Sustainable Communities Leadership Network
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awarded the MLUC a grant to provide technical assistance and tools to support efforts toward more sustainable communities. MLUC and the NJ sustainable State Institute (NJSSI) are partnering to support both the NJ League of Municipalities’ Mayors’ Committee on a Green Future as well as the Sustainable Communities Advisory Group (SCAG). Extensive effort has gone into supporting the creation of an organizational structure for the Mayors’ Committee as well as reconciling organizational boundary issues with strategic partners – NJ Department of environmental Protection and the League of Municipalities.
The first SCAG meeting was held on October 1, 2007 in Lawrence Township. More than 45 representatives from business and industry, mayors, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions participated. The first two tools that are under development will focus on energy audits and environmentally preferable purchasing programs.
In addition, MLUC staff provided assistance and materials on the energy audit process to Freeholder Muoio of Mercer County and the Hopewell Township Engineer and Administrator. Initial planning with Asbury Park Sustainability Committee has begun to support the development of a sustainability plan for the community. Meetings have focused on creating an educational message and outreach process for comprehensive Asbury Park community engagement.
MLUC has received new grant funding from the Dodge Foundation to support the first phase of this planning process throughout 2008.