VERONA, NJ - Collaboration is key when it comes to keeping Essex County green. Verona was honored, alongside neighboring towns Glen Ridge, Maplewood, Montclair, and South Orange Village, with a Collaboration Award from Sustainable Jersey. The award was given at the Annual Sustainable Jersey Luncheon held during the New Jersey League of Municipality Conference in Atlantic City.

The collaboration award recognizes municipal green teams that have advanced sustainability by building strong partnerships. In 2017, Verona, as part of the Sustainable Essex Alliance, researched Renewable Government Energy Aggregation or Community Choice Aggregation. By combining the purchasing power of residents, the multi-town group negotiated better energy pricing for residents and increased renewable content (energy obtained by renewable sources such as solar and wind). The participating townships’ electrical supply now includes renewable content 20 percent above what is required by the state.

“The Sustainable Essex Alliance is transformational with more than 30,000 families in five towns now receiving cleaner and cheaper electricity,” said Maplewood mayor Victor DeLuca. “This is an example of how individual New Jersey municipalities can build a collaboration to benefit their residents, advance good public policy and boost the market for clean energy.”

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Sheena Collum, Village President of South Orange village, agrees that this alliance can only benefit residents and the environment. “The result of these five towns joining together is millions of dollars in energy savings across all of our communities and each household is a little bit greener, too.”

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