On Tuesday, April 22, Newark, N.J., Mayor Luis A. Quintana, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Dan Jennings, the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational, the Newark Environmental Commission, the Newark Office of Sustainability and the Greater Newark Conservancy observed Earth Day 2014 with a ceremony on the front steps of City Hall at 920 Broad St.

At the ceremony, Quintana accepted a large check to represent the $1 million the city has saved with environmentally friendly energy programs and recycling programs. The check was made out to “Newark’s Green and Sustainable Future.” The mayor also announced new members for the city’s Environmental Commission.

Quintana then joined Clean and Green crew members from the Greater Newark Conservancy to plant a new redbud tree on the Franklin Street side of City Hall and announced the planting of 1,000 more shade trees on the streets of Newark.