34 New Jersey Towns Receive Grants for Community-Based Sustainability Projects
Sustainable Jersey announced the 34 New Jersey towns that were selected for Sustainable Jersey Small Grants funded by the PSEG Foundation at Camden's City Hall in Camden, New Jersey. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed approximately $1,375,000 in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.
'Supporting municipalities as they do innovative sustainability projects is a cornerstone of our organization's mission,' said Sustainable Jersey Board Chair Pam Mount. 'These grants help ensure that important sustainability projects at the community level can get done. Congratulations to all the grant recipients.'
'PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,' said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and director of Corporate Responsibility. 'We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.'
The 12 towns that received the $20,000 and $10,000 grants proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Organic curbside waste recycling, hawk habitat restoration, a commuter bike depot, rain gardens, community educational campaigns, sustainability ordinances and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding. 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. Currently, 72 percent of New Jersey's towns and cities (406 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified.
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