2020 Certification Application Cycle


Sustainable Jersey operates on a once a year submission cycle, with an initial certification application submission deadline. Only those applicants that submit by the initial deadline will be considered for certification that year.  See the chart below for details on the structure and timing of the application cycle.

Note: Any actions that are marked approved and expire after the initial submission deadline do not need to be updated in your application.  Once the application is submitted, these actions will be set to expire at the end of the year.

 

2020 Certification Cycle Adjustments

 

Update September 2020: Due to safety considerations surrounding the COVID pandemic and the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference going virtual this year, the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon will not be held In November. Instead, a virtual awards ceremony will be held in early 2021. More details will be provided in the coming months.

The certification cycle timeline will remain the same. The second submission deadline is September 11, and feedback will be provided in mid-October. However, following the October reviews, certifications will not be issued. All certifications will be issued following the final November 22 application deadline. Municipalities that qualify for certification after the second round of review can choose to resubmit for additional points in November or leave their application in the Awaiting Updates status and will be certified after the final review period. It is still highly encouraged that municipalities submit updates to their application by the September 11 resubmission deadline to get feedback and make any final updates for certification by the November 22 deadline.

Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards including the Sustainability Champions will be based on the final point totals achieved at the end of the year.

We look forward to celebrating with everyone virtually in 2021!

 

Timeline

First RoundSecond RoundThird Round
Submission DeadlineJune 14September 11Nov. 22*
Return DateMid-JulyMid-OctoberMid-Dec.
 

*Certifications will be issued following the final submission deadline.  Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards including the Sustainability Champions will be based on the final point totals achieved at the end of the year.

 

Timeline Details

Timeline & Submission/Resubmission Requirements
June 14 (Previously May 17)

Application Submission Deadline

  • Application must indicate all actions the municipality plans to complete for credit by marking those actions “Completed.”
  • Sustainable Jersey understands that some 2020 activities and initiatives may not have been able to take place due to the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, for actions that are intended to take place on annual basis, documentation from 2018-2020 will be accepted. A list of actions in this category is available here.  A municipality seeking recertification that may have these actions appear as “Expired” in its application can resubmit for points if the documentation is from 2018-2020 by simply changing the action status from Expired to Completed. For actions not on the list, Sustainable Jersey will consider approval of an expired actions based on previously submitted documentation on a case-by-case basis based on the date of the documentation provided and the reasons why the action could not be updated due to the COVID-19 related disruptions.
  • Action requirements do not have to be completed until the November final application deadline. 
Municipalities unable to meet the June 14 deadline are encouraged to apply when they are ready. Sustainable Jersey will make every effort to review applications submitted after June 14 and before July 30 in a timely manner to allow municipalities time to make updates by the September resubmission deadline.
Mid-July

First Round Review Comments Provided

  • Each action will be marked as “Approved” or “Must Revise” and comments will be provided.
  • If the application includes actions marked as “Must Revise” the municipality can complete required activities and/or documentation in order to receive credit for these actions.
Sept. 11*

First Resubmission Deadline

  • Revisions to applications that include “Must Revise” actions should be submitted by this date in order to receive a full three rounds of review feedback.
  • New application submissions will be accepted but will only receive two rounds of review.
Mid-October

Second Round Review Comments Provided

  • Each action will be marked as “Approved” or “Must Revise” and comments will be provided.
  • If the application includes actions marked as “Must Revise” the municipality can complete required activities and/or documentation in order to receive credit for these actions.
Nov. 22

Final Application Submission Deadline

  • This is the final opportunity for municipalities that submitted in the 2020 certification cycle to resubmit outstanding actions.
  • Any municipalities that qualify for certification following the October reviews that do not resubmit by this deadline will be included in the final review.  
Mid-December

Final Decision on Pending Applications

  • Each action will be marked as “Approved” or “Not Approved” and comments will be provided.
  • Final determination will be made on whether the municipality has been awarded enough points to achieve bronze or silver certification.  Municipalities certified on this date will be recognized during a virtual award ceremony in early 2021. 
  • Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards including the Sustainability Champions will be based on the final point totals achieved at the end of the year.
  • Municipalities that do not receive certification can reapply in 2021.  Actions that were approved during the 2020 cycle and have not expired by the 2021 submission deadline will automatically be counted as part of the 2021 application submission.