The Municipal Land Use Center (MLUC) at the College of New Jersey has taken an initiative to work closely with officials in Highland Park, Cherry Hill, and Montclair municipalities over the next two years to implement energy efficiency measures.

The initiative calls upon MLUC to guide the municipalities on energy planning for government buildings, help them analyze the costs and benefits of energy conservation measures, and apprise them of applicable federal and state programs to make investments in energy efficiency programs.

MLUC has funded this initiative with a two-year, $500,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Climate Showcase Communities’ program, which supports local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Later this year, MLUC plans to launch a program for Sustainable Governance and Decision-making to extend its work in areas such as energy and climate, strategic planning for sustainable development, land-use policy and master planning, and food systems, among others.

MLUC executive director Brian Reilly said that this energy efficiency initiative is part of the MLUC’s a renewed focus on sustainability.

“The Municipal Land Use Center was founded to provide support to New Jersey cities and town. Our work applies knowledge and best practices to real world decisions on the ground in communities,” Reilly said.