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Green Team

Bernardsville Green Team

The Bernardsville Green Team is an all volunteer community outreach and educational organization that supports the mission of Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.

We strive to accomplish this by raising awareness that small individual steps can collectively lead to significant changes. The initiatives and events we promote seek to motivate individuals, families and businesses to change their behavior in support of the community's goals for sustainability.

For a list of Team Members, click here.

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Awards

The collaborative efforts of the Bernardsville Green Team, the Bernards High Green Team, and the Borough of Bernardsville resulted in our community becoming a Sustainable Jersey Bronze Certified Community in November of 2010 and recertified in December 2013 after obtaining 255 points. We are one of 117 bronze certified towns out of the 407 communities participating in the program.

Mission

Sustainable Jersey strives for a better tomorrow one community at a time. The program encompasses the three equal, interrelated components of sustainability:

  • Prosperity - Support your local economy and use community resources.
  • Planet - Practice responsible environmental management and conservation.
  • People - Embrace social equity and fairness.

The program is a consensus oriented, science based, politically relevant effort to align the interests and resources of actors from state and local, public and private, for the common purpose of achieving a sustainable New Jersey and world.

Adopt-A-Park Information

The Bernardsville Green Team is proud to introduce the Bernardsville Family Adopt a Park Site Program. Many of Bernardsville’s Public Parks have been divided into sites that are small enough for a single family or group to conduct a trash clean up in about an hour. By adopting a site, each group is agreeing to clean their site at least once a month. Every adoptive family or group will be listed on the Bernardsville Green Team website next to the site description for the site they have adopted. Each group must have an adult over the age of 18 who will be present at the cleanups.

Bernardsville Adopt a Park Site Program Information

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Deer Management Information

The Bernardsville Green Team would like to share a video with useful information about deer management with residents. This brief talk took place at the NJ Audubon Society. Pola Galie and Dan Roberts, two experts on deer management, briefly describe the roles of the State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and the Department of Fish and Wildlife in NJ.

What is the Green Challenge?

It's easy - yet a powerful way to save money and play a part in shaping Bernardsville's future as a sustainable community. The program is designed to raise awareness that small individual steps can collectively lead to significant changes. Here's some information and details on how to get started.

Become a "Green Challenge Home"

The Challenge is comprised of twelve attainable "green actions" which aim to motivate individuals, families and businesses to change their behavior in support of the community's goals for sustainability. The items focus on issues such as home energy efficiency measures, water usage, recycling, waste reduction, transportation, local and sustainable food, composting and environmental activities. Participants pledge to complete five actions but are encouraged to meet as many challenges as possible.

When residents complete the challenge and return their pledge form, they will receive a lawn sign to proudly display that acknowledges they are a GREEN CHALLENGE HOME. The hope is this will create a buzz about town and generate more community involvement, thus moving Bernardsville closer to achieving the Silver level certification under the Sustainable Jersey program. Instructions on how and where to return your form are included on the Green Challenge Pledge form.

Let The Challenge Begin!

To take the pledge, the first step is to review all the actions you can take. The Green Challenge Pledge Form contains a list of all actions that count towards the Challenge in addition to instructions on how and where to return your form when you have completed it.

National Trails Day

The Open Space Advisory Committee has been the prime mover in developing trails on municipal properties in Bernardsville with the support of the Land Conservancy of New Jersey. The Environmental Commission, Green Team, Shade Tree Committee and many other dedicated volunteers have also joined in over the past few years. Recently, a ½ mile trail from a municipal parking area on Route 202 up to LaurelwoodRoad, has been completed with yellow blaze markers, just in time to coincide with National Trails Day on June 3, 2017. Bernardsville will celebrate this day with a short hike starting at 11 am in the parking area. You are invited to take the short walk on your own, and are encouraged to bring lunch or go to a local eatery to enjoy themselves afterwards. National Trails Day is a great opportunity to share a fun experience on a local trail. You could even share your adventure with the nation using #NationalTrailsDay.