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March 23rd, 2021 Agenda


All Environmental Commission Meetings are virtual till further notice

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Previous Meeting Minutes

Environmental Commission Project Documents


2021 Meeting Dates

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Organization & Regular Meetings of the Manchester Township Environmental Commission will be held remotely only, via Zoom, on January 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

January 26th July 27th
February 23rd August 24th
March 23rd September 28th
April 27th October 26th
May 25th November 23rd
June 22nd December 28th




Upcoming Events

Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study March 23, 2021

Household Hazardous Waste Program 2021



Environmental Commission Members                                                       Term Expires

Rory Wells Chairperson 12/31/2021
William Cook Vice Chairperson 12/31/2022
Bill Foor Planning Board Rep 12/31/2021
Genevieve Stavalo Member 12/31/2021
Peggy Middaugh Member 12/31/2021
Gabrielle Fox Alternate #1 12/31/2022
VACANT Alternate #2 12/31/2021
Lauren Frazee Secretary


News & Announcements

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.

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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


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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)

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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.

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Manchester Township Environmental Commission Launches “Reducing Our Plastic is Fantastic 2020 Awareness Campaign”

Manchester Township Environmental Commission released this statement in conjunction with their “Reducing Our Plastic is Fantastic 2020 Awareness Campaign”.  The campaign was approved by the commission at their April 11, 2019 public meeting and officially kicks off Earth Day April 22, 2019.  The campaign will have commission members and volunteers participating in township events and educating the public throughout the year leading up to a celebration of Earth Day 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

“The damage from plastic bags, straws and other disposables is unsightly and damaging to our parks, waterways and community in general.  We are hopeful we can do our part to make great strides in changing behavior and becoming a model community.” said Commission Chair Peggy Middaugh.

Commission member Rory Wells also stated “One aspect of the campaign includes the founding of our Environmental Ambassador Program which will give citizens a chance to assist the commission with our efforts and earn a limited-edition inaugural collectors pin.  Many of our citizens already enjoy the outdoors but may not be aware of even simple changes that can reduce use of plastics in our town.”

For more information, or to volunteer, please email us at environmentalcommission@manchestertwp.com

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: EC News|Comments Off on Manchester Township Environmental Commission Launches “Reducing Our Plastic is Fantastic 2020 Awareness Campaign”

Manchester Students Decorate Paper Grocery Bags in Celebration of Earth Day 2019

Happy Earth Day!! Once again, the Manchester Township Environmental Commission helped coordinate the Earth Day paper bag project between the elementary schools and local supermarkets to send a message of protecting the earth in celebration of Earth Day. Students created colorful drawings on paper grocery bags supplied by both Stop & Shop and ShopRite. Customers received the colorful bags when they shopped for groceries on Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, 2019.

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