Galloway Twp. ? A member of the Atlantic County Republican ticket showed his ticket?s green side on October 25 by visiting a local supermarket in Galloway Twp. and handing out reusable grocery bags to local residents.
?We hope that this effort will help local residents to protect our local environment and save our resources,? said Rich Dase who is running for re-election as Freeholder in the 4th District. ?Every little bit helps and we can all make a difference.?
Dase and Freeholders Jim Curcio and Joe McDevitt noted that these events can also highlight the efforts that they have undertaken on the Freeholder Board to help Atlantic County improve its own green profile. Working with County Executive Dennis Levinson, these steps have included acquiring hybrid and alternative fuel county vehicles and educating employees about ways to reduce fuel use and improve mileage, promoting sustainable county building operations by using the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and developing and promoting greener transportation options such as bicycle trails, trip reduction programs, and devising incentives for car pooling and public transit for residents.
All told, these efforts and other like them have won accolades from the National Association of Counties as the winner of its prestigious Sustainable Communities Award and from Kean University which cited Atlantic County as the “Greenest County in New Jersey.?
?Protecting our environment means making smart choices and we have the knowledge and resources to do it,? said Jim Curcio who is the current Freeholder Director and is running for Surrogate. ?We won?t let Atlantic County?s well deserved green reputation go to waste.?
?I see how our kids are taking this message to heart every day as a teacher because they understand that their future is affected by how we treat the natural blessings in this county and our region,? said McDevitt. ?It?s up to each one of us to set the example and take the message forward.?