The Ewing Green Team, in conjunction with Ewing Township, is proud to announce the 2nd Class of the Ewing Green Business Recognition Program, welcoming HomeFront NJ and Surface Technology, Inc. to its ranks.

The Ewing Green Business Recognition Program was started to both recognize and promote the hard work that local businesses have been doing to keep Ewing sustainable and environmentally-friendly, and also to incentivize local businesses considering becoming ‘green’ by demonstrating the positive results and reaction to sustainable practices.

HomeFront NJ, an organization that serves the most vulnerable members of our community, has long embodied an ethos for selflessness and care for the community at large,” Mayor Bert Steinmann said, speaking on one of the honorees. “Their work towards making their campus sustainable is extremely impressive, but not surprising as it reflects a compassion — and willingness to do the work — that we have come to expect from this wonderful organization.”

HomeFront NJ thoroughly embraces environmental sustainability in their daily management practices. Their installation of a roof-top solar system lowered their energy costs by up to 40%. New LED lighting in all parking lot light fixtures yields additional savings. Installation of energy efficient lighting and other upgrades in their garages using the Direct Install program funding was another recent undertaking. (Ask us how you too can save up to 70% on your small business energy upgrades…) HomeFront models strong business recycling practices, donating unwanted furniture, other supplies, and scrap materials to keep them out of our landfills, or using a waste exchange program. Even their Break Room is not too small to merit their attention. By using permanent tableware and refillable condiment containers, little things do add up and make a difference.

Surface Technology Inc. (STI) also joined the newest class of official Green Businesses in Ewing, now totaling eight in all. “Surface Technology is a family-owned company with a strong, demonstrable commitment to the environment and keeping Ewing green,” Joanne Mullowney, Chair of the Ewing Green Team said. “As a company that manufactures special coatings for metal processing equipment, their ability to release zero discharge from their processes is nothing short of astonishing. Although they have worked towards a sustainable Ewing for years with no need for recognition, we are proud to shine a spotlight on the work they have done to make our town a better place.”

STI models a twofold approach to environmental sustainability through both facility operations and its manufacturing process, paying meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of its operations. The production facility is solar powered and has the capacity of saving over 2300 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions daily. In 2008 they retrofit their entire facility with energy saving light fixtures. Their manufacturing process offers important environmental benefits as opposed to alternate coating technologies. Their coatings use no chrome, eliminating the environmental problems associated with chrome plating. Their patented diamond coating used on metal machinery ultimately makes the equipment last longer and use less energy. Their thoughtful attention to day-to-day tasks in many of the aspects of sustainability embraces environmental best practices.

“The Ewing Green Business Recognition Program’s Third Class has already begun accepting applicants,” said program coordinator, Evan Crumiller.   Those interested should contact him at evancrumiller@gmail.com or by checking out our Green Business Recognition program information at ewinggreenteam.org/greenbusiness/.