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Joining the River-Friendly Business Program can help you take a leadership role in protecting the environmental quality of your community and save money at the same time. Through certification, businesses can create a healthy, natural work setting that boosts employee morale and well-being, while protecting and enhancing the local environment. Benefits of this program include healthier landscaping, positive work environment, reduction of employee exposure to chemicals, decrease in maintenance costs and stronger connection to the community. We publicly recognize businesses that participate and hold a certification ceremony when the process is complete.

Your River-Friendly Coordinator will work with you to help tailor the goals and requirements for your business's certification. Each business is required to meet baseline standards and complete three site-specific actions in order to achieve certification.

The program coordinators provide ongoing technical information, support and guidance for implementing environmental projects specific to the location, resources and needs of the facility.







  • Protects natural resources and preserves New Jersey's native landscapes.

  • Provides public recognition for achievements through receipt of a River-Friendly Business sign,  personalized award, certification ceremony and media announcements.

  • Reduces costs by decreasing use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

  • Lowers operating costs due to decreased use of equipment in no-mow zones and no-spray zones.

  • Creates healthier landscaping.

  • Maintains campus aesthetics and creates a positive working environment.

  • Decreases water use.

  • Increases natural habitat and attracts beneficial wildlife.

  • Reduces employee exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.

  • Promotes a positive relationship between the community and the business.

Certified Participants

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (Hopewell)

  • Carriage Farm (Hillsborough)

  • Custom Alloy Corporation (High Bridge)

  • Ethicon (Bridgewater)

  • Duke Farms (Hillsborough)- some sections within the River-Friendly Farm Program

  • Hightstown Housing Authority (Hightstown)

  • Homecare Veterinary Clinic (Rocky Hill)

  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Titusville)

  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. (Skillman)

  • Johnson & Johnson I/T Services (Raritan Borough)

  • Meadow Lakes Continuing Care Retirement Community (Hightstown)

  • NJ American Water Company, Raritan-Millstone Facility (Bridgewater)

  • NJ Water Supply Authority - Spruce Run Administration Facility (Clinton)

  • Sanofi-Aventis, U.S. (Corporate- Bridgewater)

  • The Watershed Institute (Pennington)

  • Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (Bridgewater)

  • Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority (Princeton)

  • Raritan Headwaters Association - Fairview Farm (Bedminster)

  • Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg)

  • U.S. Golf Association (Far Hills)

In Progress Participants

  • Janssen Pharmacueticals (Raritan Borough)

  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. (Skillman)

  • Plainsboro Preserve (Plainsboro)

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