Sustainable Jersey Announces 2015 Municipal Champions and Certified Towns

on Oct 26, 2015

Award recipients are Chatham Borough, Harrington Park, New Brunswick, Ocean Twp., Park Ridge & Woodbridge

Today, Sustainable Jersey announced the recipients of the 2015 Sustainable Jersey municipal awards and the 48 towns that have achieved certification. The Sustainability Champion award recognizes municipalities that have scored the most points in the Sustainable Jersey certification program in three population categories.

 The 2015 Sustainability Champion award recipients are:

  • SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION (LARGE CATEGORY) with 905 points: Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County)

    This is the sixth time that Woodbridge Township has achieved this honor since the awards began in 2009; the Township received the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

  • SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION (MEDIUM CATEGORY) with 505 points: Chatham Borough (Morris County)

    This is the second time that Chatham Borough has achieved this award; the Borough received the award in 2012 and 2015.

 The 2015 Sustainable Jersey special award winners (see descriptions at the end of the release) are: 

“The Sustainable Jersey municipal awards recognize the outstanding work being done at the local level,” said Randall Solomon, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Donna Drewes. “We are extremely impressed by the innovative and effective sustainability programs and initiatives of these towns. They deserve to be commended for their accomplishments and we’re looking forward to sharing their work at the Sustainable Jersey Luncheon.”

Forty-eight towns have achieved Sustainable Jersey certification thus far in the 2015 municipal certification cycle. Each 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, ten towns achieved certification at the more advanced silver-level to make a total of 33 towns that are silver-certified. Silver-level certification requires that a town meet a minimum of 350 points. Currently 189 towns are certified and Sustainable Jersey's 430 participating communities represent nearly 76 percent of the state's municipalities, and 88 percent of the state’s population.

ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE JERSEY AWARDS

2015 Leadership Award: Ocean Township (Ocean County): This award recognizes sustainability efforts that make the most of local resources through exceptional dedication and leadership. Ocean Township’s strong leadership team has mobilized community volunteers and municipal staff to obtain bronze-level certification and then silver-level certification in one year’s time. The Township of Ocean is striving for a greener future and improving the community's resiliency is a major focus. As a bayfront community, Ocean Township was affected by Superstorm Sandy with homes, infrastructure, and parks being damaged. The town adopted a 2015 Township of Ocean Floodplain Management Plan that identifies and assesses flood hazards within the Township of Ocean, establishes goals and objectives for floodplain management, and presents a series of actions designed to minimize flooding and migrate the impacts from flooding in the future. The township is committed to improving resiliency, implementing public outreach and educational events, offering convenient methods for recycling, protecting the environment and wildlife, while building healthier ways of travel with pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths.

2015 Creativity and Innovation Award: New Brunswick City: This award recognizes the development of community and social capital through creativity, originality and forward-thinking that can lead to new best practices and strategies by which to pursue sustainability. New Brunswick is being recognized for its New Brunswick Clean City Block Captain program that engages neighborhoods through community involvement. All residents are encouraged to become Clean City Block Captains. Captains conduct mini clean-ups on their block and educate neighbors about the importance of keeping their block clean. This grass roots effort keeps litter off the streets and builds community bonds block by block. The City provides Block Captains with bags, gloves, educational materials in both English and Spanish along with technical support. Block Captains also promote the City's "Stop. Think. Go Green -- Keep New Brunswick Clean" slogan which encourages people to use trash receptacles and recycle.

2015 Collaboration Award: Park Ridge Borough: This award recognizes municipalities that work together or partner with other organizations to address sustainability issues in the community and beyond. The Park Ridge Green Team's goal is to make their part of the world more environmentally responsible through education, engagement, partnerships and action. The group has an exemplary history of successful collaborations that move sustainability actions forward. The municipal green team partnered with the school district, principals and PTO's to implement a comprehensive recycling program. The green team also partnered with various borough groups and regional organizations to develop and implement its sustainability initiatives and programs. Partnership examples include: 1) the annual stream monitoring program with the NJDEP Watershed Ambassador/Hackensack Riverkeeper and Park Ridge High School Environmental Science students, 2) a comprehensive Wildlife Interaction Plan with the Park Ridge DPW, the Borough Planner and various non-profits, 3) the annual regional Bi-State Watershed Cleanup with United Water, Keep Rockland Beautiful, other green teams and towns in both NY and NJ, 4) working with the high school art students to create artwork for the rain garden sign and 5) several Eagle Scout projects for park improvements, new water refill stations and a new monarch educational gardens at each school.  

ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE JERSEY LUNCHEON

Over three hundred people are expected to attend the awards ceremony to see town mayors and green teams accept their awards; the Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.


2015 Certified Municipalities

County

Total Points

Level
  1. Atlantic City

ATLANTIC

240

Bronze

  1. Pleasantville City

ATLANTIC

155

Bronze

  1. Somers Point City

ATLANTIC

165

Bronze

  1. Ventnor City

ATLANTIC

205

Bronze

  1. Bergenfield Borough

BERGEN

155

Bronze

  1. Glen Rock Borough

BERGEN

255

Bronze

  1. Harrington Park Borough

BERGEN

210

Bronze

  1. Mahwah Township

BERGEN

240

Bronze

  1. Old Tappan Borough

BERGEN

165

Bronze

  1. Park Ridge Borough

BERGEN

250

Bronze

  1. Ridgewood Village

BERGEN

205

Bronze

  1. Chesterfield Township

BURLINGTON

150

Bronze

  1. Moorestown Township

BURLINGTON

355

Silver

  1. Mount Holly Township

BURLINGTON

260

Bronze

  1. Southampton Township

BURLINGTON

355

Silver

  1. Haddon Heights Borough

CAMDEN

150

Bronze

  1. Ocean City

CAPE MAY

210

Bronze

  1. Millburn Township

ESSEX

370

Silver

  1. Glassboro Borough

GLOUCESTER

170

Bronze

  1. High Bridge Borough

HUNTERDON

150

Bronze

  1. Holland Township

HUNTERDON

165

Bronze

  1. Lambertville City

HUNTERDON

180

Bronze

  1. East Windsor Township

MERCER

355

Silver

  1. Trenton City

MERCER

365

Silver

  1. Metuchen Borough

MIDDLESEX

180

Bronze

  1. New Brunswick City

MIDDLESEX

235

Bronze

  1. Perth Amboy City

MIDDLESEX

190

Bronze

  1. Woodbridge Township

MIDDLESEX

905

Silver

  1. Holmdel Township

MONMOUTH

155

Bronze

  1. Howell Township

MONMOUTH

185

Bronze

  1. Boonton Township

MORRIS

190

Bronze

  1. Chatham Borough

MORRIS

505

Silver

  1. Chatham Township

MORRIS

180

Bronze

  1. Hanover Township

MORRIS

230

Bronze

  1. Morris Plains Borough

MORRIS

180

Bronze

  1. Mount Arlington Borough

MORRIS

235

Bronze

  1. Brick Township

OCEAN

265

Bronze

  1. Ocean Township

OCEAN

355

Silver

  1. Bedminster Township

SOMERSET

230

Bronze

  1. Bridgewater Township

SOMERSET

195

Bronze

  1. Hillsborough Township

SOMERSET

375

Silver

  1. Montgomery Township

SOMERSET

245

Bronze

  1. Hopatcong Borough

SUSSEX

170

Bronze

  1. Elizabeth City

UNION

185

Bronze

  1. Fanwood Borough

UNION

220

Bronze

  1. Springfield Township

UNION

225

Bronze

  1. Summit City

UNION

485

Silver

  1. Mansfield Township

WARREN

215

Bronze

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