Environmental Commission

Meeting Dates

The Environmental Commission will meet on the following dates       

             Monday, August 14th

Murals painted at Manalapan Rec Center by Students - Click Here To View

Manalapan Environmental Commission (MEC)

Who are we?

We are your neighbors – we live in Manalapan and volunteer to help our municipal government protect the environment and natural resources in our town. 

What do we do?

Review development plans to identify potential environmental concerns
Evaluate environmental problems and offer solutions
Educate residents about ways to protect the local environment
Help integrate environmental policies into local plans and projects
Propose ordinances to protect the environment
Help to increase recycling rates
Advocate for planned open space protection

When do we meet?

We meet the second Monday of the month at 7:30pm in Town Hall

What are some of our projects?

Established a demonstration rain garden at the Rec Center to teach how plants can be used to help prevent pollution of our local waterways.
Planted a Monarch Butterfly Waystation at the Rec Center to help save the endangered migration of the Monarch butterfly.
Conducted rain barrel building workshops
Held native plant sales
Developed displays for Town Hall on topics such as rain barrels & recycling.
Produced a series of shows for MTTN called “Green Matters in Manalapan” to educated residents on a variety of issues such as recycling, composting, energy conservation, and Monarch Butterflies.
Increased road signs to help residents locate the recycling drop off center
Created a traveling display about disposable plastic water bottles
Worked with students in Manalapan school district on a variety of environmental projects.
Wrote a brochure about Conservation Easements explaining their purpose and related rules.
Received a $15,000 grant from ANJEC to plan walking and biking trails in Manalapan.


2014 Environmental Achievement Award from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) for production of local television program about Monarch Butterflies.
2012 Environmental Achievement Award from ANJEC for creation of a traveling exhibit about disposable plastic water bottles.
2010 Environmental Achievement Award from ANJEC for establishing the television series, “Green Matters in Manalapan.”
Recognized by Mayor for creation of Monarch Butterfly Garden and associated TV programing for MTTN.
Mayoral Proclamation for creation of educational display about disposable plastic bottles.

How to Contact us?

Send an email to    


Manalapan Township Ordinance Establishing the Manalapan Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission shall consist of seven members and two alternates appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board and all of whom shall be residents of the Township of Manalapan. The members and alternates shall serve without compensation, except as hereinafter provided. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission.

The member shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. The alternates shall be appointed for two-year terms with the first terms expiring on December 31, 1987. The Mayor shall designate at the time of appointment one alternate as the first alternate and the other as the second alternate.

The Mayor or Township Committee may remove any member or alternate of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel. A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.

The Environmental Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township of Manalapan. The Commission shall have the power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which, in its judgment, it deems necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may, from time to time, recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.

The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Committee, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes, subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions), as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.

The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the Township Committee.

The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may, from time to time, require, provided that the same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the Township Committee.

  • Jenine Tankoos, Presiding Officer & Chairperson
  • Stephen Resnick
  • Pat Eisemann
  • Scott Meyers
  • Steven Christie
  • David C. Kane


  • Gayle Hershcopf
  • Herb Lazar