Sustainable Princeton envisions a Princeton that examines every action through the lens of sustainability ensuring a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of all community members now and in the future. Their mission is to inspire our community to develop and implement solutions that positively impact our environment.
In early 2018, Sustainable Princeton took the lead in planning and organizing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the municipality of Princeton. As the first action in this process, a Greenhouse (GHG) Inventory was compiled for the municipality, which calculated the emissions from the production of energy within town, and included an estimate of the emissions generated from human consumption.
Soon after, Sustainable Princeton convened a Steering Committee and five Working Groups to develop the objectives and initiatives of the CAP. These Committees will finalize a draft of the CAP by March 2019, at which time Sustainable Princeton will release the CAP for public review.
While implementation of the CAP strategies is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019, certain initiatives have already begun, including a continuation of the Great Ideas series. Throughout 2018-19, this series has been used to introduce key concepts from the CAP to the public. New in 2019 is the STAR Neighborhood program, which aims to get the public involved in reducing their carbon footprint, as well Princeton’s first green festival scheduled for May 2019. As part of the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, Sustainable Princeton is also planning a second Direct Install campaign to help small businesses replace their old equipment with energy-efficient technology at a fraction of the cost.