Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions

Address

P.O. Box 157
Mendham, NJ 07945
County: Mercer
http://www.anjec.org

  • P: (609) 532-3462

Contact

Ms. Jennifer Coffey
Executive Director

Grant Amount

$65,000

Program Area

Environment

Grant Details

General operating support of education and technical assistance to municipal officials to advance environmental protection and sustainability action in their communities.

Organization Background

Since 1969 ANJEC has worked to establish and support environmental commissions (ECs), educate local officials and concerned citizens, advocate for public policies that protect our shared environment, and coordinate with organizations interested in environmental issues. ANJEC's 2,700+ member network includes environmental commissions (ECs) and committees, green teams, and municipal officials who reside in approximately 260 municipalities across all 21 counties of New Jersey. Recognition of ANJEC's long history and expertise of being the primary educational resource for environmental commissions and committees and municipal officials culminated in December 2019 when ANJEC was awarded the Governor's Environmental Achievement Award for Healthy and Sustainable Communities (see the attached NJDEP press release). ANJEC's goals are to build local support through education, action and adoption of local policies. It was not anticipated that the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matters movement, economic depression and income disparities would all occur as a seismic and systemic storm in 2020. ANJEC pivoted quickly and professionally and began working, safely and remotely on March 15th and we did acquire a PPP award. ANJEC is converting planned in-person workshops to virtual events and adding new ones in response to new needs such as setting up and providing content for EC's monthly digital meetings, since our members cannot yet return to their standard locations (in municipal buildings) nor in places large enough to safely accommodate the public as required by executive order. Despite these challenges, ANJEC continues to assist ECs with recruiting and training new community volunteers and organizing regional environmental affinity groups. Importantly ANJEC is reaching out to communities without a voice at the environmental decision-making tables and providing support to address the community burden of disproportional cumulative pollution impacts and seeking environmental and social justice. This burden is for all New Jerseyans.

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