Sustainable Jersey is committed to help our green teams build capacity through training, best practice resources and networking. In keeping towns connected to each other, green teams gain the opportunity to learn what has been successful elsewhere in the state and partner on projects with neighboring towns and schools in order to boost limited resources.
While each hub is structured differently and focuses on topics specific to the needs of its region's green teams, the opportunities that are provided to participants are the same:
Regional hubs have formed across New Jersey and are comprised of municipal and schools green team and environmental commission members, municipal and county representatives, and business, community and nonprofit leaders.
If you are interested in learning more about an existing hub or how to start one in your region, contact Lauren Skowronski at 609-771-3129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three towns within the hub, calling themselves the Downbeach Green Team (Margate, Ventnor & Longport) have begun a collaborative plastic bag education marketing and awareness campaign. In a truly collaborate effort, Longport became the first NJ town to pass a bag fee ordinance, setting the stage for others to come.
Maplewood, Millburn, South Orange & Irvington launched the Essex Community Energy awareness campaign to educate residents on how to save money & energy and reduce carbon footprints, the benefits to home energy audits, while connecting them to several special programs aimed at using energy more efficiently in homes.
Each March, eight Mercer towns come collaborate on a county-wide green fair, the Mercer Green Fest (formerly the Living Local Expo). The Fest brings in over 1,000 people with more than 90 vendors, speakers & hands-on activities. Because each community was involved in the planning and promotion of the event, each green team received Green Fair points. Plans for greening the 2016 Expo are currently underway.