SUBMITTED! Our Sustainable NJ Bronze level actions have been submitted for review. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will achieve Bronze level certification! This is a great day for Bloomfield! Thanks to all who worked to make this happen: GB volunteers had to figure out which actions we could work on (not an easy task), pulled together information, wrote up narratives, figure out what was needed and tracked it down. Thanks to Erin Ihde for making the ‘Dispose My Meds’ a Bloomfield feature. Also big shout out to our town employees were suddenly pressed into service to help provide documents and resources. We will know in December whether we have been awarded the Bronze level. Please, a request to readers and supporters to bring all your good karma to make this happen!
Next meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 4 and we are back in the Civic Center at 84 Broad Street (next to the library) at 7:30 p.m.
We continue to work on our sustainability goals and preparing for Harvest Fest. October will be a movie meeting!
We are sponsoring an Eco-Fest @Harvest Fest at the last weekend of September. Community groups and enviro-groups are welcome. To learn more, contact us by Friday, 9/5. E-mail greenerbloomfieldnj at gmail.com.
Finishing our actions for Sustainable New Jersey, and planning for the Eco-Fest @ Harvest Fest (sponsored by the Bloomfield Center Alliance). Our August meeting will be in the 2nd floor conference room of the Bloomfield Police Building at Frankling and Montgomery. 7:30 p.m. In September we should be returning to our Civic Center location.
We are seeking community groups and enviro/sustainable groups to table with us at are Eco-Fest on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 27, 28. We will be on street level rather than tucked away on the Library Quad where we were last year. If you are interested in joining us, e-mail us as greenerbloomfieldnj (at) gmail.com. And we are seeking volunteers to help us with the event.
Wright recently published a The American Birding Association Field Guide to New Jersey Birds and will give us the low down on our high flying friends.
Join us on Tuesday, July 8 in the library’s Little Theater (under the Children’s Library) from 6 pm to 8 pm.
This is a joint collaboration between Greener Bloomfield and the Bloomfield Public Library.
Join us on July 10, 2014, at 7:30 as we plan our activities to fulfill the actions we set up for Sustainable NJ. We are very excited about this. We also have to plan Harvest Fest, etc. Lots of great things on the horizon.
For July and August we will be meeting in the second floor conference room of the police building at Montgomery and Franklin. Our July meeting is on the 2nd Thursday instead of the first. Our August meeting will be Aug. 7.
Join us as we see if we have gotten enough info to make the bronze level of certification. Things are tight. We also have lots of things on the boards: Harvest Fest eco fair, Earth Day 2015, programming, and planning for what we will tackle for sustainability next year. Lots to cover — hard to do it all. Please join us.
Thursday, June 5, 7:30 pm in the Civic Center at 84 Broad. If they are still working on the front steps, there is an elevator from the back parking lot (enter on State Street by the library).
Visit us on facebook for the latest pictures and postings: https://www.facebook.com/GreenerBloomfield
And join us on MeetUp (see link to the right).
Agenda for the meeting:
Approve last meetings mins (5 mins)
S.N.J Action Items ( 30 mins. NOTE- Please
have all information that you are
responsible for on hand)
Should we or
shouldn’t we- to submit or not to submit (10 mins +
Harvest Fest ( 15 Mins)
Future events forum (20 mins)
Future meetings (10 mins)
We had a great inaugural Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26. Lots of little kids reading and planting, and adults learning about how to be green.
Join us for our next monthly meeting. This will be a working meeting to figure out points we will submit for Sustainable Jersey program. Plus need to review Earth Day Celebration and prepare for Harvest Fest. Plus review tabling for the Glen Ridge Eco-fair on May 10.
This Thursday May 1, 7:30, in the Civic Center, 84 Broad Street.
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Join us at our Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26 from 12 -3 at the Bloomfield Library plaza.
Co sponsored by the Bloomfield library, the Open Space Committee and Greener Bloomfield.
Includes a toddler reading and planting, Reading of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, seedball making and the first annual Earth Day Award presentation, and more.
Show your planet-love by riding your bike or walking.
Cancelled if rains.
Thursday, March 6, we will not have a program, but will start working on which Sustainable Jersey actions we want to acheive. We will be meeting in the Civic Center (On Broad Street, just north of Liberty) at 7:30. It is free and the public is welcome. Our meetings are on the 1st Thursday of the month. Stay tuned for the Drinking Water meeting on April 3, and join us on April 26 for our earthday event.
