Hillsdale Pursuing Sustainability Certification
The Sustainable Jersey program provides grants to towns that adopt "green" policies.
Hillsdale officials decided at a recent council meeting that they would pursue a "silver" certification from Sustainable Jersey, a program which provides grants and other awards to towns that adopt "green" policies.
The borough's Green Team previously achieved a bronze certification from the program, bringing in grants for items like new recycling bins and programs in the schools.
Green Team Chair Meredith Kates said at a prior council meeting that the borough has 220 out of the needed 350 points to achieve the next level of certification. Sustainable Jersey sets different point values to various actions and policies towns can use that are environmentally friendly.
The deadline is June 15.
Councilman Frank Pizzella, the liason to the Green Team, said recently that continuing with the program will require some action from the council on between 10 and 15 different items.
"It truly is a commitment on our part to support them," Pizzella said.