Oceanport received a $2,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey, a certification program for municipalities across the state that are looking to go green, which the borough has been working toward.
Councilwoman Ellyn Kahle announced the grant at the Oceanport Borough Council meeting on Oct. 4. Half of the money ($1,000) will be used to purchase 25 compost bins for the town. These bins, Kahle said, will be raffled off to the public in the spring. The municipality will also hold a composting class for the community to learn how to properly start and maintain a compost bin.
The remaining funds will be used for further green initiatives. Kahle said she would also like to look into solar panels, as these have changed in both price and convenience over the years.
Oceanport was one of 20 recipients of the $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Capacity-Building Grant for 2012. The only other Monmouth County town to receive the grant was Howell Township.
Sustainable Jersey announced on Sept. 28 that a total of $200,000 had been awarded across 32 New Jersey towns through the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program funded by the PSEG Foundation. This is the fourth year that Sustainable Jersey has given out grants, according to a press release.
“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” Anne Hoskins, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability for PSEG, said in a statement. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods all over New Jersey.”