Home Energy and Pesticide Use Pilot Projects Funded

Sustainable Princeton has received a $10,000 grant from the J. Seward Johnson Sr. Charitable Trust for two new pilot projects:

  • "Housewarming" will assist 10 households (particularly seniors) to make small home improvements to reduce energy use and costs.
  • "By the Yard" will help 10 households reduce pesticide use on their lawns.

Housewarming Pilot Project

Participants in the "Housewarming" pilot will receive on-site consultation and assistance to make the home energy improvements. Households will then share their electric bills before and after the project and report any improvements to Sustainable Princeton and the community.  Sustainable Princeton has partnered with the New Jersey Energy Corps, an AmeriCorps program housed at Princeton University on this project.

Heidi Fichtenbaum, a Sustainable Princeton board member and LEED accredited Architect with Farewell Architects, LLC says, “The Housewarming project has been a dream of mine for some time.  By sharing information about the project with the community we can teach so many individuals about the benefits of home energy improvements including saving money, fewer drafts and less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

For more information about this pilot project, please contact Diane Landis or Andrea Malcolm.

By the Yard Pilot Project

"By the Yard" will focus on households that use pesticides on their lawns and provide each with pesticide free options. Participants will be provided with a water test kit, a rain barrel and a free lawn consultation.  They will then be asked to test water run-off and provide write-ups about their findings on this website.  Sustainable Princeton will also be awarding 100 lawn ornaments to families whose lawns are already pesticide free.  Sustainable Princeton is partnering with the Whole Earth Center in Princeton on this project.

“The By the Yard project is a wonderful opportunity to look at the effects of pesticides and teach homeowners about options to pesticide free lawn care.  The Whole Earth Center looks forward to working with Sustainable Princeton to provide updated information and speakers to support the effort,” says Fran McManus, Marketing director for Whole Earth Center.

For more information about this pilot project, please contact Diane Landis or Andrea Malcolm.