EDISON—Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Edison Township has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey Certification. Edison is one of 28 towns out of hundreds that applied for the environmentally-friendly certification.
“This is another proud moment for Edison. The Sustainable Jersey Certification shows that the green initiatives we have undertaken make a real difference today and will continue to make a difference for the community in the future,” said Mayor Jun Choi.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Edison submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 100 action points. Exceeding the minimum requirement, Edison actually tallied 280 action points. In addition, each community had to create a Green Team and select at least 2 out of 4 priority action options. Among many environmental initiatives, Edison completed an energy audit of its municipal buildings and produced its carbon footprint calculations.
Other green measures by Edison include:
• the shift to a hybrid municipal vehicles, one of the largest such fleets in the state;
• reconstructing the animal shelter to run on solar power,
• reestablishing the Environmental Commission;
• starting phase one of the Raritan Riverfront Walkway project;
• expanding recycling program, which was recognized by the state as one of the best on New Jersey.
“These are exceptional towns with outstanding programs that set an example for all of us because they have taken the responsibility to cultivate a better environment,” said Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey program partner and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers University.
New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training.
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