PSE&G earned recognition at the 17th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. The Christie Administration honored winners across a broad array of environmental groups, scientists, companies, educators, and students from across New Jersey for their leadership to protect and improve the environment. PSE&G received the honor of being co-named the first-ever New Jersey Charging Challenge: Electrify Your Workplace competition.
The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) are the state’s premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects in the state. Including today’s event, the program has recognized 160 winners since 2000.
The utility in 2015 installed 30 Level 2 charging stations, bringing to 45 the number of stations installed statewide. The 2015 installation included 10 stations in a Newark parking garage, 10 stations at the company’s Training Center in Edison, and 10 stations at its Central Maintenance Facility in Edison. Solar panels were also installed at the Training Facility, but they do not directly feed the charging stations. PSE&G has also implemented an extensive educational campaign to promote the use of electric vehicles to employees and customers. There has been a feature story in a company magazine, two write-ups in a company blog about the benefits of electric vehicle use, and promotional material sent to employees about the installation of charging stations at a hospital in New Brunswick, Middlesex County.
New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership This innovative public-private partnership between corporations, federal and state agencies, nongovernmental organizations and academia, works to develop and implement projects to protect and improve New Jersey’s coastlines, freshwater wetlands and aquatic habitats. Since 2005, the partnership has funded 29 projects across the state, which led to the preservation of more than 520 acres and 17 stream miles. Additionally, more than $700,000 in contributions and in-kind services from the initiative’s partners has resulted in projects totaling more than $8.5 million. Projects to date have included habitat restoration, marshlands, fish passages, dam removals, species protection, education and outreach, and cultural and historic projects. Additional projects are under way, the most recent of which aims to restore the resiliency and functionality of a degraded section of the Wallkill River while involving 200 students to help with tree planting and protection along the river in Sparta Township, Sussex County. This particular effort exemplifies the collaborative approach used in all partnership projects.
A panel of judges reviewed and scored nominations that featured unique or valuable environmental projects and activities. For more information about GEEA, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards/