Each year, the Environmental Committee seeks environmentally responsible residents. After a careful review of the nominations it receives, the Committee votes for one person each year to receive the Borough’s annual Green Award.
About the “Caught Being Green” Award
The “Caught Being Green” Award began in 2007 and recognizes a High Bridge resident/s who has been observed on a regular basis going out of his/her/their way to be environmentally-responsible citizens; nominations for this award are taken directly from the residents.
The Environmental Commission is looking for environmentally-responsible residents. Please submit the name and the environmental action of any High Bridge resident you observe going out of his/her way to be environmentally responsible. The Environmental Commission will vote on one person each year to receive our annual “Caught Being Green” Award. Nominations should be sent to Councilwoman Lynn Hughes.
2015 “Caught Being Green” Award Recipients
Daniel Pavan was “Caught Being Green” for his ongoing environmental actions to preserve and protect honeybees.Daniel started his first hive in 2012 at age 12 after two years of reading and researching many bee books and realizing the importance of the honeybee. He took responsibility to build the hive, paint it and find a suitable location, and then hive the bees when they arrived. He protects them during the winter after feeding them, and makes sure the colony is disease free. He enjoys sharing information about how beneficial honeybees are and even provided an observation hive for his 8th grade science class. He has extracted honey three years in a row, selling most of the 2015 yield at the HB Farmers Market. For 2016 Daniel is adding two more hives in a continued effort to preserve and protect the industrious honeybee.
The Environmental Commission recognizes that Daniel is a role model for our youth to be environmentally responsible citizens.
2014 “Caught Being Green” Award Recipients
Youth Award Recipients – The High Bridge Elementary School Environmental Club Members for having their group recycling poem chosen as one of the twelve 2014 winners in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection annual recycling poetry contest. The 21 club members each contributed a line or a few words to create the club poem.: Owen Honeycutt, Emily Wescott, Lily Kucharski, Sophia Desire, Stephanie Rechowicz, Lindsay Kinsky, Owen Sharkey, Meg Conroy, Jacob Chalfant, Emanuel Marquez, Zachary Black, Ricky Strange, Mia Abramo, Tyler Zappa, Alison Angley, Cameron Croghan, Gabe Mantecon, Kaitlyn Columbus, Joseph Speidel, Kate Rinehart, Roland Wurst.
2012 – Gregory Cooper is a resident who cares about the quality of our Borough environment and who quietly sets an example for others to follow. An environmentally-conscientious commuter, Gregory picks up litter as he walks from the NJ Transit parking lot at 5:45 a.m. and again on his return to High Bridge at 4:45 p.m. He was nominated by a fellow commuter who has observed Mr. Cooper picking up litter on a daily basis for years.
2011 – Antonio Martinez is someone who loves nature and continues to appreciate it, even after the vitality of the tree or vine has ceased. Antonio is a conscientious trail-keeper who makes rustic designs in his backyard workshop. Benches, chairs, etc. are created with just a hammer, nails, and handsaw; Antonio donated two of his creations to the Solitude Falls overlook.
2010 – Wayne Hally for his dedication to picking up litter along several Borough streets and completing a spreadsheet on the litter types and location since 2005.
2009 – John & Denise Hickson, owners of Mrs. Riley’s in High Bridge, for promoting environmentally-responsible business behaviors. They recycle 90% of their garbage; recycle cooking oil; use eco-friendly products such as containers, cups, straws, garbage bags, LED lights; and are working toward using solar panels.
2008 – Linda Lucas for voluntarily picking up litter along several Borough Streets and replacing garbage bags along the fishing area of the Raritan River since 1999.
2007 – Sharon Apperson for providing a trash receptacle along the Columbia Trail and maintaining its upkeep.