Green Team Developing Sustainable Strategies For Township

Team, strategies are part of Wayne obtaining certification from the Sustainable Jersey program.

Residents and officials are working to make Wayne a certified, sustainable community.

The certification program is run by Sustainable Jersey, an initiative of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and a coalition of non-profit organizations and state agencies. 

The in March of 2011.

The Wayne Green Team meets once a month to discuss strategies, recommend actions, and develop programs that will lead to obtaining the certification, said town planner John Szabo.

Under the 3-year-old program, municipalities receive points for completing various actions, such as forming a Green Team, performing an energy audit on municipal buildings, and adopting a water conservation ordinance, to name a few; 150 points are needed for attain bronze status, 350 are needed to achieve silver status.

There are 16 categories of actions, each with subcategories, including reducing a municipality’s carbon footprint, developing a climate action plan, and conducting an audit of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly roads and facilities.

Municipalities must provide documented evidence of each action. Program partners review the evidence and award points when they determine an action has been satisfactorily completed.

Szabo said that there are other steps businesses, houses of worship, and other municipal-level groups can take to reducing the municipality’s carbon footprint, including adopting practices that conserve water, determining alternatives to using hazardous chemicals in their production processes, even promoting the use of reusable shopping bags.

Municipalities can apply for grants to help them fund green initiatives during the certification process. Nearly $600,000 has been awarded to municipalities since the program began in 2009.

Schools can apply for $1,500 to help support gardening activities.

Other nearby municipalities participating in the program are: Pequannock, Wyckoff, and Hawthorne.

The team will meet next on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the .

