Middletown Green Team Advisory Committee
The mission of the Green Team is to advise the Township Committee on ways to improve municipal operations with “green” initiatives which are economically and environmentally sound through research and evaluation.
In July of 2009, the Middletown Township passed Resolution 09-199 supporting the Township’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 October of 2009, the Mayor and Township Committee formally established the Middletown Township Green Team Advisory Committee by Resolution 09-253. The Middletown Green Team is comprised of employees and volunteers who meet to focus on completing actions required for Sustainable Jersey certification, as well as other volunteer initiatives to promote environmental sustainability in our community. Members of the Green Team are appointed by the Mayor. To express interest in joining the Green Team, please contact the Township Clerk’s Office by calling (732) 615-2015 for assistance or complete the form online to apply for a board vacancy.
Middletown achieved bronze level of Sustainable Jersey certification in 2010, 2013, and 2016
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.
Participation in NJ Clean Energy Program Local Government Energy Audit
In 2017, the Township of Middletown submitted an application to participate in the NJ Clean Energy Program LGEA to conduct an energy audit for over a dozen of municipal facilities and field lighting.
Participation in EDF Climate Corps Program
Over the Summer of 2017, the Township participated in a technical assistance grant program in partnership with Sustainable Jersey and the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Program. The Climate Corps Fellow was placed in Middletown and surrounding communities to learn what it takes for a community to need less energy.
Green Roof Pavilion
In 2016, Middletown Township was selected among 31 municipalities to receive a $20,000 Sustainable Jersey small grant funded by the PSEG Foundation for the construction of a green pavilion with a living roof in Poricy Park. In partnership with the Poricy Park Conservancy, the Township will construct a new pavilion at Poricy Park, and thanks to the Sustainable Jersey grant funding, it will be constructed with a green “living” roof system. The living roof system will be planted with low lying ground cover.
Native Plant Garden & Adopt-a-Native Plant Program @ Poricy Park
Interested in gardening with native plants? Adopt a section of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden located at the entrance of the Poricy Park Nature Center. Volunteers adopting a section will need to commit to a one year period of time. Duties include weeding, mulching, and some pruning. Groups are also welcome to adopt a plot and share duties. Please call the Green Team Coordinator at (732) 615-2289 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Murray Pond Bank Pond Stabilization Project – Phase 2
On October 17, 2015, members from the Poricy Park Conservancy, Middletown Township Green Team, and 18-20 student volunteers, led by their science teacher from Middletown High School North, met at the Murray Pond for a full day of physical labor to complete Phase 2 of the Murray Pond embankment stabilization Project to stabilize the eastern pond bank and the walking trail adjacent to the pond.
12 coir logs were installed along the eastern bank. The coir logs were twined together and staked along the pond edge. The space between the logs were backfilled with soil. The trail adjacent to the pond was stabilized with matting and then mulched over. Due to the low pond level on the day of installation, the native perennials to be planted in the space between the logs will be delayed until further notice.
2016 Earth Day
The Township celebrated 2016 Earth Day as a Day of Service. Middletown Recreation Department and Public Works Department, the Green Team and volunteers helped establish the newest Middletown Township multi-use trail at Campo Woods. Volunteers worked to clear an unbeaten path through means of raking leaves, snipping dead branches and various other trail blazing procedures.
2015 Earth Day
The Township of Middletown chose to celebrate 2015 Earth Day in the form of a “working” day. On April 25, 2015, Project partners including the Poricy Park Conservancy, Township of Middletown, Middletown Green Team, The College of New Jersey Bonner students, and Middletown High School North science club students volunteered their time and labor and completed Phase 1 of the Murray Bank Pond Stabilization project to install 12 natural coconut fiber, coir, logs and matting to build up and stabilize the southern bank of the Murray Pond from erosion. The Murray Pond located in Poricy Park is a thriving freshwater ecosystem. Overtime, water and ice hitting the banks from below and stormwater flowing off the land from above have removed soil and rock along the southern bank of the pond. This project sought to preserve the Murray Pond ecosystem by stopping the erosion along a 70-foot length of its southern shoreline.
Over the Summer of 2014, the Township, in partnership with the Poricy Park Conservancy, was awarded grant resources from Sustainable Jersey to remove invasive plants with goats within a 2-acre area in Poricy Park.
Middletown Energy Program
Click HERE to read the Middletown Energy Plan.