Best Practices Manual

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A Clearinghouse of Information about New Jersey Clean Communities

Best Practices is an incredible resource for Clean Communities Coordinators, a clearinghouse of information that incorporates general information about Clean Communities program, examples of model programs, creative ideas and vendor lists.

The manual was developed by a team of county coordinators and was first released in 2006. It has been revised and updated annually, with new information. The digital version is found online at XXXXXXX.

A Best Practices seminar, organized by the Best Practices Committee, is held in conjunction with the Clean Communities Council and NJCCC/Rutgers OCPE in the fall of each year. The seminar facilitates discussion among coordinator on Best Practices in Clean Communities; the agenda includes panel discussions, lectures and interactive exercises.

The New Jersey Clean Communities Council is deeply grateful to the team of coordinators who share their time and talent in pursuit of quality education for coordinators.

The Best Practices Team
JoAnn Gemenden, Team Leader (Union County)
Elyse Baron (Sayreville)
Mary Ellen Gilpin (Hudson County, retired)
Liz Sweedy (Morris County)
Carole Tolmachewich (Middlesex County)
Rebecca Turygan (Atlantic County)
Diana Vigilante (Somerset County, retired)

Honorary Team Member
Melinda Williams (Salem County, retired)

Best Practices 2019

Clean Communities grant recipients may resume volunteer cleanups, provided COVID-19 guidelines established by the Governor’s Office are strictly followed and enforced. However, because Clean Communities grants are disbursed directly to municipalities and counties, the decision to resume cleanups is strictly the responsibility of grant recipients.
NJCCC COVID-19 Guidelines:

  • Volunteers must wear masks.
  • Volunteers must wear gloves while picking up trash.
  • Groups of volunteers cleaning in one location must be limited to 10.
  • Volunteers must social-distance.
  • Cleanups must be supervised to ensure that COVID-19 guidelines are followed and enforced.
  • Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer must be provided for volunteers who are cleaning. Clean Communities grant funds may be used for this purpose.

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Sandy Huber, Executive Director
Phone: 609-989-5900/ Fax: 609-989-9066
Cell: 856-235-5599
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Announcement

Safety Training - Course Description

The Rutgers Office of Continuing Education and the NJ Clean Communities Council will offer a Clean Communities Safety Training Course, October 3 and 4, 2018.  The purpose of the course is to provide coordinators with the information they need to organize cleanups that adhere to safety guidelines, and involve volunteers that are unfamiliar with safety regulations. Liability and insurance politics will be covered. The training course is open to coordinators who are Certified Clean Communities Coordinators. CCCC coordinators will earn to earn 9 re-certification credit hours by participating in the two-day course (day #1 - 6 credit hours, day 2, and 3 credits hours.) If you only wish to attend the field day (October 4), a registration option is available.

The October 3 class will take place from 9:00am - 3:30pm, at the Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center in New Brunswick. The October 4 class will take place along the waterfront in Perth Amboy, with participants meeting at The Barge in Perth Amboy in the morning - registrants will be given the exact time once detailed are finalized. Information and registration are available on OCPE’s website http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/er0410ca.html or by calling (848) 932-9271 and entering option “2.”

The course is required for recertification.

Announcing the Release of the 2019

Best Practices CD

 best practices

A Clearinghouse of Information about New Jersey Clean Communities

Best Practices is an incredible resource for Clean Communities Coordinators, a clearinghouse of information that incorporates general information about the Clean Communities program, examples of model programs, creative ideas and vendor lists.

The manual was developed by a team of county coordinators and was first released in 2006. The CD has been revised and updated annually, with new information.  https://njclean.org/nj-clean-communities/publications/31-2018-best-practices/118-2019webindex

Best Practices is a “tool of the trade” and an integral part of the NJCCC/Rutgers OCPE training program for coordinators. The New Jersey Clean Communities Council is deeply grateful to the team of coordinators who share their time and talent in pursuit of quality education for coordinators.

The Best Practices Team

JoAnn Gemenden, Team Leader (Union County)

Elyse Baron (Sayreville)

Diane Brauchle, (Frankford)

Liz Sweedy (Morris County)

Carole Tolmachewich (Middlesex County)

Rebecca Turygan (Atlantic County)

Diana Vigilante (Somerset County, retired)

Honorary Team Member

Melinda Williams (Salem County, retired)