Working on Certification
The resources listed below will your help green team organize and implement efforts to achieve certification. Additional information about the certification process, cycle timeline, and requirements can be found on the Certification page.
Quick Start Resources
Master Action Tracking Spreadsheet
This spreadsheet provides an inventory of program actions, abbreviated submission requirements, look back and approval periods, resubmission requirements, and point values. It is a great tool to help a green team identify the actions the municipality may already be doing and new actions it hopes to pursue. It can also be use to track progress in completing actions and compiling the required documentation.
Start Up Actions
This is a list of actions with the highest submission rates, highest success rate of approval upon review, as well as those deemed "easy" initial actions municipalities may already be doing.
The webinars listed below walk through making a plan to achieve certification for the first time to moving up to Silver certification. They provide step-by-step guidance to green teams just getting started, renewing efforts, or striving for higher levels of achievement.
Working with School Green Teams
Municipal green teams have access to resources and experience beneficial to school green teams, and vice versa. Working together could lighten the load for all and result in a greater impact in the community. In addition, there are actions where a collaborative effort would result in the municipal green team and the school green team both earning points towards certification. These actions are listed below:
- Anti-Idling Programs
- Community Education & Outreach
- Civic & Stewardship Activities
- Community Asset Mapping
- Green Challenges
- Green Fair/Green Your Green Fair
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety & Promotion Initiatives
- Safe Routes to School
- School Travel Plan for Biking and Walking
- Recycling Non-Mandated Materials
- Waste Audit
Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
Not sure if your school district and schools are participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools? Find your school contact here.
A number of free online platforms are available for green teams to help make the certification process more collaborative. These are some of the platforms frequently used by green teams in addition to monthly meetings/calls:
PIE Solutions Catalog
If your town is working on the suite of Public Information & Engagement (PIE) actions, review Sustainable Jersey's PIE Solutions Catalog, a public database of almost 100 government and civic technology tools associated with government transparency, communications and public engagement.