On a continuous basis, through the help of the Task Forces, the Certification Standards Committee reviews Sustainable Jersey program content, standards, and feedback to ensure actions are relevant, appropriate and up-to-date with current trends, information and expertise. Sustainable Jersey announces new program and action updates every year at the annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. New actions and action updates are typically implemented in January.
2020 Retired Actions
Adopt Behavioral Policies
Green Roofs: Green roof installations can earn points under the Green Infrastructure suite of actions in the Land Use & Transportation category.
Raingardens: Raingarden installations can earn points under the Green Infrastructure suite of actions in the Land Use & Transportation category.
Site Plan Green Design Standards: Municipalities can earn points for incorporating green design strategies into site plan review under the Create a Green Development Checklist action.
2020 New Actions
Municipally Supported Community Solar: 15 to 25 Points (NEW September 2020)
This action awards points to municipalities that offer municipal support to community solar projects. The action requires that municipalities select community solar projects for municipal support via an RFP or other solicitation process that lists community criteria for community solar projects AND that the municipality serves as project ambassador or outreach partner.
Health & Wellness
Private Well Outreach Testing: 10 to 25 Points
This action provides guidance for municipalities interested in increasing public education about the safety of drinking well water and how to further assist residents in proactively testing their drinking well water. A municipality can earn up to 25 points for this action by providing a community report with private well testing data, encouraging private well testing through a community event or program, and adopting a well testing ordinance.
Removing Lead in Drinking Water: 10 to 40 Points
This action encourages municipalities to reduce their resident's exposure to lead through awareness, education and remediation. The tiered point structure reflects the impact a municipality can have on reducing lead in drinking water. A municipality can earn up to 40 points based on the strategies implemented: voluntary testing program, ordinance requiring lead testing of drinking water before a change of ownership or tenancy is granted, or implement an ordinance requiring testing and remediation before a change of ownership or tenancy is granted.
2020 Action Updates
Community Partnership & Outreach
Community Education & Outreach: 5 to 20 Points
A municipality applying for certification in 2020 or 2021 can earn points for this action for Census 2020 outreach efforts. For more information click here. See the Resources section of this action for guidance on 2020 Census outreach efforts.
Energy Tracking and Management: 10 to 20 Points
Instructions on how to share ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts with Sustainable Jersey have been clarified.
Community-Led Solar Initiatives: 5 to 15 Points
Municipalities that have participated actively in the NJBPU Community Solar Pilot Program may apply for 5 points under this action.
Residential Energy Efficiency Outreach: 10 to 20 Points
The updated action includes new submission requirements, new options for completing the action and additional resources.
Fleet Inventory: 10 Points (Updated May 2020)
The updated action includes a reference to updated Sustainable Jersey transportation initiative actions and updated Spotlights and Resources.
Purchase Alternative Fuel Vehicles: 5 to 15 Points
This action is now variable point allowing municipalities to earn up to 15 points depending on the type(s) of vehicle(s) purchased. Successful completion of the Fleet Inventory action is only required to earn points at the 15 point level. New resources have also been added.
Energy Gold Star
Municipal Operations (Updated June 2020)
The updated action requires using weather-normalized data from ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, using Sustainable Jersey Municipal Operations GHG Emissions Change Calculator, and includes Sustainable Jersey's Instruction Guide to Calculate Change in GHG Emissions from Municipal Operations (coming soon).
Community Gardens: 10 to 20 Points
This action is now variable point allowing municipalities to earn additional points for environmentally-friendly gardening practices and garden produce donations.
Innovative Community Projects
Innovative Community Projects #1-3: 10 Points
A municipality applying for certification in 2020 or 2021 can earn points for this action if it was actively involved in implementing a comprehensive Census 2020 education and outreach effort that included multiple communications strategies and established a site, referred to as Census Kiosk, where people could complete the census. For more information click here. See the Resources section of this action guidance on launching a 2020 Census initiative.
Non-Expiring Actions with NEW Expiration Dates
For more detailed information about the previously non-expiring actions that now have an expiration date, please view the Master Action Tracking Spreadsheet, which provides each action's look back, approval period, and resubmission requirements. Towns approved for these actions have received an expiration date in accordance with their certification expiration.
Previous Program Updates
View Sustainable Jersey's Previous Program Updates to learn more about the modifications made from 2009-2019.