On Monday, the Borough of Haddonfield announced that it has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Haddonfield is one of only 27 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification at the silver level in 2019.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver level, Haddonfield submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a required 350 action points. In addition to reaching 350 points, each community had to create a green team and select at least 3 out of 12 priority action options.
“In the last ten years the Borough of Haddonfield has been committed to following sustainability practices within the Borough,” said Haddonfield Mayor Neal Rochford. “I am pleased that Haddonfield has again been awarded the highest certification from Sustainable Jersey. Over the years, the Borough, working with dedicated volunteers, has implemented many programs to promote practices that are good for the environment, and save
Haddonfield completed 35 actions in 14 different categories. Points given were for actions such as commercial energy efficiency outreach, residential energy efficiency outreach, establishing a green building policy/resolution, prescription drug safety and disposal, community shredding days, completing a bicycle and pedestrian audit, assessing flooding risk, offering backyard composting programs, and supporting a sustainable land use pledge.
Actions were achieved in collaboration with a number of community organizations and borough boards, including the Haddonfield Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Commission, Planning Board, Haddonfield Farmers Market, Partnership for Haddonfield, Crows Woods Gardeners, Haddonfield Public Schools, and the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust.
“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey.
“Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.”
Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.
Sustainable Haddonfield is Haddonfield’s Green Team and it encourages sustainable use of our community’s natural, human, and economic resources through education, outreach, and collaborative partnerships between residents, community organizations, borough government and neighboring towns. Since 2013, Haddonfield has achieved silver-level Certification as a Sustainable Community under the “Sustainable Jersey” program.
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