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Sustainability in Ewing

Ewing Township strives to incorporate principles of sustainability in its actions and initiatives to create a community that leaves our town a better place for our children, grandchildren and future generations to come.  Creating a sustainable community requires leadership, vision, and commitment to environmental principles and initiatives.

Two specific Township boards were created with missions to work towards those goals, the Ewing Environmental Commission and the Ewing Green Team.  The Ewing Environmental Commission was created in 1973 to preserve and protect the natural resources within Ewing Township and to work to ensure that the development and the usage of Ewing lands and properties meet with sound environmental principles.  The Ewing Green Team was formed in 2009 as the entity that pursues certification from Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they attempt to become more sustainable.  Both these entities have worked cooperatively with each other, other Township boards and commissions, and the Township to create a path toward a more sustainable future for our residents and advance environmental initiatives.

The following are among the initiatives undertaken within the past several years:  

  • Energy saving white roof at the municipal building
  • Energy efficient boilers and AC
    • Municipal building
    • Hollowbrook
  • LED Lighting retrofitting
    • Ewing Senior and Community Center (ESCC)
    • Municipal Building – Council, Agenda and Court rooms
    • Hollowbrook
    • Municipal Parking lots at Jake Garzio Drive and the ESCC
  • Permeable paving at the ESCC.
  • New windows at Hollowbrook.
  • Purchase of all Township appliances include a sustainability consideration.  Energy star appliances are selected as a matter of first choice.

Sustainable Jersey Awards

In November 2013 Ewing received its first Sustainable Jersey recognition – Bronze level certification.  And, just three years later, in 2016, we recertified at the Silver level!  Of the 565 registered municipalities in New Jersey, Ewing is one of only 198 New Jersey towns that are Sustainable Jersey certified and, only 39 towns that have attained recognition at this level.  By becoming a Sustainable Jersey certified town, Ewing Township reinforced its commitment to saving resources, the environment and the planet.   Mayor Bert Steinmann, as well as participating Township staff and Green Team members accepted the award at the NJ League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City in November 2016.

Sustainability Champion

In addition, Ewing also achieved the 2016 Sustainability Champion award in the medium municipality category (population between 5,000 – 39,999).   The award is for receiving the highest number of points in this population category.  This award is one of five categories awarded each year: Sustainability Champion, Leadership, Creativity & Innovation, Collaboration, and Rookie of the Year. Award winners are selected from the municipalities that were certified or re-certified in the designated award year.

Building a Sustainable Future in NJ

Across New Jersey, hundreds of towns are now working on sustainability programs to help the environment and their bottom lines. Efforts to curb carbon emissions, protect natural resources and reduce waste are happening at the local level.  Through the voluntary program, communities are implementing solar power and wind turbine projects, rain capture and reuse efforts, new walking and biking programs, building and operating community food gardens, launching community outreach programs on recycling and energy, and dozens of other initiatives. To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Ewing had to complete a balance of the rigorous program sustainability actions. In addition, Ewing created a green team and completed 4 priority actions by instituting a green business recognition program, taking a sustainable land use pledge, completing a natural resource inventory, and running a prescription drug safety and disposal initiative.  Please see Ewing’s Sustainable Jersey Profile to view the 2016 Silver Certification Report for details of the actions that were considered in becoming Silver Certified.

About Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey. Municipalities that achieve certification are considered by their peers, by state government and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, to be among the leading environmental municipalities in the state. Certification is a rigorous process and once certified, Sustainable Jersey towns have access to incentives and grants; training and guidance towards the development of a sustainable community; and are promoted on the Sustainable Jersey website as a town that is doing its part for the environment.   For more information about Sustainable Jersey visit their website at http://www.sustainablejersey.com.

The Work Continues!

Our past recognition by Sustainable Jersey does not mean that the work is done.  Ongoing green initiatives in the Township include:

  • Grasscycling promotion
    An education campaign by the DPW staff to educate residents about the benefits gained from the natural recycling of grass - leaving clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly, returning valuable nutrients back into the soil.  (see DPW flyer)
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) campaign
    The EAB is a devastating parasitic insect that selectively attacks and kills ash trees (Fraxinus sp.) – one of the more popular landscape trees for its fall colors.  In April 2016, the Ewing Green Team received a $20K grant to address remediation strategies with potential partners, create a municipal management plan for the Township, and conduct educational outreach.  A portion of the grant funds were dedicated towards a small tree replanting effort. 
  • Recycling
    2 SHRED days a year, convenience centers at Scotch Rd and Jack Stephan Way and more.  Check out our Recycling page for more details.  Check out the following pamphlet about the current recycling crisis facing NJ communities now that China has closed its borders to a great deal of our plastic waste:
  • Tree volcanoes Campaign
    Improper mulching kills trees!  Mul h should never be up into a cone around a tree trunk.  Called mulch volcanoes, they kill trees on waste money on excess mulch material.  For more information read Mulch Volcanoes Killing Trees in New Jersey, a  pamphlet by the NJ DEP Division of Parks and Forest Services - Community Forestry Program.  (warning - large file)
  • Invasive Plants Campaign
    This campaign is part of an ongoing effort by the EEC and the Ewing Green Team educating people about the need to avoid planning invasive plants in their gardens. (see flyer - warning, large file)
  • Green Business Recognition Program
    Local businesses are invited to join the Ewing Green Business Recognition Program, a new Township project run in conjunction with the Ewing Green Team that recognizes businesses located in Ewing committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices.  Visit the Ewing Green Team's Green Business Recognition Program webpage for additional information and an application.
  • Ewing Public Schools enroll in SJ for Schools
    During the 2015-16 School Year, the Ewing Public Schools Board of Education approved a Resolution Approving the Participation of the Ewing Schools in Sustainable Jersey for Schools.  Superintendent Nitti led the creation and submission of school-level letters of participation in Sustainable Jersey. A district-level “Green Team” was formed to drive the certification efforts.  Immediate goals included forming partnerships with stakeholders on an Energy Savings Improvement Plan and with the Ewing Green Team and TCNJ Sustainability Institute.  Click here for additional information about this important initiative by the Ewing Schools.

Municipal Building 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
 
(609) 883-2900 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Senior & Community Center 
999 Lower Ferry Road 
Ewing, NJ 08628 
(609) 883-1776 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Hollowbrook Community Center
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ  08638
(609)  883-1199
M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm
 

Scotch Road (Public Works) 
Bulk and Electronic Items 
Th-F: 7:00am - 3:00pm 
 Sat: 7:00am - 2:30pm

Jack Stephan Way (Brush Drop-off) 
M-Sat: 7:30am - 2:30pm 

Ewing Animal Shelter 
4 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 771-8076

Ewing Police 
2 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 882-1313

Ewing Branch Library 
61 Scotch Road 
 (609) 882-3130

Rental Property Concern Hotline 
 (609) 323-1177

Ewing Public Schools 
2099 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618
P: (609) 538-9800
F: (609) 538-0041

Weather Central 
Courtesy of PHVFC 
phvfc.org/Weather.html
 


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