Sustainable Jersey

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Contact: Joe Clark, 609-525-9354, JClark@ocnj.us

The City of Ocean City
Achieves Sustainable Jersey Certification

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Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Ocean City has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Ocean City was one of 48 towns that attained certification in 2015 and was honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Atlantic City with Mayor Jay A. Gillian accepting the award.

“I would like to share with all of you some great news that makes me proud to be Mayor of Ocean City. Ocean City was just recently notified of its Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze level. I would like to congratulate everyone who works hard to make Ocean City great and a special thank you to Sustainable Jersey for this recognition” said Jay A. Gillian, Mayor of Ocean City.

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Ocean City 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 11 priority action options. Ocean City did three of the eleven priority actions by completing a fleet inventory, municipal carbon footprint and a natural resource inventory.

“Becoming Sustainable Jersey certified is a significant achievement,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 189 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 430 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.

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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