Our final point tally for our 2019 Sustainable Jersey Certification has been updated. We now have a total of 510 points with a total of 46 actions in 16 categories. A description of those activities may be found in our certification report. Of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, we are one of only 53 Silver certified and 161 Bronze certified. Congratulations to the Team and thank you all for your support! We invite members of the public to join with us to make our community more sustainable. Our monthly meetings are open to the public and are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at the ESCC. We will also be holding our annual planning meeting on Saturday, January 4th from 9 am – noon. Please join us!
Ewing Earns Prestigious Sustainable Jersey SILVER Certification
On October 25, 2019 Ewing Township was notified that Sustainable Jersey has once again awarded the Township its prestigious Sustainable Jersey SILVER certification for 2019. This award continues the Township’s progression in the program from its first BRONZE certification in 2013 and its SILVER certification in 2016.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Ewing had to complete a balance of the rigorous program sustainability actions. Ewing’s application was spear-headed by the Township’s Green Team in conjunction with Township staff and numerous municipal boards and approved for 45 actions in 16 categories for a total of 500 points, our highest point tally yet!
Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey. Municipalities that achieve certification are considered by their peers, by state government and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, to be among the leading environmental municipalities in the state. Certification is a rigorous process and once certified, Sustainable Jersey towns have access to incentives and grants; training and guidance towards the development of a sustainable community; and are promoted on the Sustainable Jersey website as a town that is doing its part for the environment. For more information about Sustainable Jersey visit their website at sustainablejersey.com.
Of the 565 registered municipalities in New Jersey, Ewing is one of only 212 New Jersey towns that are Sustainable Jersey certified and, only 51 towns that have attained recognition at this level. By becoming a Sustainable Jersey certified town, Ewing Township reinforces its commitment to saving resources, the environment and the planet.
Mayor Bert Steinmann lauded the progress Ewing has made in becoming more sustainable and thanked the efforts of the many volunteers in Ewing Township who contributed, not only to this outstanding achievement, but to many other volunteer efforts that have helped to make Ewing a better place for residents to call home.
A Report by Ewing Public Schools Administrator Dennis Nettleton
Come to the January meeting of the Ewing Green Team on January 25th to receive an update on the many improvements and plans for improvement ongoing in the Ewing School District.
The schools in Ewing Township registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program in the fall of 2015. Their approach to certification is a three year one, and each year the district schools plans to address a different aspect of the “people, planet and prosperity” tenet of Sustainable Jersey mantra. In their first year in the program they began with Sustainable Jersey actions in the “people” category. In 2016-2017 they are focusing on activities that promote “prosperity” in our schools and then move on to actions that promote the planet in subsequent years. Their approach to participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program is methodical and prototypical.
Initiatives so far include:
- formation of a district “green team”
- an accessible communications strategy that is paperless and web-based
- School gardens at each of the five schools in the district
- pedestrian and bicycle safety initiatives
- health and wellness initiatives including fitness activities
We invite all parents with children in the Ewing School system to learn how the district is initiating sustainability initiatives and the current status of their approach to certification.
Date: Wednesday, Jan 25
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, Community Room
Details: Free and open to the public