Also check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GreenerBloomfield and our meetup page: http://www.meetup.com/GreenerBloomfield/
After a hiatus Greener Bloomfield is back to advocating for sustainability in our township.
We are working to increase environmental awareness and eco-friendly practices wherever we can in our township. We know that there are others out there who have been involved in the environmental arena or whose interests in Bloomfield overlap with environmental issues.
The old adage is ‘Many hands make light work.’ Let’s all work together to achieve our goals.
We want to meet you and find out how we might work together. Greener Bloomfield would like to invite you to our first Meet and Greet.
We would love to have the opportunity to tell you a little bit about our goals and want to hear yours. We will meet at the Civic Center in Bloomfield (84 Broad Street , next to the library) on Thursday, February 6th at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Note that we are meeting on the first Thursday of the month. Tentative plans are to have another movie night in March, and in April, on Saturday, April 26, in honor of Earth Day, we are tentatively having Toddler reading and planting day in collaboration with the library; Stay Tuned!
Movie night was totally engrossing as we saw in so much detail how Ag Secretary Earl Butz’s call to “Grow Food” led us to our overproduction of commodity corn. Although the goal was to make food less expensive and reduce the percentage of the budget spent on food, things turned a corner that Butz perhaps might not have intended? Glad to see new faces share the movie with us.
Look on https://www.facebook.com/GreenerBloomfield for more information about the film and the backstory.
Our next meeting, Jan. 9, is off-schedule because of the holidays. Will continue to plan activities and develop sustainable NJ projects. Please consider attending. To stay in touch, try our meetup page, or the facebook page.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013: Movie and a chat. Come watch King Corn, a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. 7:30 at the Civic Center 85 Broad Street. Parking available in the library parking lot or on the street. Free and public welcome.
This Thursday! Vote on Tuesday, then mark your calendar to join us this Thursday!
We moved the meeting down the street to the Civic Center. And we have set up our meetings so they will always be the first Thursday of the month at the Civic Center — mark your calendars and set up reminders.
We set up a committee to start working on next year’s bigger and better eco-community fair. Our goals include mulling over which projects we can tackle to begin expanding Bloomfield(NJ)’s sustainability and get back on track with Sustainable NJ’s achievements.
Plus join us for a Meet&Greet to network with other local sustainability groups. Dates and details to follow.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 at 7:30. In the Police Building at Franklin and Montgomery in the 2nd floor conference room. After a great Eco-community Fair at Harvest Fest, eager to continue on goals and tasks to move us forward. Free and open to the public.
Please join us on Aug. 7 to brainstorm on how to revitalize Greener Bloomfield. We will also discuss Sustainable Jersey, to seek recertification, a project Greener Bloomfield led a few years ago to get the township certified with the first group of municipalities.
John Palomaki has given his okay with our efforts to get this going (as he mentioned in a post he is moving to Connecticut).
Here is the link for sustainable NJ if you want to see what that program does. http://www.sustainablejersey.com/
Any questions? Let me know. The meeting will be in the 2nd floor conference room at the Bloomfield Police building.
Raising hens is legal in Montclair — why not Bloomfield? Click on the photo to read more.
Are you interested in getting fresh eggs…right from your own back yard? Converting some of your lawn to vegetable gardens to raise more of your own food? Then you should attend the CHICKEN MEETING – to discuss and propose an ordinance to allow Bloomfield residents to keep and raise chickens (hens) in their back yards as a pilot program. Urban homesteading will also be discussed. The meeting will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Bloomfield College Library on the corner of Oakland and Liberty Streets. (Free parking in the Bloomfield College parking lot at the corner of Liberty and Austin Place).
Raising hens offers a number of benefits for local communities. Hens can be fed food scraps and garden waste while providing nitrogen-rich fertilizer through their droppings. Hens also provide natural pest control by consuming grubs and insects.
[From Facebook’s “Citizens of Bloomfield, New Jersey” group and Bloomfield Patch.]
Montclair Environmental Affairs office and Community Green present another eye-opening environmental movie – Renewal– the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. It starts at 6:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Montclair Public Library.
From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth are the heart of RENEWAL.
Join us for the film and discussion following. This is one of a series of free Environmental Film Screenings put on by CommunityGreen.org. For more information contact Marnie Vyff at 973-335-4469 ormarnie@ecoLOGIC-design.com.