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Hoboken Invites Residents to 2018 Earth Week Events

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

The City of Hoboken is celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day with a week of community volunteering and education activities about sustainability and resiliency efforts.

“Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked,” said Hoboken mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “As climate change continues to threaten quality of life, Hoboken will become a leader in climate mitigation.”

More than five years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the City has become an urban laboratory and national model for climate adaptation. Hoboken has made significant investments and secured nearly $10 million in grant funds from various local, state and federal sources to improve Hoboken’s resiliency.  

The City adopted a Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan last year which outlines the City’s long-term vision for a sustainable Hoboken. Residents can learn how Hoboken will achieve this vision by participating in Earth Week events:

Saturday 4/21



Sapling Giveaway


Monday 4/23



Learn about Hoboken’s energy projects to mitigate climate change impacts + learn how to save $ on your energy bills + see the movie Wisdom to Survive


Tuesday 4/24




BYO lunch-and-learn green infrastructure tour of Southwest Park

BYO bike-and-learn tour of Rebuild by Design coastal flood mitigation project
GI 101: introduction to green infrastructure
Learn about Hoboken’s water projects to adapt to climate change impacts + see the movie Before the Flood
Wednesday 4/25




FREE drop off for food waste/compost + e-waste + single-stream recycling

FREE drop off for plastic toys + clothing/shoes + household items + kitchenware + small appliances + sports equipment + books + CDs/videos + small furniture
Learn about Hoboken’s composting and recycling projects to + see the movie Dirt!
Thursday 4/26





Park-ing Day + learn about Hoboken’s transportation projects to mitigate climate change impacts + register for Hudson Bike share

Intro to Urban Farming
FREE rides on Hoboken HOP
Get 1 day of FREE unlimited 30-minute trips on Hudson Bike Share during Earth Week! You pick the day (voucher code released by Hudson Bike Share before Earth Week)
Friday 4/27



Shade Tree Commission Tree Planting

Join the citizen science adventure to document Hoboken’s hidden biodiversity  by observing as many plant and animal species as possible in Hoboken’s first ever Bio-Blitz! Participate by downloading the iNaturalist app to your phone


For time, location, and more information about specific events, visit

To read the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, visit

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Mayor Bhalla to Speak at Columbine Anniversary Rally for Gun Control

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla will join a student-organized protest rally to end gun violence on Friday, April 20 from 4-5 p.m. at City Hall. The rally is scheduled on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

“If we fight back against the lobbyists and legislators keeping us from enacting effective gun control measures, we can prevent a tragedy like Columbine from happening to our community,” said Bhalla. “The right to life is the first unalienable right Thomas Jefferson declared for our country, and I am so proud of our young students for leading the charge on this important issue.”

The event is hosted by Hoboken members of Students Demand Action Hudson County as well as Moms Demand Action Hudson County.

“I don’t intend to politicize a tragedy that happened before I was even born,” said 13-year-old Hoboken student Toby Platt, an organizer of the rally, “but children’s lives are apolitical, and we need to discuss solutions to gun violence in schools. The fact is, school shootings have been commonplace my entire life. Mass shooter drills are part of the learning routine – my school had one just this morning. While I shouldn’t have to fight for my own, or others’, right to live, I will do everything I can to make sure my community never has to know the pain so many have had to face.”

The event will honor the victims of Columbine with a reading of their names. In addition to Bhalla, speakers will include Platt, Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, and Hoboken students and educators.

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Hoboken Green Team Invites Businesses to Take the Annual Green Business Pledge

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

The Hoboken Green Business Recognition Program distinguishes local businesses that are advancing sustainability and environmental responsibility in our community. In 2017, the Green Team recognized 23 local Hoboken Green Businesses. Simply Juiced was named as Hoboken’s most sustainable business of 2017 for composting more than 57,000 lbs of food waste, diverting that waste from landfills and enriching organic farms.

Businesses in Hoboken are invited to apply for recognition in 2018 by completing the Green Business Pledge.  This is an annual application process to track progress in sustainability efforts; each business must reapply annually for recognition. The pledge takes less than five minutes and should be completed by May 1, 2018.

The Green Team will review all submitted pledges and recommend businesses for recognition at the 7th annual Hoboken Green Fair on June 2, 2018.

Hoboken Green Businesses will receive a Hoboken Green Business sticker to display at their storefront; a digital version of the Hoboken Green Business sticker to post on their website; recognition as a Hoboken Green Business at the 2018 Hoboken Green Fair; a press release that will be distributed via the City Nixle emails, website, and social media; a “Green Business Spotlight” on the Hoboken Green Team Instagram page; a free space at the 2018 Hoboken Green Fair; and recognition as a Hoboken Green Business on the Hoboken website.

For more information about the Hoboken Green Business Recognition Program, please visit

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Mayor Bhalla to Host a Community Meeting on Future of Multi Service Center

Monday, Apr 9, 2018

The City of Hoboken is looking for public input on how the under-utilized Multi Service Center should be redesigned for the future. A community meeting will be held on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand St.).

“This might be the most consequential meeting for the Multi Service Center that will shape its role in our city for generations to come,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “I urge everyone invested in Hoboken’s future to please attend the meeting and tell us what you want to see out of this space.”

After the meeting, the City will retain an engineering firm to conduct a feasibility study and cost analysis, based on public input.

“I hope city residents and officials will join me in determining how this space can best serve the needs of Hoboken,” said Bhalla.


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