The Verona Environmental Commission was established by Ordinance No. 9-92 on August 3, 1992. The Commission is comprised of seven members (one of whom is also a member of the Planning Board), plus two alternates. All members are Verona residents, serve without compensation and are appointed by the Mayor.
Here you can read the commission's 2013 Annual Report
The Commission interacts with neighboring community environmental commissions and the Essex County Environmental Center. It review all applications sent to the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment to evaluate their impact on the environment.
The role of the Commission is to study and make recommendations to the Township Council and the Planning Board concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna throughout the Township.
The VEC provides environmental information and programs for residents and protects the Township's environmental resources for health and well being of present and future residents.
The VEC would like to thank Mayor Teena Schwartz and the 2010 Mayor’s Charity Affair Committee for recognizing our Community Service. Congratulations to all 2010 honorees and to all former VEC memberswithout whom this recognition could not be possible. Pictured from left, VEC current Chairman Gerard Shimonaski and VEC first Chairman Marc Kaplan.
The Verona Environmental Commission received an Environmental Achievement Award at ANJEC’s 2009 Environmental Congress held at Cook Campus Center, Rutgers University in New Brunswick on October 17th. The award recognizes the Commission's successful efforts in establishing paper recycling in all of Verona's schools. READ MORE
VEC members created a presentation about Verona's Recycling Programs with local pictures and information targeting third and fourth grade students.
Later on the VEC presented this program at the following schools: Forest Ave., Laning Ave., F.N.Brown, Brookdale Ave. (pictured left) and Our Lady of the Lake. This program is plan to run in all 5 school every 2 years. SEE MORE PICTURES HERE
The VEC participated in "Steps to Go Green", a fair sponsored by the Caldwell, West Caldwell and Roseland Environmental Commissions. The event took place in October 2010 at the Caldwell College Cafeteria. Admission was free. The commission presented the program "Idle Free Verona" and played the game "How long it takes to decompose" with the visitors. We would like to tank Ann Marchioni, Caldwell Environmental Commission's Chairperson, for inviting us. Pictured from left, VEC members Tony Saltalamacchia, Tara Bratek, James Loudon, Virginia Citrano and Gloria Machnowski.
A new member of the Verona Environmental Commission participated on the "Training to protect Natural Resources" held by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions in 2010. Pictured are some of the attendees during Nelson Dittmar presentation (ANJEC Board of Trustees). The event took place in the Geraldine R. Dodge LEEDS Certified Building, 14 Maple Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey.
VHS Students Removed Half a Ton of Trash. More than 60 Verona High School students participated in the annual Peckman River Clean-Up on May 21st 2010. Students were assisted by VHS Vice Principal Dave Galbierczyk, VEC Chairman Jerry Shimonaski and VHS teachers Linda Barone, Jan Korman, Chris Tamburro and Carl Cascone. SEE MORE PICTURES HERE
• Implemented paper and cardboard recycling at all Verona public schools.
List of VEC members from 1992 to 2010
Marc Kaplan, Beverly DeCheser, Ed Condon (Planning Board Rep.), Larry Gasparo (Planning Board Rep.), Teena Schwartz, Megan Ambroso, Thomas Cocchiola, Robert Masiello, Bill Oser (Planning Board Rep.), Chris Pierce, Lydia Bashwiner, Chris Daniels, Lori Tanner, Jack Grebe, Hans Erdenberger, Joe Carpinelli (Planning Board Rep.), Jerry Caprio, Andrew Robinson, Eric Kohlstaat, Rich Williamson, Jason Apter, David Freschi, Gerard Shimonaski, Cinzia Cortese, Mark Newell, Karen Pensiero (Planning Board Rep.), Genaro Salierno, Deborah Jacobsen, Anne Stires, Gloria Machnowski, James Loudon, Tom Freeman (Planning Board Rep.), Virginia Citrano and Anthony Saltalamacchia.
If you are a former VEC member and your name is not listed please contact us. The names were taken from the minutes found in the archives.
Any Verona resident may attend a meeting of the Environmental Commission. If you can't attend, but have an idea to improve Verona's environment, please contact us.
The VEC in Verona's Fair
2013 The commission participated in Verona Fair in the Square on December 7th. The VEC table was busy all day long with residents of all ages. Visitors learned about Sustainable Jersey, a free certification program for municipalities that want to go green and save money in the process. Verona recently joined the program. Many residents signed up to volunteer in the Green Team, a new commission that will coordinate Verona's sustainability efforts. Children took the Kid's Green Challenge and everybody got a Sustainable Jersey pin and signed the 2014 Verona Pledge promising to recycle more, save water, eat more veggies, use reusable bags, walk more and drive less. Pictured, VEC members informing residents about Sustainable Jersey.
2012 At the commission's table visitors learned about the dangers of toxic synthetic lawn pesticides. The commission invited residents to sign a petition to keep lawn pesticides off Verona's school grounds and public fields where children play. The most common reaction was "Who could be against this?". Over 200 residents already signed the petition in person and online. You can read the petition here. Children made holiday cards for their families and friends with reclaimed cards from Verona. Pictured from right, Council Member Kevin Ryan visiting the VEC table, Chaiman Jerry Shimonaski and HBW teacher Tony Saltalamacchia with his daughter.
2011 and 2010 At the commission's table visitors played the game "How Long it Takes to Decompose" and and "Identify the Household Hazardous Waste Items". Residents also signed the VEC's recycling pledge and those who needed a new recycling bin ordered a free one.
Pictured is former Verona Mayor Teena Schwartz visiting the VEC table at the fair, commission members Tony Saltalamacchia, Jim Loudon and Chairman Jerry Shimonaski.
Web site was created by VEC volunteers in August 2009 using free
on-line software. All content and works posted are for educational
purposes only. Included photographs are either courtesy of volunteers or
public domain pictures. VEC member Gloria Machnowski is in charge of
updating and maintaining this Web site.
The Verona Environmental Commission made a presentation on Non-point source pollution (pollution caused by human activity) to HBW 8th graders. Pictured are former VEC members Andrew Robinson and Carrie Dietz, Area 4 Watershed Ambassador and retired HBW science teacher, Mike Somers.
To see more pictures visit our Photo Gallery
(Peckman River Cleanup).