Sustainable Greenwich 2009-2013
Greenwich residents have been dedicated stewards of the Township's natural, historical, cultural and community resources for more than three centuries. After organizing in 2009, Greenwich Township registered to participate in the state-wide Sustainable Jersey program in 2010 with a goal to work as a community on a variety of 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" was formed as an advisory committee of the Township, with its members 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 the 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, telecommunications improvements, 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.
Other actions that the Sustainable Greenwich Green Team have worked on during the past four years include:
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
Sustainable Greenwich will not continue as an active Township Advisory Committee in 2014. Current projects may be addressed by the Greenwich Environmental Commission. If you or other Greenwich Township residents are interested in re-activating the committee to continue to address community issues and participate in the Sustainable Jersey program, please contact Greenwich Mayor Bill Reinhart, or Sustainable Greenwich founder, Trudy Hansen (856-455-5068) at any time. If you wish to become involved with the Greenwich Environmental Commission, please feel welcome to attend the Commission's monthly meetings.
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.
2009-13 Sustainable Greenwich team:
Trudy Hansen, Founder and Municipal Contact
Amanda Dey Niles
and more than 40 Greenwich volunteers!