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|EPA Honors New Jersey Environmental Champions
EPA Honors New Jersey Environmental Champions
Contact: Jennifer May-Reddy (212-637-3658), firstname.lastname@example.org
(New York, N.Y. – May 13, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored six individuals and organizations from across New Jersey with Environmental Champion Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Murray Fisher, founder of the New York Harbor School, to present the awards to this year’s recipients at a ceremony at the EPA’s offices in Manhattan. Students from Freehold, NJ also won the national President’s Environmental Youth Award competition while students from Medford, NJ received an honorable mention in the same competition. The awards are presented annually.
“It is a privilege for EPA to be able to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of these environmental trailblazers,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “These individuals and organizations from across New Jersey are an inspiration, encouraging us to do our best to protect the environment every day.”
The Environmental Champion Award winners from New Jersey (in alphabetical order) are:
Camden Collaborative Initiative
The Camden Collaborative Initiative was established by government agencies in order to supplement limited resources in the City of Camden to deal with its environmental and quality of life challenges. The Camden Collaborative Initiative now has more than 40 partners who address specific areas of concern. Accomplishments include: New Jersey’s first sustainability ordinance; brownfield cleanups; stormwater infrastructure projects; youth environmental programs; an educational resource guide; and, a silver-level certification from Sustainable Jersey.
For 23 years, CRISIS has served as an environmental and health protection group for the residents of Bridgewater and Somerset Counties in New Jersey regarding the remediation of the American Cyanamid Superfund Site. CRISIS reviewed, monitored and suggested environmental testing for the site and provided technical critiques of cleanup alternatives proposed for site. When the site-wide cleanup plan was finalized in 2015, it reflected years of work to ensure that community concerns were addressed.
Medford Township Public Schools
Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.
Over the past five years, the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. provided resources, publications, trainings and technical assistance to communities, schools, and businesses throughout New Jersey. These programs have delivered innovative and sustainable solutions with measurable environmental results. These efforts have included tackling electronic-waste, recycling in schools, and composting and organics management, among other environmental issues.
Sandra Meola manages NY/NJ Baykeeper’s communications work and is currently leading their Plastic Reduction Campaign. Sandra is an advocate for the public’s interest to pursue a healthy, fishable and swimmable Hudson-Raritan Estuary watershed, as well as a coalition-builder and strategic planner. She is a major contributor to the Region 2 EPA Trash Free Waters Partnership.
Wall Township Environmental Advisory Committee
The Wall Township Environmental Advisory Committee produced a pictorial book entitled “Life in Wall Township: Past and Present”, which is a 35th Year Commemorative Heritage book. The book includes over 350 photographs, maps, documentation and illustrations covering all of the icons of Wall Township, including local plants and animals, water bodies, gardens, farms, and historic natural sites.
2015 PRESIDENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARDS
Every year, students and educators compete nationally for the honor of receiving the President’s Environmental Youth Award. There is only one winner in each region, along with honorable mention recipients. This year’s winners and honorable mention recipients in EPA’s Region 2 are from New Jersey.
Freehold, New Jersey
Two high school students, Ranjan Pati and Michael Abelar, discovered that the Pine Barrens was suffering from deforestation due to its agriculture uses of growing cranberries and blueberries. Under the supervision of Ann MacLean, the students built the first-ever scale model of a cost-effective vertical greenhouse using plastic reflectors instead of the usual LED lighting. Their design has received national and international recognition and they have been awarded thousands of dollars in grants in order to expand their program. They are currently reaching out to NJ farmers and asking them to make a pledge not to expand into the Pine Barrens in exchange for help with making a full-size vertical greenhouse for their farm.
Medford Memorial Middle School
Medford Memorial Middle School’s Citizen Science Education Program is the brainchild of two 7th grade students and one teacher. The program has five facets, the two most important of which are improving the scientific literacy of the community and teaching 21st century workforce skills to the students. The program was created by students and continues to be run and organized by students. One big achievement is the Medford Science Summit; a student run program that teaches community members about climate change and its effect on the local environment. In the second year of this summit, over 200 community members attended, and the students ran 20 different stations. The program coordinator, Victoria Gorman, and the members of the Citizen Science Education Program are exploring ways to duplicate the program in schools across the country.
For more details, visit: www.epa.gov/aboutepa/environmental-champion-awards.
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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION'S CAMDEN COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE PROGRAM RECEIVES EPA ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPION AWARD
PROGRAM'S SUCCESSES TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN CAMDEN CITY GAIN NATIONAL RECOGNITION
(16/P41) TRENTON - A partnership between the Christie Administration and several agencies to improve environmental challenges and quality of life in the City of Camden is the recipient of a prestigious Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today.
The Camden Collaborative Initiative was launched in 2013 as a partnership between the Christie Administration through the Department of Environmental Protection, Camden City, Camden County led by its Municipal Utilities Authority, the Cooper's Ferry Partnership and EPA. The partnership aims to improve the health, environment and quality of life in Camden through projects to reduce flooding, improve and establish parks, and more.
"It is an honor for the Christie Administration to receive this award, which recognizes the hard work and dedication the Camden Collaborative Initiative has undertaken to enhance and restore the environment in the City of Camden," said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "Our work is not done, however. We will continue working to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in the city, while at the same time restoring parks and undertaking other projects that will help lead to economic revitalization."
As part of the DEP's efforts in Camden, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) has provided approximately $8 million in subsidized financing to pay for a significant majority of the Camden Collaborative Initiative projects.
