Boards & Commissions

Environmental Commission

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The Bernards Township Environmental Commission is responsible for ensuring that environmental issues in Bernards Township are given the right priority in order to protect and preserve natural resources of the town and surrounding areas including:  land, water, air, and bios (flora and fauna).

The Commission accomplishes it's mission through:

  • Taking proactive stances on local environmental matters, and strengthening the local planning process;
  • Coordinating rational, balanced reviews of development applications for the appropriate township bodies;
  • Increasing public awareness and understanding of local and regional environmental issues;
  • Keeping abreast of, and involvement in, as appropriate, issues in surrounding areas and communities.

Reduce your climate impact today in Bernard's Township!

We all contribute to global warming when we do things like heat and cool our homes, drive our cars, and fly on airplanes. Inevitably, in going about our daily lives - commuting, sheltering our families, eating - each of us contributes to the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change. Yet, there are many things each of us, as individuals, can do to reduce our carbon emissions.

You've probably heard of the Ecological Footprint - the metric that allows us to calculate human pressure on the planet and come up with the CO2 emission we are contributing in our daily life.

Access the Web links for more information and complete the questions in any of the web links and estimate how much annual carbon dioxide results from your day-to-day activities and help us reduce the carbon emission and make a difference.


Name Membership Term Expires
Alice SmykRegular12/31/2020
Ann ParsekianChairperson12/31/2019
Debra DeWittA112/31/2020
James LaMaireRegular12/31/2019
Joan HarrisTC Liaison12/31/2019
John CraneRegular12/31/2019
John EngdahlRegular12/31/2019
Mahwish Mustafa Vice Chairperson12/31/2021


Andrea Freijomil, Secretary -

Meeting Schedule:

The Environmental Commission of the Township of Bernards will meet to discuss or act upon public business at 7:00 PM on each of the dates set forth below, in the first floor conference room of the Municipal Building, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge, New Jersey:



  • 01/14/2019 7:00 PM
  • 02/11/2019 7:00 PM
  • 03/11/2019 7:00 PM
  • 04/08/2019 7:00 PM
  • 05/13/2019 7:00 PM
  • 06/12/2019 7:00 PM
  • 06/12/2019 7:00 PM
  • 07/08/2019 7:00 PM
  • 08/12/2019 7:00 PM
  • 09/09/2019 7:00 PM
  • 11/11/2019 7:00 PM
  • 12/09/2019 7:00 PM

Notice of revisions or additions to the above schedule will be posted and advertised as required by law.

Current Plans and Projects of the Environmental Commission:

  • Natural Resource Inventory
  • Conservation Master Plan for the Upper Passaic River Riparian Conservation Project
  • Charter Day Participation
  • Review and Provide Comment on Development Applications going before the Board of Adjustment or Planning Boards
  • Participate in proposing and revising environmentally sensitive ordinances
  • Special School Projects / Contests / Grants