Sustainable Lawrence


STEAMIN’ at the Lawrence Nature Center Summer Camp Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math in Nature For children grades 3 – 6 in September 2017 | DATE: JULY 24 TO JULY 28 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM | $185.00 | Registration Limit = 20 LAWRENCE NATURE CENTER – 841 Drexel Avenue, Lawrence, NJ 08648 For more information please contact the Lawrence Township Recreation Department at 609 – 844-7067 | or login into your community pass account:


3rd Annual Let’s Move Lawrence
Ralph Copleman Neighborhood Bike Ride
Rain Date: June 4th.

Sustainable Lawrence is sponsoring the “Let’s Move Lawrence” event to encourage all Lawrence residents to get out to walk or to ride a bike. Let’s Move Lawrence is promoting exercise and healthy living.

Sustainable Lawrence is having our 3rd ANNUAL RALPH COPLEMAN NEIGHBORHOOD BIKE RIDE in South Lawrence, which has become an annual event in South Lawrence. Ralph was a resident of Lawrence. In 2005 Ralph Copleman was one of the founders of Sustainable Lawrence. He was an avid cyclist who biked all over town and also rode 3,500 miles on his bike cross country for his 60th birthday.

Please note that we are recommending that you ride either a HYBRID

The Neighborhood Bike Ride will start on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am at the High School Bus Lot at 2525 Princeton Pike. The map showing the ride route is attached.

This event is sponsored by the following organizations: Lawrence Township Historical Society, Greater Eldridge Park Neighborhood Association – GEPNA, Trails, Open space & Stewardship Advisory Committee, Greater Mercer TMA, The Friends of the Lawrence Nature Center, Environmental Resources and Sustainability Green Advisory Committee – ERSGC.

Mother Nature Festival, Sat. May 13, 2017

Mother Nature festival Saturday, May 13th, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rain or shine –Free Admission


This year we will have something for everyone at the Mother Nature festival, and lots of the activities are for kids. Bring your children, invite your neighbors and family, and enjoy and be prepared to rock because Miss Amy, a Ewing GRAMMY Nominated Artist, Author/Educator, Musician, and Fitness Pro will rock and roll with the kids at this year’s Festival.
The singer/songwriter and author have wowed audiences all around New Jersey at local libraries, schools, and festivals with her focus on health and activity for kids. Kids far and wide have enjoyed a “Miss Amy” event with her lively and fun music and songs.
Miss Amy’s mission is to improve the lives of children through interactive music; she was dubbed “The First Lady of Musical Fitness” by the National Children’s Entertainment Blog. A Grammy ® Nominated Artist for her Fitness Rock & Roll album, she also appears on the 54th Grammy ® Winning All About Bullies Big and Small cd.
“Miss Amy performs her Fitness Rock & Roll™ program at school assemblies, libraries, festivals and other events. Miss Amy is the performing talent on the 2004 NAPPA Gold and 2005 Creative Child Excellence Award winning International Baby 101 DVD(English/Japanese/Spanish), and is a featured artist on the 2010 Grammy® nominated Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough to Eat CD. Addionally, she teaches her music and movement program at several preschools.” For more information on Miss Amy go to her website.

There’s also much more for the kids at this year’s Festival that you will not want to miss. There will be a Wildlife animal show by the Eyes of the Wild. We will have the dynamic duo, The Grand Falloons from Brooklyn, NY, who teach kids about recycling and consequences on the Earth. Also kids will be learning how electricity is made by solar panels by none other than SolarMan from Advance Solar Products.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Nature Center, Sustainable Lawrence, and the Lawrence Township Environmental Resources and Sustainability Green Advisory Committee. The Lawrence Nature Center is located at 481 Drexel Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. For more information please call Teresita at (609) 882-6367, write to us at


Pamela H. Mount, Chair – Turhune Orchards

Teresita Bastides-Heron, Vice-President – Greater Eldridge Park Neighborhood Association

Laurie Emde, Treasurer – D&R Greenway Land Trust

Jori Fahrenfeld, Secretary – The Rock Brook Consulting

Board Members

Christopher Bobbitt, AIA, LEED, AP, Interurban Architecture

Phil Duran, Owner – EnviroPhysics Inc.

John Emmons, Teacher at Community Park School – Princeton Regional School District

Edward Frankel Retired from DEP

Serpil Guran, Ph.D., Director  –  Rutger EcoComplex

Samuel Kosoff, Teacher – Lawrenceville School

Debbie Schaeffer, CEO Mrs.G.TV & Appliance

Edith Tattersall, Division of Energy Security & Sustainability – DEP

Marc Tolo – ETS

Michael Winka – New Jersey BPU

Ex officio: Tahirih Smith,


Green Drinks discussion was a Success

Sustainable Lawrence had a wonderful turnout for their most recent Green Drinks, an informal presentation and networking event on May 4 at 7 p.m. in the winery barn at Terhune Orchards. Over 30 participants attended the free event.

