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Sustainable Jersey Awards Grants to Camden Municipalities – Runnemede and Bellmawr

Sustainable Jersey Awards Grants to Camden Municipalities – Runnemede and Bellmawr

May 19th Sustainable Jersey announced New Jersey municipalities selected to receive a Sustainable Jersey small grant funded by the PSEG Foundation, a magnanimous foundation that has contributed to over one million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program. Of the 31 NJ municipalities awarded grants were Camden Boroughs of Runnemede and Bellmawr.

 

Runnemede Borough received a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Capacity Building Grant for their pollinator gardens project – Pollinator Gardens: Plant It, and They Will Come! Pollinator gardens will serve as an educational resource for residents by revealing the benefits of gardening with native plants and the important role of insects in the ecosystem.

Patricia Adair, Clean and Green Team Coordinator of Runnemede Borough, proclaims: “The Runnemede Green Team would like to use this grant money to create a native plant butterfly garden to use as a teaching garden. We hope to teach people through the garden that insects, birds, and other wildlife need native plants in order to survive. We want them to learn that certain insects need certain host plants and hope to demonstrate how beneficial gardens are over lawns.  Another goal we have is to have people become aware of how detrimental pesticides are to wildlife and the environment. We are confident that when they see the beautiful life that is drawn to our garden, others will want the same in their yards.”

 

Bellmawr Borough received a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grant for its community garden. The Borough will create a community garden to deliver the opportunity for residents to learn about social responsibility through sustainable living and advocacy of sustainable gardening practices. The garden will expand accessibility to fresh produce while offering nutrition and sustainability programming.

Frank R. Filipek, Mayor of Bellmawr Borough, expresses his delight: “The Borough of Bellmawr is extremely proud and grateful to receive this generous grant from Sustainable Jersey and the PSEG Foundation. The efforts of our green team, led by Debbie Priolo-Allen and Girl Scout Troop 30215 were valiant and demonstrate a shining example of community involvement. This is a fantastic program, and the Borough of Bellmawr is honored to participate. We look extremely forward to working with our green team and Girl Scout Troop 30215 to utilize the funds towards sustainability projects within Bellmawr.”