Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

Monroe is Recognized Statewide as an Environmental Steward

February 20, 2018



By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

     I’m happy to announce that we’ve added yet another award to our growing list of accolades here in Monroe.  Already this past year, we’ve been hailed as a Tree City, one of the nation’s safest cities and a municipality with one of the lowest tax rates in the County.

     I’m proud to inform you that our most recent recognition comes from Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to municipalities that are pursuing environmentally sustainable programs.

     We received word in December that the organization has awarded our community with silver-level certification, an exclusive designation that has been reserved for only 47 other municipalities in the State and only two others in Middlesex County.

     Monroe’s Green Team spent countless hours preparing and submitting documentation to Sustainable Jersey that detailed our efforts to promote sustainability within the Township. 

     Along the way, our administration, clerk’s office, department of public works, engineering, police division, library, planning and zoning and a number of other municipal departments assisted the Green Team’s volunteers in this intensive and time-consuming information-gathering process.

     In addition to reaching a minimum of 350 action points, calculated through a system that assigns point values to specific environmental actions, our community was also required to meet several broader priority actions.  Among a dozen priority actions outlined by Sustainable Jersey, Monroe qualified for silver certification due to its lauded practices regarding prescription drug and safety disposal, a sustainable land-use pledge and recycling waste reduction and compliance.

     The Green Team’s final report gave a summary of these actions, along with everything from our emergency communications to our energy efficiencies and even our community forestry and bicycle and pedestrian plans.

     While reviewing our application, I’m told that Sustainable Jersey took some of our more extraordinary initiatives into consideration as well, such as the newly installed LED lighting and electric car-charging station at the library, our approximately 8,000 acres of preserved properties and our ever-expanding and well-attended Green Fair.

     Many of these nuances, combined with our enhanced efforts to communicate these programs and measures with the public, ultimately helped elevate our status from the previously held bronze level to our current silver certification.

     Having passed the rigorous requirements needed for this award, Monroe will be silver-certified for three years, leaving us as a prime candidate for a number of grant programs through Sustainable Jersey and reaffirming our steadfast commitment to green living.

     I’d like to congratulate our Green Team, its volunteers and our Council liaison Miriam Cohen on all their hard work in achieving this monumental goal.

     If any of you are interested in joining our Green Team, a very worthwhile endeavor, I encourage you to attend one of their regular meetings, which are held in the Monroe Township Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

 

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