August 4, 2017 Share

D&R Greenway Land Trust and Baxter Construction Join Forces

It takes a village to preserve more than 20,000 acres in central New Jersey. In creating places where residents benefit from clean air and water, outdoor recreational opportunities and healthful environments—all in the most densely populated state—D&R Greenway Land Trust partners with area businesses. Baxter Construction, based in Hopewell, has been a D&R Greenway Business Partner in Preservation for 10 years.

“We salute Baxter Construction’s commitment to a green community,” says Deb Kilmer, Manager of D&R Greenway’s Business Partners in Preservation Program. “This kind of commitment from the business community fuels our work to create publicly accessible trails with bridges and boardwalks that everyone can enjoy.” Kilmer invites other businesses to contact her to learn how they can support the mission and reap the benefits of business partnership.

“At Baxter Construction, we always try to specify materials intended to minimize a home’s impact on the environment and conserve natural resources,” says Baxter Construction President Jim Baxter. “We believe in partnering with area community conservation groups. I’m excited to support D&R Greenway because our organizations’ environmental beliefs are similar.”  

Baxter Construction’s expertise lies in the environmentally friendly practice of giving new life to buildings from the past. “We love working on older homes and collaborating with homeowners to help them realize their vision in a sustainable way,” says Baxter, who has earned the designation of  Certified Green Professional. This designation from the National Association of Home Builders recognizes builders and remodelers who incorporate green and sustainable building principles into homes, without driving up the cost of construction. 

Baxter Construction has completed two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified homes in the Princeton area. Projects pursuing LEED certification are resource efficient: they use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, to learn more about protected lands you can enjoy in central New Jersey and how you can become involved in preserving Land for Life. www.drgreenway.org

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D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 28TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship — caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity — D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved close to 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land.