Why should I be an environmental steward?

While everyone has a responsibility to pass on a healthy and safe environment to future generations, NJDEP believes that stewardship practices can save costs, add value, and potentially reduce a site's regulatory responsibilities. Practicing stewardship can be a significant investment, but one that can also pay for itself. Actual costs may involve up-front investments in time, effort and money. The biggest hurdle is often simply gathering the information and knowledge about what is possible. With the proper information and the full accounting of typically hidden costs, choices in favor of stewardship become easier and more obvious. In addition, this program offers an opportunity to be "caught" doing something good and to be acknowledged for it.