On June 1, 2017, the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or US Climate Mayors, published a statement honoring the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Highland Park’s Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler joined a list of 187 (& growing!) US Mayors in signing this declaration and committing to local and regional and global climate action, renewable energy and environmental justice. The statement reads:
The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.
As 187 US Mayors representing 52 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy.
We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks.
The world cannot wait — and neither will we.
Highland Park’s Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler joins 7 other Mayors from municipalities in New Jersey-North Brunswick, Princeton, Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken, Trenton, and Morristown-whose Mayors have signed this statement and committed to upholding their commitment to climate action and environmental justice.
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On May 19, Sustainable Jersey announced the the winners of multiple grants supported by PSE&G. The event took placed at the Highland Park Senior Center. Sustainable Highland Park was awarded a $10,000 grant for a “Plastic Bag Reduction Campaign”. A broad based educational campaign will be advanced to reduce reliance on single-use plastic bags in the Borough. The Sustainable Highland Park plans to target it outreach campaign to resident and businesses. It will also explore how plastic bag bans and fees have worked in other localities in order to see if an ordinance is appropriated for Highland Park.
The Chair of Sustainable Highland Park, Teri Jover, has been appointed to the position of Borough Administrator of Highland Park. We would like to thank her for her leadership, hard work, and friendship for the past six years. Among the many accomplishment under her leadership has been the Silver Certification of the Borough with Sustainable Jersey. Among the 198 certified communities, only 45 have the Silver Certification (the highest level of certification).
Sustainable Highland Park meets at the Eugene Young Environmental Education Center on River Road as does the Environmental Commission, Shade Tree Advisory Committee and the Native Plant Society. You may have noticed some colorful changes.
Read more “Colorful Changes at the Environmental Education Center”