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Cranford Environmental Commission Reviews Accomplishments of 2013



The commission launched a storm water training program, developed green business programs, the My Green Cranford website and more last year.



The Cranford Environmental Commission reviewed its accomplishments for the year 2013, which included hosting a training session on storm water management practices, the continuing development of the green house program, the My Green Cranford website and more.



The commission also worked with the Rahway River Watershed Storm Water Advisory board and created an Energy Day Fair in 2013.



A list of storm water goals and ideas are listed on the commission’s web site at mygreencranford.org.



“We are very proud of our accomplishments this year, believing that, in a small way, they have enhanced the quality of life and the environment in Cranford,” Chair of the Commission, Nelson Dittmar, said. ”We are very grateful for the support of the Township Committee, in particular our liaison, Ed O’Malley.”



In January, the Township Committee adopted our recommendation and pledged a 10 percent reduction in impervious surfaces on school and municipal facilities by 2015. Cranford was also recertified as a Sustainable Community in 2013 by Sustainable Jersey.

Mygreencranford.com serves as a resource guide for residents for issues relating to the environment, energy-savings ideas, and environmental events. There is a resource page with links to helpful green web sites. Visitors have the option to sign up for the e-mail newsletter, which offers monthly tips and news.

The commission also assisted The Green Team this year with some of their projects including, the Green Business recognition program, which recognizes businesses for taking actions that benefit the environment while being economically beneficial.  The group also offered to residents plots in the Community Gardens at Walnut.

“I am looking forward to continuing many of these programs in 2014 and starting new ones,” Dittmar said.  

The full report is available at mygreencraford.com. Those interested in the Commission can email Dittmar at candndittmar@cs.com or attend the next meeting on Feb. 3 at 7:30 at the community center. 

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