By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œNew Jersey LCV is pleased to endorse Mayor Fulop for his leadership in the fight against climate change,â€ said NJLCV Executive Director Ed Potosnak said in a statement.
â€œFulop was the first mayor in New Jersey to sign a pledge to drastically cut the percentage of the cityâ€™s energy produced from fossil fuels, and his administration undertook a citywide greenhouse gas audit to determine where its carbon output could be reduced.â€
Jersey City was named one of Americaâ€™s 10 greenest cities in 2015 by NerdWallet.com, a financial web site.
The Fulop administration also is making strides to reduce carbon emissions by making the city more pedestrian and bike friendly.
The administration has installed more than 22 miles of inter-connected bike paths and started New Jerseyâ€™s first bike-share program in partnership with Citi Bike.
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement from the New Jersey League of Conservation voters, as the work they do impacts residents across Jersey City and the state of New Jersey,” Fulop said in the same statement.
“We have worked closely together over the past couple of years as we believe that local government can have some of the greatest impacts on climate change and sustainability. I am grateful for Conservation Votersâ€™ continued support, and will continue to lead at the local level on issues like park creation, cutting greenhouse gases, and reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint.”
During his first term, Fulop created the cityâ€™s first Open Space Trust Fund for the acquisition and preservation of open space, and had nearly 18 acres of brownfields converted into green space for Berry Lane Park â€“ the cityâ€™s newest and largest municipal park.
The New Jersey LCV also praised Fulopâ€™s partnership with the Jersey City Parks Coalition to plant 5,000 new trees throughout the city, and his part in a successful fight against efforts to privatize Liberty State Park.