TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sustainable Jersey announced today that $200,000 in grant money is now available to New Jersey municipalities. Funded by the PSEG Foundation, this cycle of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will support thirty-two local projects that leverage resources to make communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. This is the second time that the PSEG Foundation has funded the Small Grant Program bringing the total contribution to $400,000.
"PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves," said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and director – Corporate Responsibility. "We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods throughout New Jersey."
The Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program will award local governments with four $20,000 grants, eight $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants for projects like electric vehicle charging stations, school food composting centers and community gardens. To date, more than $1,175,000 has been awarded to municipalities through the 2009-2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program.
To apply, a municipality must submit a proposal describing its local sustainability initiative, detailing the commitment of the municipality to sustainability and collaboration with nearby municipalities to leverage resources. Proposals will be reviewed and scored by a neutral selection committee composed of sustainability experts and public figures.
"New Jersey faces very real challenges like extreme weather, economic change, crumbling infrastructure, climate change, energy efficiency and waste. We have to do something differently now. And that's why these investments into innovative projects are so important," said Pam Mount, chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.
A core element of the Sustainable Jersey program is to direct funding and resources to municipalities to aid them in making progress. Currently, 71 percent of New Jersey's towns and cities (399 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified.
Towns and communities interested in applying for a grant can visit the Sustainable Jersey Web site (www.SustainableJersey.com) to read the grant requirements and download the application. Proposals are due to Sustainable Jersey on January 26, 2014.
About Sustainable Jersey
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 Institute for Sustainability Planning 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, BPU, PSEG, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, 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.
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