Nutley is one of fifteen New
Jersey municipalities to win a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey Small Grant.
The grant will fund Nutley’s Water Conservation Challenge, where residents are asked to monitor their water consumption over a 12-month period and conserve use ultimately reduce individual utilization.
Nutley will give terracotta rain barrels with a downspout diverters to residents whose water
consumption rates are reduced by 25 percent or more. Water Department personnel
will install the rain barrel.
Participants that reduce their water consumption by between 10 and 25 percent will receive a professionally screened car magnet with the Sustainable Jersey and Greenutley logos identifying them as a Water Conservation Challenge Champion.
“We’re very grateful for
the necessary funds to power our project and to push for higher levels of
conservation,” Dr. Joseph Scarpelli, Commissioner of Nutley’s Public Works
Department, said in a press statement. “The goal is to inspire greater
environmental awareness in town; every little bit helps and we are happy to
The 2013 Sustainable Jersey
Small Grants Program funded by Walmart is providing $380,000 in grants to local
governments for sustainability projects.
The winners of the grants
have projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges such as
organic curbside waste recycling, storm water runoff solutions, innovative
bioswales, water conservation, sustainable landscaping, wildlife interaction
plans and community gardens.
“Walmart is incredibly
proud of the success of the Sustainable Jersey Small Grant Program,” said
Philip Serghini, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart in New Jersey.
Currently, 70 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (398 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified. “The impact that these projects will make in New Jersey is incredible,” Pam Mount, Chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees said in a press statement. “Aiding towns and Green Teams to achieve their sustainability goals by funding green initiatives will have a ripple effect that will benefit us all.”