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Let’s Move Lawrence Ralph Copelman Ride


Join us for a ride through Lawrence Township, NJ on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 10 am. Please click on the route map below for a larger image. If you have any questions, please write to Ed at Pete Garnich from Knapp’s Cyclery Inc. will offer some safety tips before the ride start.


Ralph Copleman was a Lawrence resident and one of the founders of Sustainable Lawrence. Ralph was an avid cyclist who biked all over town and even clear across the US.

Sponsored by the Lawrence Historical Society, Sustainable Lawrence, Greater Eldridge Park Neighborhood Association, Trails, Open Space & Stewardship Advisory Committee, Greater Mercer TMA, Lawrence Nature Center, Environmental Resources and Sustainability Green Advisory Committee, and Knapp’s Cyclery Inc.


Living Local Expo at Rider University


The 10th Annual Living Local Expo is coming up from 11am – 4pm on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Rider University Gymnasium. At the Expo you and your family can meet your neighbors and catch up on everything green and local. Organized by a volunteer committee from the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, the Living Local Expo brings a wide variety of resources each year to educate and inspire residents to live a healthy and sustainable life. More details are available at

Our communities have worked together to bring you the vendors and nonprofits, the speakers and resources where you can learn about what you can do to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

We are an alliance of the green teams and sustainability organizations in Mercer County New Jersey and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability. Formed in 2013 to better coordinate the various green teams and sustainability organizations around Mercer County, the Coalition works to promote a regional and collaborative approach to sustainability initiatives. Environmental issues know no regional boundaries. From our air and water quality, to transportation, to trash and recycling, these issues are common to all of the municipalities within a region. It simply makes sense to promote sustainability regionally and to tackle issues together. By uniting together coalition members can become greater than the sum of their individual parts.

Our mission is to connect you and your family to the local vendors and resources that can help you to live more sustainably.

The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition
Ewing Green Team
Hopewell Valley Green Team
Lawrence Green Team
Sustainable Lawrence
Sustainable Princeton
Trenton Green Team
West Windsor Green Team
East Windsor Green Team
The Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability

Green Drinks: Thursday, 9/3/2015 at 7pm

Please join us for our first monthly meeting for the 2015-2016 season.

Terhune Orchards – Wine Tasting room
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ

Mike Hornsby, Chairman of the West Windsor Township Environmental Committee will present the Town Climate Action Plan for West Windsor.
At the end of the presentation there will be some time for questions and answers.
Cheese and crackers and the first of round of Green Drinks are free.
For more information call Pam at [609] 924-4782.



Reduced Waste Challenge at Super Bowl XLIX

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has teamed up with Super Bowl XLIX to announce the first “Reduced Waste Challenge,” which will be held during the festivities accompanying the Super Bowl in the middle of downtown Phoenix.

Various approaches

The organization planning the Super Bowl-related festivities is encouraging vendors, business owners and visitors to use recyclables and reusable products to eliminate waste.
Composting will also be introduced on-site; bins will be set up by the Phoenix Department of Public Works. Food collected will be converted into compost. Volunteers will be on hand to assist attendees and ensure the materials are tossed into the correct bins.

Future Directions

This organics waste pilot program will serve as a test for the city of Phoenix as well as future sporting events. Because it is the first time organics collection will be introduced at the Super Bowl, the project will set a precedent for games to follow. The goal set for the “Reduced Waste Challenge” at this Super Bowl is to achieve an 80% diversion rate.

Source: Waste Dive

Living Local Expo Sat 3/28


The latest updates on the expo are available at

2015 EXPO

BioCycle: Residential food collections grew by 8% in 2014

According to research conducted by BioCycle, a national composting publication, 198 municipalities across the nation offer residential food waste collections.

The number is up about 8.2% compared to 2012 figures (BioCycle pegs the figure as “almost 9 percent”), when it was reported that 183 cities made curbside organics collections available to residents.
The largest segment of the population that recycles resides in the Western region of the U.S., and of the approximately 2.74 million households that recycle, nearly half are in California.

Other states where food recycling is faring well include Texas, New York, and Ohio. In these states, approximately 200,000 households are regularly recycling organics through curbside collection programs. Food waste collection is offered to a significant amount of residential customers in Oregon and Washington.

The U.S. diverts less than 5% of food waste generated by residents. Advocates conclude that finding solutions to divert food scraps could boost stagnating diversion rates across the U.S.

Source: Waste Dive

MD issues executive order to increase recycling, raise diversion rate

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) has issued an executive order to increase recycling, reuse, waste diversion, and composting across the state. The order is effective immediately.

The order will also limit new or expanded municipal landfills, including debris landfills that accept materials from land clearing.

The order highlights Maryland’s ambitious goal of reaching 85% waste diversion and an 80% recycling rate by 2040. The state government must hit a mandatory recycling rate of 65% by 2020, and is expected to divert a minimum of 60% of its organic waste using recycling, composting, and anaerobic digestion by that year.

Maryland’s “Zero Waste Plan” was issued in 2014, with a focus on the role that anaerobic digesters can play in order to help attain the state’s goals.

Source: Waste Dive

The State of Composting in the US: What, Why, Where, How

state of composting

A report published in 2014 summarizes what’s going on in the US with respect to organic waste recycling.  An article in Biocycle magazine provides a nice overview.

Lawrence Twp Curbside Organic Waste Pickup to start March 1

The Township’s curbside organic waste pickup program is slated to begin March 1, 2015. More details will be made available soon!

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