Sustainable New Jersey has awarded 22 towns small grants — $380,000 all told — funded by Walmart, to expand or create new sustainable projects.
Eight of the towns – Chatham, Frenchtown, Hillsborough, Mendham, Mount Holly, South Orange, Westfield, and Woodbridge – will each receive $20,000. The grants will go to projects as varied as an electric vehicle charging station in Chatham; a forest restoration project in Mount Holly; a geothermal heating and cooling system for the Village Hall in South Orange; and a food waste composting program in Frenchtown.
Another 15 towns will each receive $10,000. These include Boonton, Byran, Fanwood, Fort Lee, Haddonfield, Hamilton, Lambertville, Middletown, Milltown, Montgomery, Mount Olive, Nutley, Raritan, Stratford, and Summit.
These grants will go to more prosaic initiatives, including a community garden (Fort Lee), a rain garden demonstration project (Hamilton), a green building masterplan (Haddonfield), and a bicycle safety pilot program (Montgomery). There are a couple of unusual projects, including Lambertville’s Turning Food Scraps and Biological wastes into Green Power and one for grazing goats of Poricy Park (Middletown).
Sustainable New Jersey says that 70 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (398 in total) have registered to become Sustainable-certified. In order to make these awards, some 80 proposals from 18 New Jersey counties were reviewed and scored by a neutral Blue Ribbon selection committee.