Eight Municipalities and School Districts Receive Grants for Sustainable Energy Projects

on Dec 21, 2016

Grant recipients from seven NJ counties: Bergen, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon and Somerset

Sustainable Jersey announced today the four public school districts and four municipalities selected to receive Sustainable Jersey grants funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Grants were distributed to fund projects including electric vehicle infrastructure and demonstration, energy efficiency upgrades to buildings and more.

“Investments in local energy projects will help us make progress toward the goal of a more sustainable and resilient New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Donna Drewes. “Congratulations to the forward-thinking school districts and municipalities that developed these projects.”

“The Gardinier Environmental Fund is committed to conserving the earth’s energy resources and enhancing renewable energy measures,” said Gene Wentzel, president, Gardinier Environmental Fund. “We are proud to stand alongside Sustainable Jersey, and to continue to fund worthy projects that supports our mutual goals in New Jersey.”

New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training. Currently, 78%, or 441 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 230 school districts and 568 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.







Park Ridge Borough


Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations: Will provide infrastructure to help support the adoption of electric vehicles in Park Ridge, the Pascack Valley and Northern NJ. The project is structured to leverage NJDEP grant funding. 


Pennsauken Township School District


School Building Efficiency Upgrades: Will replace 30-year old, non-insulated exterior doors at Roosevelt and Longfellow elementary schools to reduce energy loss. Project will enhance on-going Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) funded efficiency upgrades.

Cape May

Ocean City


Electric Vehicle (EV) Demonstration: Will help procure one electric vehicle for city fleet, which will help show the public how EVs work and the benefits.

Cape May

Woodbine Borough


Municipal Building HVAC Systems Upgrades: Will upgrade municipal building HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) to higher energy efficiency units to provide energy efficiency gains. Project leverages NJ Clean Energy Program incentives.


South Orange-Maplewood School District


School Buildings Heat Mapping Survey: Will conduct a district-wide heat mapping survey to identify cold and hot zones in the school buildings and assess repairs needed. Because the school buildings are about 100 years old, this project is a cost-effective way to achieve greater classroom comfort as well as energy savings. The survey can be replicated for other New Jersey school districts that have old facilities.


Hoboken City


Parks Energy Efficiency Lighting: Will replace all existing High Intensity Discharge (HID) light fixtures in Church Square Park and Stevens Park with high efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) light fixtures. Will reduce energy consumption in municipal facilities and help catalyze residential and commercial LED lighting upgrades by demonstrating value and cost savings. LED lighting is superior in energy efficiency, lifespan, maintenance and durability. Because parks are heavily used, the project will provide health benefits to the community by encouraging outdoor activity.


High Bridge Borough School District


School Buildings Carbon Footprint & Load Reduction: Will install additional building automation controls in school district buildings to reduce the carbon footprint and cost of operation. The project emphasizes energy savings and will measure the reduced carbon footprint resulting from the new controls. The upgrades will increase comfort in classrooms.


North Plainfield School District


Existing Building Commissioning Study: Will fund an Existing Building Commissioning Study (retro-commissioning) and implement recommendations of the study at North Plainfield High School and Middle School. Will examine the operation of the equipment as well as the effectiveness of maintenance procedures to maximize energy efficiency and longevity and maintain a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. Retro-commissioning is an important step for keeping equipment at top performance and can have a high impact potential to improve health and comfort for building occupants and increased energy efficiency. 


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