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

The EC 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. 

The Commission:

  • Research, compile and direct studies, including environmental resource inventories, water studies, energy audits and conservation easement inventories   
  • Promotes long-range environmental planning based on the capacity of the land and natural resources  
  • Inventories plans and preserves open space  
  • Informs residents through educational programs, displays, publications and meetings 
  • Works 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. 

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.

Environmental Commission Members: 

  •  Mario Verdibello 
  •  Allison Solowsky 
  •  Gregg Lanez  
  •  Michele Luebke 
  •  Alison Cucco (Alt. 1) 
  •  Takeya Meggett (Alt. 2)
  • Gabriel Ristorucci
  • Lucas Netchert

Environmental Commission Liaisons:   

  •  Kate Lawrence, Director,  Office of Sustainability


The Environmental Commission encourages people to come and comment at the EC’s monthly meetings. 

Listed below is a schedule of the upcoming meetings for the Jersey City Environmental Commission.  All meetings will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Grove Street, Jersey City at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.     

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 herein 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.  

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 stormwater 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 stormwater fee is an effective way of redistributing the cost of stormwater management to the properties and facilities that generate the most stormwater. Currently, the properties that produce the most stormwater 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 stormwater runoff 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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