Environmental Commission Meeting
The next Environmental Commission Meeting will be held on Monday, May 5 at 7:30 PM at the Cranford Community Center. Click here to view our complete meeting calendar.
Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Hanson Park 38 Springfield Ave
Rahway River Clean Up Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
620 Riverside Dr.
Cranford officials, residents object to proposed sports fields at Union County College
Cranford - April 8, 2014 - Residents and elected officials here seem ready to oppose the construction of a proposed sports complex for soccer, lacrosse and track at the Union County College campus in town by whatever means available.
About 20 residents came to the Cranford Township Committee workshop meeting on April 7 to express their concern about the project. Most worrisome to them is the fear that flooding, in a town already highly susceptible to flooding, could increase should the planned $1.4 million project be built on 4.3 acres in a currently wooded area along Gallows Hill Road.
Union County College sports field proposal draws outcry from Cranford residents
By Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger
Cranford - March 30, 2014 - Union County College’s soccer, lacrosse and track teams must travel to other towns, sometimes as far as Berkeley Heights, for practices and to play home games.
Those road trips would end under a proposal to build a turf field at the rear of the Cranford campus, but township residents and officials say the field would harm the neighborhood, cause property values to drop, hurt the habitat and possibly increase flooding.
Cranford Environmental Commission suggests reducing paved surfaces, considering open space tax
February 11, 2014 - A number of environmental projects that Cranford has been considering came up for discussion during Monday’s Township Committee workshop meeting.
Nelson Dittmar, chairman of the Cranford Environmental Commission, gave commissioners an overview of the board’s goals for 2014.
Environmental Commission Accomplishes Much in 2013
The Cranford Environmental Commission recently released its Annual Report for 2013. Nelson Dittmar, Chair of the Commission, says, “We are very proud of our accomplishments this year, believing that, in a small way, they have enhanced the quality of life and the environment in Cranford. We are very grateful for the support of the Township Committee, in particular our liaison, Ed O’Malley.”
The principal projects in 2013 were the development and presentation of a training session on stormwater management practices to the Planning and Zoning Boards, the continuing development of the green business program, our web site My Green Cranford, and an Energy Day Fair.
In January, the Township Committee adopted our recommendation and pledged a 10% reduction in impervious surfaces on school and municipal facilities by 2015.
We worked with the Rahway River Watershed Storm Water Advisory Board during the year. A list of stormwater goals and ideas appears at our web site, mygreencranford.org.
Cranford was recertified as a Sustainable Community in 2013 by Sustainable Jersey, a statewide program that encourages communities that want to go green to pursue local initiatives and actions that will control costs and save money. Almost 400 communities in New Jersey have registered for the program, of which 139 have been certified.
We were actively involved with The Green Team with some of these programs, including the Green Business recognition program, which recognizes businesses for taking actions that benefit the environment while being economically beneficial. Over eighty businesses have been certified as being green and received certificates of recognition from the Mayor. We also offered to residents plots in the Community Gardens at Walnut Avenue School.
Mygreencranford.com serves as a resource guide for residents for issues relating to the environment, energy-savings ideas, and environmental events. There is a resource page with links to helpful green web sites. Visitors have the option to sign up for the e-mail newsletter, which offers monthly tips and news. The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions awarded us one of its Environmental Achievement awards for the quality of our site.
Sustainable Jersey selected the Township for a $2000 grant for our Backyard Composter Program. We held two workshops in the spring educating residents about the benefits of composting. Compost bins were sold at a reduced rate. Kitchen Collection Buckets were distributed for free.
In celebration of Earth Day, we held a Fair at Hanson Park. There were demonstrations on using a backyard composter and we conducted a workshop of the step-by-step method to build and install a rain barrel. Visitors could see the rain garden at Hanson Park and learn how rain gardens help reduce flooding. We sold composters and rain barrel kits.
One of our members formed a Complete Streets and Safe Routes to Schools Task Force whose goal is to make Cranford’s streets safer for pedestrians and bikers. The Township Committee adopted a Complete Streets Policy in September.
In conclusion, Dittmar noted, “I am looking forward to continuing many of these programs in 2014 and starting new ones. Anyone interested in the Commission can send an e-mail message to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or come to our next meeting on February 3 at 7:30 at the Community Center. To read the Annual Report, please visit our web site at www.mygreencranford.com.”
Rain Garden Will be Installed at Cranford Municipal Building
October 25, 2013
The Town of Cranford has received a Sustainable Jersey Small Grant in the amount of $2,000 to be used towards sustainability projects.
The grant will assist the Green Team in their effort to increase sustainability throughout the township and will include the installation of a rain garden at the Municipal Building.
Cranford Environmental Commission awarded Sustainable Jersey Grant
October 04, 2013
Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today the Cranford Environmental Commission (CEC) has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey Capacity-Building Grant. With this grant the CEC in cooperation with our Green Team and with support from Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agent and the Rahway River Watershed Storm Water Advisory Board, will design and install a rain garden at the Cranford Municipal Building. This location has been selected due to both its high visibility and site suitability.
Stormwater management has been adopted as the primary goal of the CEC for 2013. Through this project the CEC will address the issue of stormwater and flood control in Cranford through a rain garden demonstration project at our Municipal Building. Rain gardens, besides providing water quality benefits, also help increase the time of concentration on a regional basis providing flood waters "time to peak" which will then reduce the depth of water elevation in the river channels and reduce the width of over-the bank flows. In addition this project will provide an opportunity for community and student education through involvement in the planning and installation.
The $2,000 grants provided by Sustainable Jersey are intended to assist community Green Teams as they lead and coordinate the sustainability activities of their community. The 2013 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program funded by the Walmart is providing $380,000 in grants to local governments for sustainability projects.