The Clinton Township Green Team is partnering with the NJ Water Supply Authority and the NJ State Park Service to host an educational walk this Saturday, June 25, from 5:30pm to 7pm. You will learn about the development of Spruce Run Recreation Area, the construction of the Spruce Run Reservoir, the infrastructure of the Raritan Basin System, the role of the NJ Water Supply Authority does, and more!
Space is limited. Please register for this free event here:
Spruce Run Boathouse (aka Boat Rental) at Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckles Road, Clinton, NJ 08809
In 2021, the Clinton Township Mayor and Council created the Clinton Township Green Team.
The Green Team is composed of Environmental Commission members, Planning Board members, Township Council members, Open Space Committee members, School District members, and community members.
|Mario Caballero (Chair)||Environmental Commission|
|Amy Switlyk (Vice-Chair)||Town Council|
|Umesh Bhatt||Community Member|
|Maria Alfano||Community Member|
|Lisanne Bartram||School District|
|Rachel Sprague||Community Member|
|Sandy Millward||Environmental Commission|
|John Higgins||Planning Board|
|Chris Hackett||Open Space Advisory Committee|
The goals of the Green Team are to:
- To get credit for all the sustainable practices the township has been doing for years by pursuing the Sustainable Jersey certification
- Identify additional sustainable practices that require little or no taxpayer dollars, or better yet, saves money
- Bring awareness to residents to become more aware of sustainable practices.
- Hold environmental educational sessions on topics relevant to our community.
Looking for tips to decrease your environmental footprint?
Reduce plastic use -start small. For example, you can replace your deodorant bars with ones that are plastic free.
- When replacing your heating and air conditioning unit, ask for heat pumps. Gas furnaces are typically 95% efficient. But a heat pump is 200% to 400% efficient. Basically, for each unit of energy, you get 2-4 units of heat.
- Become carbon neutral -either by replacing your oil/gas appliances with electric ones when they break, or you do home improvements (the electrical grid keeps getting cleaner each year) or by offsetting your carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets.
- When replacing your car, purchase an electric car. Unlike an internal combustion car where it continues creating carbon emissions for the life of the car, the carbon footprint of an EV stops after it is manufactured. The initial carbon footprint is greater for an EV because of the battery, but the crossover is around 1 year of usage. After that, electric cars are net negative on the carbon footprint.
- When looking for new job opportunities, look for companies that have strong carbon neutrality goals, or even better, companies that have already achieved carbon neutrality.