The Maplewood Police and Court Building was built as a response to a longstanding need for increased and improved space for police and court functions, replacing an outdated structure from the 1930s. It is the first LEED-Certified municipal building in New Jersey. The Goldstein Partnership, an architectural firm with experience with municipal and public safety buildings, was chosen to design the facility. The green design of the building coincided with the stated goals of township officials to make Maplewood an example of a green community. Maplewood is a 2008 EPA Environmental Quality Award Winner, a partner in the Cities for Climate Protection campaign of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, and in 2009 was named the winner of the Sustainable New Jersey award for leadership.