A big THANKS to Sustainable JC! This great organization is truly committed to "all things green" for Jersey City. Their support and collaboration with other local groups that are focused on neighborhood sustainability efforts is without measure. They have been a great champion of "The Friends of the Walkway", a Society Hills resident group that has been working diligently since 2009 to stop the removal of 84 trees along the public access walkway surrounding their community. SJC has provided very helpful guidance to assist with this important mission - because "Jersey City is in need of more trees, not less!" Their advocacy work for more Green Infrastructure in Jersey City is so important to all of us and "The Friends of the Walkway" is a partner in that process. We would also like to specifically thank Sustainable JC's co-founder and driving force, Debra Italiano. Her sincere environmental concerns, and her "we can do more if we work together" approach was instrumental in the support of the "Friends of the Walkway". Her efforts have also been recognized by the Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development. She is an honoree for the 2014 Women's History Month - Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment. The award honors "women in Hudson County who, through their personal and professional endeavors, have dedicated themselves to standing up for causes, promoting social justice, advocating for the rights of disadvantaged groups, or giving above and beyond to their communities, doing so with character and courage often in the face of many obstacles." These words absolutely describe Debra Italiano!
Congratulations and continued success to Debra Italiano and the entire SJC team for their unwavering dedication to JC residents and the continued growth of urban sustainability in Jersey City.
Sincere Regards, Friends of the Walkway Community Denise Bailey & Vern Carlson - Members