Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee (EAAC)

Meetings:  4th Tuesday of every month beginning at 7:00pm.  Town Hall Municipal Building & Library, located at 49 Union Street

The purpose of this Committee is to research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township, maintain an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, review site plans of proposed development in regards to open space, consider and make recommendations to Council on other environmental and sustainability issues; as well as the selection, planting, care, culture, trimming and development of shade trees in the Township.  

All regular and special meetings of the EAAC Committee shall be open to the public. Please check this website for any potential cancellations or changes.  

Click HERE  for the EAAC's list of Goals & Objectives. 

Click HERE for the EAAC's Annual Report of Accomplishments for 2020. 

Click HERE for the Council Resolution and supporting documents for Medford's inclusion in the Sustainable Jersey Program. 

Click HERE for the Open Space & Farmland page on our website.

Click HERE for the Recycling Page on our website. 


January 26, 2021 
February 23, 2021 
March 23, 2021 
April 27, 2021 (No Meeting) 
May 25, 2021
June 22, 2021
July 27, 2021
August 24, 2021
September 28, 2021
October 4, 2021 (*Sustainable Jersey Subcommittee mtg)


January 28, 2020 
February 25, 2020
*March, April & May 2020 meetings cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions 
June 23, 2020
July 28, 2020 
August 25, 2020
September 22, 2020 
October 27, 2020
November 24, 2020
December, 2020 - (No Meeting)

January 22, 2019 
February 26, 2019 
March 26, 2019 
April 23, 2019 
May 29, 2019 - Community Presentation 
June 25, 2019 
July 23, 2019
August 27, 2019 
September 24, 2019 
October 22, 2019 
November 26, 2019
December, 2019 (No meeting)


January 2021 Meeting 
February 2021 Meeting
March 2021 Meeting
April 2021 (No Meeting) 
May 2021 Meeting 
June 2021 Meeting
July 2021 Meeting 
August 2021 Meeting

January 2020 Meeting 
February 2020 Meeting
March 2020--No Meeting*
April 2020 -- No Meeting*
May 2020 - No Meeting*
June 2020 Meeting 
July 2020 Meeting
August 2020 Meeting 
September 2020 Meeting 
October 2020 Meeting
November 2020 Meeting
December 2020 (No meeting)


January 2019 Meeting 
February 2019 Meeting 
March 2019 Meeting 
April 2019 Meeting
May 2019 Meeting- No Minutes in lieu of Presentation
June 2019 Meeting
July 2019 Meeting 
August 2019 Meeting 
September 2019 Meeting 
October 2019 Meeting
November 2019 Meeting
December 2019 (No meeting)

Contact the EAAC

Please contact the EAAC by emailing EAAC@medfordtownship.com.  You may also call (609) 654-2608 x324.  

2021 Committee Members

Paul Celia
Deborah Evans
Apolonia "Pola" Galie, Chair
Michele Mayer
Eric Peterson
Robert "Bo" Petrillo
Pamela Sloves
Jennifer Warholak, Vice-Chair
Beth Portocalis - Township Liaison

Green Team Members

All EAAC members, plus:
Rodger Frey
Robert Lee
Ileen Wright

Medford Earns Sustainable Jersey Certification    

Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Medford Township has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification.  Medford is one of is one of 100 towns that attained certification in 2019.  Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over half the state's municipalities and nearly 90 percent of its population. 

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, the Township submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points. In addition to reaching 150 points, each certified community had to create a green team and select at least two out of 12 priority action options. Medford’s priority actions included climate adaptation & flooding risk, energy efficiency for municipal facilities, updated natural resource inventory, prescription drug safety and disposal, recycling and waste reduction education and compliance, and sustainable land use.

“Congratulations to the municipal staff, green team volunteers and community members who have worked hard to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification,” said Randy Solomon, the executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “The Sustainable Jersey certified towns demonstrate leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts. Collectively, the 453 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey.

Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 453 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 345 school districts and 896 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. 

10/1/21 --Township officials are pleased to announce that thanks to a grant from Sustainable Jersey & Atlantic City Electric, and in collaboration with the Township's Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee, a lightning detection system has been installed in Freedom Park.
A siren and strobe light will be utilized to warn individuals on impending storms and the need to seek safe shelter. The project was funded through a $10,000 grant issued by Sustainable Jersey and Atlantic City Electric. The remaining amount was funded out of the Medford Township operating and capital budget. Included in the project is a five-year maintenance plan for the system.
It is the Township's goal to provide lightning detection in all our parks and recreation areas as we move forward in ensuring Medford Township’s resiliency and preparedness.
There are two facets to the new system:
Weather Station
The weather station is available as a webpage to anyone who would like to access the link below. This site will provide real time weather data from Freedom Park. Pictured is a sample of the webpage. It is suggested that you save this link as a favorite on your mobile device. The link to access the weather station is:
Lightning System
The lightning system will alert when it detects lightning in the area. The system will then sound an sound a siren and activate a strobe light based on the proximity of the lightning to the park. There will be signs in the park in both English and Spanish that provide instructions on the system and scannable bar codes that will take
you to the countdown timer. You can access the countdown timer from the link below. This timer will provide guidance as to when it is safe to re occupy the park. It is suggested that you save this link as a favorite on your mobile device. https://oas.earthnetworks.com/widget/ResOASWidget.html?widgetId=070e2db6-5e6d-4b4f-9dc3-696e9414be1c&fbclid=IwAR1UGrkryhPV43hldk-L6hpcgg53iRBARH3gD4t8j1azObQE6NpcgDnCIWc
While under alert, you can track how much longer until outdoor activities can resume on your desktop or mobile device. You can see the time of the last lightning strike within your protection area. This will act as a tool to back your decision to delay or resume activities.
As with any device, common sense should prevail; if the sky still looks threatening continue to shelter.

