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Sustainable Jersey Program Eyed in New Milford

Sustainable Jersey municipalities are qualified for more grants and financial incentives than communities that aren't certified.

The New Milford Mayor and Council recently discussed the possibility of increasing their efforts toward becoming a part of Sustainable Jersey.

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit that provides tools, training and financial incentives for communities that pursue sustainability programs.

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.

More than 400 municipalities have registered as part of the program but only 139 have become certified as Sustainable Jersey communities.

To become certified the borough must create a Green Team and earn points by completing actions that are centered around health, wellness, land use, natural resources and, of course, sustainability.

The list of actions includes things like:
  • Holding a “Green Fair”
  • Creating Community or School Gardens
  • Prescription Drug Safety and Disposal
  • Community Paper Shredding Day
  • Providing a Recycling Depot
  • School-based Energy Conversation Programs

New Milford has registered and has already taken some of the available actions on their own. River Edge, Paramus Bergenfield (recently certified, see above) and Teaneck have all already become Sustainable Jersey certified.

Marlene Casey of Capital Alternatives, the borough’s grant writer, was present for part of the discussion and acknowledged that becoming a part of the program could open the door for more grants and resources.

It was also mentioned that when New Milford previously attempted to create a “Green Team” very few people stepped forward.

Would you be interested in helping New Milford in their efforts toward becoming part of the Sustainable Jersey program? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Ulises January 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM
A "Green Team" is a step in the right direction. I feel New Milford doesn't do enough to be greener. What, once a year there's a cleanup around town? That's nothing. My neighbors and I do that all summer long in the woods and on the river. Very few people in New Milford care enough to get involve like our neighboring towns do, and that's sad because this town has a lot of potential. And when you do get involved, the bureaucrats take over and they slow things down, then blame it on - that's how government works. Government works slow, yes, but the egos calling the shots make it even slower, with their endless meetings and no real action. If the private sector ran like this, we'd all be living in a 3rd world country. I'd love to start or be part of a Green Team in town but it would run more efficient as a non-profit than having the M&C place their friends in positions of power.
Jeffrey DelVecchio January 19, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Funny, I brought this up in 2012 during my fight with the Board of Health over raising chickens. I told the governing body that allowing the raising of chickens in the Boro would help them to achieve this status. I was told they were already looking into getting certified. I for one would certainly like to be a part of a "green team." Right off the bat I can think of three things that would help: legalize the raising of chickens, modify the restrictive solar panel ordinance, and expand the recycling program to include all plastics.

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