Green

New Brunswick Recognized for Eco-Friendly 'Green' Efforts

f757e9786cba75114cee_best_33378df7e972f16b14b7_sustain_jersey.jpg
Credits: City of New Brunswick
f757e9786cba75114cee_best_33378df7e972f16b14b7_sustain_jersey.jpg

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - February 23, 2018




The Jaffe Briefing Is going on Winter Break, returning Monday, March 5


OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

 NEWARK - The Archdiocese of Newark is somehow making national news, after Cardinal Joseph Tobin sent out a tweet Wednesday that raised one or two eyebrows. Tobin tweeted "Nighty-night, baby. I love you," Hmm, people asked. Now who ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 22, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - If New Jersey raises the sales tax back to 7 percent, will anyone notice? That's the big question from New Jersey Policy Perspective, which questions last year's gimmick that cut the sales tax rate to 6.625 percent. NJ 101.5reports that tax cut equates to $2 a week in "savings" for middle-class families. Meanwhile, this ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 21, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE HIGHWAY - Authorities were frantically looking into a "mystery tar" that appeared suddenly on cars driving along I-295 in South Jersey, causing tires to gel with the road. They quickly realized that a stretch of the highway in Salem County was smeared with liquid asphalt, leaked from a tanker and causing dozens of cars to get ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 20, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - Jittery parents are sending their jittery kids to jittery schools this morning, as classes resume after a President's Day weekend filled with wall-to-wall news coverage about gun safety. School districts statewide have been reporting threats - all thankfully not credible - as district leaders are on the highest alert. East Brunswick, for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

E STREET - While a tired nation is demanding gun control (yet again), Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt is having none of it. No stranger to political opinions, the New Jersey icon tweeted "What happened to us? We are averaging 2 school shootings per week AND WE DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!" Many tone-deaf politicians on Capitol Hill ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As state lawmakers are set to announce a bill at 11 a.m. to decriminalize pot - an issue that has consumed the Statehouse -  the Record is reporting on an often-ignored issue: the state's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws. For example, supermarkets in the state can only have up to two liquor licenses, stemming ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f91ed86077ea29dfd56e_image

Sat, February 24

Plainsboro

Project Feeder Watch

Green Home & Garden

Carousel_image_f4e82d3711fc465ac05c_1234663_10152274039849715_16207768_n

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

New Jersey Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve, Plainsboro

Family Adventures - Early Spring: Emerging ...

Green

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Edison High School Auditorium, Edison

Free community viewing of "Bag It"

Green

Trees Have Sex? Rutgers Researchers Have All the Answers

February 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A few years ago, Rutgers researcher Jennifer Blake-Mahmud was working on a botany project in Virginia when colleagues pointed out a striped maple, a common tree in the understory of mountain forests from Nova Scotia to Georgia. 

 

“They told me, ‘We think it switches sex from year to year, but we don’t know why,’ and I said, ...

Rutgers Union Rally Planned Friday for $15 Minimum Wage

New Brunswick, NJ - On Friday, February 23, student groups, a coalition of Rutgers unions, and representatives from campuses across the nation will hold a rally and march on College Avenue to demand a $15 minimum wage.

The action, initiated by the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors - American Federation of ...

RU Students Rejoice: Starbucks Reopens at The Yard@College Avenue

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In what many consider to be the biggest news of the day on the Rutgers University campus, the Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue has once again reopened.

Officials with the New Brunswick Development Corp. reported this morning that the popular coffeehouse is open "for good."

The Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue, located at the corner of College ...

Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm Tuesday, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

OPINION

Letter to the Editor: Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 17, 2018

The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and ...