Highland Park Recertified by Sustainable Jersey
The Borough of Highland Park and Sustainable Highland Park (SHP) have once again achieved silver-level certification through the Sustainable Jersey program. Sustainable Jersey is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports communities in their efforts to implement long-lasting environmentally-friendly practices. Of the 452 communities participating in the program, less than 50 are silver-certified. In this most recent round of applications, the Borough earned 525 points and completed 45 actions in categories ranging from Brownfields to Land Use to Waste Management. Highland Park has participated in the program since 2013 and has continued to maintain its silver-level certification.
Quote from the Mayor RE: SJ Silver-Certification
Highland Park has always been at the forefront of sustainability, earning the title as “New Jersey’s First Green Community.” SHP serves as the Borough’s “Green Team” and helps Borough departments bring ideas and programs to life. Some accomplishments that were highlighted in the Borough’s 2019 application include energy upgrades in all 7 Borough buildings, a new rain garden at the Zone 6 Teen Center and an in-depth inventory of the Borough’s fleet. Looking forward, the Borough – with the help of SHP – plans to tackle a number of other projects such as investigating the viability of an Government Energy Aggregation (GEA) program to introduce more renewable energy sources to the Highland Park grid while saving residents money and assessing the Borough’s flood risk due to climate change in order to enhance resiliency planning efforts.
Councilwoman Elsie Foster Dublin and Borough Administrator Teri Jover accepted the award on the Borough’s behalf during the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon during the annual New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) Conference. Also pictured are Randall Solomon, Highland Park resident and Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey, and Anne-Marie Peracchio, Board of Trustees Chairperson for Sustainable Jersey.