Award Presented on November 16 at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference

Atlantic Highlands, NJ  – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the Borough of Atlantic Highlands has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Atlantic Highlands is one of 67 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification since the program began in 2009. Atlantic Highlands will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City with Mayor Frederick J. Rast III accepting the award.

“I am very proud of our Green Team for putting together such a comprehensive report that culminates years of hard work by former and current volunteers and professionals,” said Mayor Rast. “Our small community is one that recognizes what beauty we have and the importance of our natural resources. We should all participate, in some way, in making sure our natural resources are here for the future.”   “Our Green Team, which is chaired by 12 year resident Jennifer Marston should be commended for doing such a great job,” said Mayor Rast. “I am so excited for our community,” said Mrs Marston who offered congratulations to the Borough and to other Green Team members which include former Mayor Helen Marchetti, 5 year Ocean Boulevard resident Gail Woods, Environmental Commission Chairman Jim Krauss and Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny.

To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the Bronze level, Atlantic Highlands submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 points.  In addition to reaching the required points, each community has to create a Green Team and select at least two of the six priority actions (for Bronze level).  Atlantic Highlands did two of the six priority actions by completing a municipal fleet inventory and a natural resource inventory. “We are currently conducting an energy audit for all of our municipal buildings” said Adam Hubeny, Borough Administrator.”  “This will count for more points as we work towards Silver certification,” he said.

“It’s quite an accomplishment to become Sustainable Jersey certified,” 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.  “Our winners 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.

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