Verona Environmental Commission

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Mailing Address:  600 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, NJ 07044


The Verona Environmental Commission (VEC) was established by Ordinance No. 9-92 in 1992, consistent with state laws creating environmental commissions. The Commission is comprised of seven members (one of whom is also a member of the Planning Board) plus two alternates. All VEC members are Verona residents and serve without compensation. The chairperson and regular members are appointed by the Town Manager, and Alternates are appointed by the governing body. In addition, a member of the Town Council attends commission meetings and acts as a liaison between the Commission and the Council.

Meeting Info:

VEC public meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted by *) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Conference Room of the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue. The public is welcomed to attend. The Commission keeps records of its meetings and activities and makes an annual report to the township governing body.

2024 Meeting Dates:

January 10, 2024

February 14, 2024 

March 13, 2024 

April 10, 2024 

May 8, 2024

June 12, 2024

VEC Meeting Documents:

All VEC Agendas
All VEC Minutes

Annual Reports

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

What the VEC does?  

The role of the Commission is to study, evaluate and make recommendations to the Township Council and the Planning Board regarding local environmental issues, including (but not limited to) preservation and use of parks and other open spaces; clean water resources; stormwater management; air, noise, and light pollution; solid waste management and recycling; energy conservation and renewable energy resources; transportation and circulation planning; and protection of flora, fauna, soil and landscape throughout the Township.
The Commission reviews all applications sent to the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment to evaluate their impact on the environment. The VEC also provides environmental information and programs for residents; coordinates activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes; and recruits and manages volunteerism and professional expertise. The VEC may, subject to the approval of the governing body, acquire and administer property in the name of the township.  The Verona Environmental Commission is committed to sustainability. It is expected that implementing sustainability programs and projects in Verona will result in long-term cost savings, improved health for residents and municipal employees, preservation of property values, energy conservation to reduce our town’s contribution to climate change, plus additional quality of life benefits.

VEC Accomplishments:

  • Received Environmental Achievement Awards from the Association of N.J. Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) in 2009, 2012 and 2014 & 2016.
  • Secured an Open Space grant from ANJEC to preserve and plant trees at the Peckman trail in 2014.
  • Joined forces with the Junior Woman’s Club of Verona and Verona Historical Society to create Grove Park in 2015.
  • Sponsor annual poster contests on idling, recycling, plastic reduction, and sustainability at all Verona's public schools.
  • Launched a School Assembly Program to teach elementary students about the importance of Recycling and Plastic waste reduction.
  • Organize three to four cleanup events each year at Verona's parkland sites. 
  • Host annual tree seedling giveaway at Grove Park, as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign
VEC's recommendations to the Town Council which succeeded in passage of Resolutions and or Ordinances include:
  • Formation of the Verona Green Team and joining the Sustainable Jersey Program in 2014. 
  • Adoption of multiple Anti Idling Resolutions; (The Board of Education also adopted a similar Resolution in 2022)
  • Adoption of a Steep Slope Ordinance in 2016.
  • Adoption of a Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance in 2019, updated in 2023.
  • Adoption of an Enhanced Stormwater Management Control Ordinance in 2021.
  • Adoption of a new Recommended Planting List, adopted into the Verona Zoning Code in 2022.
  • Adoption of an Invasive Species Ordinance in 2023.

Environmental Commission Members

  • Jessica Pearson - Chairperson - 06/30/2024
  • Sean DiBartolo -Vice Chair  06/30/2025
  • Michael Auteri - 06/30/2025
  • Sarah Yauch O’Farrell - 06/30/2026
  • Fuad Dahan - 06/30/2024
  • Walter Steinnman - 06/30/2026
  • Erdal Turnacioglu - 06/30/2026
  • Adam Bulger - Alternate #1 - 06/30/2024
  • Vacant - Alternate #2 - 06/30/2025
  • Chris Tamburro - Council Representative - 06/30/2024


Recycling 101: A Live Webinar

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Sustainable Verona Heat Island Assessment Presentation 12.5.23

2018 Verona Environmental Resource Inventory Update