CEC Summary 2017

Caldwell Environmental Commission Summary 2017

January

We showed the movie “Bag It” to Agudath Israel Social Concerns committee to raise awareness of plastics in the oceans. 3 hours outreach

February

We applied for a Sustainable Jersey grant to purchase climate change and pollinator materials for the Caldwell Public Library. We met with the Ecology Club at Caldwell University to discuss the role of an Environmental Commission. 1 hour volunteer

March
1. We met to discuss the plans for the garden. There was a clean-up on March 25 from 10-11 AM – 6 people participated – 6 hours volunteer
2. The West Essex Ministerial Association met and we discussed the role of the Environmental Commission in the community. 1 ½ hours volunteer
3. We discussed the pollinator garden with the middle school ecology club. ½ hour outreach
4. We showed “Bag It” to Mt. St Dominic students.

April
1. At the April 4th Council meeting, Shop Rite of West Caldwell presented a donation to help purchase plants for the pollinator garden. There was a presentation on the Energy Sage Program from Verona.
2. Caldwell Earth Day/ Arbor Day was on April 22 – Bartlett Tree participated and gave away free trees to participants. We held a bike swap, gave away tote bags, had a shredding opportunity to collect funds for the High School Scholarship Committee, & announced the winner of the contest. Two electric vehicles were on display. The Sea Turtle exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo had a display. The Ecology Club at the High Schools helped out. The Caldwell Library participated by selling used books. A tree was planted to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Library. There was a total 17 volunteers who participated for 3 hours each – 51 hours total.
3. We were invited to the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell to discuss environmental issues at their Earth Day service. 1 ½ outreach.
4. Climate March in Washington DC- Ann Marchioni and Sister Jeanne Goyette participated.

May
1. Personette Garden – we received a donation from Pinelands Nursey of a 10 x10 plot of plugs – they were picked up in mid-May – we spent 5 days at the garden May 12,15,16,23, 30 – 3 people for 2 hours each -30 hours volunteered.
2. We received the Sustainable Jersey Grant for $2000.
3. Jane Kinkle will participate in the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge from the National Wildlife Federation by developing Monarch Waystations at the local schools and the Caldwell library.

June
1.As part of the Sustainable Jersey grant, we showed “A Plastic Ocean”( participants received Chico bags to cut down on the use of plastic bags) and ”Wings of Life”- (participants received milkweed plants) at the Caldwell Public library.
2. Garden update – we continue to plant the gardens, Volunteers from the Montclair State University Ecology Club came to help on several occasions. June2, 9 – 6 volunteers for 2 days – 2 hours – 24 hours. We watered every other day – 13 times – an hour each time.

July
1. Garden – we continued to plant at the garden –July 23rd – we had 6 people for 2 hours to help plant. ( 12 hours)
2. Watering is taking place 3 times a week for an hour each time – 13 times = 13 hours ( 3 volunteers)
3. On July 4th , we had a table at the GCBMA Birthplace to give out Chico Bags for those who signed our bring your bag initiative and we gave out milkweed plants to help the Monarchs.( 5 volunteers for 3 hours)
4. Caldwell & West Caldwell Environmental Commission Chairs met with Dr. Heinegg to discuss anti-idling with regard to the schools.
5. A commissioner, Kristine Mathieson has volunteered to do the graphics for the sign for Personette Park.

August
1. Garden we continued to plant at the garden – watering is taking place 3 times a week for an hour each time – 13 times = 13 hours ( 3 volunteers)
2. We applied for an Investors Bank Foundation grant for use at the pollinator garden.

September
1. We continued to plant at the garden – watering is taking place 3 times a week for an hour each time – 13 times = 13 hours (3 volunteers)
2. In addition, the Commission applied for an Environmental Achievement award from ANJEC at their annual Congress for their activities concerned with Pollinator Pathways and the Monarch Waystation.
3. Caldwell University students participated in their Annual Day of Service at the Personette garden by planting at property. There were 8 participants for 2 hours = 16 total hours
4. We completed the Sustainable Jersey application for recertification for Bronze level.
5. The Commission supported the Paris Accord Agreement Resolution. We will forward to the Council.

October
1. We had 6 volunteers for 2 hours at the garden –October 21 to get the garden ready for the winter.

2. JCHS students helped to turn over the soil at the garden – 5 people for 2 hours = 10 hours.
The Commission presented the town their environmental achievement award from ANJEC for their.
3. On October 7-8, we developed a mini-green fair at St. Aloysius, Our displays from “Bag It” and “Pollinator Pathways/Monarch Waystation “ were displayed as well as some others from ANJEC.
4. On October 25th, we dedicated the Solar Panels at the Caldwell Sewage Treatment Plant.
5. We received notification that we won an ANJEC Achievement Award for the Pollinator pathways and the Monarch Waystations.

November
1. At the November 9th Council meeting – we presented the ANJEC Achievement Award as well as the materials that we have purchased with the Sustainable Jersey grant.
2. The Caldwell Council passed a resolution on November 9, 2017 to support the Paris Climate Accord.

December
1. At the December Council meeting, we presented the Sustainable Jersey plaque for Bronze certification as well as our Sustainability Awards.
2. Our sign for the Personette garden is in production.