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 The Environmental Commission encourages resident to be environmentally friendly, and neighbors to: 

  • Reduce, reuse,  and recycle
  • Keep clean their streets of litter, clear storm drains, and alleviate rain water run off to storm drains by directing roof gutters to the ground and installing rain barrels. For complete information on rain barrel workshops, rain garden installations visit the New Jersey Water Supply website.
  • Plant trees on your property or street trees at your curb
  • Avoid the use of plastic bags
  • Conserve water
  • Buy local produce and goods
  • Plant a garden

What can be recycled and how to do it?    Info Here

The Borough is creating an ad hoc committee to review existing zoning ordinances in low lying and flood prone areas. The goal of the committee is to make recommended changes to the existing ordinances to allow for development in a safe and responsible way.  If you are a Somerville resident and are available for meetings in-person and electronically, during even and possible daytime hours, please express your interest by sending your resume to ksluka@somervillenj.org.

Recent Activities

2022 Earth Day Celebration

Firehouse Field Tree Planting

YMCA Tree Planting

Tree Transplanting


Environmental Commission Programs

Earth Day Clean Up – Scheduled annually around Earth Day

Somerville residents and local organizations volunteer one Saturday in April to clean up litter and other debris throughout the Borough's parks, brooks and other public areas. Volunteers meet at the Somerville High School parking lot at 9 AM where clean up assignments will be given. No pre-registration is needed. Work gloves, trash bags, and refreshments are provided. Local Girl Scout, Boy Scout, school, and youth groups are welcome to help in the clean-up. Adult volunteer groups are encouraged to assist.

Arbor Day

An annual Arbor Day event is usually held in conjunction with a local community group which has included, tree planting days, tree pruning and planting workshops, a tree seedling give-away. To find the current event date and time check the website in March.

Girl Scouts Tree Arbor

The arbor was founded in 2012 with 100 trees planted to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting. The award winning mini nursery now boasts an inventory of nearly 200 trees of which a portion of are transplanted annually into local parks. Girls Scouts use this as an outdoor classroom for community service and badge work-shops. Trees can be made available to residents upon request.

Other Activities

Members volunteer their time at monthly meetings on behalf of improving Somerville’s environmental practices and on managing municipal shade trees and the Borough’s Community Forestry Management Plan.

Members also facilitate the Green Team, which has earned Somerville to be recognized as Bronze status community in the Sustainable Jersey Program.

Other past activities include rain barrel workshops, tree pruning workshops, environmental advocacy, and tree plantings.


Learn To Compost

Dispose of your Prescription drugs safely and environmentally


Environmental News

Storm Water Pollution

Pollution on streets and chemicals from our lawns enter into storm drains when it rains, then directly into our drinking water supply. This storm water pollution is one of New Jersey's greatest threats to clean and plentiful water. In order to keep our water clean, municipalities are adopting ordinances and rules prohibiting activities that contribute to storm water pollution.

For more information on storm water related topics, visit the

US Environmental Protection Agenda: https://www.epa.gov/ 

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Quality: http://www.nj.gov/dep/dwq/ 

NJ Site Mart Database: http://www.njbrownfieldsproperties.com/default.aspx                             

Recycling Information

Visit Somerset County website for local recycling information.

2022 Members and Meetings           

  • Jeff Lamborn, Chair 
  • Helene Venizelos, Vice-Chair
  • Sandra Benscoter, Secretary                        
  • Larry Cleveland  (Planning Board Liaison)
  • Glen Denys
  • Janet Perantoni
  • Geoffrey Keiser
  • Rebecca Reitman-Garofalo
  • Roberta Harmon (alternate)
  • Gina Stravic (Borough Council Liaison)

Green Team:

  • Colleen Reh Sweeny
  • Caitlin Martin
  • Geraldine DeSapio
  • Elizabeth Navatto
  • Timothy Hayes
  • Grace Kollmer


The Environmental Commission meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Council Chambers (Police Headquarters)  Located at 24 South Bridge Street in Somerville. 

The meetings begin at 7:30 PM.

Commission Minutes

Listing files in 'EC Minutes'

Commission Documents

Listing files in 'EC Documents'