2019 PSEG Grant Recipients

36 Sustainable Jersey grants awarded to New Jersey municipalities

On May 7, 2019, $200,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation to implement a variety of sustainability projects across the state including green infrastructure, park restoration, single-use plastic reduction campaigns, raingardens, environmental resource inventories, creative placemaking, green team capacity building and more. You can read the press release here.

$20,000 Awardees

Municipality County Project Title
Caldwell Borough Essex

Green Infrastructure Planning and ImplementationThis project will address localized flooding and surface water quality by allowing the Borough to develop a green infrastructure strategic plan and install two demonstration projects to help encourage all sectors of the community to promote their use and installation.

Elizabeth City Union

Green Infrastructure: The City will install five green infrastructure demonstration projects at the Groundwork Elizabeth MicroFarm at the Elmora Branch of the Elizabeth Public Library.

Lambertville City Hunterdon

Ditching Disposables: This project will support the implementation of the City's ordinance banning single-use plastics, passed in October 2018. The green team will undertake a comprehensive public education campaign including a sustainable business forum, community canvassing day, a sustainability lecture, sustainable business awards, and a green business certification program.

Trenton City Mercer

Trenton Artwalk: This project will make the gateway corridor from the Trenton Transit Center to surrounding neighborhoods friendlier and safer for non-vehicular traffic. In collaboration with Artworks, public art, creative lighting, wayfinding and other measures will be installed.

$10,000 Awardees

Municipality County Project Title
East Windsor Township Mercer

Etra Lake Park Arboretum Restoration: This project will renovate, restore and upgrade the arboretum, a valuable community asset. The restoration will include planting native plants and installing informational signage regarding biodiversity on the site.

Fair Haven Borough Monmouth

Access to Healthy Water in Parks: Over 100,000 people visit Fair Haven Fields each year. This grant will support an effort to reduce the single-use plastic water bottles brought to the fields for recreational activities and also provide access to healthy water by installing two water bottle refill stations at the highest-use areas in the park. The installation will be accompanied by a robust educational campaign.

Manville Borough Somerset

Health, Hydration, and Sustainability: To increase access to healthy water, the Borough will install water bottle refill stations at two elementary schools and the public library. A plastics reduction education campaign will accompany the installation to remove single use plastic water bottles from the waste stream.

North Wildwood City Cape May

Municipal Cigarette Butt Recycling Program: To address the recent smoking ban on all public beaches in New Jersey, the City is partnering with TerraCycle on a cigarette butt recycling program. All boardwalk and beach entrances will have a box to collect cigarette butts. Not only will this keep cigarette litter off the beach, but it will reduce the risk of dumpster fires.

Roselle Park Borough Union

Environmental Resource Inventory: The Borough will complete its first Environmental Resource Inventory, allowing the town to gain a better understanding of its natural resources, and better adapt to population growth, extreme weather, and become a more environmentally friendly and ecologically conscious community for the benefit of residents, visitors, and wildlife.

Voorhees Township Camden

Community Visioning: The Township will engage in a visioning process that will serve as a catalyst for developing short and long-term sustainability goals. Community focus groups will help identify sustainability actions of highest importance that the governing body and community can focus on.

West Orange Township Essex

Pollinator Garden & Outdoor Learning Project: The City will install a pollinator garden and create a companion digital scavenger hunt app developed by West Orange middle and high school students. The scavenger hunt content can be tailored to all ages and can easily be updated over time. This project will engage the community and educate them about the importance of pollinator gardens for the environment.

$2,000 Green Team Grant Awardees

Audubon Borough Island Heights Borough South Amboy City
Cape May Point Borough Kingwood Townshi South Orange Village Township
Edison Township Leonia Borough  Summit City
Egg Harbor Township Monroe Township Washington Township
Franklin Township Mount Laurel Townshih West Orange Township
Frenchtown Borough Oakland Borough Westfield Town
Galloway Township Oaklyn Borough Wyckoff Township
Garwood Borough Ridgefield Park Village  
Hopatcong Borough River Edge Borough