A Garden Growing In An Unusual Place May Be Keeping Your Taxes Down

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A labyrinth of turns through hallways and stairs eventually lead to a door just past the second floor of the Moorestown township library to a rooftop garden. It's not open to the public on most days but it continues to do the public a world of good, local environmental activists said.

"If you're interested in doing something that is environmentally beneficial and at the same time provide some economic benefit as well, this is certainly a project to consider," said Wolf Skacel of Sustainable Moorestown, which helped convince the township to include the "green roof" in its plans just before the municipal complex opened in 2015.

Skacel said the garden continues to flourish in its fourth year and is starting to gain attention. He said an environmental advisory committee in Berkeley Heights recently reached out to his group for information on how to establish a rooftop gardens on several public buildings there.

Environmental activists in Moorestown are proud of the township's silver certification from Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit organization founded by the state League of Municipalities that encourages environmentally-sound policies.

Only 45 of nearly 500 municipalities around the state that belong to Sustainable Jersey have secured the silver award.

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