Sustainable Chester NJ

Sustainable Chester NJ Sustainability:
Operating in a way that can be continued indefinitely with minimal long-term effect on the environment.

Calling all nature lovers! Native plants play a vital role in supporting pollinators like bees and butterflies. By plant...
04/30/2024

Calling all nature lovers! Native plants play a vital role in supporting pollinators like bees and butterflies. By planting native species, we can ensure a thriving ecosystem for these essential creatures. Do your part to protect our pollinators and our planet. Consider ordering a native plant or two from the Chester Native Plant Sale this week!

The Chester Township Environmental Commission announces its Native Plant Sale! This plant sale is not a fundraiser; its purpose is to bring high-quality native plants that support pollinators and birds into our community in order to increase biodiver...

The Chester Township Environmental Commission announces its Spring Native Plant Sale. Its purpose is to bring high-quali...
03/31/2023

The Chester Township Environmental Commission announces its Spring Native Plant Sale. Its purpose is to bring high-quality native plants that support pollinators and birds into our community in order to increase biodiversity and improve the health of our local ecosystem. Please consider ordering some plants for your yard! Pickup in late April. Info at link: https://chestertownship.org/index.php/blog/native-plant-sale-now-underway

From the Morris County MUA: Donate Reusable Shopping Bags - Food pantries are among the charities accepting donations of...
03/09/2023

From the Morris County MUA: Donate Reusable Shopping Bags - Food pantries are among the charities accepting donations of clean reusable shopping bags. These donations keep costs down and help the environment. See link for details:https://mcmua.com/docs/2023-03-03%20MCMUA%20Master%20Copy%20General%20Public%20Bag%20Donation%20Flyer.pdf

Join the Raritan Headwaters Association for its 33rd Annual Stream Cleanup on April 15th! In celebration of Earth Day, m...
03/09/2023

Join the Raritan Headwaters Association for its 33rd Annual Stream Cleanup on April 15th! In celebration of Earth Day, more than 1,500 volunteers come together in one morning to clean our rivers and streams at over 50 sites throughout the watershed region. Click link to find area clean up locations and to sign up to help!

Trash and litter along a stream is not just unsightly. It’s harmful to wildlife and water quality. In celebration of Earth Day, each year we organize a watershed-wide stream cleanup.

02/18/2023

Put the rake down and back away from the garden!
Enjoy the warm temps without ruining habitat for pollinators, frogs, butterflies, and other critters.

We are delighted to announce that Chester Township has achieved Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification in 2022! Picture...
12/12/2022

We are delighted to announce that Chester Township has achieved Sustainable Jersey Bronze certification in 2022! Pictured are Environmental Commission members Peter Maddi and David Ayers accepting this year's award from Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey, and Gary Sondermeyer, Chairperson, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. This is Chester Township's 5th round of certification since the program's inception. We are committed to improving our sustainability efforts in Chester Township!

If you've been to MacGregor Park this month, you might have noticed a turf grass field being replanted with a native gra...
11/28/2022

If you've been to MacGregor Park this month, you might have noticed a turf grass field being replanted with a native grass/wildflower meadow mix. Thanks to Sustainable Jersey and the PSEG Foundation for the grant to buy seed, to Rich Prado and the Chester Township Parks Committee, Aaron Drake and Kevin Collins of the Department of Public Works, and NJ Fish and Wildlife / NJ Bureau of Land Management for their hard work on this project! We look forward to seeing this habitat in full bloom next summer!
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife PSEG

Have you seen these donation bins at the Chester Library? They are a convenient place to drop off items for the Food Pan...
10/23/2022

Have you seen these donation bins at the Chester Library? They are a convenient place to drop off items for the Food Pantry and the Festival of Trees. Also you can give new life to used eyeglasses, and respectfully retire any worn flags. All located within the entrance doors to the library.

10/22/2022

Paper shredding event happening now at the Chester Library! Brought to you by the Green Team and the Friends of the Chester Library. We're here until noon.

