Sunday, April 21, 2013
Parsippany synagogue is first in nation to win GreenFaith Energy Shield award.
An enthusiastic audience was at Adath Shalom, Parsippany's conservative Jewish temple, to see the synagogue receive acknowledgement for its efforts to operate sustainably, using green principles. The congregation, at 841 Mountain Way, was honored Sunday morning with the GreenFaith Energy Shield award for adopting a comprehensive and effective approach to responsible energy use. Adath Shalom is the first synagogue in the nation to receive the honor. GreenFaithis a New Jersey interfaith coalition for the environment that was founded in 1992. It works with houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to help them focus on issues of sustainability and environmental justice in hopes of becoming better environmental stewards. …
Here are some easy ways for your family to save money and celebrate Earth Day by going green.
Monday marks the celebration of Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was inspired in part by the anti-Vietnam war protests and wanted to inspire a similar level of activism against environmental destruction. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event that has raised awareness of many environmental issues including deforestation and global warming. Much has changed for good in the many years since Earth Day was born. When I was a nature-loving child, my tree-hugging family did not recycle. Everything went in the trash. Although we had a substantial garden and grew much of our own food, my parents did not compost. My environmentally conscious father made me a great swing out of a recycled tire, …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tips for doing your part for the planet on Earth Day and every day
Earth Day is Saturday! This is a great opportunity for those who've been thinking about green living and doing their part to protect the planet to get onto the sustainability bandwagon. And many of these ideas can save you money too! Here are ways in which you can mark Earth Day in Parsippany. TELL US: What are your plans for Earth Day? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Blogger Frank Jager has green advice to help reduce our carbon footprint.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Sealing windows and adding insulation to your home can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- GOING GREEN
Wednesday, March 27
Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. And in Parsippany, where many different types of homes can be found, from bungalows to historic Victorians to McMansions, there are more than a few that are old and drafty—which boosts energy bills and isn't good for for the planet. Stopping air leakages is good for conservation—and it can take as much as 30 percent off your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out these three tips for closing up air leaks around your home: Here is a list of local businesses where you can find supplies, environmentally updated heating and cooling appliances and services for insulating your home and making it eco-friendly: Ricciardi Brothers 160 Route 46 973-276…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Last year's growers get first crack, but beginners are welcome to participate.
St. Gregory's Episcopal Churchis once again open to area residents wishing to grow their own produce this summer. Capacity has been expanded this year to accommodate demand. All plots are marked off and ready to be tilled and planted; they measure 10 feet by 10 feet in raised beds. Watering is facilitated by environmentally friendly passive water collection methods—no hoses are used—and is done by hand. Organic fertilizers are also encouraged. St. Gregory's will supply free, additional top soil to supplement the fertility of garden plots. Participants will be responsible for their own organic fertilizers, borders and plants. The church does provide gardening tools, but participants are welcome to bring their own. There is no cost to take …
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in Parsippany.
- GOING GREEN
Monday, March 25
We're looking for all the great ways Par-Troy citizens are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste and just live a greener lifestyle. Share your ideas and learn from others—this can help us help each other to live cleaner, greener lives! Please tell us about your go-green efforts in the comments below or upload a picture.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Applications will be taken for available community garden lots starting Wednesday, March 20.
If you've wanted to participate in the township's green-minded Victory Gardens community growing effort, now's your chance. On Wednesday, any gardening lots that have not been renewed become available for rental for the 2013 growing season on a first come, first served basis. Applications are available at the mayor's office at Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Blvd. Lot sizes: Applicant must show proof of Parsippany residency (either a copy of one's tax bill or utility bill). Payment is taken in cash or check form only—no credit cards are allowed and there will be no refunds given. Residents are permitted to rent a maximum of two garden lots. For more information, contact the mayor’s office at 973-263-4262.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Upgraded treatment plant earns Association for Environmental Authorities prize for energy savings
Parsippany's nearly year-old refurbished sewer treatment plant has garnered praise since its June 2012 opening for efficiency, cost and energy savings and revenue generation. Now, it is also an award winner. The Association for Environmental Authorities of New Jersey announced Wednesday at its Utility Management Conference in Atlantic City that the town's sewer plant was the 2013 recipient of its Wave Award in the category of Energy Savers. “Three years ago, the township made the bold move to invest in a multimillion dollar upgrade to our plant that ultimately raised the bar on the quality and reliability of service at a significantly reduced cost to Parsippany ratepayers,” stated Mayor James Barberio. The $25 million upgrade of the Par-…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church wants certification to show its commitment to the environment.
Parsippany's St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church is upping its commitment to the planet: The congregation, already involved in ecological works of service, has applied for GreenFaith certification. GreenFaith is a New Jersey-based organization that offers a two-year environmental leadership program for houses of worship from all faiths and throughout the nation. Faith groups must survive a rigorous two-year program to earn the the certification—only 10 so far have done so. The program guides faith communities through green-facility upgrades, incorporation of environmental principles into worship and religious education, and participation in environmental justice efforts. St. Gregory's vicar, the Rev. Susan Saucedo-Sica, said that becoming …