Stop-Think-Go Green – Keep New Brunswick Clean!
New Brunswick Achieves Second Consecutive Sustainable Jersey Certification!
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 the Office of the Mayor by calling (732) 745-5004.
Urban Cleanup Week 2017 was a success!
School Kids Sweep Up Day was successful for another year as 5th graders from Redshaw, Livingston, Lord Stirling and Lincoln Annex schools removed approximately 1,220 pounds of trash and 490 pounds of recyclables for an estimated total of .85 tons off the streets in their neighborhoods. All was taken by the New Brunswick DPW for proper disposal and recycling.
School Kids Sweep Up Day is held annually as part of the City’s Urban Cleanup Week. Students from elementary schools in town mobilize, grab gloves, safety vests and brooms and spend the day outside cleaning up litter and learning about the importance of recycling and proper trash disposal. They are then treated to a Clean City Celebration that entails the annual Slam Dunk the Junk basketball game.
To promote a little friendly competition, the schools were challenged to see how much they could collect as a team. Redshaw School came in first and earned the “Golden Broom” Award with 27 lbs per student.
The students were aided by employees from the New Brunswick DPW, Unitex and Coca-Cola, the event’s longtime sponsors. Unitex and Coca-Cola also donated lunch and bottled water to keep the students nourished.
Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management helped with a cleanup with the 5thgraders and ran the School Kids Sweep Up Day Prize Wheel – an environmental trivia prize wheel.
Another volunteer litter cleanup with Rutgers students removed approximately 1,025 pounds of trash and 675 pounds of recyclables for an estimated total of .84 tons.
Of course even more litter was removed by businesses, houses of worship and individual residents during Urban Cleanup Week.
Each year, the efforts of students, businesses, houses of worship and individual residents make a real difference in the cleanliness and beautification of our community, and each year, they all enthusiastically rise to the task of keeping their neighborhoods clean. They did an awesome job this year and we’re already gearing up for next year!