Secaucus Environmental Department

 

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About Us

The Environmental Department is instrumental in ensuring that Secaucus promotes initiatives and programs to help preserve our environment thereby making Secaucus a sustainable place to live for future generations.  It serves as an advisor to the Mayor and Town Council on local environmental issues and to act as a resource for businesses and Individuals in Secaucus who are interested in going green. 

 

The Environmental Department is responsible for:

  • All recycling efforts, information, and reports regarding recycling;
  • Community organizing regarding environmental issues and environmental education;
  • Applying for and reporting on grants that the town has been awarded for projects such as Recreational Open Space Inventories, Community Stewardship Incentive Program, community garden and food waste opportunities; 
  • Introducing Secaucus energy initiatives including; energy audits & upgrades, fleet inventories, electric vehicle charging stations, municipal energy aggregation, residential solar access, and participating in Hudson County’s micro grid pilot program.
  • Serving as Secaucus’ liaison to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as well as other state environmental agencies;
  • Enforcing any environmentally-related laws enacted by the State of NJ or the Town of Secaucus;
  • Ensure continued re-certification with Sustainable Jersey;
  • Work with Secaucus Environmental Committee on various environmental campaigns;
  • Partnering with Secaucus schools and Shade Tree Committee for the annual Arbor Day Celebration.
  • Coordinating with the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) regarding mobile shredding and hazardous waste days for Secaucus;

Services

The services that the Environmental Department provides:

  • Planning of our annual Green Summer Festival, Environmental Camp, Summer Speaker Series, Earth Day activities as well as additional environmental events throughout the year;
  • Supervision of two Secaucus community gardens and plot assignment;
  • Management of Secaucus pollinator program including the care of our wildflower meadows, butterfly gardens and beehives – subsequent sale of local honey produced by our hives to fund the program;
  • Organization of various volunteer opportunities for  residents;
  • Bi-Annual publication of Green Times newsletter;
  • Outreach to Secaucus business community to encourage community service activities and to participate in our Green Business Certification program;
  • Outreach to Secaucus restaurant community to reinforce Secaucus’ ban on Styrofoam and enrollment in our Green Restaurant Certification program;
  • Promotion  of Secaucus Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program;
  • Administration of Secaucus’ Arbor Day Tree Appreciation donation campaign to increase the tree canopy in Secaucus;
  • Maintenance and collection of Big Green Box battery and small electronics recycling program.