on Oct 02, 2013
Walmart Reaches $1 Million Mark in Support of Grant Program
Today Sustainable Jersey announced that $380,000 has been awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program funded in part by Walmart. Sixty-two grants will be accepted by New Jersey towns for sustainability projects at the Annual Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on November 19, 2013 at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference in Atlantic City. With this contribution, Walmart will exceed the $1,000,000 mark having provided funding for the grant program each year since 2009.
The 23 towns that will receive a $20,000 or $10,000 grant have proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Electric vehicle charging stations, turning food scraps and biological waste into green power, grazing goats, a geothermal heating and cooling system for a historic town hall, community gardens and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding. In addition, 39 towns will receive a $2,000 capacity-building grant to support the work of their Green Team and sustainability initiatives.
“Walmart is incredibly proud of the success of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program,” said Philip Serghini, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart in New Jersey, “In a few short years Walmart has funded over $1 million to the municipalities of our State to advance our commitment to environmental sustainability.”
The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help local governments make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. “The grant winning towns are leading the charge for sustainability in New Jersey. I commend the mayors and hardworking Green Teams for taking steps to improve the quality of life in New Jersey,” said Art Ondish, President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation and Mayor of Mount Arlington.
2013 SMALL GRANT WINNERS:
Currently, 70 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (398 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. “The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” said Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Funding green initiatives at the community level will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”
In applying for a grant, each municipality submitted a proposal describing its local sustainability initiative and how it would relate to the Sustainable Jersey actions. A total of 80 proposals from 18 New Jersey counties were reviewed and scored by a neutral Blue Ribbon selection committee composed of uncompensated experts and public figures.
2013 Recipients of $20,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grants
2013 Recipients of $10,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grants
SELECT 2013 GRANT WINNERS QUOTES:
“This grant will enable Woodbridge Township to continue to move forward with existing plans to identify and improve mobility on our streets. Additionally, the grant funds will allow us to target streets in specific neighborhoods and to implement select projects that will make it easier and safer for residents and visitors to walk, ride bikes, and drive on our streets. This is a great project that will continue to move forward, offering a better – and safer – quality-of-life to our residents.” - John E. McCormac, Mayor, Woodbridge Township
“The Township is very pleased to be awarded a $10,000 Grant through Sustainable Jersey and Walmart for the purposes of updating Natural Resources Inventory. This is an important tool used by Officials and Boards in planning and development decisions.” - Robert Rizzo, Mayor, Township Of Boonton
“Park Ridge is honored to be a recipient of this grant award from Sustainable Jersey. The Borough Hall Staff, the governing body and our Green Team have worked hard to keep Park Ridge an environmentally friendly community through multiple projects and efforts this year. The recent re-certification of Park Ridge as a bronze-level Sustainable Jersey community and the award of this grant are evidence of our efforts. The grant award will help greatly in our efforts to enhance the health of Electric Lake Pond along with our other Green Team initiatives! Thank You Sustainable Jersey!” - Terence P. Maguire, Mayor, Park Ridge
“Upgrading the Mendham East Sewer Treatment Facility to an energy efficient, environmentally friendlier operation is one of Mendham Township’s top priorities for the coming year. The grant funding provided by the Sustainable Jersey program will provide the seed money necessary to properly evaluate the best approach for upgrading the treatment facility and implementing a design for the project. We are honored to receive the grant and thank the Sustainable Jersey program and their sponsor Walmart for their generous funding.” - Richard Merkt, Mayor, Mendham Township
“With this grant, Woodbury can continue its green campaign and now partner with the business community. The funds will be used to promote the Direct Install Program to local business owners in an additional effort to help reduce the carbon footprint throughout the City. We believe that every little bit counts and appreciate the funding from Sustainable Jersey!” - Bill Volk, Mayor, Woodbury
“The Walmart grant through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will allow the Somerset County Energy Council -- the first Freeholder Board-created energy council in the state -- to continue its cutting-edge work, build on the previously funded county energy audit program and explore the feasibility of a countywide Energy Saving Investment Program (ESIP) for our municipalities and school boards.” - Robert Zaborowski, Energy Council Liaison and Somerset County Freeholder
“The Township of Mount Olive s committed to the highest level of service to our residents. We are continuously developing and promoting business interests, beautifying the town and promoting healthy lifestyles for our residents through recreational activities. The Sustainable Jersey grant will allow us to accurately identify through GPS technology all of our conservation easements for public recreation.” - Rob Greenbaum, Mayor, Mount Olive Township
“This grant will allow Somerset County to pilot an ESIP Aggregation program that could potentially serve as the model for all counties in the State to follow. We know there is a tremendous amount of energy wasted in our public buildings, and we know how to eliminate that waste and reduce our costs. We need a program like this to connect those dots and to move our municipalities and schools forward with energy efficiency.” William Amann, PE, LEED AP, Chairman, Somerset County Energy Council