Rob Burke April 28, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Why didn't the Environmental Commission take this initiative three years ago???? Of NJ's 566 municipalities, Wayne is something like the 350th to this party. Better late than never, but why so late? And I don't get why there's an Environmental Commission and a Green Team. Seems redundant. I hope this is a genuine effort, rather than a money grab with objectives having little to do with sustainability. There are great resources locally of passionate, experienced & well informed folks eager to help move the collective Us in a more sustainable direction. An inclusive approach would be the most effective here, and the most consistent with the sustainability philosophy, It would help, too, for there to be a budget greater than $500/yr for this, along with a Governing Body & Administration that are at least neutral, if not supportive.
Victor Alfieri April 28, 2012 at 01:53 PM
For Wayne to become certified there needs to be change and forward positive thinking based on facts, not personal opinions. Raising backyard chicken hens, community gardens, backyard gardens, and farmers markets all count and qualify for points in the certification program. All changes I have been working on in this town for over a year and a half. I have been pushing for this town to join the NJ Sustainability movement for a year and finally they jumped on board. Wayne is the 362nd municipality in NJ to join the SUSTAINABLE JERSEY certification program. Better late than never. Council members Mr. Joseph Scuralli and Mrs.Nadine Bello are a part of the Wayne Green team and both voted against the new chicken hen ordinance. So we will see how serious Wayne town officials are about this program. It remains to be seen. Time will tell. Meetings are open to the public. I urge residents to come and voice your opinion in the health and sustainable movement. The next two scheduled meeting dates are May 8th and June 11th in the Main Library on Valley Road Room A @ 7:00PM.
Rob Burke April 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Victor -- I continue to be amazed by how much good work you are doing. Your drive & passion are inspiring -- and the volume of nutritious, delicious food that you produce is nothing short of awesome. The resurgence of Victory Gardens locally is terrific to watch and to become a part of. I've learned a ton from you already and am excited to follow your example. As an aside, sure, it would be wonderful if the local government were proactively involved -- others are, Montclair comes to mind as one close by. But with or without the government, we the people can make an enormous difference on our own. Save money, conserve resources, save the planet that we're borrowing from our children.
Victor Alfieri April 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Right on brotha...right back at cha. Looking forward to building the new Wayne Auto Spa Community Garden. With the learning center you are creating we can educate and start moving this town in the right direction. I appreciate and thank you for your goal of helping others in need and your commitment to local health and sustainability. All Truth passes thru three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident. Arthur Schopenhaue "Before long the most valuable of all arts will be that of deriving a comfortable subsistence form the smallest area of land" Abraham Lincoln
Rob Burke April 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I thought you'd have added the famous Ghandi quote: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. In any case, I started reading up on honeybees after we chatted the other day. Really interesting stuff. Definitely need to add them to the mix in our Victory Garden. The collection of beneficial insects will be interesting too -- praying mantis, ladybug, green lacewing and the honeybees. And don't forget the earthworms. Trying to arrange to cut a couple dead branches off the willow tree tomorrow.
Sandy Fantau April 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Rob, if you are thinking about honey bees make sure you get a gentle variety. We had honey bees yeas ago. The more aggressive the bee, the more honey they produce. With our bussiness we couldn't have that. So we got bees that produced less, but also they did not bother anyone. When my kids where little they would take cheese doodles and place them at the enterence of the hive. When the bees accepted their offering they would open the top and steal honey. It was so funny to watch. Best of luck Rob and Victor.
Rob Burke April 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Sounds like your family had some fun with that! I can't get aggressive bees -- I'm allergic. So avoiding bee stings is high on my list of things to be mindful of. I'm not so concerned about honey production. Its nice to get some, but the bees will be actively pollinating the garden -- and honeybees are under pressure, so why not create a place for a few more to flourish and be left alone?
Sandy Fantau April 28, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Great place to start http://www.njbeekeepers.org/AboutUs.htm
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) April 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Sandy/Rob, I have a serious question: there are gentle varieties of honeybees? Really? What is the difference between different kinds of honeybees? I'm genuinely curious.
Rob Burke April 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Dan: isn't it odd that you are now asking questions about honey bees for my Victory Garden, given that Tom Troncone deleted your entire piece about my project???? As to your question, of course different biological creatures have different behavioral and other characteristics. Some apiary experts suggest that the more aggressive the bee, the more honey produced. Regardless, think of it like dogs. A pit bull is generally viewed as more aggressive than say, a Labrador retriever.
Justice April 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Thanks for all the info regarding the bees. I always knew their importance for propagating flowers; but now I know more. It is wonderful that you are all sharing this information.
Victor Alfieri April 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Link To Sustainable Jersey Point System http://www.sustainablejersey.com/actionlist.php
Sandy Fantau April 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM
This is the type of bee we raised. Pros and Cons of the Italian Honey Bee honey bee Pros Cons Good beginner bee Readily builds comb Light color worker, with dark queen makes queen locating easier Wonderful foragers Only moderate tendency to swarm Relatively easy and calm to work with Resistant to European Foul Brood Strong cleaning behavior Lower range propolis producer   Brood rearing continues after honey flow ceases Builds a great deal of brace and burr comb Highly prone to drifting Head buts beekeeper as defensive action Short distance foragers, causing tendency to rob Slow spring buildup Susceptible to Disease
Sandy Fantau April 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Wind taken from the sustainable Jersey site (Updated February 2012) Browse the links to the left of this page for more information about this action and how to score points toward your certification. Wind power is 100% clean, renewable energy. Opportunities for large-scale wind generation in New Jersey exist primarily in coastal and off-shore areas. Small wind systems are suitable for a broader range of locations across the state. Small wind systems generate up to 100 kW of electricity via turbines mounted on 30- to 140-ft towers and can be used in stand-alone applications or connected to the public energy grid. Wind power today is more viable than ever with systems that are quieter, more efficient, and less expensive than ever before. Installations continue to become more affordable with costs falling around 80% over the last several decades. The number of small wind installations in the U.S. is growing at rates of 14-25% annually.[i] Financial incentives for clean energy are making wind investments even more practical. Follow this link [i]American Wind Energy Association, Small Wind Turbine Global Market Study.2007; http://www.awea.org/smallwind/documents/AWEASmallWindMarketStudy2007.pdf.
Rob Burke April 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Victor: Will Sustainable Jersey deduct points from Towns under any circumstances? Just curious. Sandy: The incentives for wind energy from the State can easily be dwarfed by the expense of local approvals. Time and again this story is told throughout the State -- unless the applicant is a large company with a strong 'lobbying' arm, able to influence decisions (and spread around jobs and money)...
Sandy Fantau April 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Wind Why is it important Wind energy is 100% clean. An endless resource, wind provides a local source of environmentally sustainable energy, reducing the carbon footprint and air pollution from fossil fuels Wind energy saves money.A small turbine can offset the energy used by a medium sized building. Investments in turbine installations will be recovered long term through money saved on energy purchases. A large-scale installation can generate revenue by selling energy produced beyond the building’s needs. Wind turbines support energy education. As a community resource, wind turbines can be built into outreach activities relating to sustainable technologies. A demonstration wind installation on the grounds of a school can reduce operating costs while providing students with first-hand exposure to renewable energy. “Small wind” projects can be installed by homeowners or businesses. Wind turbines have become feasible for residential and commercial installations. A typical 10-kW wind residential installation costs about $40,000 with an expected payback period ranging from 6 to 15 years. A demonstration project highlights the viability of small wind projects and encourages the adoption of this technology.  Wind power raises the municipality’s green profile. A wind turbine is highly visible commitment to renewable energy. Showcasing wind energy can raise the green profile of the community, one component of attracting green jobs and sustainable economic development.
Sandy Fantau April 29, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Wind Ordinance Browse the links to the left of this page for more information about this action and how to score points toward your certification. Recognizing that there are many opportunities to develop small, terrestrial wind projects around the state, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities initiated the New Jersey Small Wind Working Group in 2006. The group identified restrictive local land use codes and ordinances as a major barrier to the deployment of small wind systems at the local level.[1] To overcome this obstacle, the group developed a NJ Small Wind Energy System Ordinance, which is designed to be used as a zoning ordinance. Without sacrificing the efficiency of the system or increasing its cost, this model ordinance facilitates the permitting of small wind energy installations while protecting public health and safety. Towns may pass a wind ordinance to promote the installation and operation of small wind energy systems in their municipalities. Follow this link to download the entire tool as a pdf document. [1] New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Clean Energy Program. http://www.njcleanenergy.com/files/file/SmallWindModelOrdinance111907.pdf. Accessed 11/12/09.
Sandy Fantau April 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Wind Spotlight: What NJ towns are doing   Montclair Township   In April 2008, Montclair’s utility department installed a 2-kW vertical axis turbine featuring a bird-friendly helio-coil design. This small wind system will generate energy to power the municipal water tanks. The township hopes to receive a rebate from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for this pilot project which will also include 2-kW solar panels.
Rob Burke April 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Similarly, the ill-fated cogeneration project in Wayne Township had a Township owned turbine planned for installation on Wayne Valley High School.
Rob Burke April 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
And President George Herbert Walker Bush (R) has the same one I applied for at his Kennebunkport, Maine residence.
Rob Burke April 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
And as a result of my lobbying efforts, the NJ legislature passed a bill that makes it illegal for municipalities to "unreasonably restrict" small wind energy systems in their planning and zoning actions. That bill was signed into law. Senator O'Toole (R-40) voted in favor of the law.


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