City of Clifton Earns Sustainable Jersey Certification


City of Clifton, NJ – The City of Clifton has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze level. Certified towns were announced at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon on November 14, 2023, in Atlantic City at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over 83% of the state's municipalities.

“Many thanks to our dedicated employees and volunteers especially the Environmental Commission/ Green Team who help maintain these action items which include recycling, emergency communications planning, water conservation education programs, and many more. I am so proud that the City of Clifton has received the bronze Sustainable Jersey Certification. As the recently elected mayor, our City prides itself on sustainability and maintaining our City that cares,” said Mayor Ray Grabowski.

For the 2023 Sustainable Jersey application cycle, 40 towns achieved certification at the bronze level makinga total of 136 towns that are bronze-certified in the program. Bronze level certification requires that a town meet a minimum of 150 points.

“We’re proud to recognize the 2023 award winners and certified towns who have made sustainability an integral part of their municipality,” said Randall Solomon, director of Sustainable Jersey. “Thank you for your leadership, hard work and vision. You exemplify the commitment we need to achieve a sustainable New Jersey.” 

Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources, and advancing the arts.

The City of Clifton is located in lower Passaic County, New Jersey, about 12 miles west of New York City. Geographically, Clifton covers 11.26 square miles and is bordered by Passaic, Paterson, Bloomfield, Nutley, Montclair, Woodland Park, Little Falls, Garfield, Elmwood Park, Lyndhurst, and Rutherford. 

Formerly known as Acquackanock, Clifton was officially incorporated in 1917. Considered one of the largest cities in New Jersey, Clifton has approximately 88,709 residents. The population of Clifton is very diverse. According to 2022 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 62.4% of Clifton residents are classified as White (non-Hispanic/Latino), 38% are Hispanic or Latino, 4.5% are Black/African American, 9.4% are Asian, 0.2% are American Indian or Alaska Native, and 8.7% of residents are classified as having two or more races.

About Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. As New Jersey faces issues such as the climate crisis, a growing equity divide, and environmental pollution, municipalities want to be a part of the solution to these challenges. Sustainable Jersey participants (municipalities and schools) have successfully implemented and documented over 25,569 sustainability actions. Sustainable Jersey has provided over $7.6 million in grants to municipalities, school districts, and schools for community-based projects that create healthy and sustainable communities in New Jersey. 


press release via: Jennifer Terwilliger

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