MARGATE — Sustainable Margate member Ginny Gormley provided the Board of Commissioners on Nov. 16 with an update on green-team activities that resulted in the team being re-certified at the bronze level.

While 150 points were required to obtain re-certification, Sustainable Margate amassed 170 points for environmental activities conducted during the year, including establishing an environmental service club at Eugene A. Tighe Middle School, making streets safer to walk to school and cleaning up back bay areas, Gormley said.

Gormley provided an update on the demonstration garden outside the municipal building. She said some of the plants would be pruned by volunteer Bob Blumberg. However, some of the plants should not be pruned so they can provide foraging for wildlife and shelter for birds during winter, she said.

Gormley also reported the green team is working on a community forestry plan to preserve the city's existing tree canopy. A Stockton University student is conducting a street tree inventory and recording data, Gormley said.

The green team will also be assisted this year by intern Chelsea Erricheti, who is working on a master's degree in environmental policy at the University of Pennsylvania. 

"She will assist with community outreach on businesses using more sustainable products," Gormley said.

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