Bateman Bill Making Schools More Eco-Friendly Passes Senate

June 7, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that would eliminate the use of non-renewable polystyrene products at New Jersey’s public schools and colleges has passed the Senate.

“To protect our environment, we need to end the use of Styrofoam,” Bateman said. “These harmful products take over 500 years to biodegrade, ...

Changes to Local Food Systems Are Focus of HLT Program

RARITAN TWP., NJ - Hunterdon Land Trust’s upcoming Conservation Conversation program offers both food for thought and thoughts on food.

The program “What’s the Future of Local Food?” spotlights the rapid changes to local food systems in recent years. From restaurants, Farmers’ Markets and Community SupportED Agriculture (CSAs) to purchasing organically grown food ...

Somerville: Immaculata Student's Effort Energizes Solar Suitcase Initiative

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A few years ago, Immaculata High School launched a Solar Suitcase initiative in which suitcase-size solar generators assembled by students in the Introduction to Engineering class, are sent to remote global locations to provide energy in critical areas, such as hospitals and schools.

This year, suitcases went to Tanzania, Puerto Rico, and Liberia.

This project so impacted ...

NJ Bog Turtle Designation Inches Closer to Legislative Approval


TRENTON, NJ – The endangered bog turtle continues to plod along on its way to becoming New Jersey’s State Reptile.

Companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) to officially designate the bog turtle as the official State Reptile of New Jersey was advanced by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee last Thursday.

Zwicker's bill ...

Shortage of Farmers Forces Somerville Farmer’s Market to Close

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The Somerville Farmers Market, scheduled to resume operations on Grove Street for its ninth season June 7, will not open this year.

“You need more than one farmer to operate a legitimate farmers’ market,” said Jay Scott, who is the head of the eight-member volunteer committee that operates the market.

Scott distributed an e-mail over the weekend ...

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