What Environmental Commissions Do
Volunteers helping protect their communities’ environment
Environmental commissions use a wide range of information and approaches to advise local government and inform residents on environmental issues, laws and programs. They
- Research, compile and direct studies, including environmental resource inventories, water studies, energy audits and conservation easement inventories;
- Review development proposals and promote long-range environmental planning based on the capacity of the land and natural resources;
- Inventory, plan and preserve open space;
- Inform residents through educational programs, displays, publications and meetings;
- Work with neighboring commissions and other organizations to address regional and state-wide environmental problems;
- Obtain grant funding for a variety of hands-on projects. Starting in 2013, ANJEC offers Open Space Stewardship Grants of up to $1500 each for commissions to use on projects that advance local open space stewardship. The applications for 2016 will be available in January 2016.
In April 2013, the League of Municipalities magazine published an article by Thomas C. Hannen, Jr., the Mayor of Cranford on "Tapping the Power of Environmental Commissions."
Each year environmental commissions should prepare an annual report to the governing body of the municipality. Here are some sample annual reports: