SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Green Team and Environmental Commission will be piloting an EPA toolkit about not wasting food with Maplewood and Millburn with grant money it received from Sustainable Jersey.

The PSEG Foundation is funding the $2,000 Sustainable Jersey grant, which will pilot, “Food Too Good to Waste, which is a program that includes a tookit and an implementation guide for teaching people how to reduce food waste in their homes.

“South Orange aspires to lead the way in sustainability initiatives and this food waste initiative will have us once again joining forces with our neighbors in Maplewood and Millburn – so three towns will benefit, not just one,” said Collum in a press release about the grant. “Making less waste in the first place is far more effective than composting.

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“I think we can be a positive model for other communities in the state on this very important issue,” Collum said.

Randall Solomon, executive director for Sustainable Jersey, said Sustainable Jersey looks forward to seeing productive and innovative progress from the towns that have received grants.

“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 Solomon.

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.”

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.

Currently 450 municipalities, or 80 percent of New Jersey municipalities, are registered with Sustainable Jersey.