NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the regular meetings of the Environmental Commission of the Borough of Hightstown, County of Mercer, State of New Jersey, for 2017 will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Hightstown – Apollo Lodge #41 F&AM at 535 North Main Street, Hightstown. The Reorganization meeting for 2018 will be held on January 2, 2018.
Debra L. Sopronyi
|Barbara Jones||3 yrs.||2017|
|Joshua Jackson (Planning Board Member)||3 yrs.||2018|
|Gary Grubb||3 yrs.||2018|
|Todd Frantz||3 yrs.||2019|
|David Zaiser, Chair||3 yrs.||2019|
|Jan Troizier, Vice-Chair||3 yrs.||2019|
|Joanna Jackson, Alternate #1||2 yrs.||2018|
|Vacant, Alternate #2||Ux. 2 yrs.||2017|
Borough of Hightstown Achieves Sustainable Jersey Certification
Hightstown, NJ (November 01, 2014) – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the Borough of Hightstown has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Hightstown is one of 143 towns out of 416 registered municipalities that have attained bronze certification. Hightstown will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Atlantic City with Mayor Steven Kirson accepting the award.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Hightstown submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points to be certified at the bronze level. In addition to reaching 150 points, each community had to create a green team and select at least 2 out of 11 priority action options. Hightstown did 3 of the 11 priority actions by completing a fleet inventory, natural resource inventory and a prescription drug safety and disposal program.
“Becoming Sustainable Jersey certified is a significant achievement,” said Pam Mount, chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “The certified towns demonstrate tremendous leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish with impressive sustainability initiatives in New Jersey.”
Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources, and addressing diversity and equity. “Collectively the 416 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes co-director of the Sustainable Jersey program. Randall Solomon, co-director of the Sustainable Jersey program congratulated the certified towns. “I commend the towns that have achieved certification for their demonstrated commitment toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.”
The certified towns will be recognized at the sixth annual Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the 99th Annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference.
About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 416 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the sustainability certification program. In 2014 the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program will be launched in partnership with New Jersey School Boards Association and other statewide educational organizations.
Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and BPU. Previous Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program cycles have been underwritten by Walmart, PSEG and the New Jersey Department of Health. Sponsors include South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Energy Solve, Terhune Orchards, Bayshore Recycling, Good Energy, EcoMatters, Spiezle Architectural Group, Waste Management of New Jersey, Pennoni Associates, Inc., Investors Bank, and Concord Engineering. The program underwriters for Sustainable Jersey for Schools are the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program and Bayer Foundation. The founding sponsors for Sustainable Jersey for Schools are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group with additional support coming from Pennoni Associates, Inc.
Environmental Commission wins ANJEC Award
Hightstown Environmental Commission/Hightstown Housing Authority
Green stormwater management demonstration project
In response to severe flooding from Hurricane Irene, the Environmental Commission garnered public and official support for groundbreaking changes to local stormwater management policies. After determining that, due to 60 percent impervious cover, 45,000 gallons of water would run off the Hightstown Housing Authority’s (HHA) public housing complex into a stream that runs through the center of town, the Commission partnered with the Authority to build a demonstration site showcasing three simple solutions to reduce runoff: (1) a rain garden to manage runoff from one of HHA’s largest buildings and recharge the water back into the soil; (2) a rain barrel project to store water from a portion of the office building roof and use it for irrigating the landscaping; and (3) a dry well to improve percolation of rain water into surrounding soils. The project reduced runoff from the HHA site by 14 percent, and kept 40,740 gallons of water from running down storm drains in June of 2013 alone. In addition, the HHA added an attractive landscape feature for residents to enjoy. This has encouraged the Authority to add additional project areas and report that this fall they will have doubled the size of the original project.
DEP REMINDS RESIDENTS TO RECYCLE TVS, COMPUTERS AND MONITORS AS REQUIRED BY ELECTRONIC WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded residents that televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers, and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be thrown out with the trash but must be taken to designated recycling collection points as required by state law.
“Recycling of e-waste is taking hold across the state, and is steadily becoming routine,” Commissioner Martin said. “These devices can no longer be placed out on the curb. They must be taken to specially designated e-waste recycling drop-off points conveniently located throughout our municipalities and counties or to retailers that accept these materials.”
Since taking effect on Jan. 1, 2011, the state’s Electronic Waste Management Act has dramatically increased the amount of e-waste that is recycled in the state, keeping potentially hazardous materials out of landfills and incinerators. Through the third quarter of 2012, more than 62 million pounds of e-waste have been diverted from the regular waste stream.
The law covers televisions and all personal or portable computers – including desktop, notebook and laptop computers, as well as computer monitors. Manufacturers of these devices now fund the collection of e-waste so that it is free for consumers.
The law does not require recycling of cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, or other electronic devices, although retailers and service organizations provide drop-off opportunities for recycling of these items.
