East Windsor achieves silver level Sustainable Jersey certification

Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon presented a Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification plaque to Mayor Janice Mironov and East Windsor Green Team Chairman Ronald Balint. Pictured from left: Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager; Mironov; Ronald Balint, Chairperson, East Windsor Green Team; and Councilmember John Zoller.PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP
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Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon presented a Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification plaque to Mayor Janice Mironov and East Windsor Green Team Chairman Ronald Balint. Pictured from left: Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey;  Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager; Mironov; Ronald Balint, Chairperson, East Windsor Green Team; and Councilmember John Zoller.PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP

East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Green Team members were once again awarded the Sustainable Jersey Silver Level Certification in a recent ceremony by Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon.

Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a 100% voluntary certification program for municipalities in New Jersey.

East Windsor was honored for the third time with Silver Level Sustainable Jersey Certification with 33 actions in 12 categories for a total of 365 points, according to information provided by township officials.

East Windsor previously earned Silver Level Sustainable Jersey Certification in 2018 and in 2015.

East Windsor earned silver certification action points for many township-initiated programs and actions undertaken by Mironov and council members, including creation of a Green Team, community outreach programs, emergency communications planning, municipal on-site solar system, farmland preservation plans, community garden, sustainable land use pledge, business recognition programs, open space preservation, environmental assessment ordinance, green grounds and maintenance policy, pest management, community recycling/paper shredding events, backyard composting program, and “Cut it and Leave it” program, according to the statement.

East Windsor is one of only 25 municipalities statewide that achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver Level Certification in 2021.

“This certification recognizes the township’s proactive efforts in community partnerships and outreach, composting and recycling, emergency management, natural resource and farmland preservation, sustainable land use practices, energy conservation, and furthermore enables East Windsor Township to be eligible for future grants and funding opportunities. We are extremely proud of the substantial achievements of our municipality and this prestigious statewide recognition, and the dedicated efforts of our many volunteers,” Mironov said in the statement. “ ‘Green’ programs such as open space and farmland preservation and tree replacement efforts have always been a priority of East Windsor Township. We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our level of achievement with Sustainable Jersey, and we are honored to be recertified as a statewide Silver Level municipality.”

The members of the East Windsor Green Team are Chairperson Ronald Balint, Mironov, Deputy Mayor Peter Yeager, Councilmember John Zoller, East Windsor Municipal Utilities Authority Executive Director Richard Brand, Dave Bahniuk, Michael Baskin, John G. Donnelly, Edward M. Kelley, Joseph Miczak and student member Rajiv Srinath.