Active environmental commissions can help protect health and the environment in NJ’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. ANJEC's Urban Environmental Commissions ( 987kb) booklet gives details about what these commissions do.
Environmental efforts in our cities may face a special challenge because other pressing issues often take precedence over the environment. Urban areas flourished at one time because of industrialization. We are now dealing with the residuals of that era. We need to remember that wherever we live or work, the quality of our air, water and land is important for our health and our economy.
ANJEC’s Urban Environmental Initiative aims to help citizens and local officials in NJ’s developed areas promote good planning, protection of air and water quality and preservation of open space. Our staff organizes regional round tables, local road shows and workshops at the annual Environmental Congress to strengthen existing and form new environmental commissions in NJ’s 68 urban municipalities.
The quarterly ANJEC Report’s "ANJEC in the City" columns cover a wide range of programs and activities that urban and developed community environmental commissions, citizens and government officials are using to improve their areas’ environmental quality.
Our bimonthly e-newsletter, The ANJEC News includes a regular column focused on urban issues, environmental information and resources for developed communities.
ANJEC recently released a 28-page publication, Remediating and Redeveloping Brownfields in New Jersey: A Guide for Municipalities and Community Organizations, in cooperation with the Center for Creative Land Recycling. It offers an overview of the process for identifying, cleaning up and redeveloping older industrial, commercial and institutional properties in New Jersey. It includes information about how community organizations can participate in the process by advocating for cleanup and helping to plan for new uses that will benefit the community, including open space. In addition to many links and resources, the booklet also explains New Jersey’s new Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program and the agencies and professionals that are involved in the assessment, remediation, planning and funding of brownfield redevelopment.
ANJEC’s Resource Center offers information, guidance and referrals, and ANJEC publications cover brownfields, clean air, recycling, smart growth and urban environmental commissions. Contact ANJEC’s Resource Center by email, or call 973-539-7547.