2013-01-31 / Front Page

Sayreville contemplates establishing a Green Team

Staff Writer

SAYREVILLE — The Sayreville Council is exploring the possibility of starting a Green Team to work on environmental initiatives in the borough.

Green Team is an initiative through Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization that offers municipalities initiatives to take steps toward becoming a “green” community.

The Green Team in Sayreville would spearhead green initiatives using Sustainable Jersey resources and could earn grants for use in the municipality as a result. Only municipalities with a Green Team are eligible to receive grants through Sustainable Jersey.

At the Jan. 28 Borough Council meeting, the borough asked Sayreville Recycling Coordinator Elyse Barone to prepare a presentation on the benefits of having a Green Team in Sayreville.

“Middlesex County has 18 towns registered with Sustainable Jersey,” Barone said.

Out of the 18 towns, five of them reached levels of distinction within Sustainable Jersey’s program. Barone learned during her investigation of the program that Sayreville’s current recycling efforts and other environmental initiatives earned them 100 out of the 150 points that are necessary in the program’s system to achieve the bronze rank.

“We already do a lot for a green initiative,” Barone said. “We do community education and tree maintenance; we have an environmental commission and a recycling depot.”

Barone said the borough could consider a healthy community program focused on healthy habits and exercise, as well as a backyard compost program.

“My recommendation would be to form a Green Team so we could move forward in the process to get certified at a bronze level,” Barone said.

Barone said that a Green Team would not cost the borough anything because many environmental initiatives are already in place or will be pursued by appointed community lay leaders. The Green Team may be formed as a subcommittee of the Recycling Committee.

A resolution forming the Green Team will be open for a public hearing at the next borough council meeting Feb. 11.

Contact Stella Morrison at smorrison@gmnews.com.

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