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Township of Mahwah Establishes “Sustainable Mahwah” Green Team

Environmental Commission forms Sustainable Mahwah “Green Team” to advocate town sustainability and carry out the mission of “Sustainable Jersey.”

Sustainable Mahwah "Green Team"
Karin La Greca
Rich Wolfe
Richard Seibert
Chance Parker
Eric Fuchs-Stengel
John Spiech
Howard Horowitz
Brian Phiefer
Carol Phiefer
Paul Scian
Emma Rainforth
Gregg Sgambati
Ashwani Basishth

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Mahwah, NJ, February 22, 2010:  The Mahwah Township Council passed a resolution designating the Environmental Commission to create the ‘Sustainable Mahwah’ “green team.”  The green team’s mission is to assist, advocate, and advise the township on sustainable strategies and initiatives for environmental and fiscal responsibility.  Sustainable Mahwah will pursue certification through the statewide Sustainable Jersey (www,sustainablejersey.com)-- a certification and incentive program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.  New Jersey is the first State in the nation to have such a comprehensive sustainability program for communities. 

The Sustainable Mahwah team consists of Environment Commission members as well as community and university participants.  It will meet twice a month at Mahwah Town Hall. 

The Sustainable Mahwah team has a goal of not only achieving early Sustainable Jersey certification, but also encouraging long-term involvement of many township residents, community organizations, students, businesses, and all of those interested in sustainable living. 

The Sustainable Mahwah team includes Environmental Commission members John Brotherton, Karin La Greca, Chance Parker, Carol Phiefer, Richard Seibert, and John Spiech; Township Administrator Brian Campion; township residents Brian Phiefer, Paul Scian, and Gregg Sgambati; Ramapo College, Associate Geology Professor Emma Rainforth from the College’s Environmental Science program, and Ramapo College Environmental Science major Max Hensley.

Sustainable Mahwah looks forward to the long term involvement of many residents (within or outside of Mahwah).  A growing involvement of interested individuals and organizations will enable Mahwah to meet and exceed the requirements of maintaining certification while more importantly, creating a higher, more economical quality of life for its community and future generations.  The Sustainable Mahwah team encourages you to explore the Sustainable Jersey website, sign up to its news and discussion group at http://www.sustainablejersey.com/  or contact Sustainable Mahwah at sustainablemahwah@mahwahtwp.org. 

To join the Green Team or for more information about the Green Team please contact:
 mahwahgreenteam@gmail.com