Discarded TVs, computers and computer monitors contain lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc, brominated flame retardants, and other potentially hazardous materials, while Cathode Ray Tubes, or CRTs, contain large amounts of lead that is used to shield consumers from radiation.
Electronic waste makes up 2 percent of the solid waste disposed in New Jersey. But as a result of consumer demand for new technologies, and subsequent disposal of old devices, e-waste is growing faster than any other component of the solid waste stream.
Devices covered by the law must be taken to a drop-off point, such as a county or municipal collection center or a participating electronics retail store. Most municipal and county drop-off points require proof of residency.
Many electronics retailers, including Best Buy and Staples, and community-based service programs, most notably Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, also accept these materials.
“The DEP is constantly working to improve the public’s understanding of proper disposal of e-waste,” said DEP Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Management Jane Kozinksi. “Whether you’ve received a new television, iPad, or desktop computer or gave one as a gift, be sure to spread the word on proper disposal of old electronics to family and friends.’’
Residents should contact their county solid waste agency or municipal recycling coordinator for e-waste recycling options currently available in their cities and towns.
For more information on New Jersey’s E-Cycle program, including a list of e-waste recycling locations statewide, a connection to all 21 county recycling web sites, and information for consumers on “front door’’ pickup service to deal with extra heavy televisions or for people with special needs, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html
Street Trees Program
The Environmental Commission is soliciting recommendations and requests for new street trees. These street trees are typically planted in the right-of-way of a Borough street (generally between the sidewalk and the street curb). The Borough will select, plant and initially water the planted trees. All that we ask is that residents protect trees from damage and commit to watering the trees when warranted by dry weather.
If you are a Borough resident and would like to have a tree planted adjacent to your property or you know of a location in the Borough where you would like to see a tree planted, please indicate your desire by writing a letter to:
Borough Trees c/o Environmental Commission
Borough of Hightstown
148 N. Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Though we will try to honor all requests, this may not be possible due to the limited number of trees.
Past tree planting has been extremely successful. So that our children can enjoy the tree-lined streets of Hightstown, we must continue to plant new trees each year to replace those that have been removed, because of age or damage from storm or disease. Thank you for supporting this effort.
Roger C. Cook Greenway
What is The Roger C. Cook Greenway?Hightstown’s Greenway has a long history. In 1987, the idea for a greenway first appeared as a way to link the town’s natural and historic features; by 1997 the Greenway Plan was moving forward as a tool for preserving important aspects of Hightstown for future generations.
The Greenway Plan incorporates three different types of greenway: Riparian Greenway – protects environmentally sensitive areas that include stream corridors, floodplains, wetlands, and habitats for State-listed threatened species; Greenway Linkage – connecting public open spaces and the four Borough parks through a green travel corridor; Heritage Trail – protects historic landmarks like those associated with the Camden and Amboy Railroad Corridor including the Ely House, the stone arch bridge, the dam, and areas that display the original stone “sleepers” (used before wooden railroad ties).
Additionally, another important goal of a greenway is to link communities together. The current greenway intends to link with East Windsor so that our residents and visitors can enjoy exploring more of the region’s natural beauty and areas of historic interest by foot or on bicycle. On a larger scale, creating a greenway in our community complements the state’s efforts to expand the amount of green acres and open space in New Jersey.
In 2006 Phase I of the greenway was completed and dedicated to long-term supporter of the greenway, Roger Cook. Phase II is currently underway and will soon be completed. Thanks to the hard work of Mr. Cook and numerous other volunteers, this green corridor that comes together in the Borough’s center and extends out into its four corners and beyond will benefit the community and environment well into the future.
Who is Roger C. Cook?
Born in Cranbury, NJ in 1926, Roger Cook has spent a lifetime improving the lives of others, while serving our local community with devotion and an extraordinary range of passions and expertise. A beloved husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather, he has earned the highest regard as a true statesman of our local community.
Roger served on the Hightstown Board of Health for 13 years, 10 years as chair, where he was instrumental in establishing the Borough’s Well Baby Program. He has also served Hightstown as chair of the Water-Sewer Committee, as well as the Borough Council from 1992–1994.
Through his work on the Hightstown Environmental Commission, Roger pursued a vision of developing a greenway around Hightstown, and worked diligently for 16 years to achieve that goal. In 2006, Mayor Robert Patten formally dedicated the Roger Cook Greenway, and the Hightstown Borough Council issued a formal proclamation recognizing Roger’s multitude of contributions to the local community. In addition to commending Roger for his tireless advocacy of the Greenway project, the council added,
“His knowledge, expertise, professionalism, enthusiasm, and selfless dedication to his community have significantly and permanently enhanced our quality of life in the Borough of Hightstown.”
Help a Tree Grow in Hightstown
The Hightstown Environmental Commission is trying to raise funds to plant new trees. If you would like to help make Hightstown greener, any donation you make could purchase a tree or some part of a tree. Donations that reach $300 earn the donor or donors a leaf on our Wall of Trees Plaque.