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:
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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, called the Downbeach Green Team (Margate, Ventnor & Longport) are collaborating on a single-use plastics reduction campaign, complete with the adoption of SUP bag fee and ban ordinances, educational programming, catchy marketing materials, portable water bottle refilling stations, & more. Their collaborative efforts have set the stage for a state-wide movement on the issue.
In the summer of 2018, eight towns have joined forces on the Bergen Styrofoam Free initiative, which entails multiple styrofoam collection drives to recycling EPS (packing material), public education, Styrofoam Free Business Awards, & policy changes to ban XPS (food containers, etc.) in schools and parks across the county.
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.