Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that Middle Township has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Middle Township is one of 70 towns that have attained certification in 2017 and was honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 14 in Atlantic City with Mayor Michael Clark accepting the award.
“It is an honor to receive the recertification of Bronze Level status from Sustainable Jersey. Our Township employees work hand in hand with our community to make it a better place to live. I am proud of the energy and fortitude that went into this achievement”, stated Mayor Clark.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Middle Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition to reaching 150 points, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least 2 out of 12 priority action options. Middle Township did 5 of the 12 priority actions by completing 1) climate adaptation: flooding risk, 2) energy efficiency for municipal facilities, 3) natural resource inventory 4) prescription drug safety and disposal and 5) sustainable land use pledge. In 2018, the Township administration will be working with the various volunteer boards and commissions to work toward Silver Level certification.
“It’s great to see Middle Township renew its certification under the Sustainable Jersey Program,” Committeeman Tim Donohue said, “The certification is an important component when seeking grant funding and participation in State programs that contribute to a better quality of life for all of our residents”.
“Sustainable Jersey is proud of the 70 New Jersey towns that achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 208 Sustainable Jersey certified towns demonstrate leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts. Collectively, the 445 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey.