SUSTAINABLE VERONA SEEKS GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEERS

Published on Jan 25, 2017 at 04:00p.m.

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The Sustainable Verona Green Team is looking to expand its ranks in 2017. Verona is one of only 198 Sustainable Jersey-certified communities, an outstanding group of New Jersey municipalities that are making important contributions toward achieving sustainability in the state and beyond.

“We had a great year in 2016,” said Steve Neale, chair of Sustainable Verona. “The township hosted our second annual Green Fair to support our local economy and promote environmentally friendly products and practices. We founded a Green Business Recognition program to recognize local businesses striving to operate more sustainably. We also launched our Verona Solar Challenge to help homeowners make the move to solar energy. We’re looking to build on our success in 2017, and to do that, we need more volunteers to bring their energy and ideas to the table.”

The Sustainable Verona Green Team partners with residents, businesses, and township organizations to pursue goals that encompass the three equal, interrelated components of sustainability:

  • Prosperity: Support local economies and use community resources
  • Planet: Practice responsible environmental management and conservation
  • People: Contribute to a strong civil society that provides opportunity for all

The Verona Green Team meets monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of the month, always in the evening. In addition to attending planning meetings, volunteers are expected to lead or contribute to working groups dedicated to specific short- and long-term projects that benefit the town and its residents.

In addition to assisting with the above initiatives, volunteers will have the opportunity get hands-on with local trail cleanups, various town-wide fairs, community health programs, recycling efforts, community outreach programs, and more. All ideas are welcome!

"The Township and the community work closely together to create a greener community and uphold the goals and mission of the Sustainable Jersey program. If we can influence some kind of change even at the local level, we see that as a positive step forward in the fight against climate change,” said Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan.

Residents interested in joining the Green Team can email sustainableverona@gmail.com or contact Steve Neale at stneale@veronanj.org.

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