Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
October 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
West Windsor Township Achieves Sustainable Jersey™ Silver-Level Certification
(Award to be presented on November 16 at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference)
West Windsor, NJ – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that West Windsor Township has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification at the Silver-level. West Windsor Township is one of only four New Jersey municipalities that have attained the Silver-level of certification. West Windsor Township will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City with Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh accepting the award.
Mayor Hsueh stated, “This has been a very productive process on the part of our Green Team, Environmental Commission, administrative staff, and Council representatives working diligently to identify all of West Windsor’s many programs directed toward sustainability in our Township and to implement even more. This is a program not only to benefit our present residential, retail, and commercial owners but also one for future generations that will live and work in West Windsor.”
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the Silver level, West Windsor Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 350 points. In addition to reaching the required points, each community has to create a Green Team and select at least three of the six priority actions (for Silver level). West Windsor Township completed five of the six priority actions by implementing a 1) energy audits for municipal buildings, 2) a municipal carbon footprint, 3) a sustainable land use pledge, 4) a natural resource inventory, and 5) a fleet inventory.
“It’s quite an accomplishment to become Sustainable Jersey certified, especially at the Silver level,” said Fred Profeta, Chair of the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future, a Sustainable Jersey program partner. “The 2010 certified towns have joined an elite group of municipalities that are leading the way with impressive sustainability initiatives in New Jersey while providing a model for towns across the United States.”
Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, smart land use and transportation, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources, and addressing diversity and equity. “These are exceptional towns with outstanding programs. We’ve been amazed to see how this program has catalyzed community spirit and fostered grassroots leadership, cross-sector creativity and collaboration across New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes of the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey (MLUC@TCNJ), a Sustainable Jersey partner. Randall Solomon of the MLUC@TCNJ congratulated the certified towns. “The certified towns are municipal leaders that are making extraordinary contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world.”
The certified towns will be recognized at the second annual Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the 95th Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Admission is open to the public, but the $35 tickets are going fast.
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About West Windsor Township
West Windsor Township was incorporated in 1797 encompassing six hamlets: Port Mercer, Penn's Neck, Clarksville, Grover's Mill, Dutch Neck, and Edinburg. Prior to incorporation, West Windsor, founded by William Penn in 1682, encompassed all of Princeton Township and Borough, and East Windsor. By the 1800's, this prosperous farming community was prized for its central location between New York and Philadelphia. A seventh hamlet was added called Princeton Junction when the northeast corridor rail station was added in the 1860s.
Today, West Windsor is a major center for research, retail, and corporate offices with a population of approximately 27,000 residents within its 27 square miles.
West Windsor Township has enjoyed very progressive and successful actions in the area of environmental conservation and sustainability over the past twenty five to thirty years. The Township Environmental Commission, Planning and Zoning Boards, Shade Tree Commission, administration, staff, and Governing Body have all contributed to these efforts. Some initiatives that are particularly noteworthy are the Township Greenbelt and the Sustainable West Windsor Plan. The Greenbelt traverses the Township along stream corridors and creates a continuous “belt” of “green” open space for the conservation of native flora and fauna among residences and businesses. The Sustainable West Windsor Plan was developed and adopted in 2008 to set West Windsor Township on a path to a more sustainable future balancing economic, environmental, and social considerations in a manner that will minimize its imprint in the future.
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. It is the most successful statewide municipal sustainability certification program in the country. Over 6,700 people in New Jersey have participated in statewide training and outreach events in 2010. The program has distributed over half a million dollars to New Jersey communities to support an estimated 1,500 actions taken "on the ground" to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. Over 300 of New Jersey’s towns and cities (56%-or 315 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering New Jersey towns to build a better world for future generations.
Sustainable Jersey is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future and the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The policies and other substantive contents of the program are developed though a transparent participatory process involving NGOs, academics, government, and the business community. Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Elizabethtown Gas, United Water, Verizon, Atlantic City Electric and CDS-Xerox. www.sustainablejersey.com
Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2009, 12 Noon – 1:30 PM (Doors open at 11:30 AM)
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Crown Ball Room, 2nd Floor, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Registration: Sustainable Jersey Luncheon at the 95th Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference Registration Form: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/editor/doc/ptraining41.pdf
Lunch Info: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php Click tab for: 2010 Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon
Media Coverage: The event is open for media coverage.