will run from June 18 until September 10. The municipal government will again organize and publicize and provide financial backing and volunteer staff support for the Market. The 2014 Woodbridge Farmers Market vendors will include both previous vendors and new vendors for the year: Gaskos & Son Farm and Greenhouse, Valley Shepherd Creamery Farm, Nesanic Valley Beekeeper, The Artisan Tree, Benson Barbecue, The Chuckwaggen, Lady Empanada, Mo Green Juice, Jakers Pickles, Avon, Rita’s Ices, JJ Bitting Brewery, La Bonbonnier Bakery, and Raritan Bakery. Each vendor pays $200 for the full season and that money is used toward advertising including flyers, t-shirts, banners that promote the Woodbridge Farmers Market. What works: the market continues to grow and was partnered with live musical entertainment throughout the Summer to bring in additional customers. We also give out Buy local canvas bags each week for shoppers. The market is also host to free Yoga classes offered by a local Yoga Studio. What could be improved: more regular ongoing publicity across the Township and Central Jersey, more vendors, increased publicity. Steps for next season: we are seeking more vendors to add variety and more funding for increasing publicity. The 2015 Farmers Market begins again in June 2015.

  • Green Design

    Green Building Policy/Resolution

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed** GREEN DESIGN-COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL-1 Green Design Policy Ordinance attached This resolution was distributed to all department and division heads - see Upload 2

    Green Building Training

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    The two candidates, Chris Kesici and Eric Griffith, took an online course at Affordable Green Academy and completed the following courses within the past 2.5 years: Principles and Goals The House as a System

  • Green Design Commercial and Residential Buildings

    Create a Green Development Checklist

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    GREEN DESIGN-COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL-2 Green Building Scorecard and Recertification Requirements Questionnaire attached.

    Green Building Education

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Upload 1 is a copy of a publication the Township makes available to the public: a 142-page Information & Resources Handbook written and published by Woodbridge Township Dept. of Planning & Development that contains “green design” information on the following topics: • Energy Conservation • Fuel Efficiency • General Green Practices • Green Building for Home and Business • Landscaping Ideas • Recycling Tips • Tax Credits • Waster Management • Water Management This publication is available through the Dept. of Planning & Development as well as at the Township’s Building Permit Office as well as on the Township website for free downloading. It is updated frequently. Upload 2 is a copy of the Township’s Green Building Scorecard/Checklist.

    Site Plan Green Design Standards

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, accomplished in 2009 ** GREEN DESIGN-COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL-3 Green Design Checklist examples of use attached, along with ordinance

  • Green Design Municipal Buildings

    Construction Waste Recycling

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, accomplished in 2011 ** Summary of Impacts of Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Policy - The policy is distributed during each Technical Review Committee meeting for development applications; - The policy is handed out with Zoning Permit applications which accompany most building permit applications - The Township has established a relationship with local recyclers where we give them information about construction projects and they contact contractors to recycle their debris. - We’ve hung large posters in our conference rooms and public areas which inform about our recycling policy. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Concrete/Asphalt/Brick from Woodbridge Township Public Works that was documented and reported to DEP: 2007 – 99,304 Tons 2008 – 119,497 Tons 2009 - 50,557 Tons 2010 - 56,340 Tons Decreased numbers of Construction and Demolition Waste may be because of the decline of the construction industry in Woodbridge and New Jersey due to the condition of the economy.

  • Health & Wellness

    Anti-Idling Education & Enforcement Program

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township Mayor’s Office, Woodbridge Township School District, Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission and Woodbridge Township Health Department have continued to implement an Anti-Idling Campaign. The campaign implemented a “No Idling Zone” education program at elementary, middle and high schools – locations where hundreds of car and bus engines idle daily as children are picked up and/or dropped off. Stopping unnecessary vehicle idling helps improve air quality and respiratory health in our communities, starting with the children who breathe the excess exhaust as they come and go from school. The Woodbridge Township Anti-Idling program is an outgrowth of the several programs initiated over the last few years to encourage children to walk to school, including receiving grants from Keep Middlesex Moving, Middlesex County and State of New Jersey to improve sidewalks and crosswalks near schools. The project has two goals: (1) educate drivers about the state’s anti-idling law and encourage them to comply, especially near schools; (2) teach students how to become actively involved in disseminating information about environmental issues that affect them and their families. The project consists of mounting No Idling Zone signs at the pickup/dropoff locations at each of the Township’s public schools and the printing and distributing a series of No Idling informational flyers for each of the approximately 14,000 students in the district to take home. The project consists of 10 weeks and began the week on February 2nd and completed the week of April 10th. Woodbridge will look to continue the program in future years. Submit at least three of the following: 1) We do not a need a formal resolution, because we follow the state laws: N.J.A.C. 7:27-14 (for diesel vehicles) and N.J.A.C. 7:27-15 (for gasoline vehicles). 2) “No Idling” signs have been posted at priority anti-idling locations. DONE 3) An enforcement plan was created for priority anti-idling locations in the community to reinforce the existing DEP regulations on anti-idling. DONE 4) Educational materials were produced and distribute to residents and businesses via public service announcements, newsletters, websites, educational materials, etc. The Mayor’s Office has worked with others to educate residents about the policy, including school administrators, businesses and the police, who have been tasked with issuing initial warnings and citations for multiple offenders. DONE 5) Monitor, evaluate and report on your efforts by keeping track of outreach efforts and the number of warnings or tickets, and observe target locations for improved compliance.

