Chapin School Princeton and the Meadow Lakes Senior Living Community in East Windsor recently both became River-Friendly certified by achieving standards that encourage environmental stewardship in our local communities.
The River-Friendly program offers separate certification processes for schools, businesses, golf courses, and residents. The program is run collectively by The Watershed Institute, Raritan Headwaters and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.
In the process, schools concentrate on teaching their students about water and environmental topics, as well as taking optional steps to improve stewardship of their campuses. Businesses, such as Meadow Lakes, must meet an array of standards such as tracking and evaluating their use of chemicals, pesticides and de-icing materials.
The years-long effort at Meadow Lakes involved the installation of floating wetlands, including an Earth Day activity with the help of Peddie School students. Meadow Lakes has reduced the amount of lawn they mow, has planted a riparian buffer and evaluated their use of fertilizers.
The Chapin School installed a rain garden, minimized the amount of mowing of their grounds, created a pesticide-free zone for their athletic fields, and engaged their students in organic gardening.
These two entities join dozens of River-Friendly organizations that are leading our communities by example. They will receive a River-Friendly sign for their campuses.
If you want to learn more about the River-Friendly programs, visit the River-Friendly website.