Traffic Gardens Provide Unique Learning Spaces for Bicycle and Pedestrian Education

Traffic Gardens Provide Unique Learning Spaces for Bicycle and Pedestrian Education

“Traffic gardens” have been installed at High Bridge Elementary School and Milford Public School in support of bicycle and pedestrian safety education programs. A third traffic garden is planned at Hampton Public School with an anticipated install date early next school year.

A traffic garden is a set of small-sized streets with scaled-down traffic features and elements where children practice using streets in a place that is free from motor vehicles. Traffic gardens are also known as safety towns, safety villages, or traffic playgrounds.

The traffic gardens have been made possible through grants from Sustainable Jersey, funded by the PSEG Foundation, and technical assistance provided by goHunterdon.

“goHunterdon is proud to have provided support and technical assistance to Hampton Public School, High Bridge Elementary School, and Milford Public School to design, develop, and install these unique learning spaces to teach students about bicycle and pedestrian safety,” says Ryan Fisher, goHunterdon Safety Programs Manager. “Children learn best by doing. These gardens provide opportunities for interactive and experiential lessons and activities to teach children how to be safe when bicycling or walking.”

“goHunterdon is eager to work with additional schools to install more traffic gardens across Hunterdon County,” notes Fisher.

For more information, contact Ryan Fisher, rfisher@gohunterdon.org

Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Focuses on Collaboration

Municipal and school Green Team representatives from across Hunterdon County convened recently as members of the Sustainable Hunterdon Hub to continue to explore opportunities to collaborate in their efforts to achieve certification under the statewide Sustainable Jersey program.

Attendees included representatives from Town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, High Bridge Borough, Kingwood Township, Raritan Township, Readington Township, and Tewksbury Township. Continue reading “Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Focuses on Collaboration”

Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Offers Forum for Local Green Teams

Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Offers Forum for Local Green Teams

goHunterdon provides free assistance to Hunterdon municipalities and schools seeking certification under the statewide Sustainable Jersey program. goHunterdon also coordinates the Sustainable Hunterdon Hub, a forum for municipal green team representatives interested in promoting sustainability within Hunterdon County. “Many of the Actions that municipalities and schools can pursue under the Sustainable Jersey program are complementary to goHunterdon’s mission, particularly the Actions related to Land Use and Transportation, Health and Wellness, and Community Sustainability,” says Tara Shepherd, goHunterdon Executive Director.

A 2023 kick off meeting of the Sustainable Hunterdon Municipal Hub was held in January and a second meeting was held in March. The event featured an expert panel including representatives of NJ Department of Environmental Protection, NJ Electric Vehicle Association, and Sustainable Jersey to offer information, updates, and guidance on encouraging electric vehicle adoption and implementing electric vehicle infrastructure in their community. Ten Hunterdon municipalities were represented at the event, including the Town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Flemington Borough, Franklin Township, High Bridge Borough, Holland Township, Kingwood Township, Raritan Township, Readington Township, and Tewksbury Township.

The March meeting focused on opportunities for increased collaboration among municipal green teams, new and updated Sustainable Jersey Action Items, and plans for Earth Day 2023.

The next Sustainable Hunterdon Hub meeting will be held in July. For more information about the Sustainable Hunterdon Hub or getting involved with your municipal Green Team, contact Margret Thompson, mthompson@gohunterdon.org

Electric Vehicle Adoption Focus of Upcoming Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Event

The Sustainable Hunterdon Municipal Hub, facilitated by goHunterdon, will kick off 2023 with a meeting on January 18, 2023 from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. at Stangl Hall in Flemington.

The Sustainable Hunterdon Hub provides a forum for networking, information sharing, and collaboration among local Green Teams and Environmental Commissions participating in the statewide Sustainable Jersey program.

The kick off meeting will begin with socializing and networking followed by a moderated panel discussion, “Harnessing Electric Vehicle Actions for Sustainable Jersey Certification”

Sustainable Jersey has developed six action items that may be undertaken by municipalities to advance local electric vehicle adoption as part of the statewide certification process.

Panelists will include representatives of Sustainable Jersey, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Electric Vehicle Program, NJ Electric Vehicle Association, and Jersey Central Power & Light/First Energy Corporation.

For more information about the January 18th kick off meeting and to RSVP: https://conta.cc/3GdflYi

Breakfast Talk Will Focus on Model Electric Vehicle Ordinance

goHunterdon and the Hunterdon County Department of Planning and Land Use will host a virtual “Breakfast Talk” on New Jersey’s Model Statewide Electric Vehicle (EV) Municipal Ordinance and how Hunterdon municipalities can promote electric vehicle adoption.   The session will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 9 a.m. via Zoom. Continue reading “Breakfast Talk Will Focus on Model Electric Vehicle Ordinance”

Sustainable Hunterdon Supports Municipal Efforts

Sustainable Hunterdon Initiative Supports Municipal Certification Efforts

goHunterdon’s “Sustainable Hunterdon” initiative provides free assistance to Hunterdon municipalities and schools seeking certification under the statewide Sustainable Jersey program. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training, financial incentives and certification recognition in support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Continue reading “Sustainable Hunterdon Supports Municipal Efforts”