Citizens awards $50K to Sustainable Princeton as its 2024 Champion in Action winner

Sustainable Princeton, a Princeton-based nonprofit organization, has been named a Citizens 2024 Champion in Action for its efforts promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. To that end, Sustainable Princeton will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding and promotional and volunteer support from Citizens to propel its work to build a more sustainable future for Princeton.

“Our team is thrilled and humbled to receive the 2024 Champions in Action award,” Christine Symington, executive director of Sustainable Princeton, said. “This award allows us to expand our efforts to make the Princeton community a climate action leader. It will support our team’s capacity to provide Princeton businesses and residents of all income levels access to energy efficiency incentives, rooftop solar and community solar. Sustained effort is needed to ensure that our businesses and residents use the programs and incentives available to make our buildings and homes reduce their energy consumption and access renewable energy.”

Sustainable Princeton’s vision is for Princeton to be a model town that examines every action through the lens of sustainability, ensuring a healthy environment, a strong economy and the well-being of all community members now and in the future.

Its three focus areas are: reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency in the built environment and the use of renewable energy, protecting the local ecosystem and strengthening the resilience to climate change. It also provides sustainability consulting services to its municipality and public school district.

As a Champion in Action, Sustainable Princeton will benefit from:

  • A $50,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens;
  • Volunteer support from Citizens colleagues; and
  • Public relations and promotional support.

“Citizens is committed to driving positive climate impact by reducing our operational emissions, supporting our clients’ sustainability journeys and partnering with community organizations to accelerate change,” Domenick Cama, NYC Metro president at Citizens, said. “As one of our 2024 Champions in Action grantees, we are honored to support Sustainable Princeton’s work to strengthen New Jersey’s resilience to the impacts of the changing climate and ensure a sustainable future for all community members.”

Citizens’ Champions in Action program celebrates and supports local nonprofits with operating budgets under $5 million that are creating lasting change in the communities they serve. Twice a year, a nonprofit in one of seven Citizens markets is selected to receive funding, promotional and volunteer support to advance programming and services focused on a relevant topic that changes biannually.