AH Mayor Rhonda Le Grice (center) accepts the Sustainable Jersey recertification at an awards luncheon.

Atlantic Highlands, NJ – Sustainable Jersey representatives are proud to announce that the Borough of Atlantic Highlands has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey recertification. Atlantic Highlands is one of 74 towns that have attained certification in 2016 and was recently honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 in Atlantic City with Mayor Rhonda Le Grice accepting the award.

“We are honored to receive such an award after much hard work and attention was put forth,” said Mayor LeGrice who added that the Borough was first designated as a Sustainable Jersey Municipality in 2010. We have received so many positive comments about receiving this award which is very important now and in our future.”

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Atlantic Highlands submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition to reaching 150 points, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least 2 out of 11 priority action options.

“Sustainable Jersey is incredibly proud of the 74 New Jersey towns that achieved certification this year,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 198 Sustainable Jersey certified towns demonstrate leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.”

Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts. “Collectively the 440 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.