Trenton Green Team

Overview

The Trenton Green Team is composed of a group of engaged Trenton residents and people who work or volunteer in the City all of whom demonstrate a commitment to fostering a healthy, sustainable community. City staff, Trenton residents, and Trenton area non-profits all work together to engage community members and to foster sustainability initiatives that will make Trenton an even better place to live, work, and play.

Meetings

  • 4 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of each month
  • Trenton City Hall
    319 E State Street
    Department of Health Conference Room. 1st Floor
    Trenton, NJ 08608

All are welcome to attend.

History

The City of Trenton formally established its Green Team in October 2011 with a resolution from City Council. The Trenton Green Team launched with a focus on participating in the municipal certification program of Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs.

Monthly meetings have been held in City Hall with community participation and collaboration since May of 2011. The Trenton Green Team has actively supported the City's efforts to undertake a comprehensive Master Plan process and in 2014 testified in favor of pursuing a more comprehensive sustainable Master Planning process, which is now underway.

Certification

In November 2014, City Council adopted a resolution renewing support for the Trenton Green Team and supporting the City's application for 2015 Silver Certification. Sustainable Jersey awarded the City of Trenton Silver Certification in October 2015, the highest level of certification available. The certification is valid for three years, until 2018. The City of Trenton received 365 points for 32 separate sustainability actions in 13 categories. See the City of Trenton press release on the certification (PDF).

Trenton completed three of the 11 priority actions by completing a Municipal Carbon Footprint, a Sustainable Land Use Pledge and a Natural Resources Inventory. Trenton also completed a number of other actions in the following areas:

  • Brownfields
  • Buy-local programs
  • Climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Community outreach
  • Diversity and equity
  • Food production and supporting local food
  • Green design
  • Green fairs
  • Health and wellness
  • Land use and transportation
  • Municipal energy efficiency
  • Natural resources
  • Supporting local economies
  • Sustainability planning

View the full certification report. The Trenton Green Team benefits from the technical support of The College of New Jersey - Bonner Scholars Program.