About the MEC

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.
Our tagline is “You make a difference!”

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
  • Help GreenTeam aquire points toward their goal of obtaining sustainable Jersey certification for Manalapan

When do we meet?

We meet the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Town Hall

What are some of our projects?

  • Environmental Tip of the Month advertised to residents
  • Conducted educational workshops at Middle School for Earth Day
  • Partnered with Pantano Nursery to build eco-friendly patio at Rec Center
  • Partnered with MHS Environmental Club to paint nature murals
  • 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.

How to Contact us?

Send an email to MEC@mtnj.org