NJA Holds Annual Corporate Stewardship Council Meeting in Trenton

It has been another highly successful year for the New Jersey Audubon Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC) that has seen habitat restoration projects benefiting wildlife species all over the State.  On September 13, 2013 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) hosted the CSC’s annual meeting at their offices in Trenton.   Filling in for NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin, was Acting Deputy Commissioner Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., who applauded members of the Council for their commitment to ecological sustainability and praised the importance of the CSC initiative that affords NJA_CSC_logo_vert_CMYK BLUE BROWN CREAMthe private sector an opportunity to take leadership roles in conservation stewardship.

The meeting was presided over by Co-Chairmen, Mr. Ralph LaRossa, President of Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) and Mr. Keith Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Mannington Mills, Inc.  Mr. Campbell recently accepted the position of CSC Co-Chairman after the retirement of former Co-Chair Mr. Dennis Bone in 2012.  Headquartered in Salem, New Jersey, and founded in 1915 by his great grandfather John Boston Campbell, Mannington Mills is now one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world.  It is also the only North American-based company engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of residential and commercial resilient, laminate, hardwood and porcelain tile floors, as well as commercial carpet and rubber.  Mannington Mills is also recipient of two Governors Environmental Excellence Awards and is a recognized leader of sustainable practices.

The CSC also recognized and expressed our sincere thanks to former CSC Co-Chairman, Mr. Dennis Bone.  In 2012, Mr. Bone retired as President of Verizon's New Jersey area and had presided over the CSC as Co-Chairman since its inception in 2007.   New Jersey Audubon is grateful for his willingness to co-chair the CSC at its beginning stages and provide leadership over the years to assure its success. Mr. Bone’s tenure as CSC Co-chair brought with it great growth, on-the ground conservation, and recognition of CSC members and NJ Audubon.  Below is just a snap-shot of CSC achievements under Mr. Bone’s tenure:

· Since its inception, the CSC has increased its membership from 11 to 18 members.

· Since its inspection a total of 22 projects encompassing over 420 acres have been completed.

P6280016· Within those 22 projects, habitat for 21 different NJ listed species (Threatened or Endangered Species) are being managed for. (This does not include State Species of Special Concern with which there are many that occur on these project sites)

· Several projects that had also involved nest box installations and monitoring have fledged over 3,360 new birds (combination of purple martin, tree swallow, American kestrel and eastern bluebird).

· Two CSC projects (Verizon and Mannington Mills) have won the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in the Healthy Ecosystem and Healthy and Sustainable Businesses categories, respectively.

· One CSC project, New Jersey American Water, has won the New Jersey Business and Industry Environmental Quality Award.

To see current summary information regarding individual CSC Member Projects go to: http://www.njaudubon.org/Portals/10/Conservation/PDF/2013CSCBrochure.pdf