IE Meeting Tonight

Join the core working group of Incredible Edible Merchantville upstairs at Eclipse Brewing for their monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. tonight. They will host guest speaker Jen Callaghan to share information on Aeroponic Gardening and get an update from Dorothy Foley on Sustainable Jersey Green Team Certification. The certification application deadline is Sunday, May 17th and IE members are working feverishly with support from the municipality and other Merchantville sustainability groups to achieve Bronze status this year. Brigid Austin will update everyone on our application for a grant through The Pollination Project, an international nonprofit organization. Finally, Joan Brennan will review plans for Spring 2020 IE Small Action Plans to establish timelines, discuss plant procurement, signage, promotion and coming events. Next meeting: Thursday, March 5th at 7:00PM at Eclipse Brewing.

Push for Sustainable Certification

Community volunteers from sustainability groups in town are working together to steer Merchantville's effort to become a Certified Bronze Sustainable NJ town. Participating groups include members from municipal and community organizations and schools including: The Merchantville Green Team, The Merchantville Shade Tree Commission, The Merchantville Garden Club, Incredible Edible Merchantville and Merchantville School. Over the next two week members will will be collecting information about current and past sustainability actions in the areas of Healthy Communities, Safety, Sustainable Land Use, Historic Preservation, Emergency Event Planning, required for bronze certification. The deadline for this year's submission is May 17, 2020. Stay tuned for updates!

County Plastics Ban Starts

Many towns across New Jersey chose New Year’s Day as the time to ditch plastic bags. The towns are part of a growing sustainability movement across the Garden State to cut back on plastic waste. Under new rules adopted at the October freeholders meeting, Camden County has banned single-use plastic bags, plastic utensils. Additionally, styrofoam food containers and single-serve disposable plastic water bottles - that come in bottles smaller than one liter - will no longer be allowed in county facilities or at county-sponsored events. "The research speaks for itself on the impact of plastics to our oceans, wildlife, and other natural resources," Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the Office of Sustainability, said. "We cannot deny reality any longer and must begin taking whatever steps we have to reduce our reliance on these harmful materials. The Board is committed to finding environmentally-friendly alternatives that can serve the same functions at a fraction of the cost to our planet's health." 

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