2017 PSEG Small Grant Recipients

31 Sustainable Jersey grants awarded to New Jersey municipalities

On May 19, 2017, $200,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation to implement a variety of sustainability projects across the state.  Some of the projects include a watershed management plan, rain and community gardens, a green pavilion with a living roof, an invertebrate conservation plan, wildlife habitat conservation, a plastic bag reduction campaign, an environmental resource inventory and green team capacity building.

$20,000 Awardees

Municipality County Project Title
Margate City Atlantic Downbeach Watershed Management Plan: A Watershed Management Plan (WMP) for the Downbeach area (Ventnor, Margate and Longport) will be developed with a focus on addressing flooding risk in the area. The plan will provide tools to assess and mitigate the impact of land use initiatives in the watershed including development and redevelopment activities.
Mahwah Township Bergen A Deeper Shade of Green: Winters Pond Rain & Butterfly Garden: A rain garden between the Mahwah train station parking lot and Winters Pond will be installed. The project will demonstrate alternative stormwater runoff solutions and educate the community on the value of green infrastructure and ecosystem services.
Middletown Township Monmouth Poricy Park Green Pavilion: A new pavilion at Poricy Park will be constructed with a LiveRoof modular green roof and irrigation system. It will be used as an outdoor classroom and demonstrate the positive impact that green infrastructure can have upon energy consumption, air quality and water quality. 
Chatham Borough Morris  Invertebrate Conservation / Management Demonstration Project: A demonstration project will be created at Kelley's Pond in Brookside Grove that will provide a habitat for endangered invertebrate species with a focus on the monarch butterfly population and endangered bee species. The project will provide education and passive recreation opportunities for local schools, scouts and residents, while also preserving a Borough asset. The project includes a mosquito management plan, a native species wetlands habitat restoration plan and an educational outreach plan.
Toms River Township Ocean SYnergy: School Youth Energy Initiative: The School Youth Energy (SYnergy) Initiative will improve an underutilized marine lab by building a flexible workspace promoting environmental research and activism, fostering school-community connections and developing adaptable practices for the protection of the New Jersey shore watershed.

$10,000 Awardees

Municipality County Project Title
Linwood City Atlantic Patcong Creek Living Shoreline: To further the green team's goal of preserving and protecting the Patcong Creek, a nature-based living shoreline will be installed to stabilize shore erosion.
Bergenfield Borough Bergen Bergenfield Clean Waters Project (Phase 2): The Bergenfield Clean Waters Project will continue to catalyze clean-up  awareness and sustainability discussions surrounding the health of its public waterways. Phase 1 included installation of aerators in Cooper's Pond to increase circulation of the water.  Phase 2, funded by this grant, involves the installation of a discrete encatchment device to minimize the amount of litter flowing into Cooper's Pond.
Bellmawr Borough Camden Community Garden: A community garden will be created to provide the opportunity to learn about social responsibility through sustainable living and promotion of sustainable gardening practices. The garden will increase accessibility to fresh produce and provide nutrition and sustainability programming.
Clinton Town Hunterdon Water Street Park: Wildlife Habitat Development: The Water Street Park will be expanded to improve the natural ecosystems and sustainability of the area and increase local awareness and appreciation for critical habitats. Native trees, shrubs, herbs and perennial flowers will be planted in place of invasive species to help create a complete butterfly/pollinator and bird habitat. The long term goal is for the gardens is to serve as an official site for collecting and reporting data on bird and butterfly counts and migration.
Highland Park Borough Middlesex Plastic Bag Reduction Campaign: A broad-based educational campaign will be advanced to reduce reliance on single-use plastic bags in the Borough of Highland Park. The Borough plans to target its outreach campaign to residents and businesses.  It will also explore how plastic bag bans and fees have worked in other localities in order to see if an ordinance is appropriate for Highland Park.
Hope Township Warren Environmental Resource Inventory Update: The Township Environmental Resource Inventory will be updated to include current data regarding the community's natural and cultural resources resulting in more informed decision-making.

$2,000 Capacity-Building Grant Awardees

Belleville Township Egg Harbor City Runnemede Borough
Bound Brook Borough Highlands Borough Sayreville Borough
Caldwell Borough Oakland Borough Washington Borough
Cape May Point Borough Old Tappan Borough Washington Township (Gloucester)
Clifton City Peapack-Gladstone Borough Waterford Township
Commercial Township Pompton Lakes Borough Westwood Borough
Delanco Township Ridgefield Borough