At the April 15 meeting of the League’s Mayors Committee for a Green Future founding committee member and Chairman Fred Profeta, Deputy Mayor for the Environment in Maplewood, stepped down as the committee’s leader. He had served in the position for three years. Lawrence Township (Mercer) Councilwoman Pam Mount, also a founding MCGF committee member, will take his place as Committee Chair.
Initiated in 2006, the 13-member Mayors Committee for a Green Future (MCGF) is helping to lead and inspire New Jersey’s sustainability agenda. The committee is promoting greening in New Jersey municipalities through education, outreach, leadership and support for municipal programs and practices that protect the environment and contribute to a better New Jersey overall.
The Mayors Committee for a Green Future joined forces with the Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey and the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University to launch the highly successfully Sustainable Jersey™ program. On February 26, 2009, Sustainable Jersey began with a press conference and words of inspiration from Governor Jon Corzine and an impressive list of project sponsors.
Sustainable Jersey was set in motion from an idea cultivated from the MCGF. New Jersey is now one of the first states in the nation to have a municipal certification program for sustainability. To learn more about the Sustainable Jersey certification visit www.sustainablejersey.com.
On September 14, 2010, $220,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program. It was hailed as extremely good news by resource-strained towns across New Jersey. The 2010 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by Walmart is providing grants to 34 local governments for sustainability projects.
This is the second year that Walmart has funded the grants program, bringing their total contribution over two years to $420,000
Originally published in New Jersey
Municipalities, Volume 88, Number 6, June 2011