Sustainable Princeton, a nonprofit organization focused on practical solutions to reduce energy use and waste, has joined forces with the Municipality of Princeton to assist the town with three new sustainable actions through 2014. Municipal Green Team and Silver Certification
Mayor Liz Lempert has formed a Municipal Green Team to create “greener” municipal operations and Sustainable Princeton is launching its EnergySmart Homes Campaign. Together, these initiatives will help Princeton secure the 350 points needed to achieve Silver Certification with Sustainable Jersey, a designation only 11 of the 565 municipalities in the state have received.
“The entire town can participate in achieving silver certification. Residents can take part in the EnergySmart Homes Campaign and other actions. The municipality, schools and nonprofit organizations can implement programs to reduce waste and energy and support walking, biking and much more. My goal is for Princeton to become a state leader and, eventually, a national model of sustainable behavior,” Lempert said.
EnergySmart Homes Campaign
The Campaign kicks off with Ciel Power offering home energy assessments at a discounted price of $49 with a goal of assessing at least 100 homes. With support from Princeton University, the next phase of the campaign will feature two panel discussions with local home energy experts and the creation of a video series about the benefits and ‘how to’s’ of home energy improvements that will be aired during Princeton Public Library’s Environmental Film Festival in February 2014.
To learn more about the EnergySmart Homes Campaign, see this previous post on the selection of our first EnergySmart Homes Campaign partner.
Silver Certification Actions
Towns can receive points for more than 100 actions, such as establishing a sustainable land use policy, hosting farmers’ markets, establishing an organics recycling program, and supporting school gardens, to name a few. Most of the points come from potential actions taken by municipal departments such as Public Works, Health, Engineering, and Planning.
The members of the Municipal Green Team are: Princeton Mayor, Liz Lempert; Princeton Administrator, Robert Bruschi; Princeton Environmental Commission Liaison; Gail Ullman; Princeton Planning Board Liaison, Cecelia Birge; Princeton Engineer, Robert Kiser; Princeton Health Officer, (to be appointed); Princeton Infrastructure & Operations Director, Robert Hough; and Sustainable Princeton Executive Director, Diane M. Landis.
Princeton is currently certified at the bronze level and will need to gain at least 350 points to reach silver by August of 2014. Twenty points will be earned through the EnergySmart Homes Campaign, a partnership between Sustainable Princeton and Ciel Power, an accredited contractor through the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star Program. Financial support for the Campaign has been provided by Princeton University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs, through a $10,000 grant.
The Municipal Green Team is one of several green teams working with Sustainable Princeton to encourage sustainable practices. Other green teams, chaired by community volunteers, are the Green Core (Community Outreach and Residential Engagement) co-chaired by Annarie Lyles and Alexandra Bar-Cohen and the Green Schools Coalition, co-chaired by Stephanie Chorney and Karen Nathan.