NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Hub City is keeping up with its mission to go green, and groups across the state are taking notice.

​City officials announced they have maintained bronze status for 2017 from Sustainable New Jersey.

The non-profit encourages municipalities across the state to develop and expand environmentally​-​friendly and eco-conscious programs, documenting progress along the way.

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New Brunswick first earned the bronze status in 2015.

Municipalities could earn bronze, silver or the newly created gold certification, or none at all. In total, 445 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating; 160 earned the bronze status and 48 earned silver status.

In order to maintain the status, city officials are asked to send documentation of different programs they’ve adopted, to prove the existence and effectiveness of green programs.

Each action is worth a certain number of points, which are then tallied to determine a ​municipality's certification level.

There are a total of 350 points a municipality could earn, of which New Brunswick garnered 200. In 2016, the city earned 240 points, and 235 points the year before.

Officials highlighted programs such as the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, which they say supports local food and businesses, and ensures city residents have access to healthy foods.

“When you shop with us, you support New Jersey farmers, and your New Brunswick neighbors,” reads the application​, provided to TAPInto New Brunswick​. “The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market (NBCFM) is a project in partnership with the City of New Brunswick, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Johnson & Johnson.”

The market runs June through October and offers fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, ready-to-eat prepared foods, nutrition lessons, children’s activities, health screenings and taste tests, to name a few.

Local officials also highlighted the prescription drug safety and disposal​ program​, which provides residents with the means to safely ​dispose of unused, excess or expired medications, no questions asked.

The New Brunswick police have a drop box in the main entrance of the main headquarters at 25 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, which is open 24 hours a day, all week and year round.

“The New Brunswick Police Department had dedicated its resources to bring about positive progress in our​ state’s fight against substance abuse,” said Police Director Anthony A. Caputo. “This initiative is an important component of New Jersey’s effort to halt the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs.”

Local officials also noted the installation of electric car charging stations at city parking decks.

Briana Suffy, management specialist, signed off on the city’s successful application. Residents who wish to take part in sustainability programs should contact her at bsuffy@cityofnewbrunswick.org.

Reporter Daniel J. Munoz, dmunoz@tapinto.nettwitter.com/DanielMunoz100