Jersey City has quietly been "going green" for years. Whether it's through the acquisition and development of green space, the implementation of environmentally preferable purchasing practices, or requiring that municipal construction projects meet the stringent standards of LEED Certification, we're doing our part to make our city more sustainable.
On July 27, 2009, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy signed Executive Order 09-005 creating a Green Committee. In early 2011, Mayor Healy and the City Council re-established the City's dormant Environmental Commission. And on March 23, 2011, the City Council passed Resolution 11-168 which pledges the City's support of sustainable land use practices.
That committee has registered for and is submitting the City's application to Sustainable Jersey to achieve certification.
On January 26, 2009 the Jersey City Municipal Council adopted four green ordinances to address:
- Green Buildings
- Green Development Incentives
- Green Purchasing
- Green Vehicles
The City has instituted a number of innovative programs such as Adopt-A-Lot, and has encouraged Farmers' Markets and the use of biodegradable brown leaf bags throughout the City.
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells
Check Out Mayor Healy's Waste Free JC Anti-Plastic Bag Campaign Video!
- The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency's (JCRA)
Water Heater Replacement Program.
Admittedly, it's just a start, and there's much more to be done. Never before was the call to “think globally, act locally” more appropriate.
In very real terms - the sky’s the limit.