MILLBURN ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
Monthly Meeting Schedule and Highlights of Recent Activities
All 2015 Regular meetings of the Environmental Commission of the Township of Millburn be held at the Municipal Building on the 2nd floor, 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, New Jersey at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time unless otherwise noted, on the following dates:
2015 Meeting Dates
June 9th* *Meeting held at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
About the Millburn Environmental Commission
Established in 1969, The Millburn Environmental Commission has a distinguished history as one of New Jersey's first municipal environmental commissions. The Commission attracts Township volunteers with a zeal for environmental stewardship and the professional credentials to advance clean water, clean air, recycling and the environment. The Millburn Environmental Commission oversees the identification, preservation and protection of the Township’s environmental resources.
The Commission is comprised of seven members who serve three-year terms, two alternates who serve two-year terms, and a Township Committee liaison, all appointed by the Township Committee. One member of the Commission serves as liaison to the Planning Board, another member represents the Township on the Passaic River Coalition, and another represents the Township on the Rahway River Association.
The 2014 Millburn Environmental Commission members are:Jennifer Duckworth, ChairVaclav E. BenesStephanie Chen-Schmidt Lisa Chenofsky SingerMichael Jurist, Alt #2 Alexandra Melligon Linda SilverAlternate #1 - VacantSandra Haimoff, Township Committee Liaison Jason Claman, Secretary
Jennifer Duckworth has been a Millburn resident since 2001. This is her second time on the Millburn Environmental Commission, on which she served 2004-2010. She also serves on the Essex County Environmental Commission and is employed as a wastewater permit expert with Tetra Tech, Inc. (www.tetratech.com). Jennifer served on the Board of Trustees at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (www.hartshornarboretum.org) and GreenFaith (www.greenfaith.org). When she is not crusading for the environment, Jennifer enjoys raising her two children to be good stewards of the earth.
Stephanie Chen Schmidt is a Millburn High School (MHS) senior and MHS Environmental Club liaison to the Millburn Environmental Commission. She has served on the Commission since 2012 and has helped to arrange Clean Up Millburn as well as Aquafest. She plans to study International Relations in college and is an avid tennis player.
Michael L. Jurist has been a Millburn resident since 1991. He holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New Jersey. Additionally, he is a certified LEED-AP professional. Currently Mr. Jurist prepares engineering site plans for clients throughout New Jersey. Besides the Environmental Commission, he volunteers on the Millburn-Short Hills 4th of July Committee. He also volunteers at Congregation B'nai Israel in Millburn on facility maintenance and operations matters, and was instrumental in implementing the synagogue's recent building expansion and renovation project.
Vic Benes is a mathematician retired from Bell Labs. He has long been active in municipal and environmental matters around Millburn. He started in the 90’s as Secretary to the Historic Preservation Commission, was a founding Board Member of the South Mountain Conservancy, and served one term as President of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society, and two terms as Chair of the Millburn EC. He is currently interested in regional flooding issues.
Linda Silver has lived in the Township since 1998. She received a degree in English and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law. While raising her three sons, she retired from the practice of law and became an environmental educator, first at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills, and presently at the Great Swamp Environmental Education Center of Morris County. She spends her free time hiking, biking, swimming, traveling, reading, cooking, knitting and sketching.
(1) Millburn Township Natural Resource Inventory - The Commission periodically updates the Natural Resource Inventory, which catalogs open space, geological features, water, air, soil, vegetative, and animal life in Millburn.
(2) Advisor to Township Committee and the Planning Board on Planning and Zoning Matters
(3) Public Education - By creating and distributing informational materials; organizing hands-on activities; and other projects, the Commission enhances our quality of life and creates awareness of the ecosystem in which we live.
(4) Regional Coordination - The Commission interacts with neighboring community environmental commissions and environmentally oriented non-profit organizations to address local, regional, and state environmental concerns.
Do you have a concern about an environmental issue in Millburn? Feel Free to contact us, or come to one of our monthly meetings.