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Nominations Needed for Sustainable Princeton Leadership Awards

Does your favorite local shop educate about why it is important to bring your own shopping bags?  Is there a teacher who has taught your child about how to lower their carbon footprint?  Maybe you have a colleague that has embodied sustainability in their actions and volunteer work? 


Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission invite every Princeton resident to nominate an individual or institution for the 2011 Sustainable Princeton Leadership awards. 


We look forward to receiving nominations of people, organizations or businesses that preserve and improve Princeton's natural, social or economic environment. Submissions are due December 20, 2011.


Nomination criteria can be found on the Sustainable Princeton web site (, or call: 609-924-5366 to request a nomination form by mail.  Email: for more information. 


“Every year, we see new sustainable initiatives and the faces behind these projects. These are the people and institutions that are creating awareness about environmental issues, lowering Princeton’s carbon footprint and changing our community for the better. We look forward to honoring Princeton’s latest crop of sustainable leaders and innovators again this year,” says Matthew Wasserman, Chairperson of the Princeton Environmental Commission. 


Nominees will have taken steps to:

w       protect and improve the natural environment;

w       conserve energy and use energy more efficiently;

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 include individuals or institutions that:

·        create innovative projects that successfully lower energy use, change habits or improve the local economy;

·        lower carbon emissions by building, renovating or better insulating their homes and businesses in an environmentally minded manner;

·        reduce water consumption by using rain barrels or other methods;

·        encourage composting and other sustainable means of disposal and recycling.


Winners will be honored during the Princeton Public Library’s Environmental Film Festival on January 25, 2012.


The 2010 awardees included:

• Sophie Glovier - Through her involvement with the Garden Club of America, she coordinated activities for the 12 garden clubs in New Jersey, all while serving on the National Conservation, National Affairs and Legislation committees.


  Janet Lasley, [In Memoriam] - Janet was truly a pioneer in her field as the only woman to

own a Princeton construction firm.  Since 2005, she was devoted to educating herself, her company, and clients on all aspects of sustainability including green building. 


  Karen K. Nathan - Karen arranged a business -networking panel discussion for the library

and she has also provided related programs for other local organizations. 


• Craft Cleaners -  is a dry cleaning business that positively impacts the environment in the areas of air quality, waste reduction, water use and packaging.


• Robert Kiser, Township Engineer and Former Township Mayor Bernard Miller - Under the leadership of Mayor Bernard Miller and the Township Committee the Township has made great strides in working to reduce its carbon foot print and reduce costs.


• Princeton School Gardens Cooperative - The Princeton School Gardens Cooperative works in the Princeton Public Schools educating our children about gardening and healthy eating choices. 


  Princeton Environmental Film Festival - The festival has introduced an incredibly rich

selection of films about critical environmental issues to our community.  The films are often followed by a panel discussion featuring local businesses or causes that relate to the films.


  Adam Blejwas - Adam is the World Language teacher at Community Park Elementary School.  He has set up, energized and sustained a recycling program with the students and faculty collecting used juice packs, chip bags, markers, glue sticks, tape cores and more...and selling them to Terracycle, a local recycling company.