    Building Healthier Communities

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    2014-15 HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES – SUMMARY Meal Planning - 1/9/14 Safe on the Road - 1/14/14 Healthy Heart Pre-School - 2/21/14 Choose My Plate - 3/11/14 Slips & Fall Prevention - 4/8/14 Skin Cancer Screening - 5/12/14 Public Health Day Diabetic Counseling/Lead Testing and Info - 4/12/14 Women's Health Day, Depression, Reiki Alternative Therapy, Non pharmaceutical approaches to pain & adult vaccines - 9/24/14 Mayor's Health Expo, Wellness screenings, Glucose & Diabetic Counseling, Car fit - 10/18/14 Lung Cancer Early Detection - 9/23/14 Lead Testing - 11/10/14 Diabetic Self-Management - 10/24/14, 10/31/14, 11/7/14, 11/14/14 Healthy Habits Pre-School - 11/17/14 Tobacco Prevention - 1/15/15 My Plate Information - 4/8/15 Public Health Day, Screenings of glucose and cholesterol - 4/11/15 Skin Cancer Screening & sun prevention - 5/11/15 Dog Licensing - January Nursing Clinics for childhood immunizations, school physicals, well baby clinics, pap clinics, STD clinics, blood pressure checks - January thru December

    Safe Routes to School

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    During the past school year, Woodbridge Township municipal government continued to work with Woodbridge Township School District and transit organization Keep Middlesex Moving, Inc. to incorporate Safe Routes to School programs in our local elementary schools and expand on the program by incorporating it into new schools within the district. Planning meetings were held with the principals to discuss each school’s individual needs and ways to get the parent support. The team also met with School Board Administration to go talk about getting more schools involved in starting up their own Safe Routes Program. Throughout the school year there were meetings with the parents and PTOs to address their questions and safety concerns. SRTS Events: 4/2/14 safe walking presentation school 9 5/15/14 gave a presentation to seniors about ped safety at the Senior Police Academy 5/28/14 walking safety presentation at school 25 6/9/14 gave a bike safety presentation at community center 6/9/14 presentation on ped safety at school 18 10/8/14 walk to school event at school 27 4/22/15 walking Wednesday at school 21 5/13/15 walking Wednesday school 21

    Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Public Places

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township's ordinance, the Prohibition From Smoking on Municipal Grounds, became effective July 1, 2008. (Ord. #08-28). Municipal grounds shall mean any property or portion thereof, owned or leased by the Township of Woodbridge which are routinely accessed by the general public, including but not limited to parks, recreation facilities, the Health Center and the Municipal Complex, and is intended to include the land on which any building is located, including, but not limited to the surrounding surface parking lot, and parking deck, walkways, paths and lands appurtenant thereto. Any person who violates this provision shall pay a fine of one hundred ($100.00) dollars for the first offense and two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars for the second and each subsequent offense. Signs have displayed at public parks and buildings. Our Health Department and Municipal Alliance have also help functions for lung cancer and tobacco prevention.

  • Innovation & Demonstration Projects

    Innovative Community Project 1

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Innovative Demonstration Projects Woodbridge Township created within SJ’s 5-year window of eligibility are ongoing. 1) Live Where You Work 2) Woodbridge Energy Consortium 3) Green Technology Park 4) Pilot Site for Vehicle Electrification 5) And in 2012, the Woodbridge Township Redevelopment Agency and the Greenable Woodbridge program created a 39-page “Greenable Woodbridge Prosperity Plan” that details a strategy for Sustainability and the Economy in Woodbridge Township. Information provided on each project in attached Uploads.

    Innovative Community Project 2

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    During 2011-12 Woodbridge Township continued its long-standing Arts & Sustainability effort by incorporating local artists and arts resources into a Township-wide initiative using several coordinated community-based arts/sustainability projects to promote and achieve the Township’s sustainability objectives and develop sustainability as a means of artistic endeavor and communication among Woodbridge artists. Ongoing Arts & Sustainability projects include the Ten Towns Sculpture Project, Eco-Rhythms Jam Sessions at Greenable Woodbridge Museum of the Future, Green Playwriting Workshops, Lisa Bagwell and Linda Coughlin Recyclable Art Exhibit & Workshops at Barron Arts Center, a Recycled Mosaic Tile Mural Project at Woodbridge Artisan Guild, Downtown Greenable Woodbridge Art Path. In 2012 the Township and its newly formed 501c3 “Friends of Greenable Woodbridge” received a $7,500 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grant to expand the AWE (the Arts from Waste Experience) Program that teaches students how to create art from recycled materials. On April 22, 2012, New York Environmental Artist Ken Cro-Ken came to the Greenable Woodbridge Museum of the Future and gave a workshop in Recycled Art Painting. Our Arts and Sustainability projects have received grants from Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Bayshore Recycling, HSBC and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

    Innovative Community Project 3

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township joined the STAR network as a Pilot Community in November 2012. As a Pilot, the community greatly helped to improve STAR through a year-long testing and evaluation period of the STAR Community Rating System and its associated tools and products. On February 23, 2015, Woodbridge Township achieved a 3-STAR rating. Woodbridge is one of only 29 communities in the United States to achieve a designation as a 3-STAR rated community or higher. Woodbridge is also the only town in New Jersey to participate. The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the nation’s first framework and certification program for local sustainability, built by and for local governments and the communities they serve. The Rating System encompasses economic, environmental, and social performance measures for both local governments and the broader community. The Township has began promoting our achievement at all public functions and have parlayed the STAR success into another submission for Sustainable Jersey. Our residents have bought into the Sustainable Woodbridge mind set and we strive to continue to lead the way in sustainability.

    Raingardens

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, program ongoing ** FULL SUMMARY is contained in the attached file RainGarden-Summary.pdf

  • Solar Actions

    On-Site Solar System

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, program ongoing ** In 2008, Woodbridge Township received $2.4 million in rebate funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to install energy-producing solar panels at 6 municipal buildings. The $7 million overall project is geared to save long-term energy costs by putting into place self-sustaining solar energy — energy that will provide a portion of the Township’s power needs for many years. FULL SUMMARY is contained in the attached file SolarEnergy-Summary.pdf

