Township awarded Sustainable Jersey grant


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Sustainable Jersey representatives announced recently that West Milford has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Capacity-Building Grant. The $2,000 grants are intended to assist community Environmental Commission’s Green Teams as they lead and coordinate the sustainability activities of their community.

The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program, funded by the PSEG Foundation, is providing $200,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed approximately $1,375,000 in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.

"The importance of sustainability and 'going green' has become more and more evident," said Mayor Bettina Bieri. "Awareness is the key to minimizing our effects on the environment and impacting our world in a more positive way. I very much appreciate the efforts of the Environmental Commission and the Green Team as well as the support and funding from Sustainable Jersey. By working together, we can all make a difference.”

West Milford Environmental Commission’s Green Team/Sustainability Subcommittee sought general support funds for the creation of environmental education pamphlets. Pamphlets developed will provide West Milford residents with simple environmental tips that they can apply to their daily life to decrease their carbon footprint. The goal is to encourage residents to “Go Green to Save Green.” In addition to the pamphlets, the grant money awarded will also be used to design and distribute tote bags to promote reusable bags and environmental responsibility.

Other winners of the grants have projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Organic curbside waste recycling, sustainability ordinances, hawk habitat restoration, a bike depot for commuters, formation of a regional green team network, a water conservation tax credit, a rain garden and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding.

“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and director – Corporate Responsibility. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.”

In 2011, West Milford received Sustainable Jersey Bronze Certification. Through the years, West Milford’s volunteers and municipal staff have worked tirelessly on important projects that preserve and protect the environment, according to Sustainable Jersey.

Currently, over 406 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the sustainability certification program.

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