Environmental Commission Meeting
The next Environmental Commission Meeting will be held on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Cranford Community Center. Click here to view our complete meeting calendar.
Pilgrim Pipeline Meeting
Township of Cranford Municipal Building 8 Springfield Avenue - Monday December 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Join local residents and supporters to ask the Cranford Council pass a resolution opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline.
Keeping you informed about future Pilgrim Pipeline Meetings and the Loantaka Holiday Party, Dec. 10th. Hope you can join us at these events!
December 8 - Lynda Farrell, the Executive Director of Pipeline Safety Coalition, will give discuss landowners’ rights re the Pilgrim Pipeline from 6:30 to 8:30. The session will be held at The Library of the Chathams.
December 11 – Presentation on the Pilgrim Pipeline at the Essex Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Avenue at 7pm. It is hosted by Essex Greens and RACS (Roseland Against the Compressor Station). The presentation is similar to one given by Kate Millsaps at the Loantaka September Meeting. Here’s another chance to find out about the Pipeline if you missed that meeting. If you live in the Roseland area, find out how the pipeline will affect you.
For more information on the Pilgrim Pipeline and these meetings, go to:
Rain Garden Installed at Municipal Building
September 27, 2014
Volunteers joined forces in front of the Cranford Municipal Building to install a rain garden. Nelson Dittmar, Jr., the chairman of the Cranford Environmental Commission, and Don Jones, an associate member, took some time out from their work to tell Cranford Radio a bit about the project.
Hear the broadcast
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.”