Tuesday, September 30, 2008
League of Municipalities and Wal-Mart Create
“Green Future Grants”
Oct. 1, 2008 (TRENTON)--- New Jersey League of Municipalities President Robert L. Bowser and the Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future announced today that they will be entering into a joint initiative with Wal-Mart to help New Jersey municipalities “go green.”
A press conference will be held on October 8, at 12:00 noon, at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Wal-Mart will be supporting the Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future (MCGF), which is part of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, to establish the “Green Future Grants” program. The program will provide funding to New Jersey municipalities that are committed to instituting greening initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for residents while stressing the importance of sustainability. Wal-Mart will contribute $200,000 towards the grant program in the first year.
To be eligible, municipalities must participate in the MCGF’s “Green Future Roadmap” program. The Roadmap sets criteria defining the actions and policies that are needed at the local level to achieve a green and sustainable future.
Green Future Roadmap project partners include the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute (NJSSI) at Rutgers University, the Municipal Land Use Center (MLUC) at the College of New Jersey, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and the Rutgers Center for Green Building.
For more information on the Green Future Roadmap go to NJSSI’s website, www.njssi.org. Or call the MCGF Co-Chairs at (732) 777-6001 (Meryl Frank, Mayor, Highland Park) or (973) 762-8120 (Fred Profeta, Deputy Mayor of the Environment, Maplewood).