Highland Park is among the 82 NJ Towns to Earn Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2019

As reported by Sustainable Jersey, 82 municipalities, from 20 New Jersey counties, achieved the prestigious Sustainable Jersey certification in 2019 – and Highland Park is one of them. The borough actually is one of only 27 municipalities to win certification at a prestigious “silver” level community, earning an impressive 515 points. At 80 percent participation, Sustainable Jersey has 450 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities engaged in the certification program.

“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.

In the 2019 application cycle, 27 municipalities achieved certification at the more advanced silver-level, requiring that a town meet a minimum of 350 points: Asbury Park, Bernards, Bordentown City, Bordentown Township, Brick, Ewing, Franklin (Somerset County), Galloway, Glen Ridge, Haddonfield, Hawthorne, Highland Park, Hillsborough, Island Heights, Lawrence, Lincoln Park, Madison, Maplewood, Middletown, Moorestown, Ocean City, Paramus, Summit, Waterford, West Windsor, Woodbridge and Wyckoff (see list below). A municipality certified at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balance of the program’s sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 points.

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability initiatives. The program culminates in a certification award to municipalities and schools that have documented meeting a set of standards. Sustainable Jersey participants have successfully implemented and documented over 16,500 sustainability actions. Over $5.6 million in grants have been provided by Sustainable Jersey to towns, school districts and schools for community-based projects that create healthy and sustainable communities in New Jersey.        

Sustainable Jersey will celebrate the certified and participating municipalities at its Annual Sustainable Jersey Luncheon held on the first day of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJLM) Conference on November 19, 2019. The luncheon brings together over 300 local and regional government officials, green team members, industry professionals and sustainability leaders. The program will celebrate sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership in New Jersey. The event is open to the public, register: https://bit.ly/2019SJAwardsLuncheon.


County Logo Name Level Points
Atlantic Buena Vista Bronze 190
Atlantic Galloway Silver 415
Atlantic Hammonton Bronze 285
Bergen Bergenfield Bronze 150
Bergen Englewood City Bronze 170
Bergen Fort Lee Bronze 150
Bergen Oakland Bronze 170
Bergen Paramus Silver 360
Bergen Ridgefield Park Bronze 230
Bergen Teaneck Bronze 190
Bergen Westwood Bronze 210
Bergen Wyckoff Silver 375
Burlington Bordentown City Silver 535
Burlington Bordentown Township Silver 360
Burlington Burlington Township Bronze 175
Burlington Chesterfield Bronze 155
Burlington Delran Bronze 160
Burlington Evesham Bronze 285
Burlington Maple Shade Bronze 155
Burlington Moorestown Silver 365
Camden Audubon Bronze 155
Camden Camden City Bronze 160
Camden Collingswood Bronze 235
Camden Gloucester City Bronze 160
Camden Haddonfield Silver 365
Camden Voorhees Bronze 265
Camden Waterford Silver 360
Camden Winslow Bronze 180
Cape May Ocean City Silver 355
Cape May Upper Township Bronze 205
Cape May West Cape May Bronze 165
Cumberland Vineland Bronze 225
Essex Glen Ridge Silver 385
Essex Maplewood Silver 440
Essex Montclair Bronze 235
Essex Nutley Bronze 205
Essex South Orange Village Bronze 255
Essex West Orange Bronze 250
Gloucester Washington Township Bronze 330
Hunterdon Frenchtown Bronze 160
Hunterdon Holland Bronze 200
Hunterdon Readington Bronze 270
Mercer Ewing Silver 500
Mercer Lawrence Silver 415
Mercer Pennington Bronze 165
Mercer West Windsor Silver 405
Middlesex Cranbury Bronze 185
Middlesex East Brunswick Bronze 200
Middlesex Highland Park Silver 515
Middlesex Jamesburg Bronze 155
Middlesex Metuchen Bronze 210
Middlesex Woodbridge Silver 1160
Monmouth Asbury Park Silver 375
Monmouth Eatontown Bronze 210
Monmouth Long Branch Bronze 200
Monmouth Manalapan Bronze 180
Monmouth Marlboro Bronze 185
Monmouth Middletown Silver 355
Morris Chester Township Bronze 175
Morris Hanover Bronze 165
Morris Lincoln Park Silver 375
Morris Madison Silver 605
Morris Mount Olive Bronze 190
Morris Washington Township Bronze 160
Ocean Bay Head Bronze 150
Ocean Brick Silver 365
Ocean Island Heights Silver 430
Ocean Manchester Bronze 170
Ocean Point Pleasant Beach Bronze 200
Passaic Clifton Bronze 175
Passaic Hawthorne Silver 500
Salem Elsinboro Bronze 165
Salem Lower Alloways Creek Bronze 205
Somerset Bernards Silver 420
Somerset Bernardsville Bronze 160
Somerset Franklin Silver 460
Somerset Hillsborough Silver 525
Sussex Hopatcong Bronze 240
Union Roselle Park Bronze 165
Union Summit Silver 640
Warren Hope Bronze 165
Warren Washington Borough Bronze 190

About the Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards Luncheon

Over 300 people are expected to attend the awards ceremony to see town mayors and green teams accept their awards; the Sustainable Jersey Annual Awards Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

About Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 450 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 339 school districts and 884 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the PSEG Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum and 10th Anniversary sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and PSEG. The Gold Sponsor is Elizabethtown Gas (10th Anniversary Sponsor). Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Bayshore Recycling (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Northfield Bank (10th Anniversary Sponsor), New Jersey American Water (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Jersey Central Power & Light (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Atlantic Health System (10th Anniversary Sponsor) and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Ørsted, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates, Republic Services, The ECG Group and Bryan Electric.

Website:             www.SustainableJersey.com; www.SustainableJerseySchools.com

Twitter:               www.twitter.com/SJ_Program; www.twitter.com/SJ_Schools

Facebook:          www.facebook.com/SustainableJersey

Instagram:          https://instagram.com/sustainable_jersey/

Linked In:           https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainable-jersey

Comments are closed.