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62 Sustainable Jersey Grants Awarded to NJ Towns
Walmart Reaches $1 Million Mark in Support of Grant Program
Trenton, NJ (October 2, 2013) – Today Sustainable Jersey announced that $380,000 has been awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program funded in part by Walmart. Sixty-two grants will be accepted by New Jersey towns for sustainability projects at the Annual Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on November 19, 2013 at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference in Atlantic City. With this contribution, Walmart will exceed the $1,000,000 mark having provided funding for the grant program each year since 2009.
The 23 towns that will receive a $20,000 or $10,000 grant have proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Electric vehicle charging stations, turning food scraps and biological waste into green power, grazing goats, a geothermal heating and cooling system for a historic town hall, community gardens and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding. In addition, 39 towns will receive a $2,000 capacity-building grant to support the work of their Green Team and sustainability initiatives.
“Walmart is incredibly proud of the success of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program,” said Philip Serghini, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart in New Jersey, “In a few short years Walmart has funded over $1 million to the municipalities of our State to advance our commitment to environmental sustainability.”
The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help local governments make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. “The grant winning towns are leading the charge for sustainability in New Jersey. I commend the mayors and hardworking Green Teams for taking steps to improve the quality of life in New Jersey,” said Art Ondish, President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation and Mayor of Mount Arlington.
2013 SMALL GRANT WINNERS:
- Eight $20,000 Grant Winners: Chatham Borough, Frenchtown Borough ($16,500 grant), Hillsborough Township, Mendham Township, Mount Holly Township, South Orange Village Township, Westfield Town, and Woodbridge Township.
- Fifteen $10,000 Grant Winners: Boonton Township, Byram Township, Fanwood Borough($5,521 grant), Fort Lee Borough, Haddonfield Borough, Hamilton Township, Lambertville City, Middletown Township, Milltown Borough, Montgomery Township, Mount Olive Township, Nutley Township, Raritan Township, Stratford Borough and Summit City.
- Thirty-nine $2,000 Capacity-Building Grant Winners: Absecon City, Andover Township, Barnegat Township, Brigantine City, Camden City, Carlstadt Borough, Chatham Borough, Cranford Township, Elsinboro Township, Ewing Township, Fair Lawn Borough, Fanwood Borough, Franklin Township, Galloway Township, Green Brook Township, Haddon Township, Haddon Heights Borough, Hawthorne Borough, Highland Park Borough, Hillsborough Township, Hoboken City, Laurel Springs Borough, Maplewood Township, Milltown Borough, Monroe Township, Mount Holly Township, Norwood Borough, Oaklyn Borough, Orange Township, Park Ridge Borough, Pennsauken Township, Pequannock Township, Pine Hill Borough, Raritan Township, Secaucus Town, South Orange Village, Wall Township, Winslow Township, and Woodbury City.
Currently, 70 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (398 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. “The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” said Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Funding green initiatives at the community level will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”
In applying for a grant, each municipality submitted a proposal describing its local sustainability initiative and how it would relate to the Sustainable Jersey actions. A total of 80 proposals from 18 New Jersey counties were reviewed and scored by a neutral Blue Ribbon selection committee composed of uncompensated experts and public figures.
2013 Recipients of $20,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grants
- Chatham Borough: Level Three Electrical Vehicle Charging Station
- Frenchtown Borough: Commercial, School and Residential Food Waste Composting Program
- Hillsborough Township: Compilation of Information Learned from Energy Audits($16,500 grant)
- Mendham Township: Mendham East Treatment Facility Conversion
- Mount Holly Township: Save the Mount: Forest Restoration Demonstration Project
- South Orange Village: Village Hall Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
- Westfield Town: Conservation Center - Expansion of Recycling Operations
- Woodbridge Township: Complete Streets Pilot Program
2013 Recipients of $10,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grants
- Boonton Township: Natural Resource Inventory
- Byram Township: Conservation Easements Commitment
- Fanwood Borough: Sustainability Community Education and Outreach Initiative($5,521 grant)
- Fort Lee Borough: Community Garden
- Haddonfield Borough: Green Building and Sustainability Master Plan Element
- Hamilton: Rain Garden Demonstration & Water Conservation Education Program
- Lambertville: Turning Food Scraps and Biological Wastes into Green Power
- Middletown Township: Grazing Goats for Poricy Park
- Milltown Borough: Sustainable Education Program
- Montgomery Township: Bicycle Safety - Pilot Program
- Mount Olive Township: Conservation Easement Preservation Management
- Nutley Township: Water Conservation Challenge
- Raritan Township: 24/7 Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation
- Stratford: School & Community Environmental Education Project
- Summit: Summit Free Market Permanent Structure
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