Environmental Commission Meeting
The next Environmental Commission Meeting will be held on Monday, October 6 at 7:30 PM at the Cranford Community Center. Click here to view our complete meeting calendar.
Peoples Climate March - Sunday September 21, 2014
On September 21st, hundreds of thousands of activists will gather north of Columbus Circle in NYC at 11:30 am to take part in the People's Climate March—what will soon be known as the largest march in support of global climate action.
Fall River Cleanup
Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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2014 Household Special Waste Collection Days
Saturday, October 18 - Alcatel-Lucent, New Providence
Hours of Operation - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cranford Environmental Commission suggests reducing paved surfaces, considering open space tax
February 11, 2014 - A number of environmental projects that Cranford has been considering came up for discussion during Monday’s Township Committee workshop meeting.
Nelson Dittmar, chairman of the Cranford Environmental Commission, gave commissioners an overview of the board’s goals for 2014.
Environmental Commission Accomplishes Much in 2013
The Cranford Environmental Commission recently released its Annual Report for 2013. Nelson Dittmar, Chair of the Commission, says, “We are very proud of our accomplishments this year, believing that, in a small way, they have enhanced the quality of life and the environment in Cranford. We are very grateful for the support of the Township Committee, in particular our liaison, Ed O’Malley.”
The principal projects in 2013 were the development and presentation of a training session on stormwater management practices to the Planning and Zoning Boards, the continuing development of the green business program, our web site My Green Cranford, and an Energy Day Fair.
In January, the Township Committee adopted our recommendation and pledged a 10% reduction in impervious surfaces on school and municipal facilities by 2015.
We worked with the Rahway River Watershed Storm Water Advisory Board during the year. A list of stormwater goals and ideas appears at our web site, mygreencranford.org.
Cranford was recertified as a Sustainable Community in 2013 by Sustainable Jersey, a statewide program that encourages communities that want to go green to pursue local initiatives and actions that will control costs and save money. Almost 400 communities in New Jersey have registered for the program, of which 139 have been certified.
We were actively involved with The Green Team with some of these programs, including the Green Business recognition program, which recognizes businesses for taking actions that benefit the environment while being economically beneficial. Over eighty businesses have been certified as being green and received certificates of recognition from the Mayor. We also offered to residents plots in the Community Gardens at Walnut Avenue School.
Mygreencranford.com serves as a resource guide for residents for issues relating to the environment, energy-savings ideas, and environmental events. There is a resource page with links to helpful green web sites. Visitors have the option to sign up for the e-mail newsletter, which offers monthly tips and news. The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions awarded us one of its Environmental Achievement awards for the quality of our site.
Sustainable Jersey selected the Township for a $2000 grant for our Backyard Composter Program. We held two workshops in the spring educating residents about the benefits of composting. Compost bins were sold at a reduced rate. Kitchen Collection Buckets were distributed for free.
In celebration of Earth Day, we held a Fair at Hanson Park. There were demonstrations on using a backyard composter and we conducted a workshop of the step-by-step method to build and install a rain barrel. Visitors could see the rain garden at Hanson Park and learn how rain gardens help reduce flooding. We sold composters and rain barrel kits.
One of our members formed a Complete Streets and Safe Routes to Schools Task Force whose goal is to make Cranford’s streets safer for pedestrians and bikers. The Township Committee adopted a Complete Streets Policy in September.
In conclusion, Dittmar noted, “I am looking forward to continuing many of these programs in 2014 and starting new ones. Anyone interested in the Commission can send an e-mail message to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come to our next meeting on February 3 at 7:30 at the Community Center. To read the Annual Report, please visit our web site at www.mygreencranford.com.”