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Better Newark Award

Created in 1986, the “Better Newark Award” recognizes those Newarkers who have made improvements to the appearance of their properties, as well as those who have improved Newark’s overall sustainability through energy, soil, or water conservation. As we near the peak of the summer season, the Conservation Advisory Commission is specifically seeking applicants and nominations for creative landscapes.

Literally hundreds of backyards have been recently renovated to enhance the environment, earning Newark an overall designation as a “Community Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. Recent “Better Newark” recipients include the residents of Fountainview, as well as Ruth and Ben Toole of Arbour Park. The Toole’s backyard was transformed from untamed wilderness to an attractive oasis of native plants surrounding a rock patio, complete with a dry riverbed to alleviate stormwater washing out the landscaping. Across town in Fountainview, residents worked with their property maintenance company to install native plantings around stormwater ponds. Not only attractive amenities, the new landscape provided habitat for predators of the geese that took up residency in the ponds, encouraging them to move elsewhere.


The CAC is looking to provide additional recognition to all residents who have taken the lead in landscape sustainability, and is seeking nominations for the Better Newark Award. Landscapes that help to manage stormwater, create habitats for wildlife, and incorporate native plants are of particular interest, as their benefits extend far beyond the installed landscape itself.

For more information on this award, to apply, or to nominate someone else please click here for a nomination form, to be considered by the CAC.