Check out the Hartford Trails Facebook page for info & updates on new biking & walking trails recently opened (May 2019) in Hartford Crossings Park, located at Hartford & Church Roads. https://www.facebook.com/groups/351915271572374/  

Click on the topics below for environmentally friendly & sustainable tips from the EAAC:
 -- Washing Your Vehicle
 -- Reduce/ReUse/Recycle  


Please click HERE for important information on Spotted Lanternflies, including identification of egg masses, nymphs, and adult species, as well as recommended treatment and eradication methods from the NJDEP. 


The EAAC, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions hosted a community presentation on May 29, 2019 on the below topics. 
You can view the presentation by using these links:       Part One    Part Two 

Creek-Friendly Yards Information Session

Everything that we do on the land affects the water that we rely on for day-to-day life. Join us to learn about how you can manage your yard to improve your impact on the environment and reduce the amount of pollution that makes its way into our water.

1) Conserving Water at Home
Rich Bizub, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

2) Landscaping for a Creek-Friendly Yard
Isabella Castiglioni, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions

3) Septic Management 
Jamie Bitzer, English Sewage Disposal

4) Declining Honeybees: What Can We Do to Help
Jason Shoff of the Mill Creek Apiary
Discussion will outline the benefits of honeybees as pollination and for biodiversity. Jason will also discuss other common aggressive stinging insects- wasps & hornets, and misconceptions about the honeybee. He will also explain the original term “Colony Collapse Disorder” and what it means today. As a part of Jason’s presentation, he will introduce some ideas about what we can do to directly impact honeybee health, including use of alternative herbicides/ pesticides, keeping managed colonies and how to integrate beneficial plantings.


New Jersey has its Jersey Fresh campaign promoting fruits and vegetables grown locally in farm fields and garden, but now the state is collaborating with a college and an environmental group to make yards more Jersey friendly.   This partnership has launched an interactive website — www.jerseyyards.org — as part of a new Jersey-Friendly Yards campaign.

The website offers practical ways for homeowners and other landowners to landscape their properties in an environmentally friendly way that will reduce stormwater runoff, capture rainwater, eliminate use of fertilizer and pesticide and replace invasive plant with native species.  State environmental officials said the ultimate goal of this campaign, however, is not to just promote native plants but to reduce stormwater runoff that contaminates rivers and streams from lawns treated with fertilizer and pesticides.

The interactive section of the site has a tool for layout for low-impact landscaping options the user can explore for different types of gardens or lawns and to reduce runoff and capture rainwater. It shows how to transform a grass-dominated property into one that has native plants and other features.

The website has an extensive plant database that suggests which native species to use instead of foreign plants that tend to overtake gardens or fields. 

The online site was built by a Medford company, Fusionspark, Inc., with input from the collaborating agencies.   Read more here: 

Click HERE for a brochure guide on developing "Creek Friendly Yards" developed by SaveTheSource.org, a consortium of environmental advocacy groups including ANJEC, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, the NJ Audubon Society, the NJ Conservation Foundation, and Rutgers.    Save the Source.org has also partnered on a SJ Landscape Makeover Program.  Click HERE for the brochure with more details.  

What are retention basins and why do we need them?
Also called wet ponds or detention basins. These are man-made/artificial lakes or ponds that include plants around the body of water. These basins serve an important function in municipalities such as Medford with high water tables by preventing flooding by channeling rain/storm water into the storage basin via the system of storm drains found on roadways and other strategic locations.   Additionally, the basins aid in storm water runoff, or water from storms that collects in the streets.  By having this water diverted to the basins, the Township is able to save money by not treating this water at the sewer treatment plant.  The basins also help in the prevention of erosion, which is a benefit for our environment. The basins greatly improve water quality in the area by filtering out any pollution and toxins from the storm water, again, reducing costs to the total water treatment process.

In ecologically sensitive areas such as Medford, it is preferable to use certain plants in basins as opposed to only grass. Plants in retention basins aid in the filtration of the water within the basin. The preferable types of plants used for the basins are wetland and native plants in the area. In New Jersey, some plants used in these basins are yellow pond lily, pickerel weed, shrub dogwood, and stagger bush. These plants are providing much-needed help in keeping our pollinators like bees and butterflies around and happy.  The Township can also save tax dollars by allowing these basins to grow the native plants instead of weekly or monthly mowing by Township staff.

There's a new publication by the NRCS on native meadow planting entitled "A Guide to Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast."  This is pretty detