Sustainable Jersey

Contact: Matt von der Hayden, 609-525-9360, mvonderhayden@ocnj.us

 

The City of Ocean City Achieves
Sustainable Jersey Silver-Level Certification

Ocean City is a Sustainable Jersey certified community -- one of only 198 in the state. Ocean City achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the silver level. Only 24 other towns in New Jersey are certified at the silver level.  Certified towns are an outstanding group of municipalities that are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world. 
 
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Ocean City had to complete a balance of the rigorous program’s sustainability actions.  In addition, Ocean City created a green team and did five priority actions by completing: 1) fleet inventory, 2) municipal carbon footprint, 3) sustainable land use pledge, 4) natural resource inventory, 5) prescription drug safety and disposal. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program that requires no fee for the certification.
To get involved with Ocean City's green team and sustainability initiatives, contact Matt von der Hayden at 609-525-9360 or mvonderhayden@ocnj.us. To participate in Sustainable Jersey free workshops and events held across the state, visit www.SustainableJersey.com.
 
 
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 76 percent, or 430 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program. In October 2014, Sustainable Jersey for Schools was launched in partnership with New Jersey School Boards Association and other statewide educational organizations. Currently, over 120 school districts and 300 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
 
Sustainable Jersey: Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. The 2015 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas are Platinum Sponsors. Bayshore Recycling is a Silver Sponsor and the Bronze Sponsors are Church and Dwight, Covanta and Energy Solve.
 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities  Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association. The 2015 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Education Association, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. The Founding Sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation is a Silver Sponsor and Spiezle Architectural Group is a Bronze Sponsor.
 
Sustainable Jersey Certified Community
Did you know that Ocean City is one of only 189 New Jersey towns that are Sustainable Jersey certified?  Ocean City achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze level in program year 2015. Across New Jersey, hundreds of towns are now working on sustainability programs to help the environment and their bottom lines.  Efforts to curb carbon emissions, protect natural resources and reduce waste are happening at the local level. Certified towns are an outstanding group of municipalities that are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world. 
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Ocean City had to complete a balance of the rigorous program’s sustainability actions.  In addition, Ocean City created a green team and did three priority actions by completing a fleet inventory, municipal carbon footprint and a natural resource inventory. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program that requires no fee for the certification.
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