BG Public Meeting Wed 8/27

by BoroGreen Team published Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM, last modified Aug 26, 2014 09:27 PM
General meeting open to all, held monthly at the Hillsborough Municipal Building in the FRONT multipurpose room. It's easy to find. Please join us in our ongoing conversation and share monthly project updates.
When Aug 27, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where 379 S Branch Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
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BoroGreen’s August 2014 meeting: Improving Quality of Life by Exchanging Best Practices with Sustainable Sweden and Neighboring Towns.

Please join us in welcoming Oscar Koohler, Lauren Skowronski, and Tahirih Smith at our August monthly meeting. Oscar is a graduate student in Sustainable Energy Engineering who is visiting Lawrence for a three week period to study best practices in sustainable development on behalf of the US embassy in Stockholm and Sustainable Sweden. His objective is to look at how municipalities and other organizations in the area are working on sustainable development.

Tahirih SmithTahirih Smith is the President of Sustainable Lawrence and she will be sharing best practices with the audience.





Lauren Skowronski, Program Director for Community Engagement at Sustainable Jersey, has an expertise in community development and civic engagement. She will be talking about initiatives at the county level and how individuals can play a role within their own towns.

Pam Mount is the current president of Sustainable Jersey’s Board, vice president of Sustainable Lawrence, and a former mayor of Lawrence.

Lawrence Township ( has become a leader in sustainable practices through a program called The Natural Step that was created by two planners: Torbjörn Lahti and Sarah James, authors of the award winning book “ The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices.” They have inspired thousands of citizens and scores of local governments to take action toward becoming a sustainable community. As a result, Sustainable Lawrence has hosted the Sustainable Living Series with three major themes: energy, food, and waste to inform residents about the benefits of home insulation, energy conservation and incentives, composting, organic gardening and plant propagation, purchasing habits, recycling and reusing.

Both Sustainable Princeton and Sustainable Lawrence have a Curbside Organics program. They are exploring options for Mercer County to have an Aggregate Energy Purchase Agreement. They and other towns have formed a Mercer County Alliance, beginning with a forum this past spring to discuss collaborations and increased efficiencies through partnerships.


Somerset County is also beginning to develop partnerships between towns so that best practices can be more readily adopted in neighboring towns.


“This is an excellent opportunity for neighboring municipalities to find both environmental and economic opportunities that capitalize on their assets and establish a plan for controlled growth,” stated the President of BoroGreen, John Beggiato. We invite you to a stimulating and inspiring evening and look forward to collaborating with residents of Hillsborough and neighboring towns to improve our quality of life!



The meeting dates through November are 9/24, 10/22, 11/26. All future meetings will be held in the Front Multi-Purpose Room at 7:30-9:00 PM.

BoroGreen is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization and consists of a loosely knit community of residents, businesses, congregations and like-minded groups, all contributing to a more sustainable community in and around Hillsborough, NJ.