New Jersey Clean Energy Workshop on September 19th from 8 – 10 am

ATTENTION ALL MERCER COUNTY BUSINESSES

On behalf of Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, the Mercer County Office of Economic Development invites you to learn about energy resource programs that will help you become more energy efficient and improve your business’s bottom line!

This FREE WORKSHOP features presentations by the Mercer County Office of Economic Development, the Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the Direct Install Program. A continental breakfast will be served.

Event Summary

Date: September 19, 2019,
Time: 8 a.m. — 10 a.m.
Location: The Boathouse at Mercer Lake | 334 S. Post Rd., West Windsor
Register: Ed Kemler 609-989-6555 | ekemler@mercercounty.org

 

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.

learn more spend less… Home Energy Upgrades for Homeowners

Mon, Mar 21 | 6:30 pm | Hollowbrook Community Ctr. | Free and Open to the Public

The Sustainable Ewing Green Team has teamed up with Ewing Park–Brae Burn Civic Association to offer a session on affordable energy efficiency auditing and upgrades as well as reasonable cost basic home repairs for all interested homeowners.   The following organizations will present:

  • A Habitat for Humanity representative will speak on their Brush with Kindness and Critical Home Repair programs for seniors and lower income families as well as energy star housing to be built in Ewing.
  • A representative from the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB), a Ewing-based services organization on Prospect St, will speak  on their home energy audit and upgrade services .
  • A rep from CMC Energy Services  is expected to speak on their home weatherization program.
  • The Ewing Green Team will outline an upcoming promotion of the Home Performance with Energy Star program open to any homeowner.

Here is a chance to hear from and ask questions of caring experts, receive literature and learn if you qualify and how to apply for one or more of these programs. Invite your neighbors!  For further information, call Pete at 609-313-5021.

Direct Install – Energy Savings for Small Businesses

Did you know that the State of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program has a program called Direct Install that allows business owners tap into state funds allocated for improving the environment, while at the same time offering quick investment paybacks?  The program offers grants of up to 70% of the costs for energy saving building upgrades for small and medium size businesses.  The program usually pays for itself and becomes a net revenue generator in 1-3 years, with savings lasting for decades.

Small business owners in Ewing should have received a letter from Mayor Bert Steinmann highlighting the both financial and environmental benefits of your benefits in this program.  Be sure to check it out below if you haven’t received yours.

Letter from Mayor Bert Steinmann about Direct Install program.

The Ewing Green Team also recently ran an energy seminar to educate local businesses about program details which featured Sandra Torres, Outreach Director from the approved Direct Install contractor for Mercer County, Tri-State Light and Energy  and a representative from the BPU, Mike Winka.    Attendees were most impressed with the program – the simplified paperwork, ease of participation and the savings available to fund these important energy upgrades that they did not know were available.  Participation in the program makes it financially easier to not only do your bit to help the environment but also improve your bottom line with long term energy savings.

You may have missed the seminar, but it is not too late to learn more about how to take advantage of this program and improve your bottom line at the same time.  Contact the EGT or the Tri-State Representative, Sandra Torres for more information.  Our Direct Install page also has more information about the program.  Become the next Sustainability Hero in our town.