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ATLANTIC CITY - Sustainable Jersey celebrated the certification and re-certification of green communities around the state at their annual luncheon.
The luncheon took place in Atlantic City and allowed "green teams" around the state to celebrate the 2015 newly certified and re-certified communities.
Sustainable Jersey makes New Jersey the first state in the country to have a comprehensive sustainability program that offers training, tools, and even financial incentives to communities willing to become certified. Gaining certification is based on a points system that focuses on prosperity, people, and planet.
"It's free, it's voluntary, we provide best practice and guidance. the best thing is we even give grants," said Donna Drewes, Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey
Many people may not even realize that you live in a certified sustainable community. Almost 86% of New Jersey residents do.
"This year we're about to give out almost a million dollars in small grants to municipalities and schools, which is great," said Randall Solomon, Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey. "and today we have a class of municipalities getting certified. We now have over one-third of the municipalities in the state of New Jersey certified in Sustainable New Jersey.
Attendees at the luncheon were given the opportunity to network and get ideas from other communities, as well as watch a performance of "Gabbie Goes Green," put on by the George Street Playhouse. Attendees were also invited to stay after the luncheon, to attend the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
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