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PRINCETON – On June 23, 2021, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters hosted their 7th Annual “Green Tie Gala.” The virtual event featured a keynote from Governor Murphy, and a theatrical performance from the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill. Over 150 guests attended the gala and New Jersey LCV raised a record setting $62,000.

“We are so grateful to our supporters who took the time to join us this year to support the important work we are doing to ensure all New Jerseyans have safe drinking water, clean air, and open space no matter their zip code,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “Educating the public about the environment and holding our elected officials accountable matters, and that’s why having events like this to raise the needed funding are so important.”

“Together we have positioned New Jersey at the forefront of the climate movement, and I am incredibly grateful for your support, guidance and partnership,” said Governor Murphy. “The work we’ve done together will improve the quality of life for millions of residents. These projects will make New Jersey stronger, fairer, and healthier both physically and economically.”

New Jersey LCV also recognized and presented awards to environmental champions. The following individuals and organizations were honored for their environmental leadership:

Emerald Award: In appreciation of outstanding devotion to the protection of New Jersey's precious air, water and open space:

  • New Jersey Senator, Troy Singleton (LD-7)
  • New Jersey Assemblyman, John McKeon (LD-27)
  • Camden Councilwoman, Shaneka Boucher

Founders Award: In appreciation of outstanding leadership, vision, and devoted service to the success of New Jersey LCV:

  • New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Jennifer M. Coffey, ANJEC Executive Director

Changemaker Award: In recognition of making an incomparable difference for New Jersey's environment in your community and the lives of others:

  • Friends of the New Jersey School of Conservation
  • Nicole Miller, MnM Consulting

Sustainability Award: In recognition of committing to a sustainable future in New Jersey, integrating sustainability in everyday life, and making sustainability more accessible to the public:

  • Princeton Hydro, specialist in water resources engineering

“I am honored to receive the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Emerald Award, which acknowledges my legislative efforts to ensure that everyone – regardless of their zip codes or income – have access to clean air, clean water, and clean energy,” said New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton, a champion of environmental justice, drinking water, and energy equity initiatives. “While I humbly accept this award, I would like to dedicate it to all of those who will no longer be silenced in their pursuit of environmental justice and equity for their families and communities.”

"I'm happy to be acknowledged as a changemaker along with so many local advocates working to make our environment healthier, more accessible and equitable for those most vulnerable in New Jersey and beyond,” said Nicole Miller, MnM Consulting.

“It is a profound honor to accept New Jersey LCV's Founder's Award with humility and in recognition of the exceptional efforts by environmental commissioners across the state striving to restore healthy oceans and rivers,” said Jen Coffey, Executive Director, ANJEC. “We have a long way to go, but New Jersey is leading the way to a cleaner planet, and I am confident that the hard work of thousands of advocates that secured the strongest Plastic Pollution Reduction Act in the country inspires other states to meet the global challenges we face together.”

“We thank New Jersey LCV for recognizing the work that went into the passage of the landmark Environmental Justice Law that has the potential to protect communities of color and low-income communities from disproportionate pollution burdens,” said Melissa Miles, Executive Director, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance. “We are also grateful for the widespread support of this effort, and we ask the environmental community to continue to center EJ voices as we move through the rulemaking process towards implementation.”

"Princeton Hydro is honored to receive New Jersey LCV's inaugural Sustainability Award. Our firm is committed to improving our ecosystems, quality of life, and communities for the better, and we share many of the same values as New Jersey LCV and its supporters. Both internally and externally, we aim to integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability into our work, from reducing our carbon footprint in our offices to designing resilient, nature-based solutions in New Jersey neighborhoods and beyond,” said Geoffrey Goll, President, Princeton Hydro. “We appreciate New Jersey LCV's dedication to protecting the environment in the Garden State and thank you for selecting Princeton Hydro for this prestigious award.”