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Newark Environmental Commission

The Newark Environmental Commission is made up of Newark residents who serve in a volunteer capacity. The Commission is charged to advise the Mayor and the Municipal Council on issues of the environment and sustainability. Members are nominated or can apply to open positions and are appointed by the Municipal Council. They meet monthly and provide recommendations to the City of Newark about environmental, sustainability, and quality of life issues relevant to the City of Newark.

The Commission is proud to have worked with environmental justice groups throughout New Jersey to gain passage of Newark’s Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance the first of its kind in the United States. This ground-breaking law requires companies and other applicants that want to work in Newark to prove they are not adding to Newark’s existing pollution. The law highlights the fact that Newark has long been subject to extreme levels of industrial pollution that is harmful to the health of those who live and work here. As part of the Ordinance, applicants proposing new development or modification of an existing development who are also required to apply for an environmental permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or whose application is considered a significant land-use change, are required to fill out an additional form that the Environmental Commission reviews. The Environmental Commission then provides written commentary to the Central Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. Additionally, the Environmental Commission is working on developing an Environmental Resource Inventory which is a comprehensive analysis of Newark’s existing environmental health.

Environmental Commissioners:

Cynthia Mellon, Co-Chair

Wynnie H. Hinds, Co-Chair

William Barnes, Member

Nicole Miller, Member

Michael Molina, Member  

Anthony Timmons, Member / Planning Board Liaison



· Monthly public meetings

· Tabling at public events (i.e., Lincoln Park Music Festival)

· Newark Green Team; Sustainable Jersey

· Speaking engagements across New Jersey



The Newark Environmental Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month (except for August) from 6:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

For more information and to be added to the distribution list for meeting reminders, please contact: Nathaly Agosto Filion, Chief Sustainability Officer at


2020 Meeting Schedule

January 8th

February 5th

March 4th

April 1st  

May 6th

June 3rd

July 1st

August– Summer break

September 2nd

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd


An archive of meeting minutes can be accessed from the Environmental Commission Library by clicking here.

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