In January of 2011, a resolution was put before the Municipal Council to re-establish the City's dormant Environmental Commission (EC). The resolution proposed amending and supplementing Chapter 31 of the Jersey City Municipal Code.
The resolution became Ordinance on January 26, 2011 and was signed by Mayor Healy on January 31, 2011.
According to the amended Ordinance re-establishing the Environmental Commission, the Commission will be made up of seven members and two alternates, who are appointed by Mayor Healy to serve three year terms and who will serve without compensation. The EC Chair and Presiding Officer shall be appointed by the Mayor.
In addition, as stated in the Ordinance, all members and alternates shall live in Jersey City and "best efforts shall be utilized to appoint at least three (3) who are professional environmental scientists, geologists, toxicologists, botanists or other environmental specialists."
Read or download Ordinance 11-002 amending and supplementing Chapter 31 of the Municipal Code which re-established the Environmental Commission on January 31, 2011. Read JCEC's Bylaws here.
The Jersey City Environmental Commission uses a wide range of information and approaches to advise the municipal government, land use boards, and inform residents on environmental issues, laws, and programs.
- 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.
Read Agendas and Minutes of both past and up-coming Environmental Commission Meetings.
The JCEC Recommends Green Infrastructure Initiatives
Green Infrastructure initiatives like green parking lots, green streets, pervious pavement, and rain gardens have been shown to reduce sewer overflows by up to 80%. In addition, including green infrastructure can reduce the amount of money the City spends managing and repairing its storm water systems. The JCEC has recommended that the City review its land use and zoning ordinances to include green infrastructure. Read the JCEC’s recommendations here.
JCEC Recommends the Creation of a Storm Water Fee
The creation of a new storm water fee is an effective way of redistributing the cost of storm water management to the properties and facilities that generate the most storm water. Currently, the properties that produce the most storm water run-off, like malls, parking lots, and highways, often contribute the least to maintaining the storm water system. By creating the new fee, those sites with the largest non-porous areas will be encouraged to reduce their storm water run-off with green infrastructure. The new fee will also create a new revenue stream to pay for sewer upgrades and green pilot projects. Read the JCEC’s recommendations here.
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