Don't miss the Book Sale and Paper Shredding events at the Chester Library today, Saturday 10/22! Book sale is from 9-2,...
10/22/2022

Don't miss the Book Sale and Paper Shredding events at the Chester Library today, Saturday 10/22! Book sale is from 9-2, paper shredding from 10-12. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Chester Library.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - "Now's the Time to Make Buildings Safer for Migrating Birds - In September, birds ...
09/20/2022

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - "Now's the Time to Make Buildings Safer for Migrating Birds -
In September, birds of all shapes and sizes are on the move across the continent. And buildings—especially windows—can cause the deaths of hundreds of millions of them. Two steps people can take right now are treating windows to make them more visible and turning off building lights between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during peak migration times."

For birds, glass windows are worse than invisible. By reflecting foliage or sky, they look like inviting places to fly into. And because the sheer number of windows is so great, their toll on birds is huge. Up to about 1 billion birds die from window strikes in the U.S. each year, according to a 201

Nice article on how our yards can be designed and planted to help wildlife in a big way!
09/17/2022

Nice article on how our yards can be designed and planted to help wildlife in a big way!

This column will give you some tools to help mitigate the damage we’re causing to the planet.

"Targeted strategies are cheap, effective — and far better for the pollinators. Successful ways to ward off mosquitoes i...
08/02/2022

"Targeted strategies are cheap, effective — and far better for the pollinators. Successful ways to ward off mosquitoes include oscillating fans and traps that lure female mosquitos and prevent their eggs from hatching. Douglas Tallamy, author of the best-seller, “Nature’s Best Hope,” has popularized a DIY trap made with a five-gallon bucket, water, straw and a Mosquito Dunk, a larvicide." Click to read more:

Insecticides don't know the good guys from the bad guys

07/01/2022

Compare ENERGY STAR Certified  Refrigerators, find rebates, and learn more.

06/21/2022
05/03/2022

Get out and ride! But do it safely by protecting your brain: 1. Helmet should rest a 2-finger width above eyebrows 2. chin strap is snug but comfortable 3. side straps should lie flat on either side of the ear. https://bit.ly/3vp9gCB

Join our community-wide clean up this Saturday, April 23rd. Meet up at Chubb Park at 9 a.m. for the kick-off!
04/22/2022

Join our community-wide clean up this Saturday, April 23rd. Meet up at Chubb Park at 9 a.m. for the kick-off!

04/22/2022
04/22/2022

The food pantry is desperately low on all of these. In most cases we either only have a month or less than a month’s supply. We help almost 60 families in our community. Please see if you can help.

Help protect our forests by removing invasive vines and shrubs that take over. In spring, they are often the first to tu...
04/22/2022

Help protect our forests by removing invasive vines and shrubs that take over. In spring, they are often the first to turn green so NOW is the time to address this problem. Pictured are: Japanese Barberry, Mulitflora Rose, and Japanese Honeysuckle, three of the most common invaders in our woods. Put on gloves and clip them right to the base. Click this link to learn more about Chester's 10 Worst Weeds: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RiKfLptk_5IqwsQU7yi8cs8U2jJ71Ii9/view?usp=sharing

04/18/2022

you can green up your yard with native plant species? 🌸

New Jersey is home to more than 2,000 native plant species, according to data from the U.S.Department of Agriculture. Among them is the violet, the state flower.

When choosing plants, shrubs and trees for your yard, first look to native species, those that have been in New Jersey since before the European settlement. Native species are already adapted to living in New Jersey’s soil and climate, and need less care, water, pesticides and fertilizers in order to thrive.

Native species are better adapted to protect soil resources, filter air and water, and provide shelter and food for native wildlife. They’re also vital to the survival of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

These pollinators rely on native plants as a food source, for cover from predators and for nesting material.

Check out Jersey Friendly Yards at www.jerseyyards.org/jersey-friendly-plants/native-plants/ for information on native plants to add to your landscaping. The site has a plant database, an Interactive Yard planning tool and other resources to help you green up your yard – and turn it into a native plant paradise.

Interesting article about the "No Mow May" movement, an effort to support pollinators by allowing them to feed on dandel...
04/09/2022

Interesting article about the "No Mow May" movement, an effort to support pollinators by allowing them to feed on dandelions and other May-blooming flowers. What do you think? Is this something you would be willing to try?

