About the Green Team
The Green Team focuses on reaching out and working with all the groups in town who want to green our environment – The Borough Council, Departments, Commissions, Committees, clubs and schools – to help Mountain Lakes become more environmentally sustainable. Using the program Sustainable Jersey, we complete actions for certification.
Sustainable Jersey is a municipal certification program open to all New Jersey communities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. The program identifies concrete actions that municipalities can implement to become certified and provides clear “how to” guidance and tools to enable communities to make progress.
In 2014, 171 New Jersey municipalities had completed certification and 417 were in the process. Mountain Lakes achieved Bronze Certification in 2011 and achieved Silver Certification in 2014. There were only 26 other Municipalities in NJ that have Silver. Be Proud!
The actions we focus on are dependent on what the groups wants to do. Everything from protecting the natural environment, trees, water, energy use, conservation, recycling, health and safety. For example, the Fire Department holds Shredding Day and the DPW does all the actions related to recycling. The Shade Tree Commission has done many actions and is actually responsible for 50 of the over 350 points accumulated.
Grants for projects are available through Sustainable Jersey. We got a grant in 2012 for the “Green Reels” environmental Movie Nights, and used it to educate the residents and students on sustainability issues. In 2016 we got another $2000 grant to help buy the rainbarrels for the Rainbarrel Workshop and the CFL recycling container now in the Recycling Center. Other grants are available, so if funding is what is keeping you from being more sustainable, please contact us.
Silver Certification: We are on a three year certification cycle and our next submission is this year – 2017. If your group is working on a green project or would like to, please contact us. You may be doing something that can earn us points for the next cycle.
Green Team Members
|Marnie Vyff (Chair)||973-335-4469||MarnieVyff@gmail.com|
|Mimi Kaplan (Environ. Commission)|
|Allison Rankin (Environ. Commission)|
|Paul Odenwelder (Traffic & Safety Committee)|
|Heather Scott (Shade Tree Commission)|
|Chris Cappodano (Shade Tree Commission)|
|Mark Prusina (Dir. of DPW & BOE Dir. of Facilities)|
|Janet Horst (Borough Council)|