The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

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Township of West Orange

West Orange, NJ

Susan McCartney


Pledge Summary

West Orange is an energetic, culturally diverse, innovative community that is welcoming, appreciative of its businesses and its 49,000 residents. West Orange is home to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park situated on our Main Street. While we are proud of our history, our future is looking even more impressive. As the newly elected Mayor, I am proud of our Township employees and the dozens of community volunteers who serve on our many local boards and commissions. Partnerships and collaborations help engage our residents in health & wellness programs and environmentally friendly preservation and conservation projects, such as the annual Earth Hour Launch and a successful town-wide milkweed campaign to repopulate the Monarch.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Engage with Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Community Associations or neighborhood organizations to identify opportunities to plant monarch gardens and revise maintenance and mowing programs.
  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.

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.