Environment / ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) is a group of Maplewood residents appointed by the Township Committee to advise the municipal government on environmental issues including climate change, recycling, clean air, clean water, and protection against health-threatening contaminants. 

Members

Members of the EAC for the 2017 calendar year are:
Bob McCoy (Chairperson)
Victor Gallo
Sheila Baker Gujral
Al Kuehn
Jonathan Poor
Eric Shorter  
Kirk Sohr
Elizabeth Verhoff
Richard Wener
Township Committee Liaison Frank McGehee
Director of Public Works Calvin Bell
Township Health Officer Robert Roe

Meetings

  • 7:30 pm
  • Fourth Wednesday of each month, except for the months of July and August and a combined November/December meeting
  • Maplewood Memorial Library
    51 Baker St. 
    Maplewood, NJ 07040
  • (Meeting for March 22nd will be in Maplewood Town Hall Conference Room.)

EAC 2017 goals

1.    Maplewood’s Climate Action Plan: Develop the next phase of a climate action plan based on an assessment of local progress since 2007 and new understandings of role local communities can play in moving to a “decarbonized” energy economy.  Discuss and develop strategies needed to move the township in this direction with other local stakeholders including those involved in municipal planning, business, real estate, and remodeling trades contractors and residents in general.   Cooperate with regional partners and Sustainable Jersey to develop strategies at the county and state level in light of potential new opportunities in 2018 and coming years.  Ongoing work in this area: 

a.    Solar Challenge: Through May of 2017.  Continue to experiment with ways to facilitate households and businesses going solar.
b.    Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency: Continue throughout the year to encourage energy efficiency upgrades and in particular those whose incomes make them eligible for the Comfort Partners program
c.    Municipal Energy Use: Provide the ongoing tabulation of municipal energy use and encourage local participation in NJ Clean Energy Program tools where feasible including the Local Government Energy Audit program and Energy Savings Improvement Program.  Support exploring the feasibility of solar canopies in the Pool parking lot.

2.    Rahway Greenway: Support efforts to pick up the pace of development of the Maplewood portion of the Greenway.  Encourage the development of engineering–quality designs that can be implemented when funding is available.  Contribute to the process of locating sources of grant funding to finance construction.  

3.    Parks and Playing Fields: Continue supporting ongoing work by DPW and others to incorporate advanced techniques for natural field maintenance.  

4.    Revise and Update the Maplewood is Green website: Launch the new website early in the year and develop and implement strategies to keep the site up-to-date and lively.

5.    Leaf collection: Work with DPW to evaluate the 2016 pilot bagging program and help develop plans for changes to the leaf collection program for fall 2017 if feasible.

6.    2017 NJ election issues:  Develop an understanding of critical environmental issues at play in the 2017 governor’s and legislative elections. Help educate Maplewood voters about the issues that will be at stake in the election.

 

Banner photo courtesy of Kathryn Huang Photography