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Good Citizens

March 3, 2011

By Jennifer Chaky

You want to be a good citizen right? You follow laws that keep us safe, such as traffic rules, and other laws governed by common decency set by our moral compasses. But what many good citizens don’t know is what kind of damage they are doing when they generate the garbage they put on their curb. We have more control over the amount of trash that gets sent to landfills and incinerators than we may think. By making better choices and instilling new habits, we can drastically reduce our waste. This Sunday come to a free Zero Waste Event that will inspire you and give you ideas on how to do this.

The Greater Montclair Interfaith Environmental Coalition have organized The Zero Waste Event for March 6th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bnai Keshet Synagogue, 99 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. All are welcome to attend this informative free event that will provide lots of helpful information on how to decrease home energy usage, save money on utility bills, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Anna Batisita, Ph.D., from the Iron Bound Community Corporation will be speaking about the social, health, and environmental issues related to burning our trash in the Newark incinerator.  Mary Jo Boyd from the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star Program will walk event attendees through the process of applying to the Home Performance Program, getting an energy audit, and having retrofits performed on one’s house, plus discuss the rebates and financing terms available–all great information to help folks reduce their energy costs and usage. Gray Russell will be speaking about the Our Power Campaign ( and what we one town is doing to reduce their energy usage.

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