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Trees Are Stationary Superheroes

At a time when climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more severe, trees are stationary superheroes: They can lower urban temperatures 10 lifesaving degrees, scientists say. “There’s no way these trees are coming down,” Shane McQuillan, who manages the city’ of Des Moines trees, recalled thinking. “The default position for us is, you don’t take out big trees to put in small trees.” Why, you ask? “Trees are, quite simply, the most effective strategy, technology, we have to guard against heat in cities,” said Brian Stone Jr., a professor of environmental planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Great reasons to support the efforts of Merchantville's Shade tree Commission in our parks and public spaces. In fact, Des Moines has increased its $200,000 tree planting budget to $300,000 next year and $450,000 the following, with a goal of reaching $1 million. Its forestry department, with a budget of $2 million, employs a team of 13 arborists, up from 11 a couple years ago, who prune the city’s trees, extending their lives. 

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Community Recycling Day

Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling with Merchantville's Green Team on Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop on the bike path. We are accepting thin plastics, see below small electronics, sneakers, eyeglasses, corks and crayons. More about the small electronics we are accepting at Merchantville Green Team event on Saturday April 24th. This from our recycling stream partner. We accept: cell phones, smartphones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, tablets, Apple\Android watches, bluetooth, tablets. GPS, MP3 players, e-readers, digital cameras, handheld gaming systems and the accessories that come with them.We don't care if your gadgets are broken, old, locked, drowned or bedazzled. Get in/evolved!
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GT Adds Habitat

Las week Merchantville's Green Team volunteers added a new pollinator habitat to our ever growing sustainability and land stewardship efforts. The Smith family prepared the new habitat, located along the Rails-to-Trails path at Chestnut and Alexander Avenues to ready it for spring growth. The Green Team works with all of the town's sustainability organizations - Incredible Edible, Garden Club, Shade Tree, 4-H, Junior Green Team - on environmental projects to maintain our Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification and achieve silver status in future years. Follow Merchantville's sustainability partners on social media.

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Sustainability Forges Ahead

The Green Team's Sustainable Jersey application for Merchantville’s Bronze certification was officially submitted on Sunday, just in time to meet the June14th midnight deadline. We will receive our first round of comments around mid-July. Thanks to the many people who helped to make this possible, members of our Incredible Edible Project, municipal partners and, most especially Dorothy Foley, who coordinated this six-month submission process and gathered then, organized all our required documentation. As we face increasing environmental and social challenges, residents want to live in towns that are actively working to secure a sustainable future. Sustainable Jersey towns and cities implement practices that lead to cost savings and opportunities for grant funds. This town is small but so amazing. Our dedicated residents, Borough officials and municipal employees are what make Merchantville such a great place to live!
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Food Waste Recycling

Cafeterias and kitchens in county buildings will soon begin filling recycling containers instead of dumpsters thanks to a pilot program to lessen the environmental impact of facilities owned and operated by the county approved by the Freeholder Board. Proposals are currently being accepted to find a vendor who will collect food waste generated during meal preparation and transport it to local composting and food recycling sites. Mass production county kitchens produce thousands of pounds of food waste during preparation, however, potato skins, banana peels and other organic materials can be recycled and reused. The county is looking for a vendor to supply bins to store food waste then, collect and deliver it to sites where it can be reused as animal feed or recycled via composting or anaerobic digestion.

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More towns stop recycling

Recycling, for decades an almost reflexive effort by American households and businesses to reduce waste and help the environment, is collapsing in many parts of the country. Philadelphia is now burning about half of its 1.5 million residents’ recycling material in an incinerator that converts waste to energy. In Memphis, the international airport still has recycling bins around the terminals, but every collected can, bottle and newspaper is sent to a landfill. And last month, officials in the central Florida city of Deltona faced the reality that, despite their best efforts to recycle, their curbside program was not working and suspended it. Those are just three of the hundreds of towns and cities across the country that have canceled recycling programs, limited the types of material they accepted or agreed to huge price increases. 

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About Our Green Team

Merchantville's Green Team is registered with Sustainable Jersey.   The Green Team develop plans, implement programs, and assists with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community.  The Merchantville Green Team was recently recognized at the Camden County Freeholder Meeting for work on sustainability. The Green Team meets on a monthly basis and has a stand at the Market Off Centre from June through October.  If you are interested in participating, please either sign up in person at the market, or email the Green Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Green Team lead a clean up in Merchantville on Sunday, November 18th, focusing on the route of the Turkey Trot!  They worked from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to beautify our landscape. Stay up to the minute with activities on their Facebook page.

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Rain Garden project unfolds

Look at the amazing rain garden created by members of Merchantville's Green Team and Garden Club over the weekend near the multi-use path and the Station. It's not only pretty, but it works! Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that made it happen. A rain garden is a garden of native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a small depression, which is generally formed on a natural slope. It is designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns. Rain gardens can also help filter out pollutants in runoff and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds and other wildlife.

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Green Team meeting

There will be a Green Team meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Merchantville Borough Hall. All communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program must establish a Green Team. The Mayor and City Council formally establish a Green Team and appoint members by resolution or ordinance. Green Teams differ from conservancy boards, environmental committees, and planning commissions because the focus is on completing actions required for Sustainable Jersey certification. Come learn and offer your input.


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NJ Keep It Green Coalition Receives Recognition from NJ Senate

The New Jersey Keep It Green Coalition was honored in the New Jersey Senate on Thursday with a ceremonial resolution recognizing the innovative land preservation work of the 150-member coalition. The resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) and Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) cites the “vital role” of the coalition in securing long-term preservation funding by dedicating a portion of the corporate business tax specifically to open space, farmland, and historic preservation.


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Clean Communities Grants available

cleanupdayMerchantville Borough is awarding one Clean Communities grant per month. Organizations that are interested will need to complete at least 2 hours of service. You pick a clean up date and the area your group would like to clean. Groups must not have fewer than ten (10) people in the clean up. Your group must have (1) adult for every (5) children. Groups coming to clean up without proper supervision will not be able to participate in the clean up. All groups must sign and return the signature sheet and map. If interested, please complete the application and return to Denise Brouse at Merchantville Borough Hall in the Clerks Office, 1 West Maple Ave. Application

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