Borough of Madison Achieves Prestigious Sustainable Jersey Silver-Level Certification
Madison, NJ – November 27, 2019 – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced yesterday that the Borough of Madison has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Madison is one of only 27 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification at the silver-level in 2019. All of the municipalities were honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 in Atlantic City with Mayor Robert H. Conley accepting the award for Madison.
“The achievements of the Sustainable Madison Advisory Committee in this silver certification process shows that the volunteerism of long hours, hard work and dedication paid off for this dedicated team of volunteers as they were determined to prove that Madison is a town that is committed to being sustainable,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley. “Achieving the third highest total points out of all participants is not an easy task, but thanks to all that reside and/or work in Madison, your day-to-day actions help us keep Madison green! This is just another reason why New Jersey Monthly recently ranked Madison the #1 Town To Live In,” continued Conley.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver-level, the Sustainable Madison Committee 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 twelve priority action options. Madison completed seven of the twelve priority actions, with an additional action pending, by completing a fleet inventory, energy tracking and management, municipal carbon footprint, natural resource inventory, prescription puse pledge. In addition to the seven priority actions, they also submitted the final documentation for another priority action, energy efficiency for municipal facilities, and once approved by Sustainable Jersey by year end, it would bring our priority actions up to eight out of twelve.
“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey. “Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.” 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. Currently, 80 percent or 450 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 339 school districts and 884 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.
Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the PSEG Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum and 10th Anniversary sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and PSEG. The Gold Sponsor is Elizabethtown Gas (10th Anniversary Sponsor). Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Bayshore Recycling (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Northfield Bank (10th Anniversary Sponsor), New Jersey American Water (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Jersey Central Power & Light (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Atlantic Health System (10th Anniversary Sponsor) and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Ørsted, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates, Republic Services, The ECG Group and Bryan Electric.
Pictured above left to right are Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey; Joan Maccari, Sustainable Madison MEC Rep.; Kathleen Caccavale, Chair, Sustainable Madison; Mayor Robert H. Conley; Council Member Maureen Byrne, and Anne-Marie Peracchio, Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.