Forms & Resources
About the Clifton Environmental Commission
Established by municipal resolution, the Clifton Environmental Commission is an advisory body composed of Clifton residents appointed by the Mayor. It is comprised of 7 regular and 2 alternates including a member of the Clifton Planning Board. All commissioners serve one, two and three-year terms.
The role of the commission is to study, evaluate, and make recommendations to the City Council regarding local environmental issues, including (but not limited to): solid waste management and recycling; clean water resources; storm water management; energy conservation and renewable energy resources; air, noise, and light pollution control; preservation and use of parks and other open spaces; land use; and protection of flora, fauna, soil, and landscape throughout the City of Clifton. The Commission also conducts research and coordinates activities regarding the use and potential use of open land areas, including recommendations to the City Council for acquisitions of open space. It also serves as a watchdog for environmental concerns opportunities within the city.
The Clifton Environmental Commission also provides environmental education to residents.
The mission of the Clifton Environmental Commission is:
Environmental commissions use a wide range of information and approaches to inform local government and residents on environmental issues, laws and programs.
•Promote regional and long-range environmental planning;
•Reach local citizens through educational programs, publications and meetings;
•Work with neighboring commissions and other organizations to address regional and state-wide environmental problems; and
•Play a coordinating role among the diverse actors in environmental protection: the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Soil Conservation Districts, local planning boards, boards of health and utilities authorities.
Volunteers helping to protect and preserve their community’s environment
The Clifton Environmental Commission is comprised of 9 officially appointed members who guide the activities of the Commission. Current Commissioners are:
Stephen Shukaitis, Chair
Vera Lazar, Vice Chair
John E. Biegel, III
Phil Binaso (Planning Board Member)
Dr. Roger Rossi
Schedule of Meetings
The Clifton Environmental Commission meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month (except July & August) at 7:00PM at Clifton City Hall, Conference Room 101. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings. Please see the calendar for all meeting dates.
Dundee Island Preserve is a 1.4 acre area that is located on the Lower Passaic River in the Botany Village section of Clifton. It is unique in that is one of the few areas of the Lower Passaic River that is being designated as a nature preserve. The purpose of the preserve is to provide a place where residents can learn about the natural ecology of the area and enjoy the natural beauty that the preserve provides. Two walkway paths are proposed to be added to the already existing pathways to provide greater accessibility to the site. Along these pathways educational signs will be placed that will describe the local flora and fauna of the area. Benches will also be added so people can sit and enjoy the scenic view of the nature preserve. An outdoor educational classroom is also proposed so that students in the surrounding areas can come to Dundee Island and learn about the area’s impact and importance to the surrounding environments.
Photos of Dundee Island Park
Natural Resources Inventory
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
Environment New Jersey
New Jersey Environmental Federation
New Jersey Audubon Society
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
The Sierra Club – NJ Chapter
Friends of Garret Mountain Reservation
Any questions or concerns can be directed to: John E. Biegel III, Health Officer, 973-470-5760.