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;
- New for 2013! Use ANJEC Open Space Grant to complete projects that
advance local open space stewardship, and help to raise the profile of the environmental commission in the community through publicity and public participation or collaboration with local groups. Application Deadline April 19, 2013.
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."