59 Towns Achieve Sustainable Jersey Certification

on Nov 12, 2013

Significant increase in number of towns applying and achieving certification

Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that fifty-nine towns have achieved Sustainable Jersey certification, bringing the total up to 137 municipalities that are certified.  Celebrating its fifth year since the program’s launch in 2009, Sustainable Jersey reports a significant increase in the number of towns applying and achieving certification in 2013.  Sustainable Jersey's 399 participating communities represent over half of the state's municipalities and nearly 75 percent of its population. 

“Sustainable Jersey has fundamentally reframed the dialogue on sustainability, conservation and livable communities in the Garden State,” said Eric Stiles, President and CEO of the New Jersey Audubon Society.  The program is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy.  Each Sustainable Jersey municipality that is certified at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balance of the program’s sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 points.  This application cycle, twelve towns achieved certification at the more advanced silver-level.  Silver-level certification requires that a town meet a minimum of 350 points.

Mathis Wackernagel, the President of the Global Footprint Network said, “Sustainable Jersey has a clear vision, and an impressively wide reach as it connects with leaders of nearly all of New Jersey’s municipalities. Sustainable Jersey helps New Jersey succeed by taking sustainability seriously and trying to come to terms with the gap between what the planet can support and the overly risky resource dependence of our current economies.”  In addition to reaching the required points, each community has to create a Green Team and select at least two (for bronze-level) and at least three (for silver-level) of the seven priority actions that include energy audits for municipal buildings, a municipal carbon footprint, a sustainable land use pledge, a natural resource inventory, a water conservation ordinance, a fleet inventory, and/or Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

"This has been a stand-out year.  We are so proud of the significant increase in the number of towns that applied and achieved Sustainable Jersey certification so far this year,” said Donna Drewes, who co-directs the organization with Randall Solomon, “Since 2009, when Sustainable Jersey was publicly launched, we have worked with public and private partners to develop local best practices for over 100 sustainability actions, committed over 1.5 million dollars in small grants to 183 community projects in 21 counties, and watched as nearly 400 municipalities pledged to join our movement.”  

“Sustainable Jersey is a national model, not just in theory but in practice. Sustainable Jersey is leading a sustainable movement that includes municipal officials, community leaders, business leaders and a very diverse set of nonprofit partners, including the National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliate, New Jersey Audubon,” said Curtis Fisher the Regional Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation.  The technical content of the program’s actions are developed with the help of 23 task forces that comprise New Jersey state and local officials, experts, non-profit groups, and members of the business community.  Recommended best practices/actions are vetted with local government officials. 

Miriam Salerno of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers said, “The Sustainable Jersey program is a great example of engagement, collaboration and action to advance sustainability planning at the local level. Without the participation and support of engaged citizens, like those involved in Green Teams throughout the region, initiatives, like Together North Jersey, could not succeed.”  “Municipalities who achieve Sustainable Jersey certification are making real strides towards protecting the environment, public health and safety.” said Jennifer M. Coffey, the Policy Director at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

Town mayors will accept the awards at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Conference on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

     

     2013 Certified Municipalities
  

County

  

