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Cape May City, New Jersey's "Green Team" Is Guiding the City to Become More Sustainable

How does a small city, with limited resources, work towards sustainability goals?

Cape May City, New Jersey, a coastal town of just over 4,000 full time residents, has been awarded the Small Municipality Champion Award from Sustainable Jersey.

How did such a small City earn such accolades?  To accomplish this, the City followed the recommendation of the Sustainable Jersey program in establishing a “Green Team” in 2011.  The Green Team consists of dedicated city employees which includes their mayor, city manager, superintendent of water/sewer, superintendent of public works, and representatives of the zoning, planning and historical boards, among others.  Adding to the City’s involvement, the Green Team’s inclusion of a diverse group of community and business leadersprovide broad based support  throughout the community – with all focused on a goal to sustain the City’s quality of life over the long term.  The City’s Mayor Dr. Edward J. Mahaney, Jr. credits the City of Cape May’s 21-member Green Team with “collectively developing the long term plan and strategies to guarantee the sustainability and resiliency of the City of Cape May.”

The benefits accrued from these efforts have not only been enhancements in livability and sustainability.  Since early 2011, with the establishment of Cape May´s Green Team, the City has accrued over $250,000 in grants and rebates and the City continues to elevate their efforts and garner more state and federal support.  The Green Team has also been active in the City’s redevelopment efforts on several tracts of City land which are being repurposed as parks and playing fields.

By working within their own City’s government resources, community involvement and input and working towards goals and with larger organizations like Sustainable Jersey, the City has enhanced their efforts toward their sustainability goals and bolstered their financial resources.  The City also works in collaboration with other environmental/green groups and has been named a ”Tree City USA.”  Learn more about Cape May efforts at www.capemaycity.com/sustainability/MayorWelcome.html.

(Image provided by Mayor Dr. Edward J. Mahaney, Jr)