Pathways to Sustainable Communities
Every community can make a difference in securing a sustainable future.
- Sustainability Action Plan
- Sustainable Jersey Certification Program
- Audits & Assessments
- Land Use Planning
- Municipal Initiatives
- Involving Residents
Sustainable Jersey is a certification and incentive program for NJ municipalities. To become certified under the program, municipalities must form green teams and complete a significant number of the program’s defined sustainable actions.
- Determine the level of carbon emissions
- For local governments and communities, three providers of methods
and tools are
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Jersey has actions for both municipal government and the whole community
- For houses, encourage residents to
- For local governments and communities, three providers of methods and tools are
- Conduct an energy audit
- For local governments, NJ Clean Energy provides rebates for participants in its Local Government Energy Audit program.
- For houses, encourage your residents to perform a Home Energy Analysis or to contract for a low cost professional energy assessment through Home Performance with Energy Star
- For large businesses and governments (where peak electricity usage exceeds 200kW) NJ Clean Energy Program offers the Existing Buildings component of the Pay for Performance Program.
- For smaller businesses and governments NJ Clean Energy Program offers Direct Install to perform Energy Assessments and installations.
and assess ongoing energy and water consumption in individual municipal
buildings to monitor performance and identify strategic opportunities
for savings and conservation.
- Adopt a Sustainability Plan and/or a Climate Action Plan
- Adopt Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ (LEEDs) for major construction projects
- Implement sustainable purchasing policies;
- Use green cleaning supplies in municipal facilities to protect employees' health and to prevent damage to the environment;
- Implement pesticide free pest management programs: (see sample policy) and reduce pollution through Integrated Pest Management;
- During site plan review (), consider factors like building orientation, preserving shade trees and nonstructural drainage to conserve heat and air conditioning and reduce stormwater runoff
- Promote use of the Green Design Checklist for development applications.
- Protect and enhance wildlife
habitats and natural ecosystems.
- Master Plan*( 88KB)
- Shared parking
- Pedestrian and bicycle friendly-circulation ( 1.0mb)
- Open space protection ( 306kb)
- Convert brownfields to green fields ( 827kb)
- Funding opportunities
*Note: N.J.S.A. 40:55D-28a now allows municipalities to incorporate a Green
Building and Environmentally Sustainable Plan Element into their Master
Plans. (See Flemington, Lawrence Township and Marlboro.)
The ANJEC Resource Center has over 1,000 sample ordinances on a wide variety of topics encompassing land use, zoning, conservation tools, energy, recycling, water resources, pollution and much more. Here are a few examples of interest to sustainable communities:
Additional ordinances available through ANJEC Resource Center (send email request to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Energy Usage
- Retrofit municipal buildings with energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems. See Highland Park and NJ Clean Energy's Pay for Performance Program for large municipalities or Direct Install for smaller municipalities.
- Replace fleets with more fuel efficient or alternative fuel vehicles. See Montclair and Woodbridge.
- Install Light Emitting Diode (LED) traffic lights and use compact fluorescent lights in buildings, on ball fields and in street lights. See Highland Park and Montclair.
- Consider opportunities for solar, wind, geothermal heat pumps and other alternative energy sources. See Montclair and Highland Park.
- Develop methods to reduce vehicle emissions in your community.
- Natural Areas
- Protect aquifer recharge areas and wellheads. Consider becoming a partner in WaterSense, an EPA sponsored program that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices.
- Remove invasive species
- Restore wetlands and forest habitats;
- Establish a farmers market
- Educate members of the community to reduce nonpoint source pollution by creating rain gardens. See links at Rutgers Water Resources Program
- Explore ways to make it easier for commuting residents to carpool or use mass transit. See Maplewood and Parsippany's Carpool Center
- Encourage residents to conserve water and energy, buy locally grown foods, reuse and recycle and other sustainable behavior
- Use your website to provide energy efficiency challenges to residents and businesses. See Hopewell EQ Challenge.
- Engage students to communicate energy efficiency measures to area businesses. See Summit Energy Ambassadors
- Enlist your fire department to offer residents energy efficiency tests using thermal imaging technology. See Greenbrook.