"Working to Preserve and Protect our Precious Natural Resources”
Presentation by: Tim Schuler, NJDA
What does an Environmental Commission do?Environmental Commissions are local environmental advocates who serve without compensation. The members serve three year terms and may be reappointed. Members are appointed by the Township Council and the Chairperson is appointed by the Mayor. The roles of the Commission are many, but their primary objective is to preserve and protect the natural resources of the township. The following tasks are performed to achieve this end:
- Advise the governing bodies and boards of health on a variety of environmental issues.
- Inform municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment about environmental impacts of proposals for development.
- Advocate planned open space preservation at the municipal and county level.
- Investigate environmental problems and offer solutions.
- Inform residents on environmental matters and ways to protect the environment.
- Interact with neighboring commissions and other organizations to offer solutions to regional and state problems.
- Develop, advocate for and organize workshops, courses and educational programming.
- Maintain and oversee an Environmental Resource center for current literature.
- Participate in community events and public outreach to promote the protection of our natural resources.
- Apply for grants to produce pamphlets, maps and nature guides and to conduct research and data gathering for pollution prevention and natural resources inventories.
- Visit active construction sites to ensure compliance with local ordinances.
NJDEP Action Hotline – (24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week) – To report environmental incidents, abuses, and complaints call 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337).