UT Green Team 10-19

Rebecca Holden, third from left, and Wanda Adamson receive resolutions in their honor from Upper Township Committee members John Coggins, Mayor Richard Palombo, Hobie Young, Ed Barr, and Jeffrey Pierson.

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PETERSBURG – Upper Township Committee honored two members of the Upper Township Green Team last week for helping to make the township a more sustainable community.

Wanda Adamson was recognized at the Oct. 11 meeting for installing a new butterfly garden outside the Upper Cape Branch Library in Petersburg, the first community project implemented by the Green Team’s Indigenous Plant Committee. Adamson also used funding from the Upper Township Business Association to complete a garden at the sign off Garden State Parkway Exit 25 in Marmora. The Green team cleared the area and provides continued maintenance of the space, Mayor Richard Palombo said.

Township Committee also recognized Rebecca Holden, who helped establish the Farmers Market Steering Committee in 2015. The farmers market completed its second summer this year and features handmade and homemade products as well as local produce.

Palombo said the farmers market invited outside groups like the Cape May County Park and Zoo and Wetlands Institute to set up tables at the market this year. The market also had a kids tent, he said.

Adamson and Holden were presented with resolutions in their honor at the start of the meeting.

Ralph Cooper, a member of the Green Team, said during public comment that the Green Team received bronze level certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2014. The local Green Team is aiming for silver level certification next year, he said.

Part of the silver level certification is improving civic engagement, Cooper said.

“We are working to bring more people out to public meetings and get more volunteers involved,” he said.

The Green Team is comprised of volunteers who meet throughout the year to develop plans, recommend programs, and assist with educational opportunities to support the creation of a sustainable community. The group has held rain barrel workshops and recently participated in a Community Cleanup.