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Sustainable New Providence Discusses Mission, Welcomes New Members

Jennifer Niederhoffer

Sunday, June 1, 2014 • 4:19pm

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Sustainable New Providence (formerly known as the New Providence Sustainability Committee) held its most recent meeting on Tuesday, May 27, in the Lincoln Room at the Municipal Center.  Co-chairs Doug Sullivan and Barbara Friedman started the session by welcoming several new members who shared their reasons for coming to the meeting. From hoping to educate Boro residents about recycling to wanting to do more to positively affect climate change, there were a number of strong reasons why people attended; each planned to participate in future meetings and activities.
 
While Sustainable New Providence has already worked over the past several years to earn New Providence a Bronze certification from Sustainable Jersey, its goal is partially to move up to a higher Silver or Gold certification in the future.  Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for New Jersey municipalities that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.
 
Sustainable New Providence also seeks to build stronger relationships with Boro businesses and work with environmental groups and/or green-minded teachers at each of the schools for both education and environmental action programs.
 
Applying for grants and the need for a grant writer, possibly building a rain garden at the schools, participating in the New Providence street fair, community outreach, and Safe Routes to School, were among the topics discussed.
 
As the group moves forward, it seeks new members -- including students -- who would like to participate and help to continue to define its mission.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 17th at 8pm.  Anyone interested in joining Sustainable New Providence and/or attending the next meeting can email SustainableNewProvidence@gmail.com. For more information, visit the group's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SustainableNPNJ
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