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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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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.


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.

New natural trail opens in Bernardsville

About 100 enthusiastic lovers of the outdoors gathered on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to celebrate the official opening of the new Old Army Trail at New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary off Hardscrabble Road in Bernardsville.
The trail connects this rural part of town with the borough’s Polo Grounds and the more urban downtown section of the community.
Dignitaries from New Jersey Audubon, Bernardsville Mayor Kevin Sooy and members of the Borough Council and Somerset Hills Board of Education, the Bernardsville Open Space and Green Team committees, as well as the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, welcomed the connecting trail that will facilitate nature hikes for all ages.
Local Brownies and Girl Scouts had a key role in cutting the ribbon to open the newly constructed footbridge over Indian Brook Grave. Scouts Stella and Sophia Strubble had bracelets made from the ribbon before the group began to hike the trail.
Among those attending the event were Eric Stiles, president and CEO of New Jersey Audubon, and Dorothy Clair, who serves on the Board of Directors for NJ Audubon.
The new trails and a footbridge over the Indian Grave Brook were developed using a $22,000 grant from the New Jersey Recreational Trails Grant Program, supported by the Federal Highway Administration.

Three Volunteer Teams Partner for One Event

On April 28, the Green Team, Shade Tree Committee and Environmental Commission partnered to host a major volunteer event for Bernardsville in the Bernards High School parking lot.
It’s almost mind-boggling that the free electronics recycling event brought out so many residents to avail themselves of the drive-thru service and off-loading of items from vehicles, making recycling old computers, printers and other electronic waste as easy as possible.  It took four municipal employees to load this large TV into the dumpster; left to right: Kenny Kelleher, John Macdowall (in rear), Nick Dobash, and Tom Kennedy.  This event was organized by the Bernardsville Green Team and the e-waste will be handled by Somerset County recycling.

With all the storm damage this spring, the free tree seedlings grown by NJ State Forestry, were in great demand. Pictured with some of the free trees, from left to right are David Neill, of M.J. Neill,  Tom Wood and Joe Latino, Shade Tree Committee, Kerry Hazelton, Environmental Commission,  and Ted Prentiss, a resident of Basking Ridge. The give-away was in conjunction with the Shade Tree Committee for the National Arbor Day Foundation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Canon and FedEx. 

Our Environmental Commission partnered with the nonprofit clean water advocate Raritan Headwaters to offer well water testing to citizens at below-market cost.  A basic test kit was available for purchase, with easy-to-follow instructions, so residents could collect water samples and then return the samples to Bernardsville Borough Hall between 7 and 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 3 for results.  Testing was also available for other contaminants including lead, arsenic, and radon at an additional cost.  [Visit for more information. ] Pictured left to right are Mike Anderson, NJ Audubon, Heidi O’Neill, Raritan Headwaters intern, Bernardsville Mayor Kevin Sooy, and Kristi MacDonald, Environmental Commission.

The multi-pronged event, organized by Ed English, with all the teams mentioned, was well received so plans are underway for 2019.

Deer Management Program 2017 - 2018

The Bernardsville Green Team is recommending continuing Deer Management on the four municipally owned parcels for another year, and adding the Little Brook Sanctuary, a Somerset County Park located in Bernardsville.

This recommendation is based on the successful completion of deer management for the 2016 – 2017 season in accordance with Borough safety regulations and performance of all stipulated criteria outlined in the Deer Management Program Plan – 2016.