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Montclair Environmental Commission Minutes DescriptionAction
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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AnnouncementCall to OrderTime: 7:35 pm
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Feb. 2017 Minutes Acceptance VoteApproved
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AttendeesSuzanne Aptman, Keith Brodock, Jerry Fried, Lyle Landon, Imke Oster, Catherine Outlaw, Gray Russell, James Sherman, Sean Spiller, Absent:
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GuestsSiobhan McCarthy, web master, Dr. Amy Ferdinand (MSU) and Environmental Club, Kevin Dillon (MEC candidate) Deirdre Malloy (MEC candidate),
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Outreach Activity & News
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Glen Ridge Film SeriesLaunched recently;Volunteers encouraged to attend.
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Climate Club Book MeetingSiobhan McCarthy, webmaster, attended.
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TV 34, A Greener DayLaunched 2.26 at 3 PM with story on the opening of the Sea Turtle Recovery Center at Turtle Back Zoo, with warmer waters stranding turtles in the winter: cold stunnedNew show scheduled for each month
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MEC AppointmentKevin Dillon appointment RequestPlaced on Town Council Agenda for 3.28
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MEC RecruitmentCatherine Outlaw created a recruitment flyer and attended Renee Baskerville's 4th Ward meeting; She introduced Deirdre Malloy, who attended and is possibly interested in joining MECDeirdre is 4th generation Montclairion, with housing and real estate expertise, currently serving as property and compliance manager for HomeCorp. More conversations to follow.
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Featured Presentation
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Montclair State University (MSU) Dr. Amy Ferdinand & the Environmental ClubMSU's facility Dept. no longer picks up dining hall organic waste and transports it 1 mile away to the Rocket composter; Env. Club members have tried to take up the slack, but it is hard to ferry the bags without cars or right equipment and students aren't always in school. They asked if Montclair could supply some of the manpower, as well as "feed" their waste to composter when MSU is on break. Gray said that it was not permitted. Jerry advised finding a sympathic ear higher up in MSU and aske them to reinforce the responsibiilty with the Facilities Dept. All were thanked for coming forward and welcomed back anytime. Lyle will ask Councilman Hurlock for a possible contact at MSU.
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Discussion
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Sun. Apr. 30 Sapling Giveaway at Edgmont ParkSuzanne presented a comprehensive plan, increasing community involvment including a school poster contest and support by Whole Foods to display the winners: Added PR would include a proclamation from the TC/Mayor as an Arbor Day event, which helps Montclair to be eligible for the Tree City designation, and comply with the CFMP (Community Forestry Management Plan requirements; Suzanne to draft the proclamation and send to Sean for inclusion in the next TC meeting's agenda. Hours and crew TBD; Lyle to get the permit.
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DEP GrantSuzanne reported that all was on schedule, with all parties working well together: MSU/MEC/Montclair; Two clarifications made about the role of Nomad and the Intellectual Property rights to the data to everyone's satisfaction.Suzanne continues to lead the project
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Sustainable JerseyGray requested a letter in support of the Microgrid from MECGray to draft the letter and Lyle to sign
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Keith has gotten the letter of support needed for Capacity Building points
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Brownfield MappingMSU's Dr. Ferdinand said that she'd make available her GIS resources for Brownfield mappingKeith advised her to reach out to Graham Petto, Asst. Town Planner, for his department's needs.
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Low emission vehicle grantCatherine Outlaw outlined this new opportunityCatherine will review more completely and determine if it is a good fit.
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Bus to Climate ChangeThere was interest in going to Washington togetherNo update available
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Tree updateCitizen asked about rights of cutting of large shade trees on for sale lot on Upper Mountain; James & Imke responded that the ultimate owner will have to pay into the tree fund; Imke reported that additional hours had been approved and Steve Schuckman will begin to monitor the tree permits for compliance;Imke to follow up with Tim Stafford as to the amount of trees to be planted in the Spring, as by resolution the amount is 300-500, with a budget of $150,000
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Pollinator GardenLyle reported that as soon as no more frost is expected, that the garden will be replinished in hopes of a ribbon cutting ceremony in July.Native plants that didn't make it through the winter will be replaced; signage to be designed and installed
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Open Mic
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The Future of NJ - Environmental priorities for the next Gubernatorial candidatesJerry (all of us) have experienced an increase in the interest of the citizenry to protect their local environment and there's a leadership opportunity for MEC to craft a list of questions and/or recommendations for candidates and bring them to the attention of the TC. An example of a local issue is water source diversity (reservoirs + wells). For example Complete Streets was embraced for proof of safety increases and economic benefits realized in other towns, as well as improved aesthetics, which was of greater value than the price tag and construction disruption.Will need a subcommittee or designated time in each month's meeting to create a document.
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An audience with the Town CouncilSean advised that the best way to get onto the agenda is to come with 1. an "ask" with a well researched rationale 2. probable outcomes - with references of success by other towns and 3. an entourage of supporters. Possible topic: Green Building Code Check List ANJEC to research if a municipality can pass its own green building code.
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May Featured PresenterMontclair High School Environmental students
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AdjournmentTime: 9:18PM
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