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Grants will fund new pavilion, green team exposure

Rebecca Nowalski
Katie Prutzman, from Point Pleasant, during the March for Environmental Justice in Red Bank on September 17.

Sustainable Jersey announced that 31 New Jersey municipalities will receive a Sustainable Jersey small grant funded by the PSEG Foundation.

Five $20,000 grants, six $10,000 grants and 20 $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects.

Locally, Middletown will receive $20,000 to construct a new pavilion at Poricy Park with a LiveRoof modular green roof and irrigation system. It will be used as an outdoor classroom and demonstrate the positive impact that green infrastructure can have upon energy consumption, air quality and water quality, according to a statement prepared by Sustainable Jersey Grants.

Sayreville’s Green Team will use $2,000 to expand its communications efforts through press releases, digital artwork, text for social media and display advertisements, all while working toward bronze-level certification, according to the statement.

Proposals were evaluated by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee.

The Sustainable Jersey grants are intended to help municipalities make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey certification. Currently, 79 percent, or 444 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program, according to the statement.

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