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Resource Spotlight: SRTS &
Sustainable Jersey – Perfect Together

Sustainable Jersey and SRTS
A number of diverse partners share the responsibility for creating and managing the Sustainable Jersey Program. The main Sustainable Jersey partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future, the Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Office of Planning and Sustainable Communities, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ (NJ BPU) Office of Clean Energy. Recognizing the importance of SRTS programs in creating sustainable communities, these project partners have named Safe Routes to School a new sustainability action for 2010. By encouraging increased bicycling and walking while working to improve safety, SRTS programs provide an easy way for children to get healthy activity, ease traffic jams, and reduce pollution; all aspects of creating a more sustainable community.

 

In order to earn 10 points toward their Sustainable Jersey certification, municipalities can work with schools to implement a SRTS program to encourage healthier lifestyles in their communities. To earn the points, municipalities need to build an SRTS Team, gather baseline or other evaluation data, and include one or both of the following actions in their Safe Routes to School program:

 

 

A. Develop School Travel Plan(s) and prioritize locations for physical improvements. It is recommended that School Travel Plans be updated each school year; travel plans more than five years old will not be accepted.

 

B. Plan and implement a minimum of four Walk and/or Bike to School Events.  Four or more events must have been held throughout one school year that engaged students and parents and involved biking and/or walking to school. The events must have been held within the past two years to qualify for points.

 

 

In addition to the increased health and safety benefits inherent in implementing a SRTS program, working with all levels of municipal and school government on a comprehensive and active SRTS program can help lead to a safer,

healthier, and more vibrant community through the Sustainable Jersey certification program.  To learn more about the program and how you and your community can become involved, visit the Sustainable Jersey website at: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/.
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