Loading
Untitled Document

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2013

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES THAT
THE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION EXHIBITS IN THE ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER EARN AWARD FOR UTILIZING ECO-FRIENDLY PAINT

 

Roseland, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Friday, January 18th that the new Energy and Conservation Exhibits at the Essex County Environmental Center have been recognized with a “Commitment to a Healthy Environment” award because eco-friendly paint was used during the construction and when the entire interior of the facility was repainted. The award, presented by Smart Little House, LLC, in Roseland, recognizes Essex County for its commitment to being green and health conscious and for using environmentally-friendly, natural, non-toxic and sustainable products in the new exhibits and throughout the Environmental Center.

“These new exhibits teach visitors what actions they can take and what products they can use to make their lives more sustainable and eco-friendly. What better way to teach that lesson than to use non-toxic paint in our new exhibits and throughout the Environmental Center,” DiVincenzo said. “I thank Smart Little House for partnering with our Environmental Center and helping to promote our mission to raise awareness about protecting nature and our environment as well as our health,” he added.

“I am continually amazed at what we are accomplishing here at the Environmental Center. It’s such a great place. We are certainly putting Essex County first when it comes to environmental issues,” Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold said. Also attending to show his support was Freeholder Len Luciano.

The exhibits, which opened in September 2012, provide interactive activities in which visitors of all ages can learn about solar panels, emerging sources of energy and energy-efficient household appliances, building materials and habits. During the renovation, Mythic Paint, a non-toxic, ultra-low odor paint that does not contain VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and cancer causing toxins, was used throughout the exhibits. Smart Little House is the leading distributor of Mythic paint in this area. SMART Certified and bio-based Marmoleum flooring, natural finishes and hand-made tiles from SmartLittleHouse were used as well.

“We are very happy to partner with Essex County because they have been very sensitive to the environmental issues that are important to us,” said Chris Murphy, owner of the Smart Little House in Roseland. “Using non-toxic and sustainable paint helps improve indoor air quality and enabled the building to be used while painting was being done,” he added.

“I encourage everyone to visit the Environmental Center because it’s a place where people of all ages can walk away with something that they can do or something that impacts their life,” said Ann Marchioni, a member of the Essex County Environmental Commission.

The centerpiece of the displays is a miniature house where visitors learn about how energy is consumed in a home and what simple steps can be taken with new products to conserve energy and reduce energy consumption. The miniature home was constructed with environmentally friendly materials and the household appliances on display are energy efficient. Touch screen computers and displays explain how everything from the tiles on the floor to the insulation to the windows are made to meet the highest energy-efficiency and environmentally-friendly standards. Next to the miniature house is a display about what residents can do in their backyards to protect the environment, such as using barrels to collect rain water, growing vegetables in a garden and using a push mower to cut the grass.

Two energy labs provide visitors with demonstrations about how a water heater works and what advances have been made to make it more efficient, how windmills create electricity, the difference between incandescent, fluorescent and LED light bulbs, how solar panels and fuel cells work, and other new concepts to create energy in the future. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibits and use touch screen computers to gain information about energy consumption and generation. Around the outside walls are self-contained kiosks and computer stations where visitors can monitor the amount of energy being generated by the solar panels installed on the Environmental Center roof, calculate their carbon footprint or learn about the history of electricity. Essex County received a $951,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and contributed $73,690 from the Essex County Capital Budget to fund the project.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 22 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. The Essex County Environmental Center opened in 2005 and includes the nearby Garibaldi Hall. The Center is located in Essex County West Essex Park, a 1,360-acre wetlands preserve along the Passaic River in Livingston, Roseland, West Caldwell and Fairfield.

