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Acting Locally: Municipal Tools for Environmental Protection. Order paper copy. 2002. 148 pages. $10.00. Values of and ways to protect important resources like trees, ground water, lakes, slopes, coasts and estuaries. Includes examples of practical, specific techniques including ordinances, development standards, data collection and public education.

Environmental Commissioners' Handbook. Order paper copy. Fifth Edition. 2007. 100 pages. $12.00. Julie Lange, Editor. Filled with information environmental commissions need to get the job done in their communities, the 2007 Handbook includes new sections on

  • Energy conservation and sustainability;
  • The State Plan and regional protection areas, and
  • A whole new chapter on protecting the environment in developed communities;

as well as basic information on

  • Comprehensive information on procedures and activities.
  • Practical tools for environmental resource inventories, land use planning, open space and historic preservation, pollution control, and environmental ordinances.
  • Case studies, checklists, glossary, information resources, texts of environmental commission enabling legislation and model municipal ordinance.

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Environmental Manual for Municipal Officials. Order paper copy. Second Edition. 1999. 178 pages. $12.00. A unique reference designed to help municipal officials implement the increasingly complex body of environmental laws. The Manual features chapters on the legal and environmental roles local boards and commissions play in protecting New Jersey's environment. It includes state environmental laws and programs, grouped by subject area. Extensive information resources, applicable laws and court cases. An index makes the Manual easy to use.

(231 KB) The Environmental Resource Inventory: ERI, Order paper copy. 2004 update. 12 pages. $1.00. Legal basis, elements and uses of the important database of natural resources and environmental characteristics. How to put an ERI together, types of information to include, sample tables of contents.

Freshwater Wetlands Protection in New Jersey: A Manual for Local Officials. Order paper copy. 2004. Third Edition. 52 pages. $10.00. By Abigail Fair. Covering amendments through 2001, the manual explains the provisions of the NJ Freshwater Wetlands Regulations. It also offers techniques municipalities can use in the land use planning and application process to complement the state program. The manual is intended to help members of municipal environmental commissions, planning boards, boards of adjustment, boards of health and interested citizens to take steps at the local level to protect wetlands.

The Municipal Guide to Business Recycling. Order paper copy. 1991, 24 pages.$2.00. By Sandy Batty. Techniques for designing effective recycling programs for businesses. Includes discussions on waste reduction, markets, internal collection and storage. Information resource lists, sample letters and forms, and a reproducible brochure.

(247KB) Municipal Planning for Clean Air. Order paper copy. 1995.16 pages. $1.00. How to use local master plans and ordinances to promote development that will get people out of their cars and reduce the source of half NJ's air pollution. Includes two municipal examples, facts about car expenses and pollution, and a list of references.

(550 KB) Sample Ordinances for Protecting Significant Coastal Habitats. Order paper copy 2007. 30 pages. $2.50. 2nd edition. Includes excerpts from 22 actual ordinances in effect in New Jersey municipalities to protect natural habitats, from conservation design and dune protection to open space, stormwater management, flood prevention and much more.

(217 KB) Site Plan and Subdivision Review: Environmental Analysis. Order paper copy. 2006. 12 pages. $1.00. Legal authority and procedures for environmental review of subdivisions and/or site plans. Approaches to evaluating environmental impacts, guidelines for site inspections and sample format for environmental commission reports to planning and zoning boards.

Smart Growth Survival Kit. Order paper copy. 2003. 42 pages. $5.00. A collection of papers on local growth-management strategies to protect important natural resources and make the best use of existing infrastructure. Includes success stories, outlines of specific implementation strategies, contacts, references to specific laws, plans and background documents. Topics covered include vision statements, master planning, affordable housing, built-out and capacity analysis and environmental ordinances.

Spreading the Word: A Publicity Handbook for Recycling. Order paper copy. 1986, 34 pages. $2.00. By Sandy Batty. The classic manual for promoting recycling programs. Gives ‘anatomies’ of brochures and press releases for easy imitation. Offers ideas for promotional activities, school programs and graphic design. Includes checklists, illustrations, clip art and reproduction sheets.

()(280KB) Transfer of Development Rights: A Market-Driven Planning Tool Order paper copy. 2007. 12 pages, $1.00. Explains the benefits and requirements of a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program and provides a summary of New Jersey's municipal TDR law. Suggests eight steps to develop a local TDR program and consistency with the State Plan. Describes how Chesterfield (Burlington) participated in the county's pilot TDR project, including use of both base-zoning and environmental factors to allocate credits to development potentials.


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