Princeton partner Richard Goldman was profiled in the Feb. 1, 2010 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal about his work with the D & R Greenway Land Trust, for which he was honored with the 2009 Princeton Family YMCA Centennial Award. Rich was one of six people to receive the award, named for the YMCA’s 100-year milestone, honoring those “who have made a difference in our region by demonstrating outstanding commitment and leadership to environmental advocacy and stewardship, sustainability, conservation and other green initiatives.” Rich has been a Trustee of D&R Greenway for 20 years and Chairman of the Board for the past four. During that time the Trust has facilitated the preservation of over 14,000 acres of natural open space and farm land.

In “Cross-Examination: Sustaining the Environment and the YMCA” Rich discussed the history of the D&R Greenway Land Trust, its mission to preserve natural lands and open spaces, and how the trust works largely by taking advantage of New Jersey Green Acres programs, providing nonprofit grants for open space acquisition. Asked about projects he is most proud of, Rich mentioned the preservation of the estate of Robert Wood Johnson and a recent project wherein the trust negotiated to buy a 500 acre property which otherwise would have been developed with more than 1,500 housing units. Purchased by the trust with $8 million from public funds and $3 million raised by the enthusiastic community, the property will be used for farming, community gardens, public access and walking trails.

When asked what spurred his interest in open space preservation Rich revealed his strong personal interest in nature. “I like to walk in the woods and learn things about it,” he said. “I am one who feeds the birds and spent a lot of time outside with my kids. The nice thing about joining the land trust was being able to combine my interest with the ability to use my legal training as a volunteer.”