MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Maplewood Township has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Maplewood Township is one of only 27 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification at the silver-level in 2019. All the municipalities were honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 in Atlantic City during the NJ League of Municipalities Conference with Mayor Victor DeLuca accepting the award for Maplewood Township. Mayor DeLuca also received the Mayor Art Ondish Leadership award. The award recognizes the leader of a model Sustainable Jersey town, providing ideas, policy support, and the necessary resources for their green team to achieve significant success towards sustainability at the local level and statewide.
“We in Maplewood can be proud of our leadership in New Jersey on environmental sustainability. This is our third time we've reached Silver Certification, more than any other Essex County community. The Township Committee will continue its efforts to foster sustainability with our municipal functions and throughout the town," said Mayor Victor DeLuca.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver-level, Maplewood Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 350 action points. In addition to reaching 350 points, each community had to create a green team and select at least three out of twelve priority action options. Maplewood Township completed four of the twelve priority actions which included the following actions: 1) diversity on boards & commissions 2) energy tracking & management, 3)sustainable land use pledge, and 4) municipal carbon footprint.
“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.