2014 Testimonials

Municipalities and partner organizations are an integral part of Sustainable Jersey.  Find out what they're saying about the impact of the program in the larger context of sustainability.

What Municipalities are Saying

We are very appreciative of the award of the Sustainable Jersey grant.  As you are aware, Bordentown City is actively participating in all aspects of the Sustainable Jersey program.  The funds received from this grant will be used to expand community involvement in a variety of areas.  Several of these areas will be the Green Fair, guest speakers and increased recycling awareness and compliance.  The Sustainable Jersey program has enhanced the quality of life here in Bordentown City and forged a better understanding as stewards of our environment.      - Joseph R. Malone III, Mayor, Bordentown City

Hammonton is extremely grateful to Sustainable Jersey and PSEG for providing us with the grant to help fund our new Water Conservation Tax Credit/Rebate Program. Sustainable Jersey's Small Grants Program allows us, and many other municipalities, to continue to innovate despite continuing economic strictures on the local level. Honestly, the entire Sustainable Jersey regimen has been a continuing source of progress for our town environmentally, socially, and economically. It has helped us keep our message of revitalization fresh and current, and has provided us with so many ways to improve the quality of life in Hammonton. - Steve DiDonato, Mayor, Town of Hammonton

Year two for Kearny’s Community Garden is off to a great start.  Last year our green team members worked very hard learning to cultivate our organic, straw bale garden.  I am pleased to say that this year the organizers plan to expand the project and invite more residents to become urban gardeners growing their own vegetables and flowers in our straw bales.  We have already had a number of new families sign up to participate this coming year. Thanks to this Sustainable Jersey grant sponsored by the PSEG Foundation we will be able to continue the team’s mission of beautifying, educating and nourishing the community. - Alberto G. Santos, Mayor, Town of Kearny

Long Beach Township appreciates the funding support from Sustainable Jersey for capacity building in our community.  As we continue to rebuild after the storm we welcome a successful 2014 season on Long Beach Island. - Joseph Mancini, Mayor, Long Beach Township

We are proud that our green team has been selected to receive this grant. It marks the beginning of the creation of a culture of water conservation as a government/citizen team. Our green team is committed to growing this culture by performing additional Sustainable Jersey tasks. Our initial effort under terms of this grant will be a rain barrel project. - Ted Tomaszewski, Mayor, Mansfield Township

Montclair wants to expand access to our six commuter train stations by implementing alternative transportation options within the town, and our Bike Depot will be an integral part of this. As we become a more sustainable community, we’re encouraging the health and wellness of our residents, conserving tax dollars, reducing vehicle emissions and lowering our carbon footprint. We thank Sustainable Jersey and PSEG for this Small Grant Program award. - Robert Jackson, Mayor, Montclair Township

We in Roosevelt are delighted to receive this grant from Sustainable Jersey which will enable us to inventory our resources and reach out to include all of our citizens in our efforts to achieve the goals of the Green Team. - Beth Battel, Mayor, Borough of Roosevelt

Seaside Park is proud to be a recipient of an award from Sustainable Jersey.  The Borough formed an Environmental Action Committee in 2010 and its dedicated volunteer Green Team members have worked diligently to spread awareness of the benefits of sustainable activities for the betterment of all.  Exciting projects that match the objectives of the grants have been: the initiation of a speaker series, research and promulgation of public and private property native species planting gardens, education regarding proper management and potential waterway damage due to misdirected storm water runoff and dune grass plantings and maintenance, which have achieved high public appreciation since Superstorm Sandy. - Robert W. Matthies, Mayor, Borough of Seaside Park

The receipt of this grant will provide the foundation for us to offer our residents the tools and education to begin composting at home.  Somerdale is committed to working toward a “greener” environment and our partnership with Sustainable Jersey is empowering us to accomplish our goals and contribute to the health of our planet in the future. - Gary Passanante, Mayor, Borough of Somerdale