Can the No Mow May movement help transform the traditional American lawn — a manicured carpet of grass — into something more ecologically beneficial?

Get your reusable bags ready to tote with you at all times...NJ 'gets past the plastic' beginning May 4. Click for detai...
04/08/2022

Get your reusable bags ready to tote with you at all times...NJ 'gets past the plastic' beginning May 4. Click for details:

NJDEP | Get Past Plastic | New Jersey is getting past: Single-Use Carryout Bags, Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products, and Plastic Straws (P.L. 2020, c. 117)

Friday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 21 is the annual 'Great Backyard Bird Count' all over the world, a citizen science ...
02/18/2022

Friday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 21 is the annual 'Great Backyard Bird Count' all over the world, a citizen science event to help track bird populations. It's easy to participate...if you have a feeder in your yard, simply ID and count the birds you see this weekend and upload your data to their website or app. This is a great activity for birders of all ages. Click link for full details:

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21. This year, the GBBC is celebrating 25 years of coming together to enjoy birds.

02/08/2022

Chester Library Zoom program Feb. 10 - 'Cleaning Products You Can Safely Make at Home' 2-3 p.m.
Join this interactive session from home with Perry O’Flynn demonstrating how to make easy-to-use and safe cleaning products to make your home smell great and stay clean! Register at www.chesterlib.org

Are you a River-Friendly Resident? Take the Raritan Headwater Association's survey to find out!
02/07/2022

Are you a River-Friendly Resident? Take the Raritan Headwater Association's survey to find out!

Learn how to become certified River-Friendly through our free, easy program! What is River-Friendly? Raritan Headwaters partners with The Watershed Institute and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority to implement a suite of River-Friendly programs for businesses, golf courses, schools and residents....

02/02/2022

Calling all home gardeners....
On February 6th at 4pm join Bruce Crawford, Manager of Horticulture, to hear all about NATIVE PLANTS and DESIGNING TO ATTRACT WILDLIFE.

This practical and informative talk will give you ideas on how to landscape your own home. The proceeds of this lecture will go to the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Blackburn Scholarship Fund which benefits students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris. Tickets are $20.
To register: http://arboretumfriends.org
Photo courtesy of Nick Romanenko.

01/13/2022

The New Jersey legislature has passed a bill that prevents most outdoor use of neonics in our state!~👏
This is a huge win for pollinators and the hundreds of New Jersey farmers who depend on them—as well as all residents who value clean water and soil, and the integrity of the state’s wildlife and natural areas.
Many of the state’s most valuable food crops depend on pollinators… including blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash.
Bill now on its way to Gov. Murphy’s desk to be signed into law!

More info on the legislation~🐝
https://environmentamerica.org/news/ame/nj-assembly-passes-legislation-limit-uses-bee-killing-pesticides

01/13/2022

GREAT NEWS…
Governor Murphy has signed into law Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation launching the Jersey Native Plants Program to promote the sale of native vegetation at local garden centers~👏

Like the very successful “Jersey Fresh” program, this program will create a labeling system to identify “Jersey Native Plants” that will promote local farms/growers, NJ jobs & economy, and help our environment!
LINK WITH MORE INFORMATION:
>> https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/bateman-bill-establishing-jersey-native-plants-program-signed-governor/?fbclid=IwAR3qArcWKJf_XpVZdsn62fb3tV08KJOU0CdIdq09ZNqA7pMW9oCPnDM9S1U

Click link for a comprehensive guide to many Reuse, Donation and Upcycle Resources, from the Morris County MUA: https://...
01/01/2022

Click link for a comprehensive guide to many Reuse, Donation and Upcycle Resources, from the Morris County MUA: https://mcmua.com/sw_reduction.asp

  Mine Hill Residents: Starting Jan. 12, 2022, Wednesday will be the new recycling collection day in Mine Hill. Click here for more information.   Home Morris County's Environmental Resource Welcome to the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority's (MCMUA) website; MCMUA.com. The MCMUA Solid Wa...

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