Vineland is now part of a select group of New Jersey municipalities that have achieved Sustainable Jersey certification. Sustainable Jersey is a State-wide initiative focused on helping municipalities identify and implement strategies to improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impacts, and improve the quality of life for Vineland residents.
As part of the certification process, Vineland established a Green Team and completed a series of required priority and optional actions to achieve the requisite 150 action points. Priority actions included a Diversity Survey of the city’s Boards and Commissions, and the establishment of a Prescription Drug Safety and Disposal Program. Optional actions were completed in the categories of: community partnership and outreach, municipal energy efficiency, health and wellness, land use and transportation, buy-local programs, natural resource protection, tree and woodlands management, access to municipal public information, waste management, and recycling.
“This is a hard-earned achievement that we all should be proud of,” Mayor Anthony Fanucci said. “I want to thank every member of the Green Team for their efforts and contributions. Special thanks to Chairperson Diane Amico, from our Municipal Utilities Department, and Ariana McTamney, from our Business Administration office, who manages the flow of information and scheduling for the Green Team and coordinates their activities. Great job by everyone.”
As a Sustainable Jersey community, Vineland is now eligible to apply for grants to help fund further actions. As a result, the Green Team is currently working on a number of new sustainability initiatives including projects such as Bioretention System Rain Gardens, Porous Pavement, and Rainwater Harvesting.
In addition, the city has launched a Green Business Recognition program in partnership with the Vineland Chamber of Commerce and Citizens United To Protect The Maurice River. Click here and get your business certified as a “Sustainable Eco-Friendly” business!