“I’m so proud of the work our Environmental Commission is doing to educate our residents and empower our businesses to move to a more sustainable future,” says Julia Fahl, Mayor of Lambertville. “Their work has made Lambertville a standard bearer for the progress toward more sustainable municipalities.”
“From climate change, to water, waste and equity issues, so many of the big sustainability concerns are reaching a crisis point. This investment in sustainability projects will have lasting benefits to New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, executive director for Sustainable Jersey. He extended his congratulations to all of the towns that received grants. “We’re seeing exciting results from previous grant projects, and we are looking forward to similarly productive, innovative progress from the current group of awardees,” Solomon added.
The Ditching Disposables project was developed to support the implementation of the City’s ordinance limiting the use of single-use plastic bags, plastic straws, polystyrene foam and Styrofoam containers by businesses in the City of Lambertville, passed in September 2018. The goal of the Ditching Disposables initiative is to assist residents in the adoption of this ordinance via education, communication, workshops, and certifications. The City of Lambertville also aims to celebrate those local businesses who most exemplify the goals of a greener Lambertville with the Sustainable Business Awards.
The PSEG Foundation has contributed 1.9 million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey grants program for municipalities and schools. “Supporting local municipalities in their efforts to build sustainability programs puts resources where they’re needed and aren’t always available, and PSEG is proud to do so,” said Barb Short, president of the PSEG Foundation. “Sustainable Jersey helps bring real change and has a lasting impact to neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.”
Proposals were evaluated by an independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help municipalities make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. Nearly 90 percent of the New Jersey population lives in a registered or certified Sustainable Jersey community. Currently, 450 municipalities, or 80 percent of New Jersey municipalities, are registered with Sustainable Jersey.
For more information about the Ditching Disposables Initiative, please follow the Lambertville Environmental Committee of Facebook at facebook.com/LambertvilleEnvironmentalCommission or visit the website at lambertvillenj.org/boards/environmental-commission.
PHOTO CAPTION: From Left to Right: Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey, Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President Corporate Citizenship PSEG and Chairman of the PSEG Foundation, Cait Shoemaker, Lambertville Resident and Research Contributor to Environmental Commission, Liz Magill Peer, Chairperson, Lambertville Environmental Commission, Cyndy Jahn, Commissioner, Lambertville Environmental Commission, Anne-Marie Peracchio, Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.