On May 7th, four $20,000 grants, seven $10,000 grants and 25 $2,000 grants were distributed to municipalities in 15 New Jersey counties.
The grant awards will fund a range of projects including green infrastructure, park restoration, single-use plastic reduction campaigns, rain gardens, environmental resource inventories, creative placemaking, green team capacity building and more.
The Lambertville Environmental Commission, chaired my resident Liz Magill Peer, sought this grant to support its Ditching Disposables initiative.
“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,” Randall 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% of the New Jersey population lives in a registered or certified Sustainable Jersey community.
Currently, 450 municipalities, or 80% of New Jersey municipalities, are registered with Sustainable Jersey.
For more information about the Ditching Disposables Initiative, follow the Lambertville Environmental Committee of Facebook at facebook.com/LambertvilleEnvironmentalCommission, or visit the website at lambertvillenj.org/boards/environmental-commission.
PHOTO CAP: From left, 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, and Anne-Marie Peracchio, Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.