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Hoboken Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day [from home!]

@hoboken_green on Instagram // @HobokenGreenTeam on Facebook

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for protection of the planet, launching the modern environmental movement. To celebrate, the Hoboken Green Team is partnering with local Hoboken green businesses to get our community engaged in sustainability from home. 

Our Green City

The City of Hoboken is a LEED Gold City and Sustainable Jersey Silver Certified. Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s  Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

The Hoboken Climate Action Plan provides a baseline carbon footprint for emissions, sets achievable goals and targets for GHG emissions reductions, and identifies actions to achieve them. 

The City will be net zero by 2030, and municipal government operations will be net zero by 2025. The City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities in 2019. Hoboken will be carbon neutral by 2050, and municipal government operations will be carbon neutral by 2035. These goals and actions will be re-evaluated every five years, in order to ensure that the City is taking an ambitious yet achievable path toward carbon neutrality.

Your Green Challenge… Accepted!

The Hoboken Green Team will be posting a new project or challenge every day that shows you a small way to help the environment from home.

Let us know how you are celebrating earth day at home this year by tagging us @hoboken_green on Instagram and @HobokenGreenTeam on Facebook.

Hoboken Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day [from home!]

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Hoboken Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day [from home!]

@hoboken_green on Instagram // @HobokenGreenTeam on Facebook

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for protection of the planet, launching the modern environmental movement. To celebrate, the Hoboken Green Team is partnering with local Hoboken green businesses to get our community engaged in sustainability from home. 

Our Green City

The City of Hoboken is a LEED Gold City and Sustainable Jersey Silver Certified. Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s  Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

The Hoboken Climate Action Plan provides a baseline carbon footprint for emissions, sets achievable goals and targets for GHG emissions reductions, and identifies actions to achieve them. 

The City will be net zero by 2030, and municipal government operations will be net zero by 2025. The City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities in 2019. Hoboken will be carbon neutral by 2050, and municipal government operations will be carbon neutral by 2035. These goals and actions will be re-evaluated every five years, in order to ensure that the City is taking an ambitious yet achievable path toward carbon neutrality.

Your Green Challenge… Accepted!

The Hoboken Green Team will be posting a new project or challenge every day that shows you a small way to help the environment from home.

Let us know how you are celebrating earth day at home this year by tagging us @hoboken_green on Instagram and @HobokenGreenTeam on Facebook.

Get to know your neighbors: Bioblitz!

April 24 – April 27 via iNaturalist

Join our Hoboken Backyard/In-Home Bioblitz (City Nature Challenge) 2020

What is it, you ask? A bioblitz is an event where participants try to observe as many species as possible within a certain time period. It's a fun way to learn more about local biodiversity while collecting valuable environmental data even while sequestering! 

Who should participate? If you love nature, WE NEED YOUR HELP to locate and identify the many wonderful species of plants, insects, and animals that share our urban home. Please join us in this citizen science adventure to document Hoboken’s hidden backyard/in-home biodiversity! 

From April 24th to 27th, we're asking all Hobokenites - EVERYONE - to become citizen scientists!  The event is timed with the City Nature Challenge where cities from all over the world compete to identify as many species as possible in their local area. We need your help to make as many iNaturalist observations as we can! For this event, we urge you to make observations out your window, in your home and, if you have one, in your own private backyard!

Wondering what you have to do to participate? First download the iNaturalist app to your mobile device. It's compatible with both iOS and android operating systems and it’s free! The app will allow you to upload photos of animals or plants.  Then search for and join our Hoboken Backyard/In-Home Bioblitz project from April 24th – April 27th 2020, and all you have to do is upload an image of any organism you see – this year you can include pets and house plants (just mark them as domestic or cultivated species). Participating experts plus iNaturalist community members will help identify them. You can even participate looking out your window while enjoying a cup of coffee in your kitchen. It is super easy and fun!

Spring Fling

April 25

Join the Hoboken Green Team for Spring Fling at home! Since we are not able to have our annual Spring Fling cleanup event, we are asking each resident to help us celebrate Earth Day with your own spring cleaning at home. 

