GARFIELD, N.J. — It's not easy going green, so Garfield enlisted the help of some experts.
The city recently launched a "Green Team," dedicated to helping the environment. Until it gets off the ground, two representatives from New York University will assist.
Garfield and NYU joined forces decades ago because of groundwater contamination, according to Dr. Judith Zelikoff of the university. The partnership continued with community outreach assistance, leading Zelikoff and Susan Cataldo to the Green Team.
The NYU representatives held meetings in Garfield recently to solicit members for the team. The discussions there led to ideas such as a walking group and bike routes, according to Cataldo.
"We can help put them together, but really they will become leaders and take [the team] over and do community events," Cataldo said.
The Green Team is part of Sustainable Jersey, which supports efforts to help the environment and provides grant opportunities. Nearly 70 municipalities in the state are members.
"I believe the Green Team will move us forward in a positive direction," Garfield City Manager Thomas Duch told Daily Voice. "I am hopeful that we will be able to create events and activities to promote Sustainable Jersey, and to promote preservation of our resources."