Greenwich residents have been dedicated stewards of the Township's natural, historical, cultural and community resources for more than three centuries. In 2010, Greenwich registered to participate in the state-wide Sustainable Jersey program and to work as a community on actions that would support environmental awareness and education, energy efficiency and community-building. The Sustainable Jersey program is an initiative of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, the professional organization for local municipal officials throughout the State. The Sustainable Greenwich "Green Team" is an advisory committee of the Township and its members are appointed annually by Township Committee resolution.
During the first 2 years of the program, Sustainable Greenwich volunteers worked closely with the Greenwich Environmental Commission and Township Committee to identify projects to help support Township goals. These projects have included energy audits for public buildings, lighting upgrades for all four public buildings, new heaters at the Fire House, participation in a pilot program designed to help the Township identify storm and climate change vulnerability, support for land preservation efforts, roadside litter pick-ups and several other projects. In 2012, Greenwich became the first Cumberland County municipality to achieve Bronze Level certification in the Sustainable Jersey program.
Sustainable Greenwich is continuing to work towards Silver Level certification in
the Sustainable Jersey program. 2013 actions included:
Community Outreach and Education projects
Preservation efforts - Sheppard's Mill Pond Girl Scout camp
Expansion of the community/municipal website
Working with Township residents on the community garden,
located on the grounds of the Cumberland County Prehistoric Museum
Community Asset Mapping
More About the Sustainable Jersey Program
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to "go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term."
For more information about this program, an initiative of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, visit: www.sustainablejersey.com.
If you would like to volunteer to help with Sustainable Greenwich projects, or if you would like more information, please contact:
Trudy Hansen, Sustainable Greenwich municipal contact
Telephone: 856-453-8590 Fax: 856-453-8593
The Sustainable Greenwich team appreciates your comments and suggestions as we work to become a Certified Sustainable Jersey Community - thank you!
2013 Sustainable Greenwich team:
Trudy Hansen, Municipal Contact
Amanda Dey Niles
and more than 40 Greenwich volunteers!