Purpose

Environmental commissions work on many issues, including open space preservation, smart growth, wetlands and water resource protection, green infrastructure, recycling and litter, environmental cleanups, wildlife habitat, energy efficiency, conservation and transportation. A growing number of urban environmental commissions are working with local officials to help revitalize their communities.

Under New Jersey Law, a municipality can pass an ordinance to establish an environmental commission. Composed of five to seven residents who serve as volunteers, Environmental Commissions advise local governments and act as watchdogs for environmental opportunities and challenges. They inform elected officials and the public, serve on committees, research issues, develop educational programs and advocate for sound environmental policies.

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