Ewing Green Team Presents Donation to HomeFront

The 5th Annual Ewing Fall Spin officially concluded at the December 10, 2019 Ewing Council Meeting with the presentation of the event proceeds to HomeFront, this year’s ride beneficiary.  A check in the amount of $990 was presented by Bike Ride Committee Chair Garry Keel to HomeFront representative Liza Peck.  He said about the ride: “In addition to raising nearly $1000 for HomeFront, what stood out to me on this year’s ride was listening to Ewing residents talking with each other about the various Ewing neighborhood and meeting other Ewing residents for the first time.  It was truly a community interactive event.”

The ride is run by the Ewing Green Team‘s Bike Advocacy Group, a contingent of citizen volunteers interested in promoting healthy lifestyles, a more bikeable Ewing, and raising awareness of bike safety,  in conjunction with the Ewing Recreation Department.  It is held annually as the start-up event for Ewing’s Community Fest celebration and riders, sent off by Mayor Bert Steinmann, depart from Campus Town and travel throughout the community for approximately 12 miles.   This year’s ride on September 21st was run to support HomeFront.

The Ewing Green Team is delighted to be able to support the good works of HomeFront, our local non-profit which works to end the cycle of poverty and prevent homelessness in Central New Jersey.  Harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community, they are able to “lessen the immediate pain of homelessness and help families become self-sufficient…  giving “clients the skills and opportunities to ensure adequate incomes.”

Ewing Green Team presents Ewing Fall Spin proceeds in the amount of a $990 check to HomeFront at December 10, 2019 Ewing Township Council Meeting.
Pictured from left to right are Councilwoman Kathleen Wollert, GT member Joseph Mirabella, Mayor Bert Steinmann, Councilman David Schroth, Liza Peck from HomeFront, Councilman Kevin Baxter, GT member and Bike Committee Chair Garry Keel, Bike Committee member Steve Czelusniak, GT Chair Joanne Mullowney, Bike Committee member Pete Peter Boughton, and Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney.

Surface Technology, Inc. and HomeFront NJ Join Ranks of Recognized Green Businesses in Ewing

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 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/.