Under the Sustainable Jersey program, the first level of certification is Bronze. It requires the establishment of a mandatory Green Team, implementation of 2 out of 7 PRIORITY ACTIONS, and a total of 150 points. Actions must be completed in 6 of the 16 categories to be eligible for certification.
Rather than initiate the projects, the Green Team was fortunate enough to be able to pull from the work of a great number of dedicated Committees, Commissions, residents and Borough employees. This submission is something the entire Borough can be proud. Special thanks to Chief Tovo who stepped in at a late hour to bring this to closure.
The following actions were submitted for Bronze certification.
|Mountain Lakes Sustainable Jersey Action Items|
|Create Green Team||10||Created active team, under the EC, with regular meetings||Environmental Commission|
|Anti-Idling Program||10||Posted signs at numerous locations and conducted education about harmful effects of idling||Wildwood Green Team|
|Energy Municipal Inventory and Upgrade||50||Conducted an energy audit of municipal facilities and upgraded buildings as recommended||Borough Hall|
|Municipal Carbon Footprint||10||Calculated energy use and environmental impact of all municipal vehicles,buildings, street, traffic lights and wells||Borough Hall|
|Active Environmental Commission||10||Active EC already in place||Borough Hall and the EC|
|Environmental Resource Inventory||20||Updated old ERI to include new information, a flora and fauna inventory and GIS maps. Put entire report on new website.||Environmental Commission|
|Community Forestry Plan & Canopy Goal||20||Received approval of a new Forestry Plan with the DEP. Calculated current canopy and passed a resolution to maintain it||Shade Tree Commission|
|Tree Planting Program||10||Obtained a grant to plant shade trees in public spaces; Hosted Centennial Challenge to plant on residential property||Shade Tree Commission|
|Tree Protection Ordinances||10||Restrict removal of trees in right of ways and setbacks; limit trees that can be removed on private property||STC and Borough Hall|
|Tree Maintenance Programs||10||Detailed tree inventory and maintenance program||Shade Tree Commission|
|Recycling Depot||10||Maintain active depot and educate residents how to use it||DPW|
|Community Paper Shredding Day||5||Hold 2 shredding events/year||Fire Department and Borough Hall|
|Pay as you Throw Program||10||Maintain a “Green bag” program in which residents pay according to usage||Borough Hall|
|Solar Demonstration Project||10||Put solar panels on two schools and educated students via interactive kiosks||Bd of Education|
The Team is expecting to receive notice of successful certification in March. The certification lasts for three years after which time we will have hopefully, pulled together a new Green Team and earned Silver certification. For a list of potential actions to make that possible, please see the “What’s Next? Silver” tab.