2018 Annual Sustainability Report

The Ewing Green Team announces that their 2018 Annual Sustainability Report is now available for viewing on the Green Team’s website www.ewinggreenteam.org.

The Ewing Green Team was established in 2009 to inspire and engage those in our community who are passionate about environmental issues with the goal of fostering sustainable behaviors for the benefit of ourselves and future generations.  The team also has the primary responsibility for pursuing Sustainable Jersey certification for Ewing Township.

This report reflects the accomplishments of the Team in building upon the successes of previous years in fulfilling the community mandates in our 2014/2015 Strategic Plan and working the Sustainable Jersey program.   Since our last Green Team report we have focused our efforts in five key areas:  Community Building, Education and Outreach, Energy Conservation, Natural Resources, and Waste Management (recycling).

In 2018 the Green Team continued its efforts to increase citizen engagement through the publication of its new Welcome Guide and community events promoting sustainability such as the annual Scarecrow Contest (recycled materials and the Arts) and Ewing Fall Spin (health, bike safety and trails).   Education and outreach on sustainability topics remains a high priority for the GT and we held numerous outreach events throughout the year, as well as conducting electronic outreach via regular and frequent updates via Facebook and the web.

Energy generation and consumption is perhaps the most crucial issue to be addressed regarding global climate change and the Green Team worked to assist local businesses in reducing energy consumption through educational programming about grant opportunities available to aid them in making needed energy improvements such as the Direct Install program.  In addition, we have continued our work in recognizing businesses in town that exemplify the best in sustainable business practices.

The Green Team has a particularly robust partnership with the Ewing Environmental Commission to affect changes to the natural environment.  We coordinate actions to protect and increase the tree canopy, promote sustainable landscaping practices to protect biodiversity and vanishing wildlife and beautify our community.  We also support the Ewing Community Gardens.  Finally, our last major area of concentration is Recycling Education.  The GT spent considerable resources in educating and outreach to residents.  Our Trash Toss events enabled one-on-one education.  Flyers, such as Trash Talk and the Recycle Right campaign on plastic bags and pizza boxes were aimed at the two biggest recycling mistakes.  We also continue to update our Ewing Recycles website

We extend our thanks to Mayor Steinmann and Business Administrator McManimon who have been key partners in helping us attain our goals, and Township Council for their support.  We look forward to continuing our work with our partners in the Township and regionally in the coming year and to including more individuals, businesses, and community-based organizations in our efforts and for the future.

2016 EGT Annual Report

Hot off the presses – the Ewing Green Team’s 2016 Annual Report has just been published!  2016 was a year of milestone accomplishments and recognition for Ewing Township, its Green Team and sustainability partners.  Highlights include:

  •  Sustainable Jersey SILVER certification,
  • a Sustainability Champion award for medium-sized municipalities,
  • a $20k grant for Emerald Ash Borer remediation efforts to make significant headway against a regional and national threat to one of the signature tree species of the region, and finally,
  • our Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) Environmental Achievement award.

These accomplishments reflect the efforts of the team to continue to build on previous years’ efforts and plans. The Ewing Green Team’s Strategic Plan, created during the 2014-2105 Community Visioning process, guided the team in completing those recommended actions for our Sustainable Jersey recertification effort in the first half of 2016. In 2013, Ewing amassed 185 points for Bronze level certification. In 2016, we completed 32 of the rigorous Sustainable Jersey program sustainability actions for a total of 460 points, for Silver level certification. Ewing’s actions are documented in Ewing’s Sustainable Jersey Profile and 2016 Silver Certification Report on Sustainable Jersey’s website.

The Ewing Green Team continues to actively participate in regional sustainability efforts thru the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, a county-wide coalition that aims to address environmental concerns that span municipal borders.  Ewing has been a central figure in the formation and institutionalization of the organization.

None of this would have been possible without the active support of Mayor Bert Steinmann and Township Business Administrator Jim McManimon who have been key partners in helping us attain our goals. Township Council has worked to help us reach our goals throughout this and previous years and our 2016 Green Team council member Sarah Steward was an invaluable part of the Green Team’s recertification efforts. Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney also provided aid in completing a number of difficult actions. Township Planner Chuck Latini was responsible for documenting actions worth 75 points, including hard-to-get actions such as Brownfields and Transit Oriented Development Supportive Zoning. Recreation Department Director Ted Forst also worked with us to complete a number of important projects.

We also owe great thanks to numerous other boards, committees and organizations in town with whom we partnered to complete activities including, but not limited to, the Ewing Environmental Commission, the Arts Commission, the Planning Board, the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society, the Girl Scouts, the TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars, and the West Trenton Garden Club.  We look forward to continuing our work with our partners in the Township and regionally in the coming year and to including more individuals, businesses, and community-based organizations in our efforts and for the future.