Why Get Certified?

We all want a more sustainable New Jersey. Few contest the benefits of clean air, fresh water, waterways filled with fish, garbage in its proper place, clean energy options, parks and open space and a healthy place to work and live. The big question is how do we achieve this as a state? Our program provides a framework for municipalities to follow to become more sustainable.



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Registration is free and grants are available. But the bragging rights from the two certifications, bronze or silver, are priceless. With 450 communities in New Jersey registered, the Sustainable Jersey scene is bigger than ever. Don't miss your chance to:

Save money. Get money.

Sustainable Jersey towns and cities implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water and garbage bills. The program helps communities improve efficiency, cut waste and stimulate their local economies. Registered towns get special priority access and notification of incentives and grants, and are eligible for the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program which has funded over $2.5 million worth of sustainable projects in municipalities since 2009 across New Jersey.


Gain access to training, tools and expert guidance.

Sustainable Jersey towns have access to clear “how to” guidance and New Jersey specific tools and resources for developing a comprehensive sustainable community program. Regular training workshops, webinars and leadership meetings provide your town with connections to the leading experts in important municipal sustainability issues.


Get recognized. Promote your town.

Sustainable Jersey towns are promoted on this website, in our publications, in the media and at promotional events. Towns that achieve certification are provided a customized Sustainable Jersey logo that can be used on the town’s promotional materials. Municipalities are honored at an annual Sustainable Jersey luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Annual Sustainable Jersey awards are bestowed to the top point getters and those towns that excel in leadership, innovation and collaboration.


Conserve valuable resources. Protect the environment.

Residents increasingly want to live in towns that are doing their part for the environment. The Sustainable Jersey actions cover a wide range of topic areas focusing on people, prosperity and the planet. By becoming a Sustainable Jersey certified town, you align your municipality with your community’s values while saving your resources as well as nature's.