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“Caught Being Green” Award

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.

2017 “Caught Being Green” Award Recipients 

Coleen Conroy in recognition of her active involvement in the creation of a sustainable vegetable garden at the borough elementary school and for her leadership on the school district’s Green Team both of which earned the school district the Bronze Award from Sustainable Jersey.


2016 “Caught Being Green” Award Recipients

Laura Tullo in recognition of picking up litter daily as she walks around the borough streets and especially along the Columbia Trail.

2015 “Caught Being Green” Award Recipients

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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

 Adult Award Recipient – David Schweidenback for his Pedals For Progress organization founded in 1991. This organization rescues bicycles destined for overburdened U.S. landfills and ship them to developing countries where they are sorely needed and highly valued. P4P bikes are put to work not only as basic transportation, but are used as a supplement to school and community programs.

High Bridge Elementary School's Environmental Club, Youth winners of the Caught Being Green Award for having their poem chosen as one of NJDEP's 12 winners in their annual recycling poetry contest.

High Bridge Elementary School’s Environmental Club, Youth winners of the Caught Being Green Award for having their poem chosen as one of NJDEP’s 12 winners in their annual recycling poetry contest.

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.



2013 – Ellie Curtin, an environmentally conscientious fifth grader, made her contribution to our town in a quiet way, not looking for any recognition or thank you – just taking pride in our town and doing her part to keep High Bridge a nice place to live. Inspired by the High Bridge Elementary School’s Environmental Club, Ellie organized other youth to spend time this summer volunteering to clean up their community.

Linda Lucas - 2008 Green Award Recipient with Councilwoman Lynn Hughes

Linda Lucas – 2008 Green Award Recipient with Councilwoman Lynn Hughes

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.

Sharon Apperson was the very first recipient of this award!

Sharon Apperson was the very first recipient of this award!