Accomplishments

2015 Sustainable Raritan River Award for Non-Profit Innovation Award

Each year at its Annual Conference, the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative gives awards to recognize outstanding achievement in efforts to revitalize our region, restore and protect our resources and promote our area as a premiere place to live, work and raise a family.

The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership is proud to have received the Collaborative’s 2015 “Non-Profit Innovation Award” for establishing our Civic Science water monitoring program, for hosting visual habitat assessment trainings and for organizing clean-ups of tributaries of the Lower Raritan.

Sustainable Raritan Award 2015

American Architectural Foundation’s “Sustainable Cities Design Academy” Participant

The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership was part of a team including coLAB Arts and Rutgers University selected by the American Architectural Foundation to be part of an expenses-paid three day Sustainable Cities Design Academy held in Washington, DC in June 2015. Our team developed a concept plan for the Rail/Arts/River RARitan project for New Brunswick, NJ. Rail/Arts/River uses visual art and sustainable design as a way to connect the city’s riverfront and railway transit station.

Our New Brunswick team worked with resource team members SH!FT Design Studio‘s Jane Martin and Jason Bregman of Michael Singer Studios. During the charrette, we developed a plan to redesign the Raritan Riverfront park space, which is prone to heavy flooding and subsequent damage. This redesign would accommodate extreme weather changes and create a scheme where the park could be “given back” to the river. This feature became a main organizing point for the team’s planning of the remainder of the proposed way-finding / public art / environmental education initiative from NJ Transit / Amtrak Station to the Raritan.

ANJEC’s 2015 “Environmental Achievement Award”

Through their Environmental Achievement Award Program the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) recognizes exceptional projects carried out by environmental commissions and groups. Projects are evaluated based on criteria including project impact, originality, educational value, innovation and response to a need. We are thrilled that our coLAB Arts partners received ANJEC’s 2015 Environmental Achievement Award for our “Watershed Sculpture Project.”