Mike Winka from the NJ State Energy Office presented a program, What You Can Do To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” and a discussion afterwards. Winka was optimistic about the end of coal and the positive prospects about renewable energy now and in the future. He covered how to decide what kind of energy is best for your home, how to calculate and reduce your carbon footprint.

Fun was had by all. Wine and refreshments were served by Terhune Orchards.

Green Drinks is an occasional series held by Sustainable Lawrence and the Lawrence Green Team to foster conversation and community about sustainability issues.


Get your bikes ready for June 3

Get your bikes out and ready.
Sustainable Lawrence
“Let’s Move Lawrence” Ralph Copleman Neighborhood Bike Ride
Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m.
Start and finish at the Lawrence High School.
Rain date June 4.


Thank you to all of you for your hard work. The Mercer Green Fest was a success. We have 1,100 visitors during the event. Ms. Amy was fantastic, the wildlife show by the Eyes of the Wild was amassing the kids are parents were fascinating by the presentation of the Wallaby, The Grand Falloons  were fantastic with their act on recycling. The speakers were great also.

The names of the group picture from left to right are Joanne Mullowney from Ewing Green Team, Christine Symington from Princeton, Teresita Bastides-Heron and  Pam Mount from Sustainable Lawrence and Lawrence Environmental Resources & Sustainability Green Advisory Committee,  Joann Held from Hopewell Valley Green Team, Gary Fournier from East Windsor Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Mike Hornsby from West Windsor Environmental Commission, and Mike Winka from Sustainable Lawrence.


Sustainable Lawrence hosts Green Drinks talk May 4

Sustainable Lawrence is hosting a Green Drinks, an informal presentation and networking event on May 4 at 7 p.m. in the winery barn at Terhune Orchards. Free admission.

Mike Winka from the NJ State Energy Office will present a program, What You Can Do To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.” If you are concerned about climate change, come and hear what you can do ­to add to be part of a cleaner energy system. Discover the ins and outs of energy audits, alternative energy source. Discuss the benefits for you and our community. Learn how to think local and act local. There will be time to get your questions answered about the latest programs and information that might influence your decisions about energy.

Green Drinks is an occasional series held by Sustainable Lawrence and the Lawrence Green Team to foster conversation and community about sustainability issues.

Terhune Orchards wine and light fare will be available for participants. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton.

Lawrence Township achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver certification

Lawrence Green Team and Sustainable Lawrence are delighted to announce that Lawrence Township has achieved Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification for 2016. Lawrence Township is one of only 26 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification at the silver level in 2016. The township was honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Atlantic City.

Lawrence has been a leader in the sustainability movement in New Jersey and helped launch Sustainable Jersey in 2000. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Former Lawrence Township Mayor Pam Mount is chair of Lawrence Green Team and Sustainable Lawrence. She served as chairman of Sustainable Jersey from 2012-2015.

Lawrence was certified at the Sustainable Jersey Bronze level in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. This year the Lawrence Green Team built a partnership with Rider University Professor Dr. Brook Hunter and her capstone seminar students who spent their spring term studying our local sustainability efforts and interviewing local leaders. The students analyzed Sustainable Jersey requirements and wrote reports documenting how Lawrence has fulfilled 35 actions in 11 categories and exceeded the minimum of 350 points for Sustainable Jersey silver certification. The semester long effort brought Rider students, town volunteers and Lawrence Township staff together for a rewarding and fruitful effort in accomplishing silver certifications.

Mayor David Maffei said “I am incredibly proud of the work the Green team, Sustainable Lawrence, our residents and township staff put into our sustainability efforts.”

(L-R) Mike Winka, Pam Mount, Teresita Bastides-Heron, Councilman Chris Bobbit, Don Little of Lawrence Township Green Team.



This is just a reminder for the Big Woods Walk at Rider University this Friday afternoon at 3 pm at the tennis courts. More details and a campus map are linked off of this website:

There’s a chance of thunderstorms currently in the afternoon. If necessary, the event will move indoors to the auditorium in Sweigart Hall (rm 115).
Regardless of whether we’re indoors or outside, I have planned a program that will highlight the connections of this woods to Aldo Leopold with short presentations by Rider U. Faculty.
Big Woods Walk Program:
3:00 Congregate for walk at tennis courts (those arriving by car can park at the adjacent lot). Awarding of best Sustainability Studies Internship Paper sponsored by Springer-Nature donation.
3:05 Stop #1: Dan Druckenbrod and Dennis Waters (Lawrence Township Historian) provide overview on Leopold, his hand-drawn map, and the Johnson Trolley line.
3:15 Stop #2: Dan Druckenbrod discusses Leopold’s interest in skunk cabbage, which is present along the creek (Time permitting).
3:25 Stop #3: Mary Leck discusses how the forest has changed since it was first used for classes in the 1970s
3:35 Stop #4: Dan Druckenbrod discusses ages of older trees in the Big Woods. Brooke Hunter reads a Leopold quote about Big Woods and a quote from Good Oak essay.
3:45 Stop #5: Dan Garro discusses Leopold’s environmental ethics and/or policy
3:55 Walk ends

Hope you can join us!
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