Green

September 11, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- County residents are invited to participate in the Fall Fishing Derby for People with Special Needs on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. This event is free of charge and runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club are co-sponsoring ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just in time before the Berkeley Heights Playground Camp wrapped up another success season, the campers were educated on recycling thanks to Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission member Kim Diamond and Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic Foundation. Recycling is ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – As a reward for Berkeley Heights residents collecting more than 500 pounds of thin film plastics within an eight-week period during the Trex Thin Film Plastics Challenge, the Trex Company (Trex) will be providing the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC) with an ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Union County area until 10 p.m. Friday evening. Along with that storm and Flash Flood warning has also been issued until 6 p.m.  The Weather Service reports that winds in excess of 40 mph and ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Plans for the Community Garden continue to evolve – now it is called the “Learning Community Garden,” with the focus on teaching organic farming methods, sustainable living techniques and preservation of harvest – how to can, freeze and dry vegetables, fruits, flowers and ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – With 104.9 pounds of thin film plastic garbage collected as of Friday, June 29, Berkeley Heights residents helped their community pass the 100 pound milestone in the Trex Thin Film Plastics Recycling Challenge (Trex Challenge). This brings community more than one-fifth of the ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County residents and visitors can become instant tree experts just by taking a stroll, thanks to “Tree Trail” projects in County parks undertaken by volunteers with the Rutgers Master Tree Stewards program. In the latest project, on Tuesday a group of Master Tree Stewards ...

Read more »

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – What does China have to do with New Providence recycling? Apparently a lot and residents should take a note of the new recycling guidelines, Borough Administrator Doug Marvin said at the Monday, June 11 council meeting. The new rules will evidently reduce the amount of ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Big changes have come to recycling in Union County – so big the county held a meeting on Wednesday, June 13, to go over the changes. Residents will need to adapt to the changes, some may need or want to get new recycling containers, and, failure to comply will result in ...

Read more »

CRANFORD – Cranford resident Kent Lucas was one of 150 commuters who embraced a more sustainable commute by trading in his car keys for pedals during TransOptions’ annual Bike to Work Challenge. Through TransOptions’ GoForGood app, riders tracked their bicycle commute trips and miles from May ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Despite the best intentions of the Environmental Commission and the efforts of Township Attorney Joe Sordillo, there will be no community garden built this year. The good news is everyone now knows what is needed to get the job done and a time table is in place to see that it ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - How do you turn 500 pounds of thin film plastic garbage into a high-performance park bench for one of our schools or parks? Participating in the Trex Thin Film Plastics Recycling Challenge (Trex Challenge) can ensure that goal. The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After receiving the “Kids Dig In” garden award grant, four raised bed gardens were delivered to Mountain Park Elementary School in Berkeley Heights. With the help of parent volunteers, students and staff, the team kicked off and jumpstarted their new garden, which the ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Berkeley Heights has been chosen as part of Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados’s 2018 Union County Plant a Seed grants initiative. The grants have been awarded to 27 garden projects within nine municipalities through the Union County Means Green Community Garden Grants ...

Read more »

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Have electronics that need to be recycled? Gather them up and bring them to Verizon's sixth Recycling Rally from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The event, which is free and open to the public will take place at the Verizon Corporate Center, visitor parking lot overflow ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In the first collaboration of its kind, the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (EC) is partnering with Governor Livingston High School (GL) to host the first annual Tree Walk and Rain Garden Talk on Thursday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m., at Governor Livingston High School ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Continuing on their quest to clean up and beautify their town, Berkeley Heights residents gathered litter found in and around two waters basins in Cinnamon Ridge, one adjacent to Grassman Lane and the other adjacent to Pinnel Court, on Saturday, April 7 as well as in Snyder ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission is putting out a call for residents who have an interest in joining a community garden.  The purpose of the garden is to give people, who do not have gardens at home, a chance to grow vegetables on a fenced plot.   The ...

Read more »

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, has announced it will be stocking Union County’s parks and waterways for the opening day of trout season, scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at 8 a.m. Union County rivers and lakes are scheduled to be stocked with 23,950 rainbow trout ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – On Tuesday, March 27, with the last remnants of snow still on the ground, a group of Berkeley Heights residents gathered at Snyder Park to clean up litter along Snyder Avenue, between the park and the bridge over the stream running to the Passaic River, just before the Bank ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A little snow didn't keep the BH Walks event from kicking off on Friday morning. A dozen women walked, talked, and most importantly, picked up trash along the route. They were bundled up to take a brisk two mile walk down Springfield Avenue. Debra Varnerin, a member of the ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Braving the cold weather on Sunday, March 4, ten Berkeley Heights residents participated in the New Jersey Clean Communities Adopt-A-Beach Clean Water Challenge.  Together, they gathered 199 pounds of trash along a half-mile route along Horseshoe Road and Watchung Way, near ...

Read more »

ELIZABETH, NJ - Mountain biking in Watchung Reservation was revisited in the public comment session at the Union County Freeholders meeting on Thursday.  The board had voted not to approve building bike trails in May 2017 after a months-long debate. Jamie Meiselman of Westfield, and co-leader of ...

Read more »

  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Council members began their meeting Tuesday night with a moment of silence for the victims and families of the mass murder at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Then it was down to business, and members covered a lot of issues in a meeting that lasted just over 40 ...

Read more »

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Did you know that there is an organization in town that focuses on preserving the environment and natural resources? The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission is an advisory group of volunteers that recommends plans, programs and ordinances for the development, ...

Read more »

  BERNARDS TWP., NJ - This year’s Christmas Bird Count is about to begin—and the data you report has a real and measurable effect on the course of conservation.  One of Audubon’s signature programs, the CBC has collected more than a century’s worth of community observations that provide a ...

Read more »

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Houdaille Quarry, often called the “Grand Canyon of Union County”, and normally closed to the public, will be open on Sunday, November 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. for Fall Foliage walks sponsored by the Springfield Environmental Commission. This is a rare chance to get to ...

Read more »

  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Commission and Green Team have reached their target number of responders to the Green Community Challenge Pledge. A total of 285 residents have responded to the pledge, exceeding the goal of 241 to qualify for Sustainable Jersey points.  The Green Team would like ...

Read more »

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A group of student volunteers took to the water to help pitch in for the environment. As part of Union County’s Adopt-a-Park Program, earlier this fall the group rowed out to spruce up a “floating wetlands” demonstration project at Surprise Lake in the county’s Watchung ...

Read more »

Japanese barberry is a common shrub that could be playing a role in the spread of Lyme disease, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By planting native shrubs instead of Japanese barberry, property owners can help reduce the risk -- and create a more healthful habitat for butterflies ...

Read more »