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Galloway Earns $10,000 Sustainability Grant

The proceeds will benefit the township's sustainability landscaping program.

Galloway Township has once again been recognized for its commitment to the environment.

Earlier this month, the township became one of 10 municipalities in the state to be awarded a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant, worth $10,000, according to township officials.

The 2012 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation is providing $200,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects, according to a release issued by the township.

“Galloway Township is proud to be one of the first Silver-Certified towns by Sustainable

Jersey and to be the recipient of this $10,000 grant,” Mayor Don Purdy said in the release. “This grant will pay to extend The Task Force for a Sustainable Galloway’s mission to promote more Sustainable Landscapes in the township. These landscape transformations will not only create valuable wildlife habitat, but will also act as water conservation measures and provide storm water protection.”

Galloway earned Silver Certificate recognition in 2010. The Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability has been raising awareness concerning various environmental issues during that time, and during its five-year existence overall, including a series of films at the Atlantic County Library System’s Galloway Branch.

The next film screening takes place Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. when it screens the film “Buyer Be Fair.” It comes on the heels of the township's denial of Go Green Galloway's efforts to become a Fair Trade Town.

It has also been holding workshops to raise awareness about sustainable landscaping, officials said.

This grant will allow us to take our campaign to the next level and provide incentives to those who wish to convert all or part of their yards to native species plants and reduce their lawn size,” Barbara Fiedler said via release.

According to Fiedler, Go Green Galloway will provide 40 “min-grants” of $125 a piece to qualified applicants for the purchase of native plants to replace lawns, as well as non-native and invasive plants.

“This money will also be available to those who choose to build rain gardens to absorb runoff on their properties,” Fiedler said. “These projects will be closely monitored and the funding will be a re-imbursement as projects are completed.”

Fiedler said the program will also award basic, intermediate and advanced certifications to property owners whose properties qualify as sustainable landscapes.

According to Fiedler, the grant winners have all proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to problems.

Organic curbside waste recycling, storm water runoff solutions, innovative bioswales, water conservation, sustainable landscaping, wildlife interaction plan, community gardens and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding, according to Fiedler.

“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” PSEG Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability Anne Hoskins said. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods all over New Jersey.”

New Jersey is the first state to offer a program that links certification with strong state and private financial environmental incentives. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program, and 67 percent of the state’s municipalities have registered to become certified.

“The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees Chair Pam Mount said. “Aiding towns and Green Teams to achieve their sustainability goals by funding green initiatives will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”

Other recipients of the Sustainability Grants include: Chester Township and Chester Boro, in Morris County; Gloucester Township in Camden County; Hightstown in Mercer County; Maurice River Township in Cumberland County; Mount Olive Township in Morris County; Park Ridge in Bergen County; and West Amwell in Hunterdon County.

