Elizabeth Achieves Sustainable Jersey™ Certification Award Presented on November 19th at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference


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Elizabeth Achieves Sustainable Jersey™ Certification Award Presented on November 19th at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference


Elizabeth, NJ- November 18, 2013- Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the City of Elizabeth has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Elizabeth is one of 117 towns out of 399 registered municipalities that have attained bronze certification.  They will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 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 to be certified at the bronze level.  In addition to reaching 150 points, each community had to create a Green Team and select at least 2 out of 7 priority action options. 

“Becoming Sustainable Jersey certified is a significant achievement,” said Pam Mount, chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “The certified towns demonstrate tremendous leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish with impressive sustainability initiatives in 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 addressing diversity and equity. 

“Collectively the 399 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes co-director of the Sustainable Jersey program.  Randall Solomon, co-director of the Sustainable Jersey program congratulated the certified towns.  “I commend the towns that have achieved certification for their demonstrated commitment toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.”

The certified towns will be recognized at the fifth annual Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the 98th Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. 

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 124,969 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 certification program for municipalities in New Jersey.  Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity. Sustainable Jersey is empowering New Jersey towns to build a better world for future generations.  It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they 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.  Sustainable Jersey is 100 percent voluntary and each town can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve enough points to get certified.

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 (BPU).  Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, BPU, PSEG, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Bay Shore Recycling, EcoMatters, New Jersey American Water, Real Goods Solar, South Jersey Gas, Terhune Orchards, Waste Management of New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric, Citizens Campaign, Concord Engineering and the New Jersey Food Council.

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