Hoboken Wins $20,000 Sustainable Jersey® Grant for Rain Garden Curb Extensions
More news from the City of Hoboken in its multifaceted approach to help incrementally curb flooding (pun intended) and bring environmental sustainability to Hoboken….
Hoboken Wins Sustainable JERSEY® GRANT
$20,000 Provided to Fund Rain Gardens Curb Extensions
Rain garden curb extension in Portland, Oregon
Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the City of Hoboken has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant for rain garden curb extensions. Hoboken is one of just four municipalities in New Jersey to receive a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant at the $20,000 level. The 2012 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation is providing $200,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed over $795,000 in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous.
“Rain garden curb extensions will help us reach two of our top sustainability goals: to alleviate flooding by capturing stormwater runoff and to further promote walking by creating safer pedestrian crossing,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are excited to partner with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program to implement this green infrastructure demonstration project.”
The grant will fund the planning, design, and installation of two rain garden curb extensions. Along with green roofs, rain barrels, permeable pavement, and other green infrastructure elements, rain gardens are one tool to mitigate flooding by diverting stormwater from the sewer system. The demonstration project will serve as a model for all cities in New Jersey as they begin addressing green infrastructure, stormwater management, CSO control, traffic calming, pedestrian safety, and beautification of our core urban communities.
The winners of the grants have proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Organic curbside waste recycling, storm water runoff solutions, innovative bioswales, water conservation, sustainable landscaping, wildlife interaction plan, community gardens and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding. New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training. Sustainable Jersey is 100 percent voluntary and each town can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve enough points to get certified.
“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” said Anne Hoskins, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability for PSEG, one of New Jersey’s oldest companies and largest employers. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods all over New Jersey.”
The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help local governments make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. Currently, 67 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (378 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. “The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” said Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Aiding towns and Green Teams to achieve their sustainability goals by funding green initiatives will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”
In 2011, the City of Hoboken achieved the Bronze Level Sustainable Jersey certification and received the Sustainable Jersey Leadership Award for addressing alternative transportation and parking solutions.
2012 Recipients of $20,000 Sustainable Jersey Project Grants
|Hoboken, Sustainable Jersey Certified||Hudson||City of Hoboken Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project|
|Island Heights||Ocean||Innovative Bioswale|
|Middle Twp., Sustainable Jersey Certified||Cape May||Middle Township Water Conservation Project|
|Princeton, Sustainable Jersey Certified||Mercer||Organic Curbside Waste Program|
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports 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. It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs. New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training. Sustainable Jersey is 100 percent voluntary and each town can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve enough points to get certified.
Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, the Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, BPU, PSEG, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Bay Shore Recycling, EcoMatters, New Jersey American Water, Real Goods Solar, South Jersey Gas, Terhune Orchards, Waste Management of New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric, Citizens Campaign, Concord Engineering and the New Jersey Food Council.