HOBOKEN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH COMMUNITY EVENTS
Hoboken is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a series of community-wide “green” initiatives in an effort to beautify the City and raise awareness of the environment.
“Hoboken is an urban oasis meant be both enjoyed and respected by its citizens,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We thank the many committed community organizations for pitching in and helping to make Hoboken a little more green and clean.”
Mayor Zimmer’s Administration is committed to implementing environmentally friendly initiatives to both reduce energy consumption, costs, and improve the quality of life for Hoboken residents. Recent efforts include the Council’s approval of a city-wide car sharing program. An interconnected Hop bus system with a GPS locator will soon be launched, as well as the implementation of the City’s energy audit to install sensor lighting in all city facilities.
Through the help of community organizations and the City’s Department of Environmental Services, efforts have begun to beautify the City. Last weekend, members of Grace Community Church devoted an afternoon to cleaning up Church Square Park, the amphitheater at Sinatra Park and at Maxwell Place Park.
Also, on Tuesday, Hoboken’s Daisy Scouts from Troop 12038 hosted a tree planting in Elysian Park to mark the Earth Day anniversary. They will host a similar celebration with a planting scheduled on Friday in the planter boxes along Sinatra Drive.
The Boy Scouts from Troop 146 honored the environment and the community’s veterans with a flower planting at the WWII memorial last Sunday.
This coming Saturday, the “Hoboken Volunteers” from OMI, Inc. (a Hoboken based company) will be cleaning up and planting at the Community Garden on Third and Jackson streets.
There are numerous tree plantings planned in the near future. The City will be planting a tree at the Wallace school on April 30 to celebrate Arbor Day. In early May, the City’s Shade Tree Commission will be planting 75 trees, provided and planted by the NJ Tree Foundation. Students from the Hoboken Charter School will plant a number of tree saplings as well. An additional 50 tree saplings, donated through Hoboken resident Jean Talerico, will also be planted in the City by the Department of Environmental Services in the coming weeks.