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November 12, 2010

Contact: Kristy Ranieri, (973) 762-1510, k.ranieri@circlepoint.com

Sustainable Jersey™ Announces 2010 NJ Municipal Award Winners

Woodbridge, Summit, Bordentown, Lawrence, Livingston, Galloway,
Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough and Pennington

Trenton, NJ (November 12, 2009) – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced the winners of the 2010 Sustainability Jersey municipal awards in five categories: Sustainability Champion, Innovation, Leadership, Creativity and Collaboration.

The Sustainability Champion award recognizes municipalities that have scored the most points in the Sustainable Jersey certification program in three population categories: small (0-4,999), medium (5,000-39,999) and large (40,000+). Award winners are the top scoring towns of the 38 municipalities that submitted in 2010 to become Sustainable Jersey certified. These towns far exceeded the minimum requirement of 150 points for Bronze Level certification.  The 2010 Sustainability Champion award winners are:

  • Sustainability Champion (Large Category) with 510 points: Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County)
  • Sustainability Champion (Medium Category) with 505 points: City of Summit (Union County)
  • Sustainability Champion (Small Category) with 220 points: Bordentown City (Burlington County)

The Sustainable Jersey special municipal award winners were chosen from the list of 38 towns that achieved certification in 2010.  The independent selection panel included representatives from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Future and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ArtPride New Jersey Foundation.  The 2010 Sustainable Jersey special award winners are:

  • Leadership Award:            Lawrence Township (Mercer County)
  • Innovation Award:            Livingston Township (Essex County)
  • Collaboration Award:        Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough and Pennington (Mercer County)
  • Creativity Award:              Galloway Township (Atlantic County)

Town mayors will accept the awards at the Sustainable Jersey luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference on Tuesday.  “The energy around the awards and the Sustainable Jersey lunch is incredible.  We have over 250 mayors and municipal staff registered for the awards lunch and we are still trying to accommodate people that want to be a part of it,” said Fred Profeta, Chair of the New Jersey Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future, a committee of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and Sustainable Jersey program partner.  “The overwhelming response speaks to the success of the Sustainable Jersey program and municipalities’ desire to create sustainable communities,” Profeta concluded.  

Sustainable Jersey program partner Donna Drewes, of the Institute for Sustainability Planning and Governance at The Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey, congratulated the winning towns.  “Our winners represent the pioneers that are making extraordinary contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world.”

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION AWARD
The Sustainability Champion award recognizes municipalities that have scored the most points in the Sustainable Jersey certification program in three population categories: small (0-4,999), medium (5,000-39,999) and large (40,000+).
LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award recognizes one municipality that contributes most to the Sustainable Jersey program through demonstrated regional or statewide leadership. This award recognizes sustainability efforts that make the most of local resources through exceptional dedication and leadership.
INNOVATION AWARD
This award recognizes one municipality that contributes most to Sustainable Jersey by pioneering or testing a significant innovation. The award recognizes creativity, originality, and forward-thinking that can lead to new best practices and strategies by which we pursue sustainability.
COLLABORATION AWARD
This award recognizes two or more municipalities that worked in partnership to implement a program or project. This award recognizes that many sustainability issues must be addressed on a regional scale or require the pooled resources of more than one partner.  
CREATIVITY AWARD
This award recognizes one municipality that contributes most to Sustainable Jersey by incorporating creativity and the arts into their sustainability efforts. 

About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.  It is the most successful statewide municipal sustainability certification program in the country.  Over 300 of New Jersey’s towns and cities (56%-or 315 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering New Jersey towns to build a better world for future generations. 

Sustainable Jersey is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future and the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  The policies and other substantive contents of the program are developed though a transparent participatory process involving NGOs, academics, government, and the business community. Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Elizabethtown Gas, United Water, Verizon, Atlantic City Electric and CDS-Xerox. www.sustainablejersey.com

Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference

Date:                Tuesday, November 16, 2009, 12 Noon – 1:30 PM (Doors open at 11:30 AM)
Location:         Sheraton Hotel, Crown Ball Room, 2nd Floor, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Registration:   Sustainable Jersey Luncheon at the 95th Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference Registration: Contact Kristen Chilleri to purchase tickets at (609) 392-5941 or KChilleri@mbi-gs.com

Media Coverage: The event is open for media coverage.

 

 

 

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