Trenton, NJ (December 23, 2009) – Today’s announcement by the PSEG Foundation that $150,000 in grant money will be provided to support the Sustainable Jersey program, was hailed as extremely good news by Louise Wilson, President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Education Foundation. The two-year grant of $75,000 per year will be administered by the League’s Educational Foundation for the Sustainable Jersey program.
The grant will help support the Sustainable Jersey municipal certification program that has streamlined, incentivized and guided the process of transforming the state’s 566 municipalities, many at different stages of going green, into a network of sustainable communities. “We are pleased that the PSEG Foundation shares our vision and recognizes the importance of our program that helps New Jersey towns that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term,” said program partner, Donna Drewes of the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey.
Of the funding allocation, $25,000 will be used to provide technical assistance and support to two South Jersey communities. The intent of this technical support is to determine the most effective way to help the municipality engage elected officials, staff, volunteers, schools and business and community organizations in their efforts toward becoming sustainable communities. Programmatic staff support will be focused on building institutional capacity and municipal and community commitment toward pursuing Sustainable Jersey certification. The development of new program materials, including a “how to guide” to help small or rural communities successfully navigate the Sustainable Jersey program will be completed as part of this initiative.
“The stars and partners have aligned in the first year of the program,” said Randall Solomon, project partner and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University. “Sustainable Jersey has ignored potential barriers and bridged connections that might just save us all yet, as academics, funders, government officials and corporations have come together to support and grow the program.”
In 2009, 246 communities across all 21 New Jersey counties registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified and 34 municipalities have successfully achieved certification. Sustainable Jersey is moving full speed ahead with many improvements incorporated into the 2010 program. Over 50 new actions were added to the list of items that municipalities can choose from in order to achieve certification points. There is now a bronze and a silver level of certification.
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, PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Nautilus Solar, the Smart Energy Group and CDS-Xerox.
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