Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Hamilton has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze-level. Hamilton 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.
“Our Environmental Advisory Commission worked tirelessly with Township officials to prepare our application for bronze-level,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “Without their dedication and guidance, the Township would not have achieved this honorable recognition from Sustainable Jersey. I look forward to working with them to achieve silver-level in the years to come.”
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Hamilton 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 two out of fourteen priority action options. As part of re-certification, Hamilton was able to complete a prescription drug safety and disposal and our fleet inventory.
“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.
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.
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