Sustainable Jersey Certified Community

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Feb 23, 2021      Mar 23, 2021      Apr 27, 2021      May 25, 2021      Jun 22, 2021      Jul 27, 2021                    Aug 24, 2021      Sep 28, 2021      Oct 26, 2021      Nov 23, 2021       Dec 28, 2021


Did you know that Highlands is one of only 198 New Jersey towns that are Sustainable Jersey certified?

Across New Jersey, hundreds of towns are now working on sustainability programs to help the environment and their bottom lines. Efforts to curb carbon emissions, protect natural resources and reduce waste are happening at the local level. Through the voluntary program, communities are implementing solar power and wind turbine projects, rain capture and reuse efforts, new walking and biking programs, building and operating community food gardens, launching community outreach programs on recycling and energy, and dozens of other initiatives.

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Highlands had to complete a balance of the rigorous program sustainability actions . In addition, Highlands created a Green Team and did 15 actions across 10 categories: Pledge Supporting NJ Wildlife Action Plan, Create Green Team, Climate Adaptation: Flooding Risk, Farmers Markets, Making Farmers Markets Accessible, Green Building Policy/Resolution, Building Healthier Communities, Sustainable Land Use Pledge, Buy Local Campaign, Support Local Businesses, Environmental Commission, Open Space Plans, Water Conservation Education Program, Tree Protection Ordinance, Recycling Depot.

All that effort paid off! Highlands achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the Bronze level in program year 2016. We were awarded a plaque at the Sustainable Jersey Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities on November 15, 2016. Pictured below are the presenters: Richard Dovey, Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees; Donna Drewes, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey; Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey; John J. Meehan, Area Manager, Jersey Central Power & Light Company; Carolyn Broullon, Council President, Highlands.

To get involved with the Highlands Green Team and sustainability initiatives, contact Rosemary Ryan at To participate in Sustainable Jersey free workshops and events held across the state, visit .

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. To find out more information about the grants and other programs from Sustainable Jersey click here .

This Committee has members representing various departments and resident members.  Members are appointed by the Governing Body. All appointments are for staggered terms and members  will serve until their respective successors are appointed and qualified.  All meetings are open to the public.

Our 2021 members are as follows:

Position: Name: Term: Expiration:
Council Liaison (Ex Officio) & Environmental Member Kevin Martin 1 Year 12/31/2021
Mayor (Ex Officio) Carolyn Broullon 1 Year 12/31/2021
Recreation Department Member Jacqueline Kane* 3 Years 12/31/2023
Resident Member Scott Keller* 3 Years 12/31/2023
Resident Member Martin Rosen 3 Years 12/31/2022
Resident Member Nicole Secinaro 3 Years 12/31/2021
Resident Member Amy Conrad 3 Years 12/31/2022
Resident Member Valerie Montecalvo 3 Years  12/31/2022
Business Owner Member Kim Ramin* 3 Years 12/31/2023
DPW Member Joe Mista 3 Years 12/31/2022
Land Use Board Member Christian Lee 3 Years 12/31/2021

*Reappointment             **New Appointment