PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS, NJ - Parsippany-Troy Hills recently received $20,000 to support proposals for “innovative energy” projects in the township, according to township Public Information Officer Peter Koerella.

The money came in the form of a grant from the Sustainable Jersey funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund, Koerella said.

“Sustainable Jersey, the Gardinier Environmental Fund, our citizen Green Team and our administration have done tremendous work to bring sustainability and environmental protection to the forefront in Parsippany,” said Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano in a statement.

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The town officials did not specify where the money will go.

“In pledging to continue our township’s movement towards sustainable practices, Parsippany is working to lead by example on these important issues for the region,” said Soriano. “This grant will assist our town tremendously in making sustainability in Parsippany a reality.”

Projects funded with Sustainable Jersey grants range sustainable energy systems to “exciting educational projects such as the installation of a solar/wind power streetlight and a school greenhouse demonstrating energy and water-saving design,” Koerella said.

“Most of the projects selected also include comprehensive community engagement, education and outreach components that help ensure that lessons learned and benefits from the project are widely shared,” he noted.

Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon said “there is growing momentum to make 2021 the action year for sustainable energy.” He pointed to energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, sustainable cooling and heating and electric vehicles as being “key to New Jersey’s future,” and said the grant recipients, such as Parsippany-Troy Hills “demonstrate leadership and a commitment to advancing climate action.”

Gardinier Environmental Fund President Gene Wentzel said the organization “is committed to conserving the Earth’s energy resources and enhancing renewable energy measures” and is “proud to stand alongside Sustainable Jersey and to continue to fund worthy projects that support our mutual goals in New Jersey.”

Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed more than $5.9 million in grants to participating municipalities and school districts.

Koerella said Parsippany-Troy Hills, being the largest municipality in Morris County, with over 53,000 residents, means “adopting sustainable and environmentally conscious practices to address climate issues could have considerable impacts on adoption by other municipalities in the region.”