About Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2009 that provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 79% or 445 of New Jersey's 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program, and 218 school districts and 538 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

Sustainable Jersey

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 and the Surdna Foundation. The 2016 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation, and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas are Platinum Sponsors. NJM Insurance Group is a Gold Sponsor, Bayshore Recycling is a Silver Sponsor, and our Bronze Sponsors are Investors Bank, Covanta, Energy Solve, JCP&L, GovPilot Direct Energy Solar and SolarCity. The Sustainability Summit venue sponsors are Good Energy and Verizon.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association. The 2016 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, New Jersey Education Association and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. The Founding Sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation is a Silver Sponsor and Spiezle Architectural Group and Jersey Central Power and Light are Bronze Sponsors.

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Sustainable Jersey Certification

  • 2016: 74 towns achieved certification (48 at the bronze-level and 26 at the silver-level)
  • 2015: 57 towns achieved certification (47 at the bronze-level and 10 at the silver-level)
  • 2014: 92 towns achieved certification (79 at the bronze-level and 13 at the silver-level)
  • 2013: 67 towns achieved certification (53 at the bronze-level and 14 at the silver-level)
  • 2012: 36 towns achieved certification (32 at the bronze-level and 4 at the silver-level)
  • 2011: 40 towns achieved certification (33 at the bronze-level and 7 at the silver-level)
  • 2010: 40 towns achieved certification (36 at the bronze-level and 4 at the silver-level)
  • 2009: 34 towns achieved certification at the bronze-level
  • Total Towns Certified: 198 towns (157 at the bronze-level and 41 at the silver-level)
  • Total Towns Participating: 445 (79%) as of 08/2017 (check the Sustainable New Jersey website for current total)

Sustainable Jersey Background

  • Participation is strictly voluntary and never mandated. Sustainable Jersey is New Jersey based and consensus driven.
  • Sustainable Jersey provides funding to local governments, schools and school districts for sustainability projects. To date, nearly 3 million dollars has been awarded through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program. Over 481 sustainability projects have been funded to make communities and schools more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.
  • 2016 Sustainable Jersey was awarded the American Planning Association Leadership Award.
  • 2015 Sustainable Jersey was awarded the American Planning Association NJ Leadership Award.
  • 2012 Sustainable Jersey was awarded the Economic Development Association of NJ Sustainability Award.
  • 2011 Sustainable Jersey was awarded the U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award.
  • Sustainable Jersey won the national Ashoka/Community Matters Changemakers competition, "2010 Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change" contest and is recognized as a top social change innovation in the country. Sustainable Jersey was selected from 260 entrants in the competition.
  • On November 23, 2010, Sustainable Jersey received a New Jersey joint legislative resolution from the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly for its role in leading over half of the Garden State's towns and cities toward becoming more sustainable through the certification program.