EWING, NJ – Sustainable Jersey announced the thirty-six New Jersey municipalities selected to receive a Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation.
Four $20,000 grants, seven $10,000 grants, and twenty-five $2,000 grants were distributed to municipalities in fifteen New Jersey counties. The grant awards will fund a range of projects including green infrastructure, park restoration, single-use plastic reduction campaigns, rain-gardens, environmental resource inventories, creative placemaking, green team capacity building and more.
The City of Elizabeth will receive $20,000 for “Green Infrastructure” and will install five green infrastructure demonstration projects at the Groundwork Elizabeth MicroFarm at the Elmora Branch of the Elizabeth Public Library.
"From our exciting programs that improve energy efficiency to the conservation of all resources, the City of Elizabeth is proud to be recognized through Sustainable Jersey, said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This grant money will help continue to enhance the implementation of the City’s GoGreen initiatives through public education and demonstration of green infrastructure practices, which support cost-effective and environmentally-conscious improvements.
“From climate change to water, waste and equity issues, so many of the big sustainability concerns are reaching a crisis point. This investment in sustainability projects will have lasting benefits to New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, executive director for Sustainable Jersey.
He extended his congratulations to all of the towns that received grants. “We're seeing exciting results from previous grant projects, and we are looking forward to similarly productive, innovative progress from the current group of awardees,” Solomon added.
The PSEG Foundation has contributed 1.9 million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey grants program for municipalities and schools.
“Supporting local municipalities in their efforts to build sustainability programs puts resources where they’re needed and aren’t always available, and PSEG is proud to do so,” said Barb Short, president of the PSEG Foundation. “Sustainable Jersey helps bring real change and has a lasting impact to neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.”
SUSTAINABLE JERSEY GRANTS RECIPIENTS (project descriptions and select quotes below):
- Four $20,000 Grant Recipients: Caldwell Borough, Elizabeth City, Lambertville City, and Trenton City
- Seven $10,000 Grant Recipients: East Windsor Township, Fair Haven Borough, Manville Borough, North Wildwood City, Roselle Park Borough, Voorhees Township and West Orange Township
- Twenty-five $2,000 Grant Recipients: Audubon Borough, Cape May Point Borough, Edison Township, Egg Harbor Township, Franklin Township, Frenchtown Borough, Galloway Township, Garwood Borough, Hopatcong Borough, Island Heights Borough, Kingwood Township, Leonia Borough, Metuchen Borough, Monroe Township, Mount Laurel Township, Oakland Borough, Oaklyn Borough, Ridgefield Park Village, River Edge Borough, South Amboy City, South Orange Village Township, Summit City, Washington Township, Westfield Town and Wyckoff Township
Proposals were evaluated by an independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help municipalities make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. Nearly ninety percent of the New Jersey population lives in a registered or certified Sustainable Jersey community. Currently, 450 municipalities, or 80 percent New Jersey municipalities, are registered with Sustainable Jersey.