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|In November 2011, Cape May City was one of six towns in New Jersey to receive the highly regarded Silver Certification of
Sustainable Jersey and was declared Small Municipality Champion by the program for 2011. The City´s Green Team who led the certification effort,
was also awarded a $10,000 grant by Wal‐Mart as part of the Sustainable Jersey program. The grant is for a demonstration project at
Cape May Elementary School to install a small wind turbine. The installation will reduce the energy costs of the school and provide a new
educational component for the School’s growing sustainability curriculum.
Cape May was also awarded over $100,000 in grant funds in 2011 for energy efficiency upgrades to City Hall, the Public Works Complex, the Fire House, and the Franklin Street School. These improvements are projected to save $17,000 off the City’s electric bill annually. In addition, the City received a $26,000 grant to complete an energy audit of a dozen City‐owned buildings.
Sustainability is about more than energy issues, it is about quality of life and best use of resources and Cape May won funds for that, too. At the end of 2011, Cape May was awarded an initial $450,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program for property acquisition at the Lafayette Street Open Space Recreation Area that is located along the main entranceway to Cape May near the downtown historic area. The City´s project was one of the highest rated applications reviewed by NJDEP. Cape May City has the opportunity to resubmit this particular project for additional Green Acres funding in subsequent years.
The City is in the process of acquiring and preserving 78 acres of pristine environmental wetlands in East Cape May as a wildlife sanctuary. The City of Cape May will become an owner and managing partner of the 78‐acre wildlife sanctuary at a cost of $4.4 million that will be covered totally by grants. This purchase will have no financial cost to the Cape May taxpayers.