In April of 2010, the Hoboken City Council passed a resolution supporting the City’s participation in the Sustainable Jersey certification program. 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.
All communities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program must establish a Green Team. Green Teams provide the leadership to develop plans, implement programs and assist with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community. In August of 2011, the Mayor and City Council formally established the Hoboken Green Team by resolution. The Hoboken Green Team is comprised of volunteers who meet monthly to focus on completing actions required for Sustainable Jersey certification, as well as other volunteer initiatives to promote environmental sustainability in our community. Members of the Green Team are appointed by the Mayor. To express interest in joining the Green Team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the application form for appointment to citizen advisory boards and commissions.
Hoboken achieved the bronze level of Sustainable Jersey certification in 2011, and again in 2014. Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation for municipal governments in New Jersey. Municipalities that achieve the certification are considered by their peers, by state government and by the experts and civic organizations in New Jersey, to be among the leading municipalities in sustainability. The certification is a rigorous and meaningful designation. All actions taken by municipalities to score points toward certification must be accompanied by documentary evidence and is reviewed. The certification is free and voluntary.
Green Team Members
|Jim Doyle||City Council|
Green Team Meeting Calendar
|January 19||January 23|
|February 22||February 20|
|March 21||March 20|
|April 18||April 17|
|May 16||May 15|
|June 20||June 19|
|No meeting||July 17|
|August 15||August 21|
|September 19||September 18|
|October 17||October 16|
|November 21||November 20|
|December 19||December 18|
Green Team Challenge
Love our mile-square city? Help make it GREENER! Take the Hoboken Green Team Challenge by pledging to purchase locally grown produce, use reusable bags, AND shop, dine, and support local Hoboken businesses. Click here to take the Hoboken Green Team Challenge
Green Team Wellness Wednesdays Series
The City of Hoboken Green Team has partnered with the Hoboken Public Library to host Wellness Wednesdays. This educational series will provide free community workshops one evening per month featuring local Hoboken practitioners discussing a variety of health and wellness issues.
|January 11, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
(snow date: 1/25)
|Meditation & Mindfulness for the New Year
Liza Bertini, Devotion Yoga Founder and Studio Director
plus an introduction from Elisabeth Holtzer, RD of Shop Rite Hoboken to give an overview of nutrition and wellness programs at the store.
|February 8, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
(snow date: 2/22)
|Beat the Winter Blues: Easy Ways to Improve Your Mood
Dr. Brian Chang, Acupuncturist, Sports Acupuncture and Family Wellness
|March 8, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
(snow date: 3/22)
|Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
Dr. Dina Sgambati, Chiropractor, Priority Chiropractic & Wellness
|April 26, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
|Pain, Pain, Go Away: Manage and Eliminate Neck and Low Back Pain
Dr. Anthony Orlando, Physical Therapist, Orlando Physical Therapy
|May 10, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
|Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks
Kayla Kirschner, RD, Retail Registered Dietitian, Inserra Supermarkets Inc.
|June 14, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Laura Shapiro of CarePoint Health’s Concierge Service and Dr. John Rimmer, Director of CarePoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center ED
|July 26, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 pm
|Writing Workshop: Find Your Voice Through Journaling
Laurel Lederman, Certified Holistic Health Coach
Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge
The City of Hoboken has partnered with EnergySage to offer the Solar Challenge to residents and businesses. EnergySage is an online solar marketplace that was developed with funding and support from the US Department of Energy. This free service will help you learn about and shop for a solar energy system with absolutely no obligation to make a purchase in the end. To participate in this great program, simply visit our new website, www.hobokensolar.org.
The great news is the more than 50,000 New Jersey homeowners have gone solar and are saving money and the environment already. An average homeowner in New Jersey saves enough money each year from reduced electricity bills and other incentives to pay back their initial investment in just 7 years. And, you can go solar with no money down through various loan and leasing programs!
Sign up today for some free solar quotes and help us spread the word about the Hoboken Solar Challenge today.
Green Team Sustainability & Resiliency Education Series
Mayor Zimmer and the Hoboken Green Team have partnered with the Hoboken Public Schools Green Team to launch a public education series for residents, businesses, students, parents, and teachers. The events cover various sustainability or resiliency topics.
- September 2016: Hoboken READY workshop featuring speakers from the CERT Team and FEMA Ready program. Review the Hoboken READY presentation.
- October 2016: Hoboken RESILIENT Buildings workshop featuring speakers from the City, Flood Risk Evaluator, and various vendors of individual flood protection products. Review the Hoboken Resilient Buildings presentation.
- November 2016: Hoboken Reusable Bag Giveaway and Food Drive events distributing reusable bags free of charge to Hoboken Residents, followed by a screening of Plastic Paradise. Review the Hoboken Bag It Flyer.
Reusable Bag Education Program
Help Hoboken BAG it. You can be the change that Hoboken needs to reduce consumption of single-use disposable bags.
Did you know?
- On average, one person uses 500 single-use disposable bags per year.
- 4 billion single use shopping bags are used annually in NJ and 102 billion are used nationwide.
- Windblown plastic bags degrade our City and the Hudson River.
- 80% of the plastic and trash that finds its way into our oceans comes from the land.
- 12 million barrels of oil are used annually to make the plastic bags that Americans consume.
