Although Bernards Township has always kept nature and conservation
top-of-mind, in 2007 we formalized our commitment to environmental
responsibility by establishing the "Green Team" Advisory
Committee. A cooperative effort of municipal department, commission
and citizen representatives was launched to evaluate current municipal
operations, make recommendations for improvement, and most importantly,
implement initiatives that will benefit Bernards Township in the
present and future.
The "Green Team" immediately identified areas which could be improved in a cost-effective
fashion. Traffic lights and exit signs in municipal buildings were changed to
LED (which uses 90% less energy than incandescent lights) and two new hybrid
vehicles were purchased.
Since then, strategies and best practices for "going green" have been determined
in the areas of energy, transportation, municipal planning and design, resource
protection and operations.
Bernards Township believes through education and awareness by projects such as
the Community Wildlife Habitat Project, municipal government and residents can
work together to enhance and retain the high quality of life in Bernards Township.
Bernards Township Green Team Advisory Committee
The mission of the "Green Team" is to advise the Bernards Township Committee
on ways to save tax dollars, assure clean air and water, and improve working
and living environments to build a community that is sustainable economically,
environmentally and socially; a community which would thrive well into the
Visit the "Green Team" website for more information.
Bernards Township Environmental Commission
The Bernards Township Environmental
Commission is responsible for insuring
that environmental issues in Bernards Township are given the right priority
in order to protect and preserve natural resources of the town and surrounding
Visit the Environmental
Commission page to learn more about environmental
issues and concerns, Bernards Township "green" plans and projects, and
how you can help preserve the natural beauty of our town for future generations.
Learn how to save money and help with climate stabilization efforts-
all at the same time.
Conservation Tips (PDF).