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Sustainable Jersey Certified Municipalities of Camden County

Sustainable Jersey Certified Municipalities of Camden County

We are proud to recognize the 13 municipalities in the County that have achieved certification through the Sustainable Jersey program – 7 Silver and 6 Bronze. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 443 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 247 school districts and 599 schools are participating in the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. By supporting efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve access to education, stimulate local economies, increase resiliency and progress toward an equitable society, Sustainable Jersey is empowering communities to build a better world for future generations..Below are examples of qualified actions presented in each municipality’s SJ report:

Camden City Camden – 350 points – Silver

Community Education and Outreach: The City of Camden is tackling its extreme urban water infrastructure challenges through an innovation and dynamic partnership called the Camden SMART (Stormwater Management And Resource Training) Initiative. In an attempt to spread the word on the activities of the Camden SMART Initiative, the SMART Team hosted its annual Camden SMART Forum on April 20, 2016 that attracted more than 140 participants representing more than 60 organizations and 13 exciting exhibits that illuminated the plethora of sustainability initiatives underway in and around the City of Camden. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Camden City Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Collingswood Borough Camden – 150 points – Bronze

Buy Local Campaign: Collingswood has rolled out several programs in the last few years to promote the ‘Buy it Here, Spend it Here’ campaign. Each resident receives a Blue and Gold card in the early May issue of the Collingswood Patch newspaper, which is intended to support local businesses by giving discounts if you shop in participating locations. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Collingswood Borough Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Haddonfield Borough Camden – 390 points -Silver

Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Public Places: On March 22, 2016 the Haddonfield Borough Commissioners adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking in municipal buildings and public parks. This ordinance was proposed by Sustainable Haddonfield and the Environmental Commission around the same time that there was some concern voiced about smoking in public areas. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Haddonfield Borough Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Pennsauken Township Camden – 150 points – Bronze

Innovative Community Project: The Pennsauken Country Club Water Reuse project involved the reclamation of water from the Maple Shade Township Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 432 West Park Avenue in Maple Shade Township. The reclaimed water is re-used for the irrigation of the adjacent Pennsauken Country Club Golf Course in Pennsauken Township and athletic fields located in Maple Shade. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Pennsauken Township Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Voorhees Township Camden – 385 points – Silver

Establish a Creative Team: The Sustainable Voorhees Creative Team was officially established on March 1, 2016. Team membership consists of an appointed municipal official, a visual artist, a performing artist, a local business leader, a representative from the local school district, and a member of the Sustainable Voorhees Green Team. The purpose of the Sustainable Voorhees Creative Team, which exists as a sub-committee of the Township’s Green Team, is to develop, promote, and integrate visual and performing arts within the Voorhees community as a whole. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Voorhees Township Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Winslow Township Camden – 415 points – Silver

Animals in the Community Education: At the Township’s 3rd Annual Green Fair held May 2015 AND 2016, one focus was on aquatic life and how residents’ daily actions can have a negative (or positive!) impact on the aquatic life. The Township paid for and hosted an interactive mobile-aquarium from the Atlantic City Aquarium which came with education about the various sea life in our area. Attendees saw an array of animals such as horseshoe crabs, channeled whelk, knobbed whelk, sea urchins, starfish, spider crabs, hermit crabs, conch, cownose rays and bamboo sharks. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Winslow Township Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

Gloucester Township – 355 points – Silver

Companion Animal Management Plan: Gloucester Township supports responsible pet ownership in the community, and has taken initiative to protect the well-being of the animals in the community. By doing so they adopted a resolution to adopt Chapter 47 of the Gloucester Township Code Book entitled “Pets and Animal Abuse.” They hold a dog census every two years, have an animal control officer, perform K-9 demonstrations, pet licensing, advertise AWA trap and release for feral cats, and have a rabies clinic. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Gloucester Township Borough Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Haddon Heights – 150 points – Bronze

Reusable Bag Education Program: Sustainable Haddon Heights promotes reusable bags at their Sundays on Station tables. Patrons of the adjacent Farmers Market are encouraged to take a tote if they don’t have one and bring it back at a later date if they would like. They utilize a Bag Monster costume at special events and Sundays on Station which is also intended to be lent loaned to other local Green Teams that want to focus on alternatives to plastic bags. Their focus is educating residents on the impact of plastic bags on our environment and the advantages of reusable bags. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Haddon Heights Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Haddon Township – 450 points – Silver

Green Challenges & Community Programs: Over the past several years, the Township has held pledge drives in conjunction with their local Earth Day celebrations. In 2014, Sustainable Haddon Township chose to focus on a pledge which would reinforce the 2013-14 agenda which was the reduction of single use plastics. The Team set up a booth at their Green Fair to ask residents to take the pledge. Each year hundreds of residents from the Township as well as surrounding communities attend the event. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Haddon Township Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Winslow Township – 415 points – Silver

Emergency Communications Planning: Winslow Township maintains its own OEM, and has 2 OEM officials (OEM Coordinator & Deputy). Should an emergency transpire, the Township maintains a completely self-reliant emergency center where staff from each department of emergency services may gather (i.e. fire, EMS, police, etc.). The center is manned with computers, phones, radios (charged at all times), etc., and the emergency communications plan (2 copies minimum) is within arms-reach of the OEM coordinator at all times – even on “off” hours. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Winslow Township Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report

 

Waterford Township – 150 points – Bronze

Buy Fresh Buy Local Programs: The Waterford Township Committee adopted a Sustainable Land Use resolution on October 8, 2014, and distributed copies of the resolution to all municipal employees, elected officials, planning board and commission members via their municipal in box. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Waterford Township Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.

 

Stratford Borough – 150 points – Bronze

Innovative Community Project: The Borough of Stratford, has been doing an annual event for collecting concrete. Each June (full month) a dumpster is placed in the Borough parking lot to allow the residence of Stratford to dump any concrete they have. Each year the dumpster if filled offering the residence of Stratford a full-size dumpster. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Stratford Borough Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report

 

Cherry Hill Township – 410 points – Silver

“Green” Your Green Fair: Cherry Hill Township held its 5th annual Cherry Hill Earth Festival in April 2014. This was a collaborative effort between Sustainable Cherry Hill (SCH), Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Public School District. The event started with a 2- and 9-mile family friendly bike ride to encourage community members to explore Cherry Hill on two wheels (alternative transportation initiatives). The event drew over 5000 people with highlights including: dozens of green vendors/crafters and non-profit community and educational displays from SCH task forces and all 19 Cherry Hill schools. For more details on this and other actions refer to the Cherry Hill Sustainable Jersey Community Certification Report.