BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- Bernardsville has met the requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certificationm it was announced recently by Sustainable Jersey representatives.

Bernardsville, one of 83 towns that have attained certification in 2019, was honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Atlantic City, with Mayor Mary Jane Canose, Councilwoman Christine Zamarra and Ed English of the Green Team accepting the award.

Green Team leader Robert Baker is planning to expand the borough's Innovative Community Project with the Shade Tree Committee, Environmental Commission and multiple volunteers, “by applying for a Sustainable Jersey Grant for their plastic bag exchange.”

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To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Bernardsville submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. Bernardsville was certified with 160 points for completing 14 actions in six categories.

Actions Implemented included Wildlife Interaction Plan; Community Education and Outreach; Create Green Team; Transportation Fleet Inventory; Community Garden; Farmers’ Market; Innovative Community Project – combining four events – E-waste recycling, distributing free tree saplings, distributing well-water kits, and the Mayor’s Monarch Butterfly Pledge; Adopt-A-Park; Rain Gardens; Natural Resources-Environmental Commission; Environmental Resource Inventory; Open Space Plans; Natural Resources Protection Clustering Zoning Ordinance; and Tree Protection Ordinance.

“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