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We Earned a Trex Bench for Thin Film Plastics Recycling!
Bench Physically Demonstrates the Benefits of Upcycling
New Bench for
Lower Columbia Park
Earned During Pandemic
Lower Columbia Park
Earned During Pandemic
As a result of our thin film plastics recycling efforts (over 500 pounds collected!), Sustainable Berkeley Heights earned an outdoor bench from the Trex Company in February 2021. The bench, made in part from recycled thin film plastics, provides physical evidence of the positive benefits from re-using plastics instead of having them placed in a landfill.
Our Vegan Cooking Class with Devour is the Talk of the Town!
The weekly "Happening in the Heights" video of January 15, 2020 that appears on The Berkeley Heights Township's YouTube Channel features Sustainable Berkeley Heights and its vegan cooking class with Devour Creative Catering! Thank you to the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee and the Township of Berkeley Heights for supporting us in our efforts to teach community members how their mindful eating choices can have positive impacts for the planet as well as their own health. Here's the video link:
Our reusable fruit and vegetable bags made great holiday gifts . . .
. . . and enabled us to help others in the quest to find a cure for cancer.
So proud to have partnered with The Warriors team from Relay for Life Berkeley Heights to help fight cancer, preserve the environment
Sustainable Berkeley Heights was proud to participate in a an American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life fundraiser held by The Warriors team at Smoothie King in Summit. At that event, we sold our sets of reusable vegetable and fruit bags (3 to a set), and contributed a portion of the funds we received to ACS. Why? Because plastic bags and plastic straws break down into microplastics. Microplastics act like a sponge, absorbing toxic chemicals that can be released into the human digestive system and then can navigate their way into the bloodstream. Polystyrene is a likely human carcinogen that's considered a risk factor for causing lymphomas, lukemias, and cancers. Reducing our consumption of these products can reduce the amount of microplastics and polystyrene in the environment, thereby potentially helping to reduce the risk of others getting cancer. Check out the article about the event, at the link below.
BH/New Providence Patch Article:
We've Been Listed on the NJ Sustainable Business Registry!
On Monday, December 10, 2019, during our first year of existence, we were listed on the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry. As of that date, we were one of only nine non-profits state-wide to receive such designation!
To read more about this Registry and the criteria we satisfied for admission, please click on the link to the following BH/New Providence Patch Article:
Vote for Our Video!
Our litter clean-up partner, the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC), filmed our jointly-sponsored litter clean-up on Locust Avenue on August 24, 2019. This video is now in the running to win a $500 - $1,000 cash prize from Sustainable Jersey in a contest among all other Green Teams and environmental commissions state-wide and is a finalist among videos from six other towns in New Jersey! It's the ONLY video from a Union County town to make the final seven! The video features members of Sustainable Berkeley Heights, the BHEC, Val's Valiants, the Berkeley Heights Township Council, and Girl Scout Troop 40822. Moreover, it showcases the raw spirit of Berkeley Heights - kids and adults coming together and lending a hand to make our community the beautiful small town that it is. We need your support to win! Polls close at midnight on 10/24.
Please cast your vote now: http:bit.ly/SJVideoVote
Bags of Recycleables and Trash, As Well As Paint Cans and Other Items, Rest in Front of the Group that Cleaned Locust Avenue during our co-sponsored clean-up on August 24, 2019.
To read more about this clean up, please read the articles at the following links:
BH/New Providence Patch Article: Video of Locust Avenue Litter Clean-Up Is State Finalist
Vegan Fest Provides Food, Activities, and Education for All
Day 1 - Evening Yoga
Lee Ann Gerrato and Crystal Maldonado inspired the crowd, each leading an hour-long yoga session to the sound of a flowing waterfall in the background. The evening was beautiful, and the grounds provided a perfect setting for mindful reflection. People of all ages and athletic abilities participated.
Day 2 - Educational Panels and Children's Energized Dance
In Lower Columbia Park, Jenn Eisenberg and her team from Bold Arts led young children of all ages in creative dance routines. Props that promoted creativity and imagination added to the dancers' engagement.
Members of the Health-Focused Panel and the Planet-Focused Panel Informed the Crowd About the Health and Environmental Benefits a Plant-Based Diet Provides. There was also a display demonstrating which items are recyclable in Berkeley Heights.
Day 3 - Vegan Cook-Off
A crowd of over 160 people congregated in Lower Columbia Park to sample delicious vegan cuisine and discover just how delicious healthy, plant-based dishes can be. Contestants and some lucky attendees took home prizes, too.
To read more about what happened at each of the Vegan Fest events, and to see additional pictures, please click on the article links below.
TAPinto Article: Vegan Fest Success! Cook-Off Winners Announced
BH/New Providence Patch Article #1: BH Vegan Fest Evening Yoga Offers Relaxation, Mindful Learning
BH/New Providence Patch Article #2: Vegan Fest's Dance, Educational Panels Ignite Lower Columbia Park
BH/New Providence Patch Article #3: Vegan Cook-Off Provides Delicious Dishes, Prizes to Attendees
Vegan Fest begins in two days! Join us for yoga, educational panels, a children's creative dance session, and a fabulous vegan cook-off on Sept. 20 , 21, and 22 - the weather is supposed to be beautiful on all three days!
TAPinto Article: Second Annual Berkeley Heighs Vegan Fest Begins This Week
TAPinto Press Release: Vegan Fest 2019: Three Days of Learning, Exercise, Food and Prizes, Sept. 20 - 22