January 7, 2014
Re: Sustainable Jersey Present 2013 Year in Review
In 2009, Sustainable Jersey was launched by the League’s Mayors Committee for a Green Future and the Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey. With backing from the State and concerned corporate citizens, Sustainable Jersey continues to promote local efforts to improve the quality of our environment, by offering tools, training and financial support
Thanks to these efforts, New Jersey is the first State in the Nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program that links municipal actions with a complete arsenal of technical assistance, training and financial incentives. At present, about 70 % of New Jersey’s municipalities have registered for Sustainable Jersey certification.
To mark the progress made over just the past twelve months, Sustainable Jersey has prepared a “Year in Review” piece that highlights such items as the number of sustainability initiatives implemented (over 4,000), the amounts provided to New Jersey municipalities through the Small Grants Program ($580,000), those municipalities that were given awards of special recognition (8), and the number of officials who benefit by attending one of the 50 workshops and training sessions held during the year (5,000).
There is a lot more to learn about how the New Jersey Resiliency Network is assisting Sandy-Impacted communities, about the 2013 Leadership Forums and the annual Sustainability Summit and about other initiatives launched over the course of the past twelve months.
We encourage you to take a look at the Review, which we have posted on our website at http://www.njslom.org/SJ-docs/2013-SJ-Year-in-Review.pdf
As the League continues its partnership with Sustainable New Jersey, here’s hoping for continuing progress in 2014.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.