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Sustainable Princeton receives $10,000 grant from J. Seward Johnson Sr., 1963 Charitable Trust


For immediate release: February 22, 2012: Sustainable Princeton has received a $10,000 grant from the J. Seward Johnson Sr., Charitable Trust to conduct two pilot environmental projects with Princeton residents.  The projects, Housewarming and By The Yard, will encourage residents to save energy in their homes and eliminate pesticides from their lawns.   


The Housewarming project will provide home energy improvement assistance to ten homes in Princeton with a focus on senior citizens.  Participating households will receive individualized on site consultation and assistance to make small home improvements that will lower their energy bills.  Each participating household will be asked to share their electric bills before and after the project and report any improvements to Sustainable Princeton and the community.  Sustainable Princeton has partnered with the New Jersey Energy Corps, an AmeriCorps program housed at Princeton University on this project.


Heidi Fichtenbaum, a Sustainable Princeton board member and LEED accredited Architect with Farewell Architects, LLC says, “The Housewarming project has been a dream of mine for some time.  By sharing information about the project with the community we can teach so many individuals about the benefits of energy improvements for their homes including saving money, fewer drafts and less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”


The second project, By the Yard, will focus on households that use pesticides on their lawns and provide each with pesticide free options.  Each participating household will be provided with a water test kit, a rain barrel and a free lawn consultation.  The households will, in turn, be asked to test water run off and provide write ups about their findings on the Sustainable Princeton website.  Sustainable Princeton will also be awarding 100 lawn ornaments to families whose lawns are already pesticide free.  Sustainable Princeton is partnering with the Whole Earth Center in Princeton on this project.


“The By the Yard project is a wonderful opportunity to look at the effects of pesticides and teach homeowners about options to pesticide free lawn care.  The Whole Earth Center looks forward to working with Sustainable Princeton to provide updated information and speakers to support the effort,” says Fran McManus, the Marketing director for Whole Earth Center, a natural grocery in Princeton. 


In 2009, Sustainable Princeton began a quest to create a community that is passionate about its environmental, economic and social welfare. We envision a community where local businesses thrive, residents are able to walk and bike safely and our environment and our town is protected and improved at every turn.  Go to to learn more about us.