About Environmental Commissions
Volunteers helping protect their communities’ environment
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 problems and opportunities. They inform elected officials and the public, serve on committees, research issues, develop educational programs and advocate for sound environmental policies.
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 and conservation and transportation. A growing number of urban environmental commissions are working with local officials to help revitalize their communities.
- Apply for ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award, applications available in June. (see Successful Commission Projects below for ideas)
- Upcoming Commission & Green Team Events
- A List of NJ Environmental Commissions
- What Commissions Do to protect the local environment
- Successful Commission Projects offer ideas on ways to help conserve natural resources, protect health and preserve open space in your community
- Commission powers, duties and accomplishments (Environmental Commissions Resource Paper) ( 241KB)
- Apply for ANJEC Grant Funding for hands-on projects. Starting in 2013, ANJEC offered Open Space Stewardship Grants of up to $1500 each for commissions to use on projects that advance local open space stewardship and also help to raise the profile of the environmental commission in the community.
- ANJEC Training Opportunities
- Commissions Achievements over the past 40 Years ( 61KB) -A summary of stories contributed by commissions to honor ANJEC's 40 years of protecting the environment.
- FAQs about Commissions