Ewing Launches Green Business Recognition Program

Has your business implemented changes that embrace greener, more sustainable policies and practices?  Have you:

  •  Installed a high efficiency energy star rated heating and cooling system?
  • Installed energy efficient windows?   OR
  • Taken additional steps to reduce energy usage or conserve water?
  • Do you attempt to minimalize waste by reusing and recycling?
  • Do you buy locally?

If you answered YES to most of these questions, you may qualify for Ewing Township’s new Green Business Recognition Program.

Local businesses are invited to join the Ewing Green Business Recognition Program, a new Township project run in conjunction with the Ewing Green Team that will recognize businesses located in Ewing committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices.

This new program gives us an opportunity to both promote the work our outstanding local businesses already do towards keeping Ewing sustainable, as well as encourage future environmentally friendly practices.

For local businesspeople interested, participation in the Ewing Green Business Recognition Program is easy.  Contact Ewing Green Business Recognition Program Coordinator Evan Crumiller at evancrumiller@gmail.com or (609) 468-0462 to receive information on the program as well as the Ewing Green Business Checklist, which can be used to mark off actions taken to green a business.

The checklist has actions that add up to 68 points in various areas of sustainability; including waste prevention, purchasing, energy conservation, water conservation, storm water management, landscaping and transportation/air quality. A business must have at least half to qualify as a green business.

A Ewing Green Team member will come by to pick up the completed checklist, and if you have completed the pre-determined number of actions, you will be officially named a Ewing Green Business and added to the list of Green Businesses on the Ewing Green Team website and given a sticker to proudly display in your store.

 “The business leaders of our community deserve recognition for the work they do, and this effort will not only provide that recognition, but also incentives for local businesses to turn towards sustainable practices for the benefit of future generations of customers,” said Ewing Green Business Coordinator Evan Crumiller.

If you have thought about making energy saving upgrades to your business but put it off because you thought it might be too expensive, we urge you to reconsider.  With the NJ Clean Energy program’s Direct Install program, small business are able to recoup 70% (Yes! You read it right. 70%) of approved upgrades to your building.  Check out our Direct Install page for more information and contact a member of our Energy Committee today to learn more.

If you have any questions or comments about our Green Business Recognition Program, please call Evan Crumiller, Ewing Green Team at (609) 468-0462.  Or you may email the Ewing Green Team directly at ewinggreenteam@gmail.com.

Ewing Receives Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey Certification

Ewing received Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey certification at the NJ League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on Tuesday, November 19th.  Representing the town are Mayor Bert Steinmann, and Council Members Jennifer Keyes-Maloney and Kevin Baxter as well as Green Team Members Peter J. Boughton (2013 Chair), John Hoegl, Mark Wetherbee, and Joanne Mullowney (Communications/IT Officer).

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Ewing Receives Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey Certification!

certifiedThe Ewing Green Team is delighted to announce that EWING TWP has just been awarded bronze level Sustainable Jersey certification for 2013!  The team, working in cooperation with the Ewing Environmental Commission, has worked for much of this year to document the many actions that the township has taken to make Ewing a more sustainable community.  These actions range from running a Green Fair, to performing energy audits on municipal buildings, to enhancing our community gardens, recycling and waste reduction efforts and much more.

Sustainable Jersey is a non profit organization that offers a certification program as a way to helping communities go green,  save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.  Their certification is a prestigious designation for the 127 municipal governments as of this writing that are already certified in New Jersey.  The process is rigorous and all actions taken by municipalities to score points toward certification must be accompanied by documentary evidence and is reviewed.  [Click here to see Ewing’s Certification Report.]

As Ewing residents we are delighted to live a in town that values  our natural resources and wants to do its part for the environment.  This is a time of great change and excitement in town.  Not only have we now become a SJ certified municipality, we are also at  the beginning of a long-awaited redevelopment project at the former GM site which will create a new town center with housing, retail, community space and transportation.   We invite other Ewing residents to join us and become part of a continued green transformation in our town.