WESTFIELD, NJ — Free markets, bike safety initiatives and a program that has residents clear out storm drains are among the programs that the Westfield Green Team is receiving high marks for from a municipal certification program that encourages green practices.
The Westfield Green Team recently earned Silver Certification from Sustainable Jersey — one of 64 municipalities in New Jersey to get the recognition — and has also been named Sustainable Jersey’s “Rookie of the Year,” the team announced.
“We are thrilled with this recognition which acknowledges the amazing efforts we’ve made to help Westfield become more sustainable,” said Green Team liaison Councilman David Contract, in a statement. “We want to thank the Green Team volunteers, town officials and most importantly our community for supporting our efforts.”
The Green Team looks forward to “continuing to combat climate change going forward,” Contract said.
The Westfield Green Team prepared and submitted the application and scored Sustainable Jersey points as a result of various town actions, including ordinances, policies, programs, improvements and community events, the Green Team said in its statement.
Westfield accumulated 360 points as a result of 36 different actions, the Green Team’s statement said. These actions included organizing free markets, testing bicycle safety measures and pioneering the Adopt-A-Storm Drain a program that has residents care for clogged storm drains in a partnership with Hamline University of Minnesota.
The Westfield Public Arts Commission, through its work supporting a set of murals under an overpass on South Avenue and a project that had fiberglass butterflies adorn the downtown, contributed to the effort that brought Westfield the certification, officials said.
The town also earned praise for implementing web-based communication tools, such as the Westfield Connect mobile app used for reporting issues such as potholes, and the Civic Rec website used for recreation programming, officials said.
Would you like to volunteer to make Westfield more sustainable? For more information, on the Westfield Green Team and its initiatives, visit the Green Team’s page on the town’s website.
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