Level

      
  1. Buena Vista        Twp

Atlantic

Bronze

      
  1. Hammonton        Town

Atlantic

Bronze

      
  1. Galloway Twp       

Atlantic

Silver

      
  1. Bergenfield        Boro

Bergen

Bronze

      
  1. Englewood        City

Bergen

Bronze

      
  1. Harrington        Park Boro

Bergen

Bronze

      
  1. Westwood        Boro

Bergen

Bronze

      
  1. Wyckoff Twp

Bergen

Silver

      
  1. Maple Shade        Twp

Burlington

Bronze

      
  1. Moorestown        Twp

Burlington

Bronze

      
  1. Southampton        Twp

Burlington

Bronze

      
  1. Burlington        Twp

Burlington

Bronze

      
  1. Mount Holly        Twp

Burlington

Bronze

      
  1. Bordentown        City

Burlington

Silver

      
  1. Collingswood        Boro

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Pennsauken        Twp

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Runnemede        Boro

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Stratford        Boro

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Voorhees Twp       

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Winslow Twp

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Haddonfield        Boro

Camden

Bronze

      
  1. Camden City

Camden

Silver

      
  1. Lower Twp

Cape May

Bronze

      
  1. Commercial        Twp

Cumberland

Bronze

      
  1. Glen Ridge        Boro

Essex

Bronze

      
  1. Millburn Twp       

Essex

Bronze

      
  1. Montclair        Twp

Essex

Bronze

      
  1. Nutley Twp

Essex

Bronze

      
  1. South Orange Village Twp

Essex

Bronze

      
  1. Livingston        Twp

Essex

Silver

      
  1. Maplewood        Twp

Essex

Silver

      
  1. Secaucus        Town

Hudson

Bronze

      
  1. Frenchtown        Boro

Hunterdon

Bronze

      
  1. Readington        Twp

Hunterdon

Bronze

      
  1. Union Twp

Hunterdon

Bronze

      
  1. Ewing Twp

Mercer

Bronze

      
  1. West Windsor        Twp

Mercer

Silver

      
  1. Cranbury Twp       

Middlesex

Bronze

      
  1. Highland        Park Boro

Middlesex

Silver

      
  1. Woodbridge        Twp

Middlesex

Silver

      
  1. Eatontown        Boro

Monmouth

Bronze

      
  1. Marlboro Twp       

Monmouth

Bronze

      
  1. Middletown        Twp

Monmouth

Bronze

      
  1. Kinnelon        Boro

Morris

Bronze

      
  1. Chester Twp

Morris

Bronze

      
  1. Lincoln Park        Boro

Morris

Bronze

      
  1. Washington        Twp

Morris

Bronze

      
  1. Madison Boro       

Morris

Silver

      
  1. Manchester Twp

Ocean

Bronze

      
  1. Hawthorne        Boro

Passaic

Silver

      
  1. Elsinboro        Twp

Salem

Bronze

      
  1. Lower Alloways Creek Twp

Salem

Bronze

      
  1. Bedminster        Twp

Somerset

Bronze

      
  1. Bernardsville        Boro

Somerset

Bronze

      
  1. Bridgewater        Twp

Somerset

Bronze

      
  1. Sparta Twp

Sparta

Bronze

      
  1. Cranford Twp       

Union

Bronze

      
  1. Elizabeth        City

Union

Bronze

      
  1. Rahway City

Union

Silver

 

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY TESTIMONIALS

Sustainable Jersey relies on the collaborative power of the program’s partners to help us envision and implement actions that make a positive impact in communities across New Jersey.

 

Sustainable Jersey has a clear vision, and an impressively wide reach as it connects with leaders of nearly all of New Jersey’s municipalities. Its dedicated staff and its thoughtful approach are a true asset for New Jersey. Sustainable Jersey helps New Jersey succeed by taking sustainability seriously and trying to come to terms with the gap between what the planet can support and the overly risky resource dependence of our current economies.  - Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., President, Global Footprint Network

 

Sustainable Jersey is a national model, not just in theory but in practice. Sustainable Jersey is leading a sustainable movement that includes municipal officials, community leaders, business leaders and a very diverse set of nonprofit partners, including the National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliate, New Jersey Audubon.  We are a proud partner in helping Sustainable Jersey bring people, government officials and partners together for common purpose – to make New Jersey and our world more sustainable. Over the last few years, municipalities across New Jersey, big and small, Democratic and Republican controlled, urban, rural and suburban towns, now 137 strong, have made a real difference with new recycling, clean water, energy efficiency and many other programs that have improved the quality of life of their residents and the state as a whole. Clearly, these communities deserve our support and recognition, but what makes Sustainable Jersey extra special is the leadership of Donna Drewes and Randy Solomon who are our national experts on the “how to” of municipal and now school sustainability.  - Curtis Fisher, National Wildlife Federation

 

GreenFaith appreciates the way in which Sustainable Jersey brings communities together to address environmental issues in concrete ways, and mobilizes substantial resources on behalf of sustainability.   - The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith

 

ANJEC is gratified to see the important work of so many environmental commissions supported through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants. This money will go a long way in helping them protect natural resources in their communities.  - Julie Groth, Resource Center Director, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC)

 

Municipalities who achieve Sustainable Jersey certification are making real strides towards protecting the environment, public health and safety. The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is a proud partner in Sustainable Jersey and is honored to have helped to create certification actions, such as a water conservation ordinance, for municipalities to protect the environment and water resources. Implementing thoughtful and informed actions to adjust how we live on and use land to ensure that we have enough clean water for everyone is a critical step in becoming a sustainable society. - Jennifer M. Coffey, Policy Director, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

 

Sustainable Jersey has given New Jerseyans a unique opportunity to constructively engage in local initiatives that build stronger, more resilient communities. Our partnership has been incredibly rewarding, having The Citizens Campaign coaches mentor Sustainable Jersey leaders to effectively navigate NJ's political channels and get real results in their communities. Working together we are building a community of empowered citizens who are ensuring sustainable futures. - Lauren Skowronski, State Campaign Director, Citizens Campaign

 

Sustainable Jersey has fundamentally reframed the dialogue on sustainability, conservation and livable communities in the Garden State.  As fish and wildlife thrive from rural to urban areas in New Jersey, the tools in Sustainable Jersey offer a tremendously powerful platform for towns and schools to be game changers.  By embracing natural areas and wildlife, towns and schools also greatly increase their quality of life, property values and drinking water.  Millions of New Jersey residents engage in fishing, wildlife watching, backyard bird-feeding and hunting, generating nearly $4 billion in economic revenue.  Fish, wildlife and natural areas are also key indicators for human health from clean water, fresh air and exercise.   As seen through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, communities can also play a tremendous role in increasing resiliency to intense storms and sea level rise through actions benefitting wildlife and natural areas.  NJ Audubon, working with National Wildlife Federation, applaud Sustainable Jersey for its ground-breaking and innovative work! - Eric Stiles, President & CEO, New Jersey Audubon Society

 

Together North Jersey's association with Sustainable Jersey and its Green Teams has provided a window of insight into the sustainability issues and challenges most important to residents and local leaders throughout the Together North Jersey planning region.  The Sustainable Jersey program is a great example of engagement, collaboration and action to advance sustainability planning at the local level. Without the participation and support of engaged citizens, like those involved in Green Teams throughout the region, initiatives, like Together North Jersey, could not succeed.  - Miriam Salerno, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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