The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Thursday, February 16, 2023

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City of Elizabeth

Elizabeth, NJ

Chris Bollwage


Pledge Summary

Elizabeth is a city in northeastern New Jersey with a population of roughly 137,000. The city is located along the New Jersey-New York border, northwest of Staten Island. Home to approximately 46 parks and playgrounds, including the Elizabeth River Trail, Elizabeth Waterfront (Maricante Jackson-Millet Park) and MicroFarm and Environmental Center. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth, New Jersey, with 3 community partners including Groundwork Elizabeth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge Association among others have officially committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with the signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge and looks forward to continuing and expanding upon the current efforts within the city to create pollinator habitat and educate residents on the importance of pollinators for maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.

Systems Change

  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.