Cranford Township Cares for its Trees (Union County)
Cranford Township lost nearly 800 trees after Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. The township realized that a better understanding of the benefits and services provided by their public trees would increase investment in stewardship, operations and maintenance. After receiving a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation, Cranford completed a tree inventory. The Township contracted with The Land Conservancy of New Jersey to conduct the inventory on public trees and included information such as each tree’s common and botanical name, diameter, height, condition and location. The completion of the computerized inventory of municipal trees serves as a model for residential and suburban communities for management of their forest canopy. The GPS data coordinates assigned to the individual tree aid in finding locations for future tree plantings, as well as identifying the diseased, dead and damaged trees that should be removed and replaced to protect public well-being as well as the health of the municipal forest. The knowledge gained from this project allows the Township to assess the economic value of the trees on municipal property in Cranford and will enable replacement of the trees lost in the storms.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     Contact: Caryn Shinske          (609) 984-1795
February 5, 2018                                                                      Lawrence Hajna       (609) 292-2994


(18/P10) TRENTON – Debbie Mans, who served as Energy Policy Advisor to Governor Jon Corzine, will become Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection effective February 14, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Mans comes to the DEP with extensive experience both in government and with environmental organizations. She most recently served as Baykeeper and Executive Director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper, a conservation organization that works to protect, preserve and restore the Hudson-Raritan Estuary.

“Debbie Mans’ commitment to clean energy and conservation makes her an excellent choice to help the DEP lead the nation in developing solutions to such critical issues as climate change and renewable energy,” Acting Commissioner McCabe said. “Debbie has spent her entire career devoted to improving the environment for all, and I look forward to her expertise helping shape our mission.”

“I am excited to join the Department of Environmental Protection and get to work on a number of key environmental issues facing our state,” Mans said. “We need to ensure that New Jersey is on a path to clean energy and sustainability, while also protecting public health, cleaning up polluted sites, and conserving our natural resources.”

Mans has served as Baykeeper and the Matawan-based organization’s Executive Director since April 2008. Prior to joining Baykeeper, she served as Environmental and Energy Policy Advisor to then-Governor Jon S. Corzine, assisting in the development of a State Energy Master Plan charting clean energy plans through 2020. Governor Corzine at the time also appointed Mans to the New Jersey State Planning Commission.

Before working for the Governor, Mans served as Baykeeper’s Policy Director from 2002 to 2006, where she developed policies and programs to promote Baykeeper’s mission. Mans analyzed proposed regulations at all levels of government, reviewing permit applications, environmental impact statements and more.

From 2000 to 2002, Mans worked with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association as a Policy and Outreach Specialist. In that role, Mans directed activities for a program designed to build New Jersey’s community-based watershed organizations. She also analyzed municipal land use ordinances, zoning and master plans, and helped create plans to advance environmental stewardship.

 In other roles, Mans in January testified before Congress about the urgent need to protect public health by continuing to clean up Superfund sites in communities along the Passaic River.

Mans’ volunteer activities have included chairing the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and serving on the board of its Education Fund. She has also served on the board of New Jersey Future.


IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact: Lawrence Hajna           (609) 984-1795
February 26, 2018                                                            Caryn Shinske              (609) 984-1795
                                                                                         Peter Peretzman, BPU (609) 984-9707


 (18/P16) TRENTON – Following up on his pledge to advance New Jersey as a national leader in addressing global warming, Governor Phil Murphy has formally notified governors of states that belong to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of his administration’s commitment to rejoining the regional climate-change compact.
“As a founding member of RGGI, New Jersey is eager to rejoin your state as a partner in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the health of residents, and growing the economy in our region,” Governor Murphy wrote in a letter sent last week to the governors of nine RGGI states in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
The 2005 memorandum of understanding that established RGGI requires member states to agree to the admission of another state as a member. The Governor notes that he has instructed the Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities to open discussions with the member states as soon as practical.
“As a recognized national leader on environmental protection and as a coastal state, it is imperative that New Jersey resume its rightful place as a leader in combating climate change and sea-level rise,” said DEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “At the DEP, we are moving forward aggressively with the necessary steps to rejoin RGGI as soon as possible. This process will fully engage all stakeholders and the public, and will be conducted with ample outreach and public education.”
“BPU is happy to be a part of the process of rejoining RGGI and ensuring cleaner air in New Jersey and throughout the region,” added BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso.
The letter follows the Governor’s Jan. 29 executive order that directs the DEP and BPU to take all necessary regulatory and administrative steps to expeditiously rejoin RGGI, reversing New Jersey’s withdrawal in 2012.
The Murphy Administration has set a goal of 100 percent clean energy for New Jersey by 2050, shifting from reliance on fossil fuels and other production methods that contribute to climate change toward renewable energy that will strengthen New Jersey’s economy.
RGGI is the nation’s first multi-state, market-based cap-and-trade program designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants. Participants allocate, award and transfer carbon allowances through an auction process as an annual carbon-dioxide cap declines. This encourages more market efficiencies, development of renewable energy, and technological improvements for power plants.
Proceeds from the auctions are disbursed to states for a variety of programs including energy efficiency assistance for consumers, renewable energy, greenhouse gas abatement and electricity bill assistance. As directed in the Governor’s executive order, allocation of auction proceeds will include an emphasis on projects that serve communities that are disproportionality impacted by the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.
In addition to beginning the negotiations for New Jersey’s re-entry into RGGI, the DEP has assembled a team to develop the regulations needed to move the state back into RGGI. The DEP will also schedule a public information meeting in the near future to gather input on state funding priorities for proceeds generated by RGGI auctions.
RGGI is currently comprised of Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
For a copy of the Governor’s letter, visit: