CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – US Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) plans to introduce legislation next month to take national a popular Garden State program that creates sustainable infrastructure.

Standing today in front of what will soon be the first totally “green” building in Cherry Hill Township, Menendez noted how the “Sustainable Jersey” program — which sets green standards for towns to achieve — has not only improved the environment but saved those towns a lot of money.

“We can make good on our obligation to future generations by taking Sustainable Jersey national,” the senator told reporters.  “To do it, we can do what we have done here in New Jersey — Republicans and Democrats working together — to make New Jersey’s idea a national policy.”

The Sustainable States Act would set aside $5 million for pilot programs at the state and local level.  The goal would be to allow locals, volunteers mostly, to come up with projects that address their needs while meeting national standards for energy and environmental efficiency.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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