Contact: Kelly Vence
Public Information Officer
ELIZABETH, NJ— November 12, 2015— Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the City of Elizabeth has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Elizabeth is one of 50 municipalities that have attained certification in 2015 and will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th in Atlantic City. 
“From our exciting programs that improve energy efficiency to the conservation of all resources, the City of Elizabeth is proud to be recognized through the Sustainable Jersey designation,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, “This certification increases our eligibility for grant funding and enhances the implementation of the City’s Go-Green initiatives, which support cost-effective and environmentally-conscious improvements.”
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Elizabeth submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least 2 out of 11 priority action options. Some of these included: lead education and outreach, inventory and upgrade of all buildings, community gardens, building healthier communities and public electric vehicle charging infrastructures. 
“Becoming Sustainable Jersey certified is a significant achievement,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 191 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 communities excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency as well as health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts. “Collectively the 430 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes, Co-director of Sustainable Jersey.
About Elizabeth
Elizabeth is New Jersey’s fourth largest City in the State of New Jersey and the largest city in Union County. As the Union County Seat, Elizabeth contains the most major governmental offices and courts servicing the County. It has more than 125,000 residents and 35 languages are spoken citywide. Accessible by land, sea, rail and air, Elizabeth’s intermodal access makes it a regional transportation hub for the East Coast. In 2008, Elizabeth was recognized as one of “America’s 50 greenest cities” by “Popular Science” magazine.
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 76 percent, or 430 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program. In October 2014, Sustainable Jersey for Schools was launched in partnership with New Jersey School Boards Association and other statewide educational organizations. Currently, over 120 school districts and 300 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
Sustainable Jersey: Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. The 2015 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas are Platinum Sponsors. Bayshore Recycling is a Silver Sponsor and the Bronze Sponsors are Church and Dwight, Covanta and Energy Solve. 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities  Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association. The 2015 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Education Association, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. The Founding Sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation is a Silver Sponsor and Spiezle Architectural Group is a Bronze Sponsor.
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