Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides resources, information, and grant opportunties to municipalities in an effort to make towns better places places to live through cost-efficiencies and environmental sustainablility. In February, the Council passed a resolution authorizing the borough to became a Sustainable Jersey community, finally joining the 443 other municipalities in the state who are part of the program.
Councilman Ryan Jones, who introduced the idea, explained, “Environmental concern not only makes towns more attractive places to live and increases property values, it also makes fiscal sense. A town with a good environmental policy is one that is saving taxpayers money in energy efficiencies, economies of scale, and reduced maintenance costs. We’ll look back years from now and see how important a decision joining Sustainable Jersey was for South River. ”
One of the first requirements of the organization is for municipalities to create “Green Teams” whose mission is to obtain Sustainable Jersey certification that opens up additional grant opportunities and resources for our municipality. In March, the Council passed an ordinance creating a borough Green Team and appointed Julie Meira as Council representative, along with five members: Rich Alai, Chuck Basner, Ruell Brown, Joe Hyland, and Bonnie Trygar.
The Green Team will be holding its first meeting in the near future where they will evaluate the current situation and develop action plans to accomplish the tasks necessary for certification. If you’d like to find out more, visit them on the web at southrivernj.org/greenteam.html.