Sustainable Moorestown Accomplishments

Chet Dawson (of MEAC- Moorestown Environmental Advisory Committee) and Jake der Hagopian (of EDAC – Economic Development Advisory Committee) shepherded the creation of the Green Team through Town Council, resulting in a resolution authorizing the Township to participate in Sustainable Jersey on October 24, 2011.  The Town then held an introductory meeting (“Open House”) at the middle school on March 8, 2012, at which members of the community were invited to learn about the Sustainable Jersey program and participation in Moorestown’s Green Team.  Steering Committee members were invited to join the Committee in April 2012.

 

2015

Oct 2015                In collaboration with the Moorestown Hardware Store, Sustainable Moorestown initiates a Holiday Light Recycling Program.  Holiday lights dropped off at a receptacle in the Moorestown Hardware Store are taken by Sustainable Moorestown to the county recycling facility.

Sep 2015             2nd Silver Certification Awarded by Sustainable Jersey. 

Sep 2015             First Green Fair & Epic Rummage Sale held at Strawbridge Lakes Park.  Participants include volunteer organizations,  representatives from Moorestown Township Committees, Moorestown Police, NASA Remote Geo-science Mobile Lab on loan from Palmyra Cove Nature Center, and a fleet of energy efficient vehicles.

Aug 2015               The Stormwater Detention Basin at the new Town Hall & Library Complex is designated a Monarch Waystation due to the dedication of resident Diane Miskowski who has been instrumental in managing the vegetative growth in the the new basin.

 

2014

Dec 2014             Silver Certification Awarded by Sustainable Jersey.  Designation will give Moorestown access to even more funding opportunities through Sustainable Jersey and its partners.   These grants will help underwrite the costs of implementing sustainable initiatives in town.  Read more about it here.

 

2013

Nov 2013             Bronze Certification Awarded at Sustainable Jersey luncheon in Atlantic City.  Designation will give Moorestown access to additional funding opportunities through Sustainable Jersey.   These grants will help underwrite the costs of implementing sustainable initiatives in town.  Read more about it here.

Jul 2013              Energy Subcommittee identifies $14,958 of energy-saving lighting enhancements at the Church Street Recreation Center.  80% of the project costs were covered by PSE&G’s Direct Install Program and the project was executed in conjunction with other renovations to the building over the summer.  The resulting efficiencies are expected to save the township $113/month in electric expense, resulting in a two year payback on the township’s investment and savings of more than $1300/year thereafter.

Jun –Aug 2013   Collaborate with Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, to create Growing Givers, a component in their summer camp program for children.  In this program, children sow vegetable seeds and raise them to transplant size at which point they are donated to a Donation Garden where the vegetables are further grown and then harvested for donation to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Jun 2013               Town Council passes Sustainable Land Use Pledge.

Jun 2013             Sponsor Upcycling Competition to promote awareness of consumption and waste.  Winning entrants are recognized at Moorestown Day.

May 2013            Sustainable Moorestown logo created through a Logo Design Contest open to the public.   Moorestown resident Matt Glodowski submits the winning entry.

April 2013            Film Screening – No Impact Man – in celebration of Earth Day.  This film promotes awareness of carbon footprints and the impact of human activity on them.

 

2012

Oct 2012              Grant funding secured for storm water management features at the new Town Hall complex.  These features will include a green roof, 2 rain gardens, and an underground cistern to collect rainwater run-off for lawn irrigation.  Additionally, wiring for electric vehicle charging stations (to be added in the future) were added to the plan.

Sep 2012            Facebook page is up and running

Sep 2012            Officers are elected: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Jun 2012            Sustainable Moorestown makes their inaugural debut at Moorestown Day, marking the beginning of our participation in a variety of annual Moorestown events: Moorestown Day (June), 4th of July Parade (Jul), STEM Steps Out (Oct), & Candlelight Night (Dec).

Apr 2012            Steering Committee meets for the first time, under the leadership of Chet Dawson, and will spend the ensuing months organizing its work and outlining its mission.