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New Brunswick Achieves Second Consecutive Sustainable Jersey Certification! 

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The City of New Brunswick’s commitment to smart planning and best practices has been reaffirmed through its newest Bronze certification via Sustainable Jersey!

Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program that allows municipalities to formally document and develop their “green” initiatives in multiple areas of local governance. The program looks to bolster ongoing initiatives in communities statewide to best position their policies for success today and in the future.

New Brunswick first achieved Bronze certification in 2015. It is one of 153 municipalities in New Jersey to presently hold Bronze certification in the program.

In order to maintain its status, City officials were asked to document sustainable and eco-friendly policies and programs through a points system. Substantial documentation was provided to explain each City-based initiative, such as the Clean City Block Captains program, participation in the national Project Medicine Drop program and the City’s Complete Streets policy, all of which compliment Sustainable Jersey’s objectives.

New Brunswick successfully completed 23 actions on the application for a total of 240 points. This score is higher than that of 2015 for the City, due in part to its focus on sharing information via social media and cityofnewbrunswick.org.

To become involved with the New Brunswick’s Green Team’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Briana Suffy, Management Specialist for the City of New Brunswick at bsuffy@cityofnewbrunswick.org.

Urban Cleanup Week 2016 was a great success!

Nearly four tons of litter and refuse were removed from our City’s streets, waterways and open spaces in April 2016 as another successful Urban Cleanup Week came to an end.

Rutgers volunteers cleaned up neighborhoods in the vicinity of College Avenue and Easton Avenue on April 23.

Rutgers volunteers cleaned up neighborhoods in the vicinity of College Avenue and Easton Avenue.

Throughout the month of April, eight volunteer cleanups were conducted by the following groups: the Rutgers Office of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships; Delta Upsilon; the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick; the Uptown Cleanup Crew; the New Brunswick Environmental Commission and Rutgers University Major Events and Programs. Students from four elementary schools also cleaned up more than a ton of litter during School Kids Sweep Up Day.

The American Medical Student Association of Rutgers University was also scheduled to perform a community cleanup but unfortunately had to cancel due to weather.

A young volunteer helps clean up litter with the Uptown Cleanup Crew in the vicinity of Georges Road.

A young volunteer helps clean up litter with the Uptown Cleanup Crew in the vicinity of Georges Road.

The New Brunswick DPW is the facilitator of Urban Cleanup Week. To assist our volunteers as they generously donate their time to these cleanups, the DPW provides trash bags and cleanup supplies and has staff on hand at each event to educate volunteers about the impact that litter has on our environment and make sure that they work safely. At the conclusion of each cleanup, the DPW collects all bags of refuse to ensure it is properly disposed of.

Volunteers with the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick mobilized to clean litter between Route 18 and Route 1

Volunteers with the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick mobilized to clean litter between Route 18 and Route 1

Thank you to all our volunteer groups for their time and effort spent to help beautify our community! To view a gallery of photos from all the cleanups, please click here.

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“New Brunswick Is In Your Hands Please Keep It Clean”

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