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The Jersey City Environmental Commission (JCEC) is comprised of volunteer city residents who are appointed by the Mayor to serve three-year terms. 

The JCEC was re-established in 2011 to promote the protection and conservation of land, air, water and other natural resources within the City, and to educate the public and advise city government about the best methods for protecting and conserving these resources. 

 

VIRTUAL MEETING ADVISORY

Until further notice, Environmental Commission meetings will be held virtually with public access on Zoom.  

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 AGENDA

The following items will be heard at the next Regular Meeting of the Jersey City Environmental Commission, scheduled for Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM via Zoom.
The Chairperson may change the order in which the agenda items are called.

1. Call to order
2. Roll call
3. Sunshine announcement
4. Approval of May minutes
5. Communications to the Environmental Commission
6. Scheduled Speakers
a. John Reichman – NJ Turnpike Expansion
7. General public participation (5 minutes per person)
8. Old Business

a. Reorganization meeting recap
b. Follow up to Margaret Wang and Saul Peterson
c. Chair appointment updates

9. New Business

a. ANJEC membership
b. New LSP Legislation
c. Subcommittee updates
d. Shade Tree Committee updates
e. Future guest speakers
f. Action items

10. Closing remarks, and other business by commissioners
11. Adjournment

Download the Agenda

What We Do

  • Research, compile and direct studies, including environmental resource inventories, water studies, energy audits, and conservation easement inventories;   
  • Promote long-range environmental planning based on the capacity of the land and natural resources;  
  • Inventory plans 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; and
  • Act and serve as the official Sustainable Jersey Green Team that is responsible for pursuing and maintaining the City's Sustainable Jersey Certification. (Read 2017 Mayoral Proclamation and Resolution 14.105.) 

Environmental Commission Members 

•  Darlene Green
•  Luz Guzman
•  Karen Li
•  Ashley Metius (Alt.) 
•  Scott Mittman
•  Brandon Rutter
•  Matthew Trump 
•  Tami Weaver-Henry (Alt.)

Environmental Commission Secretary 

• Hana Katz

Plastics in the Age of COVID - 19

On November 11, 2020, the JCEC and ANJEC hosted the Plastics in the Age of Covid-19 virtual event. View the recording here.

Boonton Reservoir Enhancement and Trail Development Project

Do you know where Jersey City gets its drinking water from? Two reservoirs in Morris County, Split Rock and Boonton, provide water for Jersey City . The Boonton Reservoir and the property surrounding it amounts to 1,300 acres which are owned by the City of Jersey City and managed by Suez. On September 26th, 2018, the Jersey City City Council approved an agreement between Jersey City and the Morris County Parks Commission which would allow the Parks Commission to lease the land surrounding the Reservoir for 40 years for the price of $1 and with the understanding that a passive walking trail would be developed and managed by the Parks Commission. Find the Ordinance authorizing this lease agreement here

In order to finalize the agreement, a management plan must be approved by City Council. The JCEC is working closely with the Morris County Parks Commission (MCPC), Open Space Institute (OSI), Greener by Design, and Amy Green Environmental on the Boonton Reservoir Protection and Trail Project to ensure that the Property Management Plan for public access to the Reservoir is thorough and comprehensive in its approach to protecting and enhancing Jersey City's drinking water supply. 

The JCEC held a Special Public Meeting to discuss the Draft Property Management Plan at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2nd in Council Chambers. Links to the PowerPoint presentation, draft plan and all appendices are below: 
PowerPoint Presentation - Presented on 10/2/19 
Final Property Management Plan

Appendices A and B - (A) Recreational Trail Lease Agreement between Jersey City and MCPC; and (B) Memorandum of Agreement between OSI and the MCPC
Appendices C and D - (C) Stakeholder Outreach; and (D) Stormwater Management Review
Appendix E - (E) Ecological Evaluation
Appendices F and G - (F) Patrol & Emergency Response Plan; and (G) MCPC - Rules & Regulations
Appendix H - (H) Overall Trail Map and Phase Maps

Environmental Resource Inventory

The JCEC and the City's Division of Planning collaborated with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to complete an updated Environmental Resource Inventory for Jersey City in 2017. This valuable document contains a comprehensive inventory of the City's environmental resources, including physical, biological, and selected cultural characteristics.

Jersey City Tree Canopy Assessment 

Jersey City’s tree canopy was mapped and analyzed as part of the Jersey City Environmental Commission’s role of inventorying environmental resources and promoting long-range planning. The strategies presented within the 2015 report are intended to protect and expand the city’s investment in its trees in order to create a cleaner, greener, more livable and vibrant city for everyone. Download Tree Canopy Assessment here.

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