EAST GREENWICH — Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that East Greenwich has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.
East Greenwich is one of 70 towns that have attained certification in 2017 and was honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Nov. 14 in Atlantic City with Chairman Fred Hill accepting the award.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, East Greenwich submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition to reaching 150 points, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least two out of 12 priority action options. The priority actions were a Sustainable Land Use Pledge and a Natural Resources Inventory of the Township.
“Sustainable Jersey is proud of the 70 New Jersey towns that achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 208 Sustainable Jersey certified towns demonstrate leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts. Collectively, the 445 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey.
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 79 percent or 445 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 279 school districts and 694 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.