Sustainable Jersey to Announce $200,000 for Municipal Programs and Showcase Past Awardee - Rutherford Community Teaching Garden

on May 01, 2012

WHAT: Event to announce the 2012 Sustainable Jersey Small Grant program funded by PSEG Foundation and celebrate the Rutherford Community Teaching Garden, which is a 2010 Sustainable Jersey grant awardee.

WHEN: 1:00 – 1:45 pm, Thursday, May 3, 2012

WHERE: Rutherford Community Teaching Garden, 280 Erie Avenue (at Jackson Avenue and Erie Avenue), Rutherford, NJ (Bergen County); parking available on street

PROGRAM: Speakers include:

  • Joseph DeSalvo, Mayor of Rutherford
  • Kathy Donovan, Bergen County Executive
  • Anne Hoskins, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability for PSEG
  • Pam Mount, Chair, Sustainable Jersey Board of Directors
  • Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • John Hughes, Vice Chair of the Rutherford Green Team
  • Barbara Bennett, Rutherford Community Garden Volunteer

Tour of the Community Teaching Garden:

  • With John Hughes, Rutherford Green Team and Kimberly Birdsall, Borough Council President/Green Team Liaison

WHY: Sustainable Jersey will announce $200,000 in grant money for municipal sustainability projects across New Jersey. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will support thirty-two projects that leverage resources to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. Rutherford was awarded a 2010 Sustainable Jersey Small Grant in the amount of $25,000 that allowed the town to complete Phase Two of its Community Teaching Garden Project. An overgrown and littered vacant lot along the railroad tracks has been reborn into a beautiful garden showplace.

WHO: Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey. By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering New Jersey towns to build a better world for future generations. It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 361 towns are registered and working towards certification. That is 64% percent of towns from the 566 municipalities in New Jersey. Nearly 75% of New Jersey’s population lives in registered/certified Sustainable Jersey communities.

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