Green Team Advisory Committee


The Ridgewood Green Team was established as a permanent advisory committee to the Village Council via Ordinance No. 3423 in July 2014. The Green Team manages the Village's submissions to Sustainable Jersey in order to achieve and maintain the municipality's sustainability certification. The committee functions as a subcommittee of the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC),One third of the Green Team members are also REAC members.The Green Team also helps REAC identify grant opportunities through Sustainable Jersey to further support its mission and objectives.


  • Justin Manger- Chair
  • George Wolfson*
  • Eleanor Gruber*
  • Bob Upton*
  • Cathy Brienza
  • Serena Iacoviello
  • Michael Sedon - Village Council Representative
  • Christopher Ruthishauser, Village Staff Member
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          *Indicates a member of Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee : To contact the group.

The Green Team and REAC hold joint meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:45 PM in the Garden Room. Meetings are open to the public.



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The Village of Ridgewood is a Sustainable Jersey certified community, one of only 200 in the state. Ridgewood achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the Silver level in 2017, one of only 48. Certified towns are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Ridgewood had to complete a balanced number of the program’s sustainability actions. In addition, Ridgewood created a green team and achieved four priority actions by creating a green business recognition program, continuing prescription drug safety and disposal programs, recycling and waste reduction education and compliance programs, and passing a water conservation ordinance. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program that requires no fee for certification.