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Woodbridge Township Is A Winner In The First-Ever Sustainability Champion Award

Sustainable Jersey Representatives announced four winners of the first annual Sustainability Champion awards that recognize NJ municipalities that have made the most progress in the Sustainable Jersey Program. Award winners are the top among 47 municipalities to submit applications to become “Sustainable Jersey Certified”.  The certification program is for municipalities that want to go green, control costs and save money, and to take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.  (for more information visit www.sustainablejersey.com)  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.  Woodbridge Township won the award in the large municipality category (population 50,000 and up).  The Township was certified with a record high 490 Sustainable Jersey points that is well over the 100 points that certified municipalities have to submit documentation for showing that they have achieved required actions.  Woodbridge township has implemented many sustainable initiaties through the Greenable Woodbridge Program.  Some of the initatives were a $7 million dollar project to install energy-producing solor panels on municiple buildings, incorporating energy-saving, fuel efficient hybrid vehicles into the municiple fleet, the designation of Woodbridge as a Mayor’s Wellness community and the creation of a green business recognition program.  According to Woodbridge Mayor John E Mccormac, “Woodbridge Township is pleased to accept the Sustainability Champion Award and will continue to set the pace as a statewide leader in green enviromental and sustainable initiatives.”  Ocean City and the City of Summit won the Medium municipality award and Woodbine Borough won the small municipality category.  There will be a awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th at the New Jersey League of Municipalities conference. For more information or tickets log on to www.njslom.org