Forty-one Sustainable Jersey certified municipalities accepted cheers and
congratulations from their peers on Jan. 29 at the Sustainable Jersey Special Recognition Ceremony held at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe.
Warren has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Warren is one of 125 towns out of 378 registered municipalities that have attained nearly 75 percent of its population.
Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over half the state's municipalities and nearly 75 percent of its population.
More than 200 people attended an evening of surprises, great hospitality and award announcements. To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Warren submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions with 225 points exceeding the minimum of 150 action points to be certified at the bronze level.
“Thanks to the dedicated and talented volunteers, the actions completed and documented in this certification submission represent years of careful planning and conservation efforts," Laura Mandell, chairwoman of the Warren Green Team, said. "This submission is a brief snapshot of the many programs in place that help preserve the natural beauty of Warren."
All of the documentation can be found on the Sustainable Jersey website under participating communities.
“Collectively the 378 participating Sustainable Jersey towns have the power to ensure a more sustainable future,” Pam Mount, chairwoman of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees, said. “The certified towns have joined a first rate
group of municipalities that are leading the way with impressive sustainability initiatives in New Jersey while providing a model for towns across the United States.”
Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources, and addressing diversity and equity.
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity. It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Sustainable Jersey is one hundred percent voluntary and each town can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve
enough points to get certified.