Early Tuesday afternoon, Sustainable New Jersey announced that Paramus was one of 10 municipalities that had received their 2013 certification. The borough's certification is good for the next three years.
The program is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy. Each Sustainable New Jersey municipality that is certified at the bronze-level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balance of the program's sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 points.
Paramus' Green Team members were required to select 10-12 actions from a potential list of over 117 actions that include areas such as a commitment to environmental stewardship, community gardens, supporting local businesses, conservation of energy and water and waste reduction and recycling.