The EPA Environmental Champion Award is the highest recognition the EPA presents to the public. Each spring, EPA honors individuals and organizations who contributed significantly during the prior year to improving the environment in their region. The Camden Collaborative Initiative is among 40 recipients that will be recognized during the awards ceremony today at EPA Region 2 offices in New York City. EPA Region 2 includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations in New York State.
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|Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season
Hackensack Riverkeeper Launches 2016 Eco-Program Season
40 Open Eco-Cruises, 11 River Cleanups, 9 Full Moon paddles – and more!
Hackensack Riverkeeper is pleased to announce its 2016 Eco-Program schedule. The clean water advocacy group is poised to provide thousands of people with an enjoyable & educational experience of the river, its watershed and wildlife. Riverkeeper’s Eco-Cruises, Guided Paddles, boat rentals, River Cleanups, Bird-Walks and indoor presentations combine environmental education with public service and fun. The new season begins Earth Day Weekend (April 23-24) with the re-opening of the organization’s Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus and Overpeck Park Kayak Center in Teaneck. The Eco-Program season runs through the end of October.
“It’s coming up past and we’re very much looking forward to our upcoming outdoor season,” said Riverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “During each of the past two years we brought more than ten thousand people to the water and the water’s edge and weather permitting we’ll reach that magic five-figure mark once again. Any way you look at it, the river awaits”
Hackensack Riverkeeper offers a series of eight distinct Eco-Program opportunities:
Eco-Cruises This is Hackensack Riverkeeper’s signature environmental education program.
Forty Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled from May 1 through October 15 aboard the 30-foot research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II, which joined the fleet just last year. Open trips are great for individuals, couples and families and can be had for a program donation of $25-$30 per person for adults / $10 for kids 4-12. Three distinct Eco-Cruise itineraries are offered: Meadowlands Discovery, which explores the wetlands & creeks of the river’s estuary; Boating through Bergen, which runs upriver to the center of Hackensack and the museum ship USS Ling; and Excursion Around the Bay, a maritime history tour to Staten Island and back past the port facilities of Newark and Elizabeth. Open trips are not available for group charters.
Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for groups of up to 28 adults for any available date/time May 2 through October 31. Hackensack Riverkeeper asks a donation of $325 per boat for Adult Charter Eco-Cruises and $275 for Youth Charters. Half-day Combo Programs are also available for youth groups of up to 34 persons for a donation of $350. Those interested can call Program Director Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808 x102 for more info or to book a trip.
Passaic River Eco-Cruises are conducted in partnership with the City of Newark from Riverbank Park, located on Raymond Boulevard in the city’s Ironbound section. Eight spring and summer dates have been chosen for these unique tours, which include both waterfront excursions and trips up the Newark and Elizabeth Shipping Channels off Newark Bay. Those looking to participate in Passaic Eco-Cruises should visit www.newarkriverfront.org or contact Newark Riverfront Revival at 201-241-8311, 973-733-5868, or email@example.com.
Paddling Center at Laurel Hill Park Located on the river at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ the Center is open weekends Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, October 30 weather permitting. It offers the use of canoes & kayaks for a donation of $25 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to four hours for independent exploration. Eleven scheduled Guided Paddles will be conducted by Center staff including nine popular Full (and near-full) Moon paddles. Program donation: $30 per paddler / $15 per paddler for those their own boat(s). Private Group Paddle tours can be arranged by calling Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808 x102 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overpeck Park Kayak (and Canoe) Center 2015 marks the fourth year of operation for this popular Bergen County venue. From April 23 through October 30, the Center will be open Wednesday-Friday from noon to sunset; and weekends from 9AM to 6PM. Unlike the tidal waters of the Hackensack River, the impounded waters of Overpeck Creek are generally calm and easy for novice paddlers and families with children to handle. Program donation: only $15 per paddler (2-paddler minimum) for up to two hours; $10 per paddler for each additional hour. Children canoe passengers ride as our guests.
River Cleanups These active conservation events give people of all ages the opportunity to give back to the environment and their communities. River Cleanups are scheduled at eleven different waterside locations within the Hackensack River Watershed from April 23 through November 6. Riverkeeper provides cleanup tools and supplies as well as refreshments for all volunteers. All they ask is that everyone pitch in and help rid local waterways of litter and other debris. For more information about River Cleanups including group participation and the organization’s Corporate River Stewardship Program, call Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Caitlin Doran at 201-968-0808 x105 or e-mail her at Outreach@HackensackRiverkeeper.org.
Bird-Walks For groups interested in birding and nature study, Captain Hugh Carola is available to lead Bird-Walks or hawk watches at local birding hotspots within the Hackensack River Watershed region. For more information, including itinerary options, call him at 201-968-0808 x102. Costs: $150-$200 depending on location and duration of trip. For up to 12 people.
Indoor Presentations Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola can conduct multimedia presentations for groups of any size or age range. They have a wealth of materials including PowerPoint slideshows and video screenings that are appropriate for all age groups. Presenters will be sure to bring informational literature for all attendees. Costs: $150 - $200 if presented within the Bergen, Hudson, southern Rockland, eastern Passaic or greater Newark areas; $200 - $300 if presented further afield. Call 201-968-0808 for more information.
“All of us at Hackensack Riverkeeper are getting pretty antsy waiting for the new season to start,” said Program Director Captain Hugh Carola. “When it finally does folks can do, learn, work out, or just sit back and let the boat and their captain do all the work. Whichever you prefer, we know that you’ll go home with a new appreciation of your Hackensack River.”
All Hackensack Riverkeeper Eco-Program info including descriptions and schedules is available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org.
Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working on Hackensack River issues. A founding member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the group engages in a four-point clean water strategy (Action, Advocacy, Education and Litigation) in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River. Their Eco-Programs focus on environmental action and education.
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