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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.

Planting Around Nervine Pond

Two hundred and fifty shrubs and 15 trees were planted at Nervine Park on May 23, 2018 as part of a project to restore natural vegetation around the pond and improve water quality.  
 
The native trees and shrubs will filter out contaminants in stormwater runoff, prevent bank erosion, and provide shade along the edge of the pond to promote healthy water temperatures.
 
The pond was created by a dam on the Mine Brook, a major tributary of the North Branch of the Raritan River. Local watershed watchdog Raritan Headwaters recently found water quality in the Mine Brook to be “impaired” at its confluence with the North Branch in Far Hills.
 
The Borough of Bernardsville partnered with Raritan Headwaters to apply for the grant from The Nature Conservancy’s Roots for Rivers Program to purchase the trees and shrubs. 
 
The planting was completed with the help of 21 volunteers from the Bernards High School Green Team (teacher advisor: Christine Albanese- DeMair), the Bernardsville Middle School, the Bernardsville Environmental Commission, and members of the public. Mayor Kevin Sooy, who was among the volunteers, plans to honor all the student volunteers at an upcoming Borough Council Meeting.  Raritan Headwaters generously donated staff time and equipment for the project. 
 
Borough Environmental Commission members Kristi MacDonald and Kerry Haselton, provided training and supervision during the tree planting. Bernardsville’s Facilities Manager, Doug Walker, was a major partner in the project and the Facilities and Grounds Maintenance crew, played a major role in transporting trees and digging holes.
 
The native species planted include a variety of shrubby dogwoods, winterberry holly, viburnums, chokeberry and trees such as redbud, river birch, ironwood, and shadbush.  Their flowers and berries will provide food for pollinators and birds.  As the shrubs mature and grow, they will deter Canada geese from congregating in high densities around the pond, thus reducing the amount of goose waste on the walkways and lawn areas. 
 
The plantings will be maintained by the Borough of Bernardsville and volunteers. Care will include control of invasive Japanese knotweed, protection of trees from deer browsing and inadvertent damage from mowing, and follow-up watering while trees and shrubs become established.  The project is part of a larger plan to make the park more attractive to residents, which includes expanding the walkway to encircle the pond and installing a playground.
 
The North and South Branch region provides drinking water to 1.5 million people downstream in more urban areas of New Jersey. To learn more about the watershed and its protection visit www.raritanheadwaters.org

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.