Environmental Commission/GREEN TEAM
- 7 p.m.
- 1st Wednesday of every month
- City Hall
900 Clifton Avenue
Conference Room 101
Clifton, NJ 07013
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- Stephen Shukaitis, Chairman
- Vera Lazar, Vice Chairman
- Victoria Kaufman, Secretary
- John E Biegel, III, Health Department Representative
- Phil Binaso, Municipal Planning Board Member
- Alessia Eramo, Citizen Representative
- Joseph Labriola, Citizen Representative
- John Neglia, Citizen Representative
- Sam Sofer, Citizen Representative
- Jennifer Terwilliger, Health Department Representative
- David DeGhetto, Alternate Citizen Representative
- Samantha Richardson, Alternate Citizen Representative
About the Clifton Environmental Commission
Established by municipal resolution in 1970, 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 commission is also a member of Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC).
Role of the Commission
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):
- Air, noise, and light pollution control
- Clean water resources
- Energy conservation and renewable energy resources
- Land use
- Preservation and use of parks and other open spaces
- Protection of flora, fauna, soil, and landscape
- Solid waste management and recycling
- Storm water management
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 provides environmental education to residents.
Environmental commissions use a wide range of information and approaches to inform local government and residents on environmental issues, laws and programs.
The mission of the Clifton Environmental Commission is:
- Play a coordinating role among the diverse actors in environmental protection:
- Boards of health and utilities authorities
- Local planning boards
- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
- Soil Conservation Districts
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
- 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
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. View images of Dundee Island.
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.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to John E. Biegel III, Health Officer, 973-470-5760.