February 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Environmental Commissioners Leonard Berkowitz and Richard Leister joined representatives from dozens of municipalities at the end of January to celebrate the Sustainable Jersey efforts around the state. Berkeley Heights is one of only 11 New Jersey municipalities that have attained the Silver-level certification.
“To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the Silver level, we assembled a team of more than a dozen volunteers and submitted documentation to show what sustainable actions we had completed,” said Berkowitz, who led the team effort.
The silver certification for Berkeley Heights lasts until 2014. The Township wishes to continue its efforts to be among the leaders in the state as a sustainable community. “The Green Team will be reassembling to continue its efforts,” Berkowitz said. Some of the projects being considered include:
- Creation of a community garden to provide opportunities for residents to grow vegetables.
- Promotion of programs that provide subsidized opportunities for businesses and residents to reduce energy consumption and thus save money
- Education and promotion of the benefits of reducing unnecessary vehicle idling
- Building a healthier community
If you are interested in helping, please contact the Green Team by eMailing Chairman@bh-ec.org or call 908-790-
1552 and leave a message.
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey. It 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 participating communities represent over half the state's municipalities and nearly 75 percent of its population.
Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the Municipal Land Use Center 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, BPU, PSEG, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, 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.