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email: environmentalcommission@manchestertwp.com

Meeting Agenda for June 25th, 2024

Previous Meeting Minutes


Environmental Commission Project Documents

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Regular Meetings of the Manchester Township Environmental Commission will be held on the following dates in the Municipal Building, 1 Colonial Drive, at 6:00 pm on the fourth Tuesdays of the month as follows:

2024 Meeting Dates

January 23rd July 23rd
February 27th August 27th
March 26th September 24th
April 23rd October 22nd
May 21st November 26th
June 25th December 17th



Environmental Commission Section of our Township Code

Upcoming Events

Manchester Township Cleanup 2024


Environmental Commission Members Term Expires

Gabrielle Fox Chairperson 12/31/2024
Karen Argenti Vice Chairperson 12/31/2024
Sandra Drake Member 12/31/2025
Genevieve Stavalo Member 12/31/2024
Dina Newbert Member 12/31/2024
Bill Foor Alternate #1 12/31/2023
Christopher Blaine Alternate #2 12/31/2023
Amanda Kisty Secretary

News & Announcements

NJ Cleanenergy Program

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By |April 30th, 2021|Categories: EC News|Comments Off on NJ Cleanenergy Program

Manchester Township Earth Day Birthday – 50th Anniversary Celebration

MANCHESTER NJ – The Manchester Township Environmental Commission will be hosting a 50th Anniversary “Earth Day Birthday” Celebration on Friday, April 17, 2020 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm outside of the Manchester Town Hall Complex at 1 Colonial Drive.

The event is free and will have a number of exhibitors for visitors to speak and interact with. There will be a short program, music and a birthday cake cutting to mark the 50 years since the first Earth Day was recognized.

Our list of exhibitors is growing by the day and includes: Ocean County Recycling, Save Barnegat Bay, Master Gardeners of Ocean County, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Manchester Department of Public Works, Ocean County Soil Conservation District and Pinelands Preservation Alliance to name a few.

Food will be available for purchase from the delicious Cubano X-Press Food Truck (vegetarian options available) and Mister Softee Ice Cream, Shakes and Sundaes.

There will be electric vehicles on display and the Manchester Township Department of Public Works will hold their Annual Forestry Service Tree Give Away on this day. A rain date is set for Monday, April 20, 2020.

For more information you may email environmentalcommission@manchestertwp.com or contact Rory Wells at (732) 947-0300.

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: EC News|Comments Off on Manchester Township Earth Day Birthday – 50th Anniversary Celebration

Manchester Township Earns Prestigious Sustainable Jersey Certification

Sustainable Jersey representatives in November announced that Manchester Township has again met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Manchester Township is one of 83 municipalities that have attained certification in 2019 and was honored at the recent Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon in Atlantic City. Gary Sylvester, director of of the Department of Inspection, Land Use and Planning, and Joseph Veni, supervising engineer in the Department of Public Works, were honored to accept the award on behalf of Manchester Township.

“Environmental sustainability is a key concern for us all, and Manchester Township is proud to once again participate in the Sustainable New Jersey program. I’m proud of the continued effort our Township employees put forth into maintaining this prestigious distinction,” said Mayor Kenneth Palmer.


To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Manchester Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition to reaching 150 points, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least 2 out of 12 priority action options. Manchester Township completed the following priority actions: creating a Green Team; writing Community Wildfire Protection Plans; creating a Ready, Set, Go program; identifying vulnerable populations for emergencies; creating a Wildfire Safety Council; creating a Wind Ordinance; creating an Anti-Idling Education and Enforcement Program; designing and building a Rain Garden; taking the Sustainable Land Use Pledge; having an Environmental Commission; having an Open Space and Recreation Plan; creating a Clustering Ordinance; creating an Environmental Impact Statement Ordinance; creating a Tree Protection Ordinance; having a Prescription Drug Safety and Disposal Program; hosting a Community Paper Shredding Day; accepting Household Hazardous Waste; and housing a Recycling Depot.

“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.

Manchester Township is home to a considerable amount of open space land, so it is a focus of township officials to ensure our environment is protected for both residents and visitors to enjoy. It is important that we continue to preserve our beautiful parks, forests and bodies of water for future generations to come.

About Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 450 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 339 school districts and 884 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program.

Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program. Program underwriters include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, the PSEG Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainable Jersey Grants program for municipalities is funded by PSEG Foundation and the Gardinier Environmental Fund. Platinum and 10th Anniversary sponsors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and PSEG. The Gold Sponsor is Elizabethtown Gas (10th Anniversary Sponsor). Silver Sponsors are NJM Insurance Group (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Bayshore Recycling (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Northfield Bank (10th Anniversary Sponsor), New Jersey American Water (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Jersey Central Power & Light (10th Anniversary Sponsor), Atlantic Health System (10th Anniversary Sponsor) and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The Bronze Sponsors are Covanta, Greener by Design, Ørsted, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC, First Environment, Roux Associates, Republic Services, The ECG Group and Bryan Electric.

Website:              www.SustainableJersey.com; www.SustainableJerseySchools.com
Twitter:                www.twitter.com/SJ_Program; www.twitter.com/SJ_Schools
Facebook:           www.facebook.com/SustainableJersey
Instagram:          https://instagram.com/sustainable_jersey/
Linked In:            https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainable-jersey


By |December 4th, 2019|Categories: EC News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Manchester Township Earns Prestigious Sustainable Jersey Certification

Wellness Fair


The Manchester Township Environmental Commission attended the Wellness Fair at Whiting Elementary School on Thursday, June 6th to hand out flyers and brochures that support the education and promotion of environmental awareness in our community. (Left to Right: David Kiernan, Chairperson Peggy Middaugh, Mary Demarest-Paraan)

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: EC News|Comments Off on Wellness Fair

MTEC Displays Electric Car in Memorial Day Parade to Raise Awareness for Electric Vehicles

The Manchester Township Environmental Commission was proud to participate in this year’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony honoring those servicemembers who have given their life in service to our nation.

The ceremony was held at World War II Veteran’s Memorial Park with dozens of Veterans, scouts, first responders and children with patriotic decorated bicycles remembering those who served.

This is the first year the Manchester Environmental Commission participated by placing an electric BMW i3 in the parade.  The 2014 BMW i3 is a purpose-built electric car with seating for four. Constructed of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum to save weight, the i3’s electric drivetrain gives it a range of 80 to 100 miles.  As auto companies move forward with the electrification of automobiles, offering greater selection and options, these vehicles with zero emissions will mean cleaner air and cleaner environment overall.  We thank private owner and Commission Member Mary Demarest-Paraan for the use of her vehicle.

The Commission has several goals and objectives supporting the education and promotion of environmental awareness in our community.  For more information, or to volunteer please email us at environmentalcommission@manchestertwp.com.

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: EC News|Comments Off on MTEC Displays Electric Car in Memorial Day Parade to Raise Awareness for Electric Vehicles
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