It’s a great time for spring cleaning! Use this time to clean out your closet, basement, attic, or just that pesky junk drawer. Remember to separate items for comingled or paper recycling, e-waste recycling, and donations. Consider recycling for charity by donating toys, blankets, clothing, shows, and collectibles to Green Drop, recycling appliances through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, or recycling mattresses with Mattress Clarity. Not sure where or how to recycle or dispose of something? Find out how here.

Do you own your stoop? Do you have a backyard? If so, grab some gloves, a mask, and a trash bag then head outside for a couple minutes. See if you can find any trash on or in front of your property and pick it up! Be safe and please practice social distancing while participating, staying 6 feet away from other people. Dispose of all trash in waste receptacles outside your building. Please do not participate if you are sick. If we all pitch in a little, we can reduce the pollution in Hoboken. This helps reduce pollution in our waterways and protects our wildlife from ingesting plastic.

Shop Local + Recycle Right!

April 27, 6 PM – 7 PM via Facebook Live @HobokenGreenTeam

Join the Green Team for an interactive virtual workshop to support local green businesses in Hoboken. Learn how Hoboken certified green businesses are making our mile square a more sustainable place, and learn how you can support them during these challenging times to stay #HobokenStrong. PLUS ask your questions about recycling so we can work together to #RecycleRight. Guest speakers include Hoboken certified Green Businesses (specific businesses to be announced shortly) and Dave Calamoneri, Hoboken’s Recycling Coordinator. 

See the video here

Our Green New Normal: A Climate Change Workshop

April 28, 7 PM – 8 PM via Zoom

bwè kafe presents this interactive virtual workshop to explore the post-pandemic journey towards a green new normal. Guest speakers include Johann Wong of JouleWatt and Jennifer Gonzalez, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken. They will discuss efforts at climate adaptation and mitigation at worldwide and right here in Hoboken

See the Hoboken presentation here

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50 Years of Earth Day

Learn more about the original Earth Day and 50th Anniversary in 2020. 

50 years of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Learn more about the 50th birthday of NJDEP.

New Jersey was the third state in the country to combine environmental activities into a single, unified agency. Some of the Department's many milestones include: being the first state to enact a mandatory recycling law; passage of the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act; being an original member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; leading the way in scientific research, such as establishing maximum contaminant levels for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals in drinking water; preserving more than 700,000 acres of land through the Green Acres Program; and holding polluters accountable for contaminating our communities through our strong enforcement programs.

Watch First Lady Tammy Murphy, Commissioner McCabe, Senator Bob Smith and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin commemorate the 50th birthday.

Food and Water Watch Teach-Ins

Youth and student leaders around NJ are hosting a series of online teach-ins where you can learn from and engage with leaders from around our state, and join the movement for a healthy future for NJ and our Earth. Register here to select which teach-ins you’d like to attend. Teach-ins will also be streamed live on Facebook.

Sustainable Jersey Virtual Summit

In order to adhere to current public health standards and social distancing guidelines, Sustainable Jersey cancelled the June 12 Sustainability Summit in Holmdel. Instead, they developed four weeks of FREE virtual “Summit-like" content now through May 15, including online educational sessions, social “happy hours,” and 30 minute talks on a variety of topics.

Sustainability and Resiliency in Hoboken

Learn more about Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan, Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element, and projects that advance sustainability and resiliency.

Joining the Green Team!

The Hoboken Green Team is comprised of volunteers who meet monthly to focus on completing actions required for Sustainable Jersey certification, as well as other volunteer initiatives to promote environmental sustainability in our community.

knowledge base: faqs



Does the Shade Tree Commission have a list of trees that they recommend for planting? View the approved list of tree species.

Who should trim the tree in front of my house? Please contact David Calamoneri.

I know of a tree that I believe is dying or is dangerous, who should I contact? Please contact David Calamoneri.

How do I become a volunteer for the Shade Tree Commission? Please contact Peter Bakarich III.

How do I apply to be a commissioner on the Shade Tree Commission? Submit an application for appointment to citizen advisory boards and commissions.

When does the Hoboken Shade Tree commission meet? Click here to view the meeting dates for 2015.

What are the benefits and reasons for planting trees in Hoboken? Read about 13 Reasons to plant trees.

How can I find out info on the tree(s) on my Street? View the Hoboken Tree Inventory.

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