The Green Team is on a mission to educate our community about the benefits of using reusable shopping bags. What can you do to reduce the environmental impacts of single-use bags and make Hoboken greener?
- Avoid Single Use Bags (paper, plastic, etc.)
- Bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
- Keep a small reusable bag in your purse, backpack or car for daily use.
- Use a Hoboken Green Team reusable shopping bag!
Mayor Zimmer and the Hoboken Green Team are distributing 1,500+ free reusable shopping bags to Hoboken residents. 700+ bags were distributed at Shop Rite and ACME in November 2016, and many more will be distributed at the 2017 Green Fair.
- Flood Risk Reduction
- Flood Insurance Rate Reduction
- Stormwater Management
- Pet Waste
- Tree Planting
- Water Conservation
- Indoor Air Quality
- Energy Conservation
- Summer Energy Savings
- Winter Energy Savings
The City of Hoboken hosted its 5th Annual Green Fair on Saturday May 14, 2016 from 11am to 4pm at Church Square Park, located at 4th Street and Garden Street. The Hoboken Green Team organized the fair, which featured green businesses, non-profit organizations, artists, and food vendors whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability. Each year, the Green Fair encourages sustainable lifestyle choices for our community, raises awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrates how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.
Green Business Recognition Program
The Hoboken Green Team recognizes that local businesses play an important role in the sustainability and environmental responsibility of our City. We aim to build a thriving, active community of like-minded individuals and businesses committed to progressive, responsible environmental values; a community dedicated to the goals of improving and protecting our city, our residents, our businesses and our planet.
come a Hoboken green business? Doing business and doing business right go hand in ha
nd. Integrating responsible environmental practices and business strategy can be a benefit – to your business, your customers, our community, our city, and our planet. By pledging your support and partnering with the Green Team you will be able to tap into positive press and green branding to strengthen relationships with your community and your customers. Your business will receive the official Hoboken Green Business branded sticker to proudly display in your front window and/or register to communicate your commitment to green values. Additionally, your business will be highlighted in various forms of marketing.
In order to qualify for the Green Business Recognition Program, please complete the pledge and tell us what your business does to promote environmental sustainability.
Storm Drain Mural Project
The Hoboken Green Team developed a plan for a series of murals to be painted around storm drain inlets near some of the schools in the City. Students had the opportunity to design and paint environmentally themed murals around storm drains, utilizing the sidewalk surrounding the drain as a canvas.
The Green Team hopes that these murals will catalyze positive change in our community, generating interest in environmental issues and promoting environmental stewardship. By turning storm drains into attention-grabbing pieces of artwork, the Hoboken Green Team aims to raise awareness of the harmful effects of litter, gasoline, oil, grass clippings, road salt, and other types of pollution on our waterways. It is important that local citizens realize these pollutants are generated by everyday human activities, and can be carried by rain and snowmelt to storm drains. These murals inform the community that storm drains collect water and carry it to local streams, lakes, and rivers, correcting the misconception that storm drains always lead to wastewater treatment plants. By educating Hoboken residents about this connection, we hope to reduce pollution and improve water quality in Hoboken. Overall, we aim to increase environmental awareness, promote water pollution prevention activities, and encourage environmental and watershed stewardship – all while enhancing the urban beauty of Hoboken, covering impervious surfaces with art and improving the quality of public spaces.
On Earth Day, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Jim Doyle and the Hoboken Green Team congratulated the first place winners from Hoboken High School and Wallace Elementary School in the Earth Day storm drain mural contest. Students from seven Hoboken schools participated in the contest, and over twenty storm drains across the City were painted by students. The winners were chosen by the Hoboken Green Team, including Jeffrey Train and Elizabeth Balladeres, who coordinated the projects with all seven schools and the Hoboken Public Schools Green Team, led by Chris Della Fave. Additional schools participating in the storm drain mural contest included Hoboken Charter School, Connors Elementary School, Calabro Elementary School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, and The Hudson School.
The Hoboken Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the Hoboken Public Schools, donated supplies to some of the participating schools, including non-toxic eco-friendly paint.
Green Buildings Walking Tour
The inaugural Hoboken Green Buildings Walking Tour in 2013 showcased sustainability in building design and function, from LEED® certified buildings, to composting at Hoboken Community Church and renewable energy production at Stevens Institute of Technology. On the tour visitors experienced Hoboken’s vibrant community, innovative architecture and saw some of Hoboken’s newest sustainable building stock.
The tour included two parts, a self-guided tour led by the Hoboken Green Buildings Guide which provided descriptions of each building and an easy-to-follow walking tour map to each address; followed by a guided tour at the Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Technology which provided an overview of Sustainability Programs at Stevens, including solar energy and cogeneration systems, a planned Green Roof, and the award-winning 2012 Stevens Solar Decathalon House.
Green Team Volunteer Day
The Hoboken Green Team organized an Earth Day Cleanup with the Hackensack River Keeper to pick up litter in the area around the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, near 9th Street.
The Hoboken Green Team seeks to establish humane, efficient, and effective solutions to companion animal (cat and dog) issues in the City. As a first step, Green Team members volunteered at the Liberty Humane Society, supporting local organizations that further an enhanced community quality of life for animals and people, promote responsible pet ownership, and end animal cruelty.