Newark Environmental Commission

About the Commission

Mayor Cory A. Booker, Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr., and other Newark dignitaries swore in members of the City’s new Environmental Commission during a Municipal Council Chamber ceremony on March 20th 2009, launching Newark’s first such body, with a mission to support Newark’s efforts to protect and promote its natural resources and become the “greenest” city in the Garden State.

The Commission is charged with protecting and promoting Newark’s environment.  The Commission makes recommendations, oversees environmental policies and practices, and advises the Mayor and Council on environmental issues. The Commission addresses environmental education, air pollution, brownfields, solid waste, environmental and public health and the conservation and protection of natural resources.

All nine members of the commission are Newark residents.  West Ward resident Kim Gaddy, the Environmental Justice & North Jersey Organizer for the Montclair-based New Jersey Environmental Federation and a former Executive Director of the South Ward Cultural Center, serves as Chair.

Members of the Environmental Commission

  • Kim Gaddy – Commission Chair
  • Ana Baptista
  • Jermaine Jones
  • Donna Kirkland
  • Gail Maynor
  • Carla Robinson
  • Chelsea Albucher
  • Elizabeth McGrady

Sustainability Office Staff Liaison

  • Stephanie Greenwood – Sustainability Director
  • Joel Sonkin – Chief of Energy and Environment
  • Elizabeth Reynoso – Food Policy Director
  • Mahima Giri – Sustainability Program Manager
  • Robert Thomas – Energy Project Manager

The Newark Environmental Commission will be hosting it’s monthly meeting for the public on the first Wednesday of every month in 2013, except in  August. Meetings start at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm and will be held in room 304 at City Hall – 920 Broad St., Newark, NJ 07102. The commission meeting dates are listed below:

  • January 7th, 2013
  • February 6th, 2013
  • March 6th, 2013
  • April 3rd, 2013
  • May 1st, 2013
  • June 5th, 2013
  • July 3rd, 2013
  • September 4th, 2013
  • October 2nd, 2013
  • November 6th, 2013
  • December 4th, 2013