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In April of 2010, the Hoboken City Council passed a resolution supporting the City’s participation in the Sustainable Jersey certification program. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs.  By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering communities to build a better world for future generations.

All communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program must establish a Green Team. Green Teams provide the leadership to develop plans, implement programs and assist with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community. In August of 2011, the Mayor and City Council formally established the Hoboken Green Team by resolution. 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. To join the Green Team, please attend the next monthly meeting (see calendar below) and email dcalamoneri@hobokennj.gov with any questions.

Hoboken achieved bronze level of Sustainable Jersey certification in 2011, and 2014 and Silver level certification in 2017

Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey. Municipalities that achieve the certification are considered by their peers, by state government and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, to be among the leading municipalities in sustainability. The certification is a rigorous and meaningful designation. All actions taken by municipalities to score points toward certification must be accompanied by documentary evidence and is reviewed. The certification is free and voluntary.

Click here to learn more about Sustainable Jersey

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Green Team

In April of 2010, the Hoboken City Council passed a resolution supporting the City’s participation in the Sustainable Jersey certification program. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs.  By supporting community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity, Sustainable Jersey is empowering communities to build a better world for future generations.

All communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program must establish a Green Team. Green Teams provide the leadership to develop plans, implement programs and assist with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community. In August of 2011, the Mayor and City Council formally established the Hoboken Green Team by resolution. 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. To join the Green Team, please attend the next monthly meeting (see calendar below) and email dcalamoneri@hobokennj.gov with any questions.

Hoboken achieved bronze level of Sustainable Jersey certification in 2011, and 2014 and Silver level certification in 2017

Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey. Municipalities that achieve the certification are considered by their peers, by state government and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, to be among the leading municipalities in sustainability. The certification is a rigorous and meaningful designation. All actions taken by municipalities to score points toward certification must be accompanied by documentary evidence and is reviewed. The certification is free and voluntary.

Click here to learn more about Sustainable Jersey

Green Team Meeting Calendar

Green Team meetings are held from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the Ground Floor Conference Room at City Hall:

2019

January 28

February 25

March 18

April 22

May 20

June 17

July 15

August 19

September 23

October 21

November 18

December 16

Green Fair

The City of Hoboken will host the 8th Annual Green Fair on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 11am to 3pm at Church Square Park, located at 4th Street and Garden Street. The Hoboken Green Team organizes the fair, which features green businesses, non-profit organizations, artists, and food vendors whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability. Each year, the Green Fair encourages sustainable lifestyle choices for our community, raises awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrates how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.

Click here to register as a vendor for the Green Fair

Green Business Recognition Program

The Hoboken Green Team recognizes that local businesses play an important role in the sustainability and environmental responsibility of our City. We aim to build a thriving, active community of like-minded individuals and businesses committed to progressive, responsible environmental values; a community dedicated to the goals of improving and protecting our city, our residents, our businesses and our planet.

Click here to learn more about the Green Business Recognition Program

Hydration Station Program

The Hoboken Hydration Station Program is an initiative by the Hoboken Green Team to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles in our City, making it easy for residents and visitors to stay hydrated and save money.

Click here to learn more about the Hoboken Hydration Station Program

Green Team Challenge

Love our mile-square city? Help make it GREENER! Take the Hoboken Green Team Challenge by pledging to purchase locally grown produce, use reusable bags, AND shop, dine, and support local Hoboken businesses. 

Click here to take the Hoboken Green Team Challenge

Wellness Wednesdays Series

The City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Public Library have teamed up for the third annual Wellness Wednesdays series to help you meet your goals of having a healthier lifestyle in 2019. This educational series will provide free community workshops one evening per month featuring local Hoboken practitioners discussing a variety of health and wellness issues.

Click here to learn more about the Wellness Wednesddays Series and see the full calendar of events

Mayor’s Wellness Campaign

The City of Hoboken is a member of The Mayors Wellness Campaign, an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the NJ State League of Municipalities. As a member of The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, Hoboken promotes health in the following domains: youth; seniors; employees; and, communities. The City and Hoboken Green Team work to champion healthy and active living, and to improve the overall health of our community.

Hoboken Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Increasingly, food for the Hoboken community comes from more distant sources, with serious consequences such as the loss of older local food system infrastructure and threats to the survival of many U.S. farms. At roughly eight calories of energy to produce one typical food calorie, today’s food system is both energy-intensive and inefficient.

The Hoboken Green Team seeks to build local food systems that support local Hoboken retailers and nearby New Jersey Farms. Local food systems are networks of food production and consumption that aim to be geographically and economically accessible and direct.

Click here for a list of locations where you can buy local produce in Hoboken

Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge

The City of Hoboken has partnered with EnergySage to offer the Solar Challenge to residents and businesses. EnergySage is an online solar marketplace that was developed with funding and support from the US Department of Energy. This free service will help you learn about and shop for a solar energy system with absolutely no obligation to make a purchase in the end. To participate in this great program, simply visit our new website, www.hobokensolar.org.

The great news is the more than 50,000 New Jersey homeowners have gone solar and are saving money and the environment already. An average homeowner in New Jersey saves enough money each year from reduced electricity bills and other incentives to pay back their initial investment in just 7 years. And, you can go solar with no money down through various loan and leasing programs!

Sign up today for some free solar quotes and help us spread the word about the Hoboken Solar Challenge today.

Learn More! Download the Solar Challenge Brochure and Informational Letter.

Fact Sheets

Storm Drain Mural Project

The Hoboken Green Team developed a plan for a series of murals to be painted around storm drain inlets near some of the schools in the City.  Students had the opportunity to design and paint environmentally themed murals around storm drains, utilizing the sidewalk surrounding the drain as a canvas.

The Green Team hopes that these murals will catalyze positive change in our community, generating interest in environmental issues and promoting environmental stewardship. By turning storm drains into attention-grabbing pieces of artwork, the Hoboken Green Team aims to raise awareness of the harmful effects of litter, gasoline, oil, grass clippings, road salt, and other types of pollution on our waterways.  It is important that local citizens realize these pollutants are generated by everyday human activities, and can be carried by rain and snowmelt to storm drains. These murals inform the community that storm drains collect water and carry it to local streams, lakes, and rivers, correcting the misconception that storm drains always lead to wastewater treatment plants. By educating Hoboken residents about this connection, we hope to reduce pollution and improve water quality in Hoboken. Overall, we aim to increase environmental awareness, promote water pollution prevention activities, and encourage environmental and watershed stewardship – all while enhancing the urban beauty of Hoboken, covering impervious surfaces with art and improving the quality of public spaces.

On Earth Day, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Jim Doyle and the Hoboken Green Team congratulated the first place winners from Hoboken High School and Wallace Elementary School in the Earth Day storm drain mural contest. Students from seven Hoboken schools participated in the contest, and over twenty storm drains across the City were painted by students. The winners were chosen by the Hoboken Green Team, including Jeffrey Train and Elizabeth Balladeres, who coordinated the projects with all seven schools and the Hoboken Public Schools Green Team, led by Chris Della Fave. Additional schools participating in the storm drain mural contest included Hoboken Charter School, Connors Elementary School, Calabro Elementary School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, and The Hudson School.

The Hoboken Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the Hoboken Public Schools, donated supplies to some of the participating schools, including non-toxic eco-friendly paint.

Listen to The Real Story Behind Hoboken’s Newly Painted Aquatic Storm Drains Podcast

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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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