 
 
 
Video
Press Release
November 24, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND BOARD OF FREEHOLDERS DEDICATE BLONNIE R. WATSON CONFERENCE ROOM IN HONOR OF RETIRING FREEHOLDER PRESIDENT Blonnie Watson Tied Record for Longest Serving Freeholder President
November 05, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO HOSTS FIFTH ANNUAL VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE AT ESSEX COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK Recognizes the Contribution of the Late Joseph Fornarotto, Veterans Activist
October 27, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY CANINE HALLOWEEN CONSTUME CONTESTS Strut Your Mutt Events Held at Brookdale Dog Park and South Mountain Dog Park
October 22, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO PRESENTS $4.8 MILLION IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS AND EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANTS 14 Municipalities and 36 Non-Profit Organizations Receive Funding for Infrastructure Improvements, Community Programs and Buildi
October 15, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO HOSTS ANNUAL ESSEX COUNTY LATINO HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION Estrella del Condado de Essex Awards are Presented to NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Newark Municipal Court Chief Judge Victoria F. Pratt
October 14, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO AND THE ESSEX COUNTY RECREATION AND OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND ADVISORY BOARD AWARD $3.3 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR MUNICIPAL PROJECTS 2014 Local Aid Program Supports Park Development, Open Space Acquisition and Historic Preservat
October 10, 2014
ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF EXERCISE COURSE IN ESSEX COUNTY IVY HILL PARK IS COMPLETE
Untitled Document
  • Top Links
  • Events
  • Public Notice
  • Partners
Top Links
High School Proficiency Test
Report a Pothole
Employment Application
Family Justice Center
Essex County Wellness Program Card
2014 Online Applications for Local Arts and History
Essex County Budgets
Mosquito Control
Birth, Marriage & Death Certificate Information
Mobile Citizen Services Office
Golf
Business Opportunities
Join the Essex Enews!!
OPRA
Directions to Hall of Records
Stay Connected
   
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presents the Essex County Teamwork Award Monthly.
View Past Awards

Community Development Representatives’ Meeting- December 11

Reprogramming Unused 2013 Funds

Continuum of Care Homelessness Assistance Program Application- Due October 3

PUBLIC NOTICE - Workfirst NJ Review Committee 9-11-14 flyer

PUBLIC NOTICE - Recreation Oversight Committee 9-15-14 flyer

Title I Funding for Various Community Projects

Reprogrammed CDBG Funds- Hearing August 21

2015 Senior Citizens and Disabled Residents Transportation Assistance Program

HOME Investment Partnership Program- Project Live

Public Hearing on Caper- July 17

Reprogramming of CDBG Funds
CDBG Reprogramming Funds Application

 

 

 

FONSI 2013 Lyons Ave. Repaid Funds

Cerebral Palsy-Amended 525 Pleasant Valley Way WO

Fifth Program Year Action Plan for Consolidated Action Plan

2014 CDBG Amendment

2014 One-Year Action Plan for CDBG, HOME & ESG

HOME Funds Load to ARC of Essex County

2014 Deer Management Program
-Program Notice -Program Guidelines

Community Development Representatives Meeting
Harvard Printing Development
Belleville Senior Housing Project: NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF INTENT TO CONSIDER PROPOSED ACTION IN A 100 YEAR FLOOD PLAIN
Belleville Senior Housing Project: Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain
2013 ESG Reprogramming Application
FONSI Statement for Various Projects
Reprogramming of ESG Funds: Deadline November 12
Apostle House Renovations
2012 CAPER
HOME Funding: Low-Income Housing in Orange
CDBG Annual Report: Available August 28
HOME Funds for HANDS: Hearing on August 1
HOME Funds for The ARC of Essex County: Hearing on August 1
Belleville Traffic Signal: Impact Statement and Release of Funds
High Street Heights Public Hearing: August 5
Part Time Guides for Treetop Adventure Course and Paddle Boat Attraction
Belleville Intersection Upgrade: CDBG Notice
2010-2014 Consolidated Plan: 2013 One Year Action Plan
2013 CDBG Program: Public Comment Period
Essex County First Time Homebuyer Program
South Orange Avenue Upgrades
Reprogramming CDBG Funds
2013 HOME Investment Partnership Program
2011 CAPER
English - Spanish
CDBG Amendment to 2010-2014 Action Plan

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) OBJECTIVES & PROJECTED USE OF FUNDS
Public-Notice | Action-Plan

2013 Essex County Local Arts Grant Program
- Guidelines
- Grant Application Budget Charts
2013 Essex County Local History Grant Program
-Guidelines
-Finance Charts

 

Untitled Document
Partner Links
   
2-1-1 Information