  • Land Use & Transportation

    Bicycle and or Pedestrian Plan

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township, with the help of a Sustainable Jersey Small grant, hired Sam Schwartz Engineering to study the feasibility of implementing a network of bicycle routes within the township. The proposed bicycle roadway network will provide connections with commercial corridors and downtown business areas, mass transit options including train stations and bus routes, schools, recreational areas and large parks, and local government services. In addition, the proposed bicycle network will work in conjunction with our Complete Street Policy to expand travel choice and reduce traffic congestion, strengthen our local economy, protect our environment, promote healthy lifestyles, and improve our resident’s quality of life. The potential impact of achieving a multi-modal transportation network that is accessible, safe, and convenient is substantial, and can serve as a model for other communities to emulate. The plan will utilize local, low-stress routes and roadways as much as possible. The design options may include, but are not limited to: sharrows, advisory bicycle lanes, standard bicycle lanes, buffered bicycle lanes, and/or cycle tracks. All designs will adhere to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Bike Guide. Furthermore, Woodbridge Township will increase signage, increase roadway and bicycle lane striping, and install additional bicycle racks and other related amenities throughout the proposed bicycle network. Since the plan has been completed, Woodbridge Township has received a NJ Department of Transportation grant to implement the plan and provide safe bicycle connections to our residents. The Plan was approved by the Woodbridge Township Planning Board. The resolution is attached.

    Complete Streets Program

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Complete Streets policy has been distributed to all members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board and Redevelopment Agency. These members now consider the policy’s objectives prior to any decision governing land use they make. The policy will be incorporated into the Master Plan Re-examination review in 2015. The Township will not wait until 2015 to make Complete Streets Policy a factor in the development process. Each application that comes before the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board will be reviewed by the Township’s Planning and Engineering consultants to make sure the application is consistent with the Complete Streets Policy. Any future Redevelopment Plans will be developed to be consistent with Complete Streets Policy. The Planning Department is also studying current Redevelopment areas to see where Complete Streets Policy can be applied into development. The policy has been circulated to all departments and each department is developing its own action plan on how to best implement the policy. Special attention and training will be given to the Township’s Engineering and Planning departments as these two departments will have the best opportunity to apply this policy in the field. The policy will be included in all future new Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board members training sessions that are held annually. Consultants with experience in the Complete Streets field will be brought in to discuss further ways that the policy can be implemented. The Township is also considering holding training sessions for local contractors to make sure they are aware of the expectations of the policy.

    Green Building and Environmental Sustainability Element

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township of Woodbridge has prepared a Green Building and Environmental Sustainability Element as an amendment to the Township Master Plan in accordance with the N.J. M.L.U.L. It was adopted by the Woodbridge Township Planning Board on July 25, 2012. The 2012 Green Buildings and Sustainability Plan Element is an update to the 2009 Green Buildings and Sustainability Plan Element. Since 2009, the Township has promoted sustainability and taken actions to protect the environment in the areas of energy-efficient buildings, sustainable land use, public education and recycling. The Township has made municipal buildings more energy efficient. In January 2009, an energy audit of numerous township buildings was completed, which resulted in the installation of motion sensitive light switches in municipal buildings. The Township also continued to install solar panels at public schools. The Township has conserved land and promoted development in appropriate places. The Township successfully protected 104 acres of open space by obtaining Green Acres funding to purchase the development rights of the Colonia Country Club. The Township also used an open space grant to purchase and protect a smaller five-acre parcel. Under the zoning of the Main Street Transit Village Plan, a new 24-unit apartment complex was constructed in the downtown. Working with developers and the NJDEP, the Township led the remediation and redevelopment of over 100 acres of brownfields and prepared a plan for a future Raritan River Walk. The Township provides educational materials to the public and has seen increased recycling. A recourse center is available to the public to learn about incentives and rebates for using green building techniques and energy-efficient appliances. Notably, building permit records show a dramatic increase in residential solar panel installations. Recycling figures have continued to increase in township recycling, as residents and contractors dispose of waste more responsibly. The Township has gone to a single-stream recycling system for residents and directs contractors to recycle construction waste. Since 2009, Woodbridge Township’s greatest sustainability accomplishments have been in the areas of energy-efficient buildings, sustainable land use, public education, and recycling.

    Sustainable Land Use Pledge

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    The Sustainable Land Use Pledge was developed by the Sustainable Land Use Pledge & Master Plan Element & Sustainable Community Plan sub-committee of the Woodbridge Township Green Team through a series of meetings with input invited from the public. The Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Environmental Commission have all received a copy of the Sustainable Land Use Pledge and new board members are given notice upon their appointment to the respected board.

  • Local Economies

    Green Business Recognition Program

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    Each year Woodbridge Township challenges the businesses to take our Green Business Challenge Checklist. There are three levels they can meet – green, greener, and emerald status. All participants are given a green business decal for their store windows. The marketing and outreach to participate in the program is through door to door business visits by our Green Ambassador Student Team (youth Green Team members) informing businesses about the challenge and the benefits of being green. We also put the challenge checklist on our Greenable Woodbride homepage and in our quarterly magazine, The Woodbridge News.

  • Buy Local Programs

    Buy Local Campaign

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    2015 Buy Local – WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP - Summary __________________________________________________ As in every year since its establishment in 2009, Buy Local counter cards have been printed and distributed to retail outlets throughout the Township, Buy Local street banners were prepared and hung in all Township business districts, Buy Local letters were sent to Woodbridge Township merchants informing them of the campaign and suggesting ways in which they might participate, Buy Local Membership Cards were distributed to thousands of people at Township events, PSA announcements were issued on the Township’s TV-35/36 channels, website, newsletter and various resident flyers, and a special portion of the Township website was devoted to Buy Local. The Holiday Stroll down Main Street was held on Small Business Saturday in November to kick off the holiday shopping season and bring shoppers down to Main Street for a fun, free event promoting the local businesses. The plan was to saturate the market so township residents start to think Buy Local and see it in various forms of advertising. The Mayor and Chamber of Commerce Director also attend multiple ribbon cuttings throughout the year to highlight new business coming to Woodbridge Township.

