Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Ocean City has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification at the silver-level. Ocean City is one of 81 municipalities that have attained certification in 2022. The certified towns were announced at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon on November 15, 2022 in Atlantic City at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over 82% of the state's municipalities.
"I'm proud that our Green Team has achieved this honor, and our entire city team remains committed to the stewardship of our exceptional marine and seaside environment here in Ocean City," Mayor Jay Gillian said.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver-level, Ocean City submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 350 action points. In addition to reaching 350 points, each community had to create a green team and select at least three out of fourteen priority action options. Ocean City completed a wide variety of actions related to: 1) climate adaptation: flooding risk, 2) community equity and diversity profile, 3) diversity on boards & commissions, 4) energy efficiency for municipal facilities, 5) energy tracking & management, 6) fleet inventory, 7) green business recognition program, 8) municipal carbon footprint, 9) municipal water story, 10) natural resource inventory, 11) prescription drug safety and disposal, 12) recycling and waste reduction education and compliance, 13) sustainable land use pledge, and 14) water conservation ordinance.
“The Sustainable Jersey certified municipalities demonstrate sustainability excellence. The annual awards event is a celebration of their accomplishments,” said Randall Solomon, director of Sustainable Jersey. “As New Jersey faces issues such as the climate crisis, a growing equity divide and environmental pollution, the certified towns exemplify the commitment we need to accelerate the transition to a sustainable New Jersey.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Sustainable Jersey participants (municipalities and schools) have successfully implemented and documented over 23,467 sustainability actions. Sustainable Jersey has provided over $7.2 million in grants to municipalities, school districts and schools for community-based projects that create healthy and sustainable communities in New Jersey.