Stillwater Township supports the efforts of its’ Green Team and Environmental Commission volunteers.  This grant enables them to achieve their goal of cleaning up the Paulinskill Watershed.  We are very thankful for this award because without the grant it would not be possible. - Anita Straway, Committeewoman and Green Team Liaison, Stillwater Township

I am very excited to receive this grant on behalf of Winslow Township. This grant is one that will directly benefit our Township residents and high school students, and will allow for projects that otherwise would not have been possible. In 2013, Winslow Township achieved bronze-level sustainability certification through Sustainable Jersey. This new $10,000 grant will help further support the Township’s growing sustainability efforts. - Barry Wright, Mayor, Winslow Township

What Our Partners are Saying

Sustainable Jersey has fundamentally reframed the dialogue on sustainability, conservation and livable communities in the Garden State.  As fish and 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, applauds Sustainable Jersey for its ground-breaking and innovative work!  - Eric Stiles, President & CEO, New Jersey Audubon Society

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 proud partners 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 our national experts on the “how to” of municipal and now school sustainability. - Curtis Fisher, National Wildlife Federation

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)

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

New Jersey Future seeks to advance smart growth policies and practices across the state.  The Sustainable Jersey program is a great vehicle for introducing innovative ideas to town leaders and providing tools and incentives for implementing those ideas.  - Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future

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 provides and important evolutionary platform to promote sustainability in municipalities. Through our Blue Star initiative, Clean Ocean Action is collaborating with Sustainable Jersey’s certification program to encourage coastal communities to focus on bluer future using the water quality improvement actions. - Cindy Zipf, Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action (COA)

Sustainable Jersey is an important way to drive environmental improvements at the local level.  The addition of actions and standards this year to reflect the diversity of New Jersey's communities is an important step. Specifically, NY/NJ Baykeeper was pleased with the collaborative process of working on the new Brownfields actions and standards. - Debbie Mans, Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper

USGBC NJ is proud to have been a task force member and staunch supporter of Sustainable Jersey since its inception.  We look forward to our continued mutual collaboration on significant state wide issues such as NJ Green Schools and Municipal Certification programs. - Florence Block, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council – NJ

Sustainable Jersey is leading the way in helping municipalities learn and apply best practices in sustainability. The urgency could not be greater, and Sustainable Jersey continues to step up to the enormous challenges we are all facing: providing leadership, standards, performance metrics, guidance, resources, and appropriate levels of certification and recognition for those who are just starting on the journey, as well as to those who are more advanced. The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at FDU, and Transitioning to Green are proud to be affiliated and collaborate with Sustainable Jersey now and into the future.             - Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and President & CEO, Transitioning to Green, LLC

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. - Renee Koubiadis, Assistant State Campaign Director, Citizens Campaign

As a non-profit transportation management association, we at TransOptions have had the opportunity to work with Sustainable Jersey on key mobility and accessibility issues. Through our collaborative efforts with local municipalities and the Sustainable Jersey Land Use and Transportation Task Force, we have seen first-hand both the dedication of those working on the program and the benefits that all Sustainable Jersey actions have on our communities. - John F. Ciaffone, President, TransOptions, Inc.

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

Sustainable Jersey for Schools will enable local boards of education to take a leadership role alongside municipalities in sustainable practices.  It represents a major goal of the New Jersey School Boards Association because the link between sustainability and school districts will ultimately reach into the classroom, with benefits to our students’ physical and academic well-being.   Through Sustainable Jersey for Schools, districts will be able to apply existing efforts to a certification program that is based on their mission, their experience and their individual needs.  Participating schools will earn certification for activities that reduce waste, improve efficiency, and contribute to our students’ education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  Sustainability practices can advance our schools financially and educationally.   And the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools program has the potential to be a major factor in helping our schools reach this important goal. Dr. Lawrence Feinsod, Executive Director, New Jersey School Boards Association