    Support Local Businesses

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    To Support the Buy Local Campaign and Township businesses, both large and small, the Township worked with various business and community groups such as the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants Association, Oak Tree Road SID, Colonia Business Community to plan and organize various events in the business districts to bring local shoppers to patronize the stores. These groups also contributed to the “Buy Local Business Directory” and “Discount Card”. The Township also works with the Mayor’s Advocacy Committee for Education to bring the business leaders to the schools for Principal of the Day and the Career Fair for high school seniors. Additionally, the Buy Local subcommittee of our Township Green Team meets every other month to discuss avenues to expand business within our community. Also, Woodbridge Township is in the final stages of launching a Buy Local App which will list and market all businesses within Woodbridge Township with consumers.

  • Natural Resources

    Environmental Commission

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission has been in existence since 1973. The Woodbridge Township’s Environmental Commission prides itself on taking an active role in our community. We have programs that have showed great progress like our annual Earth Day event, started and maintain the Community Garden, and began a seed library. We consistently look to see what works and improve on aspects of the community that need work. The Environmental Commission meetings are open to the public and provide a resource for the community to discuss environmental concerns in the neighborhood and community.

    Natural Resource Inventory

    20 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, accomplished in 2008 ** Woodbridge Township published its Environmental Resource Inventory in 2008. It is attached as file Woodbridge EnvResourceInventory-2008.pdf * Reviewer Note: “Please provide documentation that the ERI has been incorporated into the Township's Master Plan.” Documentation provided in revised Upload 1

    Open Space Plans

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, accomplished in 2009 ** The Open Space Plan was a part of the Township Master Plan revised and adopted in December, 2009. It was developed as part of the Sustainable Land Use Pledge & Master Plan Element & Sustainable Community Plan sub-committee of the Woodbridge Township Green Team. During an 18-month period in 2008 and 2009, 3 stakeholder meetings and 2 visioning meetings were held by the Township to invite public discussion from residents, business owners and professionals in the field. Comments were supportive, and many suggestions were incorporated into the final document. The proposal was reviewed by the Woodbridge Township Dept. of Planning and Development and Woodbridge Township Planning Board; Planning Board meetings were public. Woodbridge Township Open Space Plan and Inventory attached. 1. Submit a current Open Space Plan complete with the 10 items listed in the What to Do section. The Woodbridge Township Open Space Plan section of the Master Plan was published in 2009. It is current. And it is submitted here as an attached PDF -- again. 2. Document that an OSRP has been approved by the NJDEP’s Green Acres program within the last 6 years and/or its update has been approved accordingly every 6 years with the municipality’s Master Plan re-examination. WE HAVE NOT SUBMITTED our OSRP plan to Green Acres.

  • Natural Resource Protection Ordinances

    Habitat Conservation Ordinance

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    On Aug. 7, 2012, Woodbridge Township Council passed a Habitat Conservation Ordinance – see upload 1

    Tree Protection Ordinance

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed ** Tree Protection ordinance.

  • Tree & Woodlands Management

    Community Forestry Plan and Tree Cover Goal

    20 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township has had a Community Forestry Plan since 2007 and a Tree Cover Goal since 2009. We receive annual Approved Status from NJ Community Forestry Plan. 1. Tree Canopy Goal adopted by the Woodbridge Township Environmental Commission at its meeting of Sept. 10, 2009. 2. End of Year Status Report.

    Tree Maintenance Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    During 2014, the Dept. of Public Works removed 552 trees and trimmed 171 trees in the Township. Annual Budget: Operating $25,000; Payroll $920,000; Equipment Repairs $70,000; Disposal $49,000. Total: $1,025,000.00. A second Tree Maintenance Crew was added and are up to fourteen (14) members.

    Tree Planting Programs

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    This past year, Woodbridge Township Dept. of Public Works, Parks Division, planted 42 trees at 4 locations. 3 Weeping Cherry @ Fords Monument- 18’ root ball 24 Cypress @ Highland Grove- 36” root ball 10 Weeping Cherry & Cherry @ Woodbridge Park- 18” root ball 3 Weeping Cherry @ Sewaren Monument- 18” root ball

  • Green Fleets

    Driver Training

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township of Woodbridge is dedicated to the concept of utilizing the policies of Green Driver Training as one of its best management practices and to achieve environmentally sound and efficient results in the area of reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions through proper driver training. The Township of Woodbridge’s Department of Public Works and Parks formally supports the following practices to achieve the results stated in its Mission Statement. All employees in Parks, Roads, Engineering, Sanitation, Equipment/Repair, Sanitation, Recycling take a special Driver Training course that includes instruction in fuel efficiency. These Driver Training policies have resulted in realizing a considerable reduction in fuel consumption.These Driver Training policies have resulted in realizing a considerable reduction in fuel consumption. The Township spent $1,460,168 on fuel in 2012 and reduced that number to $1,174,502 in 2014. The Township will continue to update all employees with safety training through its JIF and will provide programs and training through other resources which further promulgate the concepts of proper “Green Driving Techniques”. In addition, the Township has implemented an efficient collection system that requires drivers to be trained in the use of “Route Smart” system that provides the most efficient route management practices to reduce fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions. GPS systems and radios are installed inall sanitation fleets to provide management the ability to track all vehicles to ensure that drivers are following the designed routes of the system. The Township has adopted a “No Idling” policy that requires all trucks to be shut down from idling for no longer than 2 minutes unless engaged in operation. Drivers are also required to perform pre-trip inspection of vehicles checking for proper tire pressure to ensure for efficient mileage when driving.

    Fleet Inventory

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    Attached is our latest and current fleet inventory sheet of the Township’s 372 vehicles, a number larger in comparison to 2012. The Township of Woodbridge is dedicated to the concept of utilizing the policies of Green Driver Training as one of its best management practices. These Driver Training policies have resulted in realizing a considerable reduction in fuel consumption. One specific target: automated sanitation trucks have cut the weekly routes down from 20 to 14, which is a 30% reduction in routes, consequently saving on fuel. Second specific target: our current Fleet Carbon Footprint is 3898.04 which is much lower than our 2012 Fleet Carbon Footprint of 4675.36. Future purchases of vehicles of which are more fuel efficient in our immediate plan. The Route Smart software is also creating a more efficient method of trash pick-up. Additionally, our salt spreaders are converting to electric as compared to gasoline, which will also save fuel. Evaluation: There are more changes of this type to come in the future, as this is clearly our goal to increase fuel efficiency in all vehicles. Strategies for improvement: increase conversion to biodiesel fuel and maintain an emissions monitoring program to measure the drop in hydrocarbon emissions from vehicles fueled with biodiesel.

    Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Now in its fifth year, the hybrid vehicle program has demonstrated that our Public Works vehicles are operating with better mileage and better efficiency, thus delivering real cost savings to the municipal budget. In 2007, Woodbridge purchased a dozen Ford Escape hybrids for its Code Enforcement Division after a one-year trial of a single hybrid car proved its cost effectiveness. The Department of Public Works purchased six municipal vehicles (small trucks and SUVs), two Ford International dump trucks, and two Crane Carrier garbage trucks for the biodiesel pilot program. The township also purchased 12 environmentally-friendly Ford Escape hybrid vehicles to supplement the municipal fleet. The 2007 Ford Escape hybrids cost $25,576 each and are estimated by the manufacturer to get over 36 miles per gallon. The township also reduced the purchase price of the Hybrid vehicles by more than $48,000 through state and county rebates totaling more than $4,000 per vehicle. The Department of Public Works will also receive rebates on the purchase of biodiesel fuel through state and county rebate programs.

    Vehicle Conversions

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township’s biodiesel fuel program started in 2007 with a $65,500 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) which helped the Township’s Department of Public Works install an aboveground biodiesel fuel tank and establish an emissions monitoring program to measure the drop in hydrocarbon emissions from vehicles fueled with biodiesel. All Public Works vehicles run on biodiesel. We use approximately 255,000 gallons of fuel a year and believe using biodiesel fuel is an environmentally-friendly and energy-saving initiative that saves taxpayer dollars, increases energy efficiency in our municipal government operations and protects the environment. The biodiesel fuel program is a win-win-win for the Township, our residents and the environment. At monthly intervals our Motors Manager conducts tests to monitor the efficiency of the biodiesel fuel in all vehicles.

  • Green Purchasing Program

    Adopt a Green Purchasing Policy by Ordinance

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township has had a Green Purchasing Policy passed by Council resolution since 2009 – for which we should have already received full credit in earlier SJ submissions. (upload 1) The Resolution and Policy were distributed to all Department and Division heads in 2009 and highlighted in their weekly staff meeting agenda. The Resolution and Policy were posted to the Township website. A reminder memo to Division and Department heads was sent out in Aug. 2011. In July 2012, a Green Purchasing Policy Ordinance was adopted by Council (upload 2) and has been distributed to all Department and Division heads, highlighted in their weekly staff meeting agenda, posted to the Township website. A reminder memo to Division and Department heads was sent out in July 2012. (upload 3)

    Energy-Efficient Appliances or Equipment

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Since the Township’s purchase of photovoltaic panels for several of our municipal buildings, as well as an energy audit, the municipality has worked to conserve energy and purchase electronic products that are “ENERGY STAR” rated. The Township’s Green Purchasing Policy oversees the procurement of items which conserve energy and are environmentally safe. Various divisions have carefully requested electronic items, appliances, and equipment conforming to our green practices.

    Green Maintenance Equipment and Materials

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township of Woodbridge is committed to its green purchasing practices and continues to find new areas of operation to paint “green.” The centralized purchasing office works cooperatively with divisions and departments, who request cleaning products for our municipal buildings. We collectively select products which are both effective cleaners and environmentally safe. The Township’s green cleaning products are important to the health and safety of our constituents, as well as to the maintenance of public buildings. For Green Maintenance Equipment and Materials, Township purchasing department works with our vendors to select equipment and materials that are green and environmentally friendly. See uploaded documents for materials bought and invoices. Among our green maintenance equipment and materials, Woodbridge purchases: AA long life alkaline batteries which are 100% mercury free; a Honda Inverter Generator with Eco-Throttle. It can run at much slower RPMs while maintain frequency and power for the requested load. Because the engine does not run at full speed constantly, Eco-Throttle reduces fuel consumption by up to 40%. It also helps reduce exhaust emissions.; Fibar Engineered Wood Fiber as playground safety fall/drop zone areas. Fibar comes with LEED documentation and is manufactured only with virgin wood; and all of our lawn mowers and equipment, such as the 2015 Kubota lawn mower, comes with mulching kits which allows our parks department to continually grass-cycle.

    Recycled Paper

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    For several years, the Township of Woodbridge has made great strides toward implementing a green purchasing program. Among the many green projects and purchases made during this period, the municipality began by addressing the purchase of the most basic necessity used in its everyday operations: paper. With over thirty copiers and countless more office machines used by Township employees, the volume of paper consumed is great. Over 500 cases of paper are ordered each year. New methods were adopted to ensure that all paper purchases conformed to our green policy. The Township’s centralized purchasing office is responsible for ordering paper for office machines in all departments and divisions. For the past two years, requests for paper have been taken by our maintenance personnel, who record them in a log. This log is submitted to the purchasing department monthly. The purchasing department then orders the most environmentally preferred paper item for sale. This allows the Township to maintain a stock of “green” paper, which is delivered to each department upon request. The municipality has been under contract with W.B. Mason, Inc. for several years. They have worked with us diligently to provide us with “green” paper resources at affordable prices. W.B. Mason has provided us with two types of copy paper: acid-free paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and recycled COPY paper containing 30% post-consumer recycled content and 75% total recycled content. This paper continues to be used throughout the municipal buildings. W.B. Mason also supplies us with many green items made from post-consumer recycled content. Attached is a list of all “green” items we have purchased from them over the past calendar year. As the sixth largest municipality in the State with solid green purchasing practices, the Township proudly holds a large place in the “greening” of New Jersey.

