on Nov 18, 2013
Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today the winners of the 2013 Sustainable Jersey municipal awards in four categories: 1) Sustainability Champions, 2) Creativity & Innovation, 3) Leadership and 4) Collaboration. Award winners are selected from the 59 municipalities that achieved certification in 2013.
The Sustainability Champion award recognizes municipalities that have scored the most points in the Sustainable Jersey certification program in three population categories. These towns far exceeded the minimum requirement of 150 points for bronze-level certification. The 2013 Sustainability Champion award winners are:
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION (LARGE CATEGORY) with 870 points: Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County)
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION (MEDIUM CATEGORY) with 465 points: Madison Borough (Morris County)
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION (SMALL CATEGORY) with 390 points: Bordentown City (Burlington County)
The 2013 Sustainable Jersey special award winners are:
LEADERSHIP AWARD: Galloway Township (Atlantic County)
CREATIVITY & INNOVATION AWARD: Rahway City (Union County)
COLLABORATION AWARD: Maplewood, Millburn and South Orange (Essex County)
Town mayors will accept the awards at the Sustainable Jersey luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Conference on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. “The diversity of accomplishments of this year’s winners, and the communities that they serve, is impressive,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “These eight towns have demonstrated sustainability initiatives that are producing tangible results worthy of emulation as they contribute to improving the future and New Jersey’s quality of life.”
I am proud to accept the Creativity and Innovation Award on behalf of the City of Rahway. We have laid the groundwork to create a sustainable community inspired by the arts, culture, and economic development. The perfect example of this effort is the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. This extraordinary venue was recognized in “retrofit magazine” as a deteriorated industrial building that was redesigned and renovated into a state of the art performance space. As Mayor, I recognize the importance of this type of development; and we are committed to incorporating creativity and the arts into our sustainability efforts. - Samson Steinman, Mayor, City of Rahway
The City of Bordentown is a community of deep history, a vibrant business district and most importantly, outstanding and dedicated citizens. We have expanded our awareness in many areas, but one of major significance is the environment. Our Environmental Commission and the Green Team are second to none. The members of the Green Team and Environmental Commission are informed in state of the art information and techniques and offer many practical environmental courses and talks. – Joseph Malone, Mayor, City of Bordentown
Madison is a great place to live now; we have taken the Sustainable Jersey program seriously because we intend to be a great place to live in the years ahead too. Winning the Sustainability Champion award makes me proud because this is a town-wide effort, involving the residents, the Council, and the employees. – Robert Conway, Mayor, Madison Borough
Woodbridge Township is pleased to accept the Sustainable Jersey Silver-Level Certification and Champion Award for the fifth consecutive year. Sustainable Jersey serves as a benchmark for our sustainable initiatives, while providing the Township with additional resources needed to plan for our green future. As a result, Woodbridge has implemented many sustainable initiatives and programs that serve to better manage the ways we use energy and other natural resources at work and home. The Sustainable Jersey Program is an important vehicle by which our Township will continue to move into the future as a sustainable and environmentally-conscious community. In the quest for our Fifth Sustainable Jersey Champion Award, Woodbridge Township, through the Greenable Woodbridge program, continued to implement new and innovative sustainable initiatives, including a $7 million project to install energy-producing solar panels on municipal buildings, automated trash collection and single-stream recycling that dramatically increased recycling and decreased the amount of waste going to the county landfill, implementation of energy-saving audits at municipal buildings and facilities, integrated fuel efficient hybrid vehicles into the municipal fleet, and the designation of Woodbridge as a Mayor’s Wellness community, among many other initiatives. - John E. McCormac, Mayor, Woodbridge Township
Maplewood Township, Millburn Township, South Orange Village Township
Maplewood is honored to be a leader in the Collaboration Award with South Orange and Millburn. Towns sharing in regional sustainable efforts result in an efficient and effective way to plan, educate residents and businesses, and carry out our goals. - Kathleen Leventhal, Deputy Mayor, Maplewood Township
Millburn Township, through the efforts of our Green Team co-chairs, René Paparian and Ellen Ingber, is happy to be working with Maplewood and South Orange to create a sustainable environment, not just locally, but also regionally, and appreciates Sustainable Jersey recognizing our joint endeavors. - Sandra Haimoff, Mayor, Millburn Township
I’m proud that the South Orange Village Environmental Commission, due in part to the leadership of Walter Clarke, is receiving the Sustainable Jersey Collaboration Award for its efforts to improve our region along with Maplewood and Millburn. Regional collaborations such as this will only become more important in addressing sustainability goals because so many of the challenges which confront our individual municipalities do not recognize our political borders. Extra-community challenges require inter-community collaboration. – Alex Torpey, Village President, South Orange
ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE JERSEY AWARDS
Sustainability Champion Award
This award recognizes municipalities that have scored the most points in the Sustainable Jersey certification program in three population categories: small (0-4,999), medium (5,000-39,999) and large (40,000+).
This award recognizes one municipality that contributes most to the Sustainable Jersey program through demonstrated regional or statewide leadership. This award recognizes sustainability efforts that make the most of local resources through exceptional dedication and leadership.
Creativity and Innovation Award
This award recognizes one municipality that contributes most to Sustainable Jersey by pioneering or testing a significant innovation and/or incorporating creativity and the arts into their sustainability efforts. The award recognizes the development of community and social capital through creation of a culture of creativity, originality, and forward-thinking that can lead to new best practices and strategies by which we pursue sustainability.
This award recognizes municipalities that worked together or a municipality that partners with other organizations to implement a program or project. This award recognizes that many sustainability issues must be addressed on a regional scale or require the pooled resources of more than one partner.