ABOUT US / HOW WE'RE DOING
Maplewood has recently been recertified by Sustainable Jersey at the Silver Level. This is the third time that Maplewood has passed Sustainable Jersey's rigorous certification process.
“Maplewood has been a leader as a green and sustainable municipality and this year we established a Township Sustainability Committee to continue moving our green agenda forward. I want to thank our Department Directors and volunteers on the Green Team and Environmental Advisory Committee for their assistance with our Sustainable Jersey application,” said Mayor Vic De Luca.
The Township is proud of initiatives it has undertaken to increase public awareness and decrease its carbon footprint. They include:
Public electric vehicle charging stations installed
Energy audits of all main buildings
Upgraded lighting for energy efficiency in the Municipal Building, the Public Works building and Memorial Library
LEED Certification for our Police and Courts building
Replaced old traffic signals with LEDs, saving 2/3 of the electricity used
Upgraded street lighting to reduce their overall electricity use by 40%
Weekly curbside recycling pickup
Participation in a cooperative buying agreement for cheaper and greener energy for our buildings
Share electronics recycling with South Orange
Sponsorship of Green Day and Green Month activities
Installation and maintenance of an organic turf field at De Hart Park
Prohibited the use of Round Up and other chemical pesticides in our parks and around our buildings
Prohibited the smoking of cigarettes and cigars in our parks
Designated as a Tree City USA
Use bio-diesel in our jitney buses
Use of green cleaning products in our facilities
Purchase of hybrid vehicles when replacing Township fleet vehicles
Promotion of Community Gardening through the use of Township property
Established Anti-Idling Ordinance
Promoting a Farmers Market
Established a Green Team
The Township of Maplewood website has many useful links, among them:
Department of Public Works: The Department of Public Works, or DPW, has a variety of programs of interest, from tree permits to treecycling (removal of Christmas trees), from leaf collections to snowplowing, and from the Jitney to recycling and stormwater regulations. There's a lot of helpful information on the DPW page.
Farmers Market: The market will be held at the Indiana Street Municipal parking lot adjacent to Springfield Ave. The hours of operations will be from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Opening market day will be June 9th and the market season will conclude on October 27th. Depending on weather and market attendance, it may extend until November 10th. For more information, go to the Farmers Market page on the township website.
Banner photo courtesy of Kathryn Huang Photography