Saturday, June 9, 2012
The return of the local farmers market provides just one of many options for buying locally grown and manufactured products.
One of my favorite green things to do in the summer months is to hit the local farmers market. Buying locally grown foods is one of the best things you can do at the grassroots level to help the environment. Shopping locally helps keep the economy strong in our community. Buying from local merchants keeps purchasing dollars here in our area. Local shops and services also help to keep existing jobs in the area and create new jobs through growth and expansion. Local businesses help to reduce your carbon footprint by lowering the amount of greenhouse gas emissions required to transport your goods from great distances to arrive at your local retailers. Luckily, Blackwood Farmers' Market is making a return for its fourth season later this …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The meeting is scheduled for May 29 at 6 p.m.
Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer and Councilwoman Michelle Gentek invite residents to attend a Green Team meeting on Tuesday, May 29. The Sustainable Gloucester Township meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Council chambers at the municipal building. The mayor and Gentek, who is a 2012 Democratic Party candidate for Camden County freeholder, are hoping to register new members for the Green Team, which, as the name suggests, strives to make the township a cleaner, greener place. The Green Team earned the township a bronze-level certification in its first year as a Sustainable Jersey community in 2011.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The Gloucester Township Green Team achieved Sustainable Jersey status in 2011.
Mayor David Mayer recognized the Gloucester Township Green Team for attaining Sustainable Jersey status in 2011 during the Township Council Monday night. The local Green Team qualified the township for bronze-level certification in its first year as a Sustainable Jersey community. "The Sustainable New Jersey program is a program really that was organized to help communities become more sustainable—whether it is economically or through an environmental process," Mayer said. The mayor pointed to the solar panels that were activated atop the municipal building earlier this year and the recently implemented single-stream recycling program as Green Team achievements. Councilwoman Michelle Gentek heads the Green Team. "We were given this …
Friday, August 26, 2011
The township is moving to improve energy efficiency.
Since becoming Mayor last year, I have worked hard in developing an Energy Master Plan for our community. Instead of looking at energy issues individually, we have assembled a plan that will not only meet the energy needs of the municipality but also save taxpayers money, and in some instances, make revenue for our township. Our Gloucester Township Energy Master Plan consists of solar projects, energy audits, energy purchase consortiums and recycling initiatives. By looking at these projects in one plan, we are better able to coordinate and implement ideas that will help our environment and make sense from a financial perspective for the township. Our Solar initiative is currently underway, as we have already placed solar panels on the …