Does your next door neighbor have solar panels on their roof? Does your favorite local store compost their food waste? How about your child’s school or school district? Are they teaching students about how to conserve energy and lower their carbon footprint?
The Princeton Environmental Commission and Sustainable Princeton are inviting every Princeton resident to nominate an individual or an institution for the 2010 Sustainable Princeton awards.
Nominations of people, organizations or businesses who preserve and improve Princeton's natural, social or economic environment must be submitted by Friday, December 17, 2010. Nomination forms can be found on the Sustainable Princeton web site www.sustainableprinceton.org, or by calling 609-924-5366 to request a form by mail. Completed forms can be mailed to: Princeton Environmental Commission, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. The awards ceremony will take place on January 26, 2011 at the Princeton Public Library.
“There are so many individuals and organizations in town that are leading the way and employing a wide range of sustainable practices, from composting to shop local campaigns. They need to be recognized for their efforts and honored as models in our community,” said Matthew Wasserman, Chair of the Princeton Environmental Commission.
Nominees will have taken steps to:
w protect and improve the natural environment;
w conserve energy; use energy more efficiently; and use alternative energy sources;
w avoid the use of toxic substances;
w meet Princeton’s social needs fairly; and
w contribute to our community’s economic well-being.
Examples of specific actions may include:
· lowering carbon emissions by building, renovating or better insulating their homes in an environmentally minded manner;
· reducing water consumption by using rain barrels or other methods;
· improving water quality by having pesticide-free lawns and gardens or by turning lawns into organic edible gardens;
· reducing vehicle use through car pools, biking or taking public transportation;
· shopping locally to strengthen the local economy; and/or
· improving the quality of life of the community’s underserved populations and those in need.
Winners will be honored during the Princeton Public Library’s Environmental Film Festival in January.
Now in its fourth year, the award program’s previous awardees include:
· Four public-spirited gardeners, among them Dorothy Mullen, who founded an maintains an organic vegetable garden at Riverside Elementary School;
· McCaffrey’s Supermarket for their food waste composting efforts and green teams;
· Two energy-saving families chosen to represent the many Princeton residents who have switched from fossil fuel to renewable energy for powering their homes;
· Kai Marshall-Otto, who won the award as a high-school senior for starting Princeton’s first Environmental Film Festival;
· Katy Andersen, a 2008 graduate of Princeton University, for advocating for local and organic food at the University;
· The Momo Brothers, for their commitment to serving locally grown food in their restaurants; and
· The Whole Earth Natural Food Store, for its “green” expansion.
Valid from 11/19/2010 to 12/18/2010
Valid from 07/22/2009
The Princeton Environmental Commission will host its third Green Building and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free self-guided tour will feature area homes, gardens, commercial buildings and a school that exemplify different aspects of environmental sustainability, such as rain gardens, geothermal, solar panels, and energy efficient retrofits.
A map of the 10 featured sites can be found on the Princeton Sustainability, Princeton Borough and Princeton Township websites. You are welcome to visit some or all of the featured sites for 2010.
McCaffrey’s Market, Princeton, located at 301 North Harrsion Street, Princeton Township, has the honor of being one of this year’s tours. They will conduct guided tours every half hour, until 4pm, to inform attendees of their extensive recycle food waste program.
McCaffrey’s Market has partnered with Organic Diversion, LLC and Converted Organics Inc. to work together to collect, process and convert food waste from McCaffrey’s Market into organic fertilizer products that are available for sale at McCaffrey’s Market.
McCaffrey’s is dedicated to being a good neighbor in the communities they serve, as well as a good environmental steward in Princeton and surrounding area. “Our commitment to the environment is advanced by partnering with Organic Diversion and Converted Organics to recycle food waste from our market into Converted Organics’ all-natural fertilizers, and making these products available for sale at our markets.” This partnership creates a win-win-win situation; the environment wins because landfill deposits and resulting methane emissions are reduced, McCaffrey’s wins because we have a more effective waste disposal system than ever before, and our community wins because the use of synthetic fertilizers is reduced.
Valid from 06/12/2010 to 06/20/2010