Environmental commissions can help protect health and the environment in New Jersey’s urban and developed communities. They make a difference through their work on open space, green infrastructure, recycling and litter, health issues, wildlife habitat restoration, energy, pedestrian and transportation, land use planning, education and community outreach. Brownfields are a particular issue in urbanized communities.
ANJEC’s e-newsletter, The ANJEC News includes a regular column focused on urban issues, environmental information and resources for developed communities.
There are numerous coordinated planning, regulation, and land preservation efforts to protect important environmental resource areas. Below are links to information on such efforts.
There are different approaches to meet present and future environmental, social and economic needs. Elements of a sustainable community include leadership, civic engagement and responsibility, ecological integrity, economic security, and social well-being. For more information and resources on Sustainable Communities download the informational sheet here.
There are numerous environmentally important State Laws. New proposed bills can be searched here. More information on some critical New Jersey legislation can be found below.
There are multiple agencies throughout the US and NJ that support our natural resources.
Federal: US EPA, National Fish & Wildlife Service
NJ: NJDEP, Pinelands Commission, Highlands Council