GLEN ROCK, NJ - Mayor Bruce Packer won the 2018 Mayor Ondish Leadership Award, which recognizes the leader of a model Sustainable Jersey town, according to a Sustainable Jersey announcement.

The statewide green initiative announced the recipients of the 2018 Sustainable Jersey municipal awards at its annual luncheon held during the New Jersey League of Municipality Conference in Atlantic City on Nov. 13.

Packer earned the award for providing the borough's green team with ideas, policy support and the necessary resources to achieve significant success towards sustainability not only locally but also in a contribution to the statewide movement.

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“I am honored to have been chosen to receive this year's Sustainable Jersey Leadership Award," Packer said in an email statement. "I am not being modest when I say that this award is the direct result of the incredibly hard work being done by the Glen Rock Environmental Commission and Green Team. While much of what we do follows the greatly appreciated guidelines and actions suggested by Sustainable Jersey, our team has shown a repeated ability to innovate and to bring things to a higher level thus creating a model that others can follow. With every accomplishment is a feeling that we can do even more as we understand that that is the only way to truly make a difference in the fight for long term environmental sustainability.” 

The borough achieved silver-level recertification this year, and according to Sustainable Jersey, Packer has shown the propensity to make sustainability a priority for Glen Rock.

Together, with a very active green team, Packer encourages residents to live in a sustainable manner through innovative initiatives such as local campaigns to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and Styrofoam, participation in a renewable government energy aggregation program, and encouragement to use electric vehicles.

Packer was one of twelve New Jersey mayors that publicly committed to collaborate with Sustainable Jersey and make a significant effort to achieve the Gold Star Standard in Energy at the New Jersey Mayors’ Climate Summit this year. Mayor Packer also leads a Mayor Wellness Campaign with a “Walk with the Mayor” program.

Other award recipients are Chatham Borough, Chatham Township (Sustainability Champion, medium category) and Madison Borough (all three for the Collaboration Award); Hightstown Borough (Creativity & Innovation); Lambertville City (Sustainability Champion, small category); Manville Borough (Rookie of the Year); and Woodbridge Township (Sustainability Champion, large category).

“We continue to be encouraged and inspired by the individuals, green teams and municipalities making a difference in New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “I’d like to congratulate the award winners for their efforts and dedication to their communities. Thank you for working, innovating and growing with Sustainable Jersey!”

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