November 12, 2009, Trenton, NJ
Sustainable Jersey to Honor the Top Green Municipalities and the First 28 Certified Towns at Awards Lunch
November 17 at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City
Trenton, NJ (November 12, 2009) - Sustainable Jersey will present the first-ever Sustainable Jersey Awards, during a luncheon held at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City to eight visionary mayors who have demonstrated their town's achievements in the Sustainable Jersey program. Awards will be given for innovation, leadership and collaboration in addition to four Sustainability Champion awards for the top certification point-getters. The event will also include recognition of the 28 extraordinary towns that have met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. These towns are the Sustainable Jersey pioneers that can forever boast that they were the first, having achieved certification in year one of the program.
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. "The Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon is one of the most important events of the year," said Fred Profeta, Maplewood's Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Chair of the New Jersey League of Municipalities' Mayors Committee for a Green Future. "We have more than two-hundred and sixty people attending to salute the first-rate municipalities that have led the way in developing sustainability initiatives in New Jersey."
Certified towns and award winners have excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, smart land use and transportation, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources, and addressing diversity and equity. "These are exceptional towns with outstanding programs that set an example for all of us because they have taken the responsibility to cultivate a better environment," said Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey program partner and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University.
In addition to the award presentations, key note speakers will include project partners Joseph Fiordaliso, Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and John Watson, Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as well as David Grant, President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation that underwrites the program.
The 2009 Sustainable Jersey award winners are as follows:
Sustainability Champion--Large Municipality Category: Woodbridge
Sustainability Champion--Medium Municipality Category*: Ocean City and Summit
Sustainability Champion--Small Municipality Category: Woodbine
* There was a tie in this category so two municipalities received the award.
Sustainable Jersey Leadership Award: Maplewood
Sustainable Jersey Innovation Award: Cherry Hill
Sustainable Jersey Collaboration Award: Chatham Township & Chatham Borough
The 2009 Sustainable Jersey Certified Communities are as follows*:
|1. Asbury Park City
3. Berkeley Heights
6. Chatham Township
7. East Brunswick
20. Parsippany-Troy Hills
|21. River Edge
23. South Orange Village
24. Summit City
27. Cherry Hill
28. North Brunswick
*Note: Up to six additional communities may be added to the list pending final review of documentation on Nov. 13.
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, control costs and save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. The innovative new program is an initiative of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Mayors Committee for a Green Future, the Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Rutgers Center for Green Building, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and a coalition of New Jersey non-profits, state agencies, and experts in the field. To learn more about the Sustainable Jersey certification visit www.sustainablejersey.com. Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PSE&G, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Nautilus Solar, the Smart Energy Group and CDS-Xerox.
About the Sustainable Jersey Awards
SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION AWARDS: This award recognizes municipalities that have scored the most points in the Sustainable Jersey certification program in three population categories: small (0-5,000), medium (5,000-50,000) and large (50,000+).
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.
2009 SUSTAINABLE JERSEY CERTIFICATION: The Sustainable Jersey certified municipality’s submitted documentation that showed that they achieved the balance of the required certification actions, meeting the minimum of 100 action points. In addition to reaching 100 points, each community had to create a Green Team and select at least 2 out of 4 priority action options: Energy Audits for Municipal Facilities, Municipal Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Land Use Pledge, and Water Conservation Ordinance.
Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12 Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Crown Ball Room, 2nd Floor, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Registration: 94th Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference and Sustainable Jersey Luncheon
Registration Info: www.njslom.org > Annual Conference > 94th Annual Conference
Press Coverage: The event is open for press coverage.