Most Certified Town in Somerset County – Second Most Certified Town in New Jersey
“Hillsborough Township began sustainable initiatives in 2006 and was one of the first towns to enter into the Sustainable Jersey program in 2009. Sustainability and planning have been ongoing with the focus being to plan for the future to ensure our community has balanced economic, environmental and social objectives, developed with public input. Hillsborough is the most Sustainable Jersey certified town in Somerset County and the second most certified town in New Jersey,” stated Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson, Liaison to Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee.
Sustainable Jersey representatives announced on November 13, 2018 at the Sustainable Jersey Luncheon in Atlantic City that Hillsborough Township has once again met the rigorous requirements to achieve its seventh Sustainable Jersey certification. Hillsborough Township is one of only 11 New Jersey municipalities to have attained certification at the silver-level in 2018. In total, Hillsborough Township has achieved seven certifications in nine years, leading all towns in Somerset County and is the second most certified town in all of New Jersey since the municipal certification program began in 2009. The first three certifications for Hillsborough were awarded at the bronze-level. This is the fourth year in a row that Hillsborough has been certified at the silver level.
“Thanks to the efforts of our Business Advocate/Sustainability Director, David Kois, who once again, spearheaded the submission along with the volunteers of the Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee and employees from our municipal departments. We are extremely proud of our municipal employees’ involvement and the expansion of sustainable initiatives throughout the community,” stated Mayor Gloria McCauley.
To become Sustainable Jersey certified at the silver-level, Hillsborough Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required Sustainability Actions, meeting a minimum of 350 Action Points.
Actions for which the Township received credits toward the 2018 recertification included: support of local businesses, a buy local campaign (Shop Hillsborough), municipal complex rain garden, emergency communications planning, Green Living and Wellness Fair, building a healthier community (Mayor’s Wellness Campaign), prescription drug safety disposal, and recycled paper purchasing. Previous actions taken by Hillsborough Township in recent years include municipal on-site solar system, hunting & wildlife management, smoke free parks, tree protection ordinance, NJ smart workplaces and supporting a farmer’s market.
“We are very proud of this achievement and look to the future for continued improvements and success of this program,” concluded Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson.
About Sustainable Jersey: Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, nearly 80 percent of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program.