2016 Summary

Caldwell Environmental Commission Summary 2016

Winter – we had a few garden meetings to plan the garden activities.  We applied for another ANJEC Open Space Grant for an informational sign at the pollinator garden.

April 2016

  1. We worked with Roseland and West Caldwell Environmental Commissions and the Environmentally Friendly Club at Caldwell University to hold a showing of “Bag It” on April 21st.
  2. We had a garden clean-up and had our annual Earth Day/ Arbor Day event on April 30th. Bartlett Tree participated and gave away free trees to participants. We held a bike swap, gave away reusable tote bags, held a contest for participants, and held a shredding opportunity to collect funds for the High School Scholarship Committee.  A Caldwell University student did an independent study project on idling at the University and had a table at the Earth Day event.
  3. We received another Open Space grant from ANJEC ($1500) for an informational sign at the pollinator garden.

In June, we developed a display for the library to let the community know what the commission does in conjunction with History Day on June 11.  We also held another community viewing of “Bag It” at the Library.

In July, we met with the Rotary to discuss the Pollinator Garden.  The result was a possible sponsorship for the garden fence.  Shop Rite sponsored some of the individual garden plants.

In September, we showed the movie “Bag It” at Caldwell University for students and faculty and members of the Dominican Motherhouse.  The Rotary generously presented the Council with a check for the fence.

The Commission received an Environmental Achievement award from ANJEC at their annual Congress for their showings of the movie “Bag It” and for bringing awareness to plastics pollution.  Caldwell University students participated in their Annual Day of Service at the Personette Garden by mulching and raking the property.

In October, the Commission presented the town ANJEC’s environmental achievement award for their promotion of the decrease of plastics pollution.

In November, we cleaned up the garden and our display on the Plastic pollution activities through the use of the film “Bag It” is at the library until January 2017.  At the end of November, we participated in a Solar Workshop sponsored by Sustainable Jersey.  We received a donation of replacement pavers for the Path from Alan Benson from AZEK and fertilizer treatment for our trees at the property from the Bartlett Tree Company.

In December, we did a pollinator garden presentation to the Kiwanis Club.  Kiwanis discussed the possibility of sponsoring a program where we bring educational materials to local schools.

Our partnership with PSEG in the Solar4All program is proceeding nicely, the panels should be complete in early 2017.