Silver for Chatham Borough and Bronze for Greenwich Township
The network of certified towns is growing, with 109 certified communities and 10 silver-certified. Greenwich Township of Cumberland County achieved the bronze-level certification and Chatham Borough was recertified and promoted to the silver-level with 410 points. The two communities applied as part of the Spring certification cycle. Congratulations to the Green Teams, municipal staff, and community members that worked hard to get certified.
Five-Course Farm to Table Meal with Wine-Pairing, Cocktails, Music and You
New Jersey chefs and farms will come together to celebrate the Farm to Table movement and support Sustainable Jersey. The fundraiser is planned for August 9, under the stars at Terhune Orchards. The following chefs have donated their time and talent for the event: Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra, Jim Weaver of Tre Piani, Scott Anderson of Elements, Chris Graciano of Witherspoon Grill, Edgar Urias of Blue Point Grill, and Gab Carbon and Matt Errico of The Bent Spoon. You don't want to miss this. Register for the event today.
Green Teams Mix it Up in Woodbridge
Thank you to Woodbridge Township, Caroline Ehrlich, Sustainable Jersey Board Member and Woodbridge Chief of Staff (Caroline Ehrlich pictured right with Bruce McArthur of Bernards Township), and the 70+ people that attended the hot July 25 Sustainable Jersey networking event. As J.J. Bitting Brewing Company served up its handcrafted beers, participants exchanged pointers on sustainable initiatives and discussed ways to collaborate on projects. More networking events are planned. If you're interested in having Sustainable Jersey come to your town next, contact Kristy Ranieri.
Easy Ways to Help Your Residents and Businesses Save Money and Energy
At the July 23 Sustainable Jersey workshop, towns learned how to reduce community energy usage, energy bills, and the local carbon footprint – all while securing Sustainable Jersey points. One big challenge to improving energy efficiency is knowing where to start and how to get through the process.
The workshop provided participants with the how-to steps to promote and provide energy programs for their community, including three New Jersey Clean Energy Programs: Direct Install, Energy Savings Improvement Plans (ESIPs) and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
Montclair Township discussed the It's In Our Power Montclair program that promotes the Direct Install program and other efforts. Highland Park presented how the town has promoted the Home Performance with Energy Star program through its It's In Our Power Highland Park program. To get a copy of the presentation from the workshop, contact Tony O'Donnell. To learn more about ESIPs, contact Robbi Acampora.
Mark Your Calendar! The Annual Sustainable Jersey Luncheon is on Tuesday November 13
Join us for our premier event to honor towns and leaders working for a more sustainable New Jersey. The luncheon will include a key note speaker (soon to be revealed), the certified communities' recognition and the individual community awards for innovation and creativity, leadership, collaboration, and the sustainability champions. To register, sponsor or get more info visit: Events Page ->2012 Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon.