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September 27, 2010

Contact: Kristy Ranieri: (973) 762-4212, or
William G. Dressel, Jr. (609) 915-9072,

Sustainable Jersey™ Named Finalist in National
Strong Communities Competition

Trenton, NJ (9.27.10) – Sustainable Jersey was selected as one of 8 finalists in the national Changemakers competition, “Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change.”

Sustainable Jersey has become the most successful statewide municipal sustainability certification program in the country.  This contest elevates the program to the national stage as it competes against the top social change innovations in the prestigious Changemakers competition. 

“We are thrilled to be in the top eight. No other program can match our track record with more than 300 of our state’s municipalities actively working on measurable programs and actions to become more sustainable,” said William Dressel, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, one of the Sustainable Jersey partners. “I am inspired by the leadership of our mayors and the dedication of the communities that are contributing to making New Jersey a national leader in sustainable change through the Sustainable Jersey program.”

The Strong Communities competition was designed to identify innovative projects and ideas that engage citizens to steer change and build strong communities across the United States and Canada. Sustainable Jersey was selected from among 260 entrants in the competition.  The competition finalists were chosen by a panel of expert judges (Majora Carter, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx and President of the Majora Carter Group; Rich Harwood, Founder and President of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation; Jared Duval, author and Fellow at Demos; and Bonnie Shaw, Founder and Director of BYO Consulting).

Sustainable Jersey needs your vote!  Three grand prize winners will be selected by online voting among the general public.  Sustainable Jersey has launched a viral campaign to get its active network of Green Teams, municipalities, community members, state and local agencies, academic institutions, businesses and sponsors to vote for the project on-line.  Visit to vote for Sustainable Jersey before October 7, 2010.

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.  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. Over 300 of New Jersey’s towns and cities (54%-or 306 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, Nautilus Solar, the Smart Energy Group, United Water, Verizon and CDS-Xerox.

About CommunityMatters
CommunityMatters is an interactive exchange for individuals and organizations working to engage citizens and build strong, vibrant communities from the ground up. CommunityMatters fuels a growing network of leaders, thinkers and doers in a variety of disciplines – planning, sustainability, health, democracy, education, economic development, and the arts. CommunityMatters is a project of the Orton Family Foundation, in collaboration with other partners.




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