  • Grounds & Maintenance

    Efficient Landscape Design

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed ** Woodbridge Township Dept. of Public Works engages in numerous Efficient Landscape Design practices. The DPW has created several Wildflower Gardens throughout the Townships and involved local high school students in a Sustainability Summer Project. In order to cut down on small, difficult areas of grass cutting in the township, the Parks Department dug up 9 different areas and planted wildflowers with mulch. These areas no longer have to receive a weekly use of gas machinery and man power to maintain; with a little mulch they are sustaining themselves and thriving under extreme weather conditions. The Parks employees were aided by a dozen students from the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council.

    Green Grounds & Maintenance Policy

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    In August, 2009, a Green Grounds & Maintenance Policy was adopted by Council (uploads 1, 2) and has been distributed to all Department and Division heads, highlighted in their weekly staff meeting agenda, posted to the Township website. A reminder memo to Division and Department heads was sent out in August, 2009. (upload 3)

    Integrated Pest Management

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The prerequisite Green Grounds and Maintenance Policy has been adopted. The Township of Woodbridge’s Department of Public Works and Parks supports the following practices in Integrated Pest Management: • use only organic fertilizers and pesticides • adhere to a frequent timely schedule for mowing and grounds maintenance • adhere to a seeding and aeration program in the Spring and Fall • provide timely collection of trash at municipal parks and buildings • keep tree branches and shrubbery well maintained and away from buildings • ensure roofs are repaired in a timely manner as to not attract insects to deteriorating wood

    Recycled Materials and Composting

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Township has an extensive leaf recycling program from October through December; the leaves are recycled into compost. This year our Public Works Dept. picked up four containers of leaf-dumping compost at the Cranbury Road Middlesex County facility; half was utilized by Public Works at various parks and half was given to our residents at our Public Works Keasbey facility.

  • Sustainability Planning

    Climate Action Plan

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Contained here is the updated Woodbridge Twp. CLIMATE ACTION PLAN in its entirety. This plan was first formally adopted by a vote of the Township Council on August 4, 2015. The updated version was finalized on May 6, 2015 and is awaiting approval by the Township Council.

    Community Asset Mapping

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township’s Green Maps project strives to audit and map safe pedestrian and bike routes, identify green businesses, identify homes and businesses that have implemented alternative energy sources, identify homes and businesses that employ water conservation measures in irrigation and landscaping. It serves as a reference for sustainable living, business, shopping and leisure for residents of Woodbridge Township. The project has started in 2012 with the mapping of green businesses in the various downtown sections throughout the Township, specifically in the New Brunswick Avenue and Main Street areas. Businesses that have implemented “green” principles have been highlighted. These businesses are identified with green icons, and brief descriptions are provided regarding their green practices. The descriptions include businesses that offer sustainable products or services, use conservation techniques, promote environmental responsibility, and worker and community well-being. In order to obtain this information, the Township surveyed and met with local business owners. The also includes Township landmarks, such as Townhall, the Community Center, the Baron Arts Center, and the Park Press historic site. Additionally, the Township recycling center is identified as well as a local recycling business. The map provides an interactive forum online so that members of the public can locate and support these businesses. Going forward the Township will aim to involve local students in an interactive environment in the mapping process to generate more community involvement.

    Community Carbon Footprint

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Utilizing data from the Municipal Carbon Footprint, the US Energy Information Administration, and several utilities, we have completed the Community Carbon Footprint for Woodbridge Township with a baseline year of 2014. We continued the same methodology that had been in place when making these estimates. Municipal Building and Facilities Energy Use Data Determining the Local Government impacts on the Community Carbon Footprint, we analyzed the yearly utility data for each site and addressed natural gas, electricity, and fuel oil usage. Data was provided by the local utility, PSE&G, as well as an audit program that has been conducted by Woodbridge.Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Energy Use Data Requests were made to local utilities, PSE&G and Elizabethtown Gas, as well as Atlantic City Electric Co, JCP&L, and Rockland Electric Company to determine the community-wide carbon emissions resulting from residential, commercial, and industrial users. These figures were substantiated by EIA Reports on Annual Electricity Sales from State Distributors and EIA Residential, Commercial, and Industrial consumption data. The information provided from these sources covers the electricity use for all buildings in the municipality, as well as natural gas delivered through pipeline, and heating oil. PSE&G and Elizabethtown Gas Utility Data Included in the Community Carbon Footprint submittal are comprehensive documentation and source material. Natural Gas, Electricity, and Fuel Oil usage was totaled from each sector and used to populate the baseline year. Mobile Fuel Combustion data was provided by the Township.

    Community Visioning

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township’s Community Visioning process was completed and first published on Sept. 3, 2010 and was updated and re-published each year. On May 9, 2013, Caroline Ehrlich, Director of the Township’s Office of Sustainability, held a visioning meeting for next steps and priorities, delivering a live presentation and Power Point Display that detailed how the community has been implementing the plan and evaluating progress on an annual cycle. One of the most important parts of the Visioning Meeting is the public input. All attendees are encouraged to give their feedback, share their thoughts, and discuss the future vision for the community and Township. (upload 1). Resolution – upload 2 Completed Updated Plan – upload 3

    Municipal Carbon Footprint

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    ** no update needed, accomplished in 2010 ** Using the form provided by Sustainable Jersey, we have calculated the current Municipal Carbon Footprint for Woodbridge Township (see attached .xls file).

