The four Back2Tap co-founders travelled down to Princeton to be honored at the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards last night. The event took place at the gorgeous old mansion, Drumthwacket, which was all decked out for the holidays. Hosting the event, Governor Corzine joked that he had spent the entire weekend decorating the house for us. He got more laughs when he suggested that maybe he should look into this type of work since he’ll be out of a job soon.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the awards program which was established to recognize businesses, individuals, municipalities, and institutions for outstanding environmental performance in the state of New Jersey. Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner, Mark Mauriello, expressed gratitude for all of the good work that is done outside of his state agency and commented that each year the competition for the awards has gotten more competitive. The DEP received 52 award applications this year – 15 in our category, Sustainable and Healthy Communities.
Ex-Governor Jim Florio, was also on hand to honor the award recipients. We were reminded of how far the state has come since the 80s when medical waste frequently washed up on the Jersey shore causing beaches to be closed half the summer. New Jersey has morphed itself into a national environmental leader as evidenced by its strong commitment to issues such as storm water management and climate change. Back2Tap is proud to contribute its part to the new green image of the Garden State.