Mary Crawford October 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Great job Barbara!
Keep Galloway Green October 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM
What a joke...they are cutting down a zillion trees right next to the Municipal Complex & Galloway pretends to care about the environment. Gee....Why doesn't Purdy & Co mention one word about the 8th Ave Project?....Where were the public hearings?....8th Ave project (Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union ) should be shut down so the public can find out what they are building there. They are surely gonna build more than a little office on that 4 acre site. Another secretive Purdy deal.
Big Ben October 22, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Ms.Christie Magee, I have been reading your comments for a long time. Your facts are never even close to being correct. This 8th ave project went in font of the Galloway twp planning board just like any other development in town. You should spend more time watching the meetings and less time complaining and commenting on stories that you have no idea what you are talking about. You obviously think you know so much so maybe you should get off your couch and run for council. You are the first one to complain about taxes but as soon as someone builds a ratable you cry. Ms Magee the Credit Union does pay taxes. Again if you did your home work you would already know that. Get a life !!!!
Keep Galloway Green October 22, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Big Ben...If you are so smart then you would know I'm not Ms Christie Magee. If your so so called smart...tell me what they are going to build there besides a credit union office. Paying taxes in Galloway remains to be seen. So your in favor of Purdy's Mystery Project?....lol
Big Ben October 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I watched the entire planning board meeting. The Credit Union is phase 1 of a 3 phase project so no it's not the only thing going on the site but it is the only thing that's has gone in front of the board and been approved. I wansnt aware that Purdy owns the Credit Union lol. You keep saying "Purdys projects" If Purdy is able to bring development to this town in this tough economy then absolutely yes I support his "mystery projects". We need that in our town to keep the taxes down and all you have to do is call Northfield tax office and you will see that yes the Credit Union Does pay taxes. I am a member of that Credit Union and I will be very happy to put my money in a Galloway location and that will keep myself and others from leaving this town and investing our money else where. People may complain that the traffic is busy in that area but wouldn't the same people be complaining if the streets were empty and we were all driving to other towns and spending our hard earned money there. You can't have it both ways. You should stop bashing the council that is working very hard to bring business here. That location is a commercial lot so it should be used for that purpose. Everyone is untitled to their own opinion but you should make sure before you go bashing anyone that your facts are straight.
Keep Galloway Green October 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
How many news articles have there been about this Mystery Project?...Would that be zero?....Getting more ratables is just a phrase to fool the public. Taxes won't go down 1 cent. If Galloway gets more $$$...they will spend more $$$$. The general public should be notified about these projects...they are not. Just because Jersey Shore pays taxes in Northfield doesn't mean they will in Galloway. Did Galloway give them a "Special Tax Deal"? There are already 3 banks in that location...a fourth is not needed. What is so special about this credit union?...Their ad of "Shop Til You Drop"....borrow $20,000 for any reason?....That will just get people to borrow & lose their houses....more foreclosures in Galloway. Just what Galloway needs!
58yearGresident October 23, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Are they going to pump the Street drainage water into Patriot Lake like they did with Shhop-n-Bag, Super G, Or Shoprite, by whichever name you call it now. Shouldnt the plan back before Mr. Lario sold the property, have been to build a retention pond by Shop n Bag instead of running the drainage pipes down 8th Avenue crossing 8th ave. and running through the Now PAL Property (which we were told was going to buildan Ice Skating Rink which never happened ) and ran the drain water into Patriot lake so the Taxpayers could pay for multiple Expansion Projects of the lake including the Bill for Most of the Galloway Public Works and sewer employees who are Presently working on another Major Repair on the City Hall Loop Road Drainage to stop the flooding in the streeton the loop road. This has been forgotten. But do you care?
58yearGresident October 23, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Sorry, you mean that was a Secret! Sorry "Bonani and the Galloway Gang".
58yearGresident October 23, 2012 at 02:24 PM
And again, What about the Lean 2 Garage Galloway built supposedly to only put a roof over a few Salt spreaders in the snow @ a cost of $150000. I guess the Gang didn't pass Math Class. It turned into a $1,000,000.00 Full Blown Garage of which 70% is used by the Private company they hired to poorly repair the Townships Vehicle Fleet, for $1.00 per year for usage of the New and Old Garage which makes it $ .50 per building per year! They (COUNCIL)allways tell the Truth. Right!!! How many more do you want.
58yearGresident October 23, 2012 at 02:39 PM
By the way, With all the Galloway employees Layed off, Fired, Terminated for Injuries Caused by the various problems @ Galloway. Who Pay the Lawsuits,Who will do the Snow Plowing ( Luckily we didn't have snow last year) , Leaf collection will take forever especially since they haven't finished WindStorm Damage Cleanup from the June WInd Storm Damage Yet. The leaf Collection will run into the Spring Leaf Collection (that Galloway Cancelled Due to High Expense 2 Years ago - I believe it was Due to Loss Of Employees ). So Keep Putting the Leaves out All Winter and Spring because Like Mitt Romney , Galloway sees the employees just like Romney sees the 47% of US Residents, THEY ARE ALL THE SAME!!!!!!
58yearGresident October 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Want More? ASK ME. SO far this site HAs no interest in Real Facts. Even ask an Employee! i'm sure they have a lot to say. If you can imagine that!
TADiz October 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Get your 'real facts' straight. You started off this rant completely wrong so I can only imagine the rest of it is the ravings of a lunatic as well. Patriot Lake was created by L'ario when they built the shopping center, as the detention basin. Check the plans. Other work done there has caused it to not function properly. So get off your soapbox and do a little research before you go spouting off like you know what you are talking about.

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