Publications & Projects


re:Yard is a community-oriented program that awards lawns, gardens and yards for being sustainable and reducing many of the environmental impacts from standard yard care.

SO Not Plastic - Single use plastic reduction campaign.


Grass – Cut It and Leave It Environmentally-Friendly Lawn Care
Grass clippings are a major part of New Jersey’s municipal solid waste stream. As a New Jersey resident, you are already helping to avoid air pollution and wasted resources by recycling. You can do more by reducing waste at the source. Leave the grass clippings on your lawn when you mow, and let nature do the recycling.

We devote enormous amounts of labor, money and pollution to the suburban ritual of removing the leaves and other moisture-retentive organic matter from our lawns, and then replacing it from other sources. Instead, leaves can be mulched in place.

Published November 2008 

Putting Your Garbage to Work
A guide to home composting. Home composting is a sustainable approach to reducing your hauled garbage by separating out organic materials for nature to process. All you need is a bin in your kitchen for temporarily holding organic scraps, and a few square feet of outdoor space to turn organic garbage into compost.
Published April 2013 

South Orange Community Forestry Management Plan
South Orange is dedicated to promoting the existence of a healthy arboricultural environment for the benefit of its citizens and visitors.
Published December 2015 

Your Ecological Address – South Orange
You know your street address, but do you know your ecological address? That’s the larger community of life that includes animals, plants, birds, insects, and fish along with the soil, water, and climate that interact to make South Orange a very special place.
Published April 2016

Home Eco-Guide

Announcing the Home-Eco Guide, published by South Orange Green Team and Environmental Commission.Being "green" isn't only about recycling. There are many adjustments we can make in our homes to better protect the environment. Read the Home Eco-Guide, created to help all residents contribute to the sustainability of our community.
Published May 2021