  • Sustainability & Climate Planning

    Action Plans

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township’s Community Visioning process was completed and first published on Sept. 3, 2010 and was updated and re-published on April 10, 2012. On April 12, 2012, Caroline Ehrlich, Director of the Township’s Office of Sustainability, delivered the updated plan with a live presentation and Power Point Display that detailed how the community has been implementing the plan and evaluating progress on an annual cycle (upload 1). Resolution – upload 2 Completed Updated Plan – upload 3

    Indicators and Targets

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP’S SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY VISION A thriving sustainable economy is one that leads to environmental, social and economic vitality. In a sustainable economy resources are not used up faster than nature renews them. To obtain true sustainability we must “mobilize the entire community” by reaching every resident, business and industry in the Township with the message that individual action matters and is essential to meeting community wide climate control goals. In particular, by taking positive measures toward reducing its own carbon footprint, the Township plays a leadership role by setting an example. Therefore, through this Sustainable Community Plan, Woodbridge Township is committed to growth of an economic and socially sustainable community, and to developing strategies that will reduce our impact on the environment both collectively and individually, so that we might preserve our natural resources for the citizens now and in the future. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION The above Woodbridge Township Sustainable Community vision statement was drafted by the Woodbridge Green Team subcommittee for Sustainable Jersey initiatives, as well as other stakeholders and with public visioning meetings on July 14, 2009, Aug. 5, 2009, Aug. 12, 2009 and then finalized and adopted by vote at an open public meeting of the Township Council on Sept. 15, 2009. Additionally, the Sustainable Woodbridge Plan has been posted for public review and comment on the Township’s Greenable Woodbridge webpage: http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/Green/tabid/751/Default.aspx. (comments provided to the Township by email are available upon request). FORMAL ADOPTION This Sustainable Community Plan (SCP) was formally adopted by a vote of the Township Council on Sept. 15, 2009. The SCP was revised during the ensuing months and re-submitted on September 3, 2010; it was again revised on Oct. 1, 2010, updated on April 10, 2012, adopted by Municipal Council resolution on July24, 2012 and recently updated on and resolution passed. MONITORING AND EVALUATION Progress in completing SCP actions will be tracked using the separately attached Target&Action Tracking-Woodbridge.pdf. Achievement of SCP targets will be monitored using Target&Action Tracking-Woodbridge.pdf. The Woodbridge Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) will fill out both tables on a quarterly basis. In addition, at the end of each year the OEE will analyze the filled out tables and evaluate overall SCP implementation and effectiveness. UPDATING AND REVISION Based on OEE’s annual SCP evaluation, which will include consideration of changes in external circumstances and assumptions, OEE will update and revise the SCP and submit the revised document to the Green Team and then the Township Council for formal adoption.

    Vision Statement and Goals

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP’S SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY VISION A thriving sustainable economy is one that leads to environmental, social and economic vitality. In a sustainable economy resources are not used up faster than nature renews them. To obtain true sustainability we must “mobilize the entire community” by reaching every resident, business and industry in the Township with the message that individual action matters and is essential to meeting community wide climate control goals. In particular, by taking positive measures toward reducing its own carbon footprint, the Township plays a leadership role by setting an example. Therefore, through this Sustainable Community Plan, Woodbridge Township is committed to growth of an economic and socially sustainable community, and to developing strategies that will reduce our impact on the environment both collectively and individually, so that we might preserve our natural resources for the citizens now and in the future. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION The above Woodbridge Township Sustainable Community vision statement was drafted by the Woodbridge Green Team subcommittee for Sustainable Jersey initiatives, as well as other stakeholders and with public visioning meetings on July 14, 2009, Aug. 5, 2009, Aug. 12, 2009 and then finalized and adopted by vote at an open public meeting of the Township Council on Sept. 15, 2009. Additionally, the Sustainable Woodbridge Plan has been posted for public review and comment on the Township’s Greenable Woodbridge webpage: http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/Green/tabid/751/Default.aspx. (comments provided to the Township by email are available upon request). FORMAL ADOPTION This Sustainable Community Plan (SCP) was formally adopted by a vote of the Township Council on Sept. 15, 2009. The SCP was revised during the ensuing months and re-submitted on September 3, 2010; it was again revised on Oct. 1, 2010, updated on April 10, 2012, adopted by Municipal Council resolution on July 24, 2012 and recently updated and resolution passsed. MONITORING AND EVALUATION Progress in completing SCP actions is tracked using the separately attached Target&Action Tracking-Woodbridge.pdf. Achievement of SCP targets is monitored using Target&Action Tracking-Woodbridge.pdf. The Woodbridge Office of Sustainability fills out both tables on a quarterly basis. In addition, at the end of each year the Office of Sustainability analyzes the filled out tables and evaluates overall SCP implementation and effectiveness. UPDATING AND REVISION Based on the Office of Sustainability’s annual SCP evaluation, which includes consideration of changes in external circumstances and assumptions, the Office updates and revises the SCP and submits the revised document to the Green Team and then the Township Council for formal adoption.

  • Waste Management

    Prescription Drug Safety and Disposal

    10 Points Bronze Priority Silver Priority

    Program Summary:

    On December 1, 2014, the Woodbridge Police Department began participating in the state sponsored “Project Medicine Drop” program. This program allows any person to safely and anonymously surrender any and all prescription and over the counter drugs at our location 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The drugs are then safely stored in the evidence unit and disposed of by incineration. Since the program’s inception on December 1, 2014, the police department has collected a total of 123 pounds of unwanted drugs. Additionally, Woodbridge Township sponsors a "Prescription Drug Spring Cleaning Day", which encourages residents to clean out and get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs.

  • Recycling

    Bulky Rigid Plastics

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township includes the category of Bulky Rigid Plastics in its ongoing Recycling Program, as stated in Municipal Ordinances relating to recycling, Section 27-3, specifically in Section 27-3.3 (upload 1) It is an important part of the Township’s expanded recycling program, whose mission is to increase already high rates of recycling. To achieve environmentally sound and efficient results in reducing waste and preserving natural resources, the Township’s Bulky Rigid Plastic Policy has added bulky rigid plastics to the list of items that can normally be recycled through the Township’s Municipal Recycling Program.

    Community Paper Shredding Day

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township held its Community Paper Shredding Day on July, 2014; 247 people brought in 17,170 lbs. of paper to be shredded. The event is advertised on our web site, via news releases, special flyers and in paid advertisements in the Home News Tribune. It is part of a program presented by Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management, and the event is held at Woodbridge Township Public Works.

    Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    ** This IS the Policy as included in the larger Ordinance. Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Policy as Included in the Land Use and Development Ordinance of the Township of Woodbridge, Adopted February 22, 2011 (16.2) Use of Class B recycled materials encouraged. (a) The Township encourages the use of Class B recycled materials from a local, approved Class B recycling facility in private, nonresidential projects and public works projects undertaken by the Township, provided that said materials meet applicable engineering specifications and are acceptable to the NJDEP for said materials’ intended end use. (b) The Township shall further encourage the use of Class B recycled materials in any construction, development, redevelopment or renovation project by any party by including with all building, Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment applications information regarding the benefits of using recycled materials, along with a statement that the Township is committed to the use of recycled materials as a way to improve the environment and preserve natural resources. (16.3) In connection with the application for any nonresidential project approval under Subsection A(16), utilizing Class B recycled materials, the applicant shall provide documentation of the proposed source of the intended Class B recycled material, and the provider of such material shall certify its suitability for the intended use. With respect to proposed public works projects, the Municipal Engineer shall determine the appropriateness of using the Class B recycled materials for such projects, and the provider of such material shall certify to the Township its suitability for the intended use. The provider shall supply the Township with adequate assurance that, in the event that NJDEP at some future date declares the use of such material inappropriate for a public works project, the provider shall indemnify the Township for the costs of the removal of the material and its replacement with a suitable substitute. (16.4) Class B recycled materials is defined as processed concrete, asphalt, brick, block, glass cullet, nonhazardous soils and any nonvirgin, environmentally clean construction soils and/or overburden from jobsites, either screened or unscreened, that is accepted and processed by a Class B recycling facility approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (16.5) a) All Class-B recycled materials as defined in Section 150-24 (16.4) of this Land Use Ordinance; created by or resulting from demolition of any structure or portion of a structure within the Township, shall be disposed of at a local New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection approved Class-B Facility. b) Upon the request of the Township, the person or entity to whom a demolition permit was issued shall within 2 business days of the request, provide proof reasonably satisfactory to the Township that all Class-B recycled materials as defined herein, were disposed of in accordance with this ordinance. --------------------------------- FULL SUMMARY is contained in the attached file C&D Ordinance.pdf Zoning Permit Application attached with required information for construction/demolition waste recycling.

    Recycling Depot

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    The Woodbridge Township Convenience Center opened in April of 2007 at 225 Smith Street, Keasbey, next to the existing Township Public Works Recycling Drop off Depot for Township residents who choose to drop off their bulky recyclable and waste items rather than have them picked up at the curb for a fee. The Township expanded its Recycling Drop Off Depot, which has been in existence since 1990, by opening up a Convenience Center next to the depot to allow residents to drop off additional items that were in the past normally collected at the curb. Depot hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. from April 1-Oct. 31; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Nov. 1-Mar. 31. Residents who choose to bring their items to the facility can do so for free and because of the free service the need for special pick ups has dropped by almost half of what it used to be. For example, collection of appliances and metal which was collected 3 days per week has been now reduced to only one thus reducing our labor costs and fuel usage. An average of 272 tons of metal and appliances, 1000 tons of concrete, brick, block and asphalt and 1,040 tons of brush are collected yearly at the facility and recycled by the approximately 10,000 residents who use the facility over the course of a year. The materials accepted at the facility include Appliances, Mixed Metal, Concrete, Asphalt, Brick, Brush, Leaves Old Propane Tanks, Electronics, Bulk Waste, Paint, Stains, Lacquers, Varnishes, Thinners, Aerosol Paints, Tires Household Batteries, Motor Oil, Anti Freeze, Glass Bottles and Jars, Aluminum and Tin Cans, Plastic Bottles, Newspapers, Mixed Papers, Cardboard and Textiles.

    Recycling Education & Enforcement

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township has a targeted outreach program when it comes to recycling. Our Recycling Coordinator is in constant contact with residents and businesses to discuss issues and our DPW disperse recycling information at most public events. Additionally, the Township develops a yearly recycling calendar that is mailed to all address within the Township and is available on the township website. This calendar has all necessary information when in regards to recycling within our township. Furthermore, audits are completed at residences and condos to determine if recycling is being fully implemented. Failure to do so will result in a non-compliance warning letter. If the issue continues, the resident will be issued a summons to appear in court.

    Shrink Wrap

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township includes shrink wrap in its ongoing Recycling Program, as stated in Municipal Ordinances relating to recycling, Section 27-3, specifically in Section 27-3.3 It is an important part of the Township’s expanded recycling program, whose mission is to increase already high rates of recycling.

  • Waste Reduction

    Grass - Cut It and Leave It Program

    5 Points

    Program Summary:

    Grasscycling, the natural way to have a green, healthy lawn while spending less time and money, builds a healthier, more natural lawn and helps manage grass clippings instead of hauling them to a landfill. A typical lawn of 5,000 square feet generates about 75 pounds of clippings per mowing. In fact, the Woodbridge Township Department of Public Works collects more than 6,000 tons of grass clippings each year which costs over $375,000 in additional landfill fees. Years of research have shown that by mowing frequently (5-6 times a month) and not bagging those clippings, lawn owners can save up to 40% of the time they spend on routine lawn care! Woodbridge Township is now in year two of providing educational outreach in regards to grasscycling. Information has been on display on our Township website, E-news blasts, Woodbridge News mailings, our recycling calendar, local TV 35 shows, and at public events such as the Health Fair, America Recycles Day, Earth Day, and National Public Lands Day.

    Materials Reuse Program

    10 Points

    Program Summary:

    Woodbridge Township sponsors a “free-cycling” schedule of free bulk materials pickups for residents – residents are encouraged to have “garage sales” (permit waived) on a weekend pickup … the following week materials can be left on the curb for public to browse and acquire for free, and then the Township sanitation trucks collect what remains and delivers to the Township recycling center at Public Works. Massive publicity on the pickups is sent to residents: e-newsletter, printed newsletter, tax bill flyers, web site postings, TV bulletins, etc. Thousands of households participate; tonnage reduced: 1,310.28 tons for 2014 pickups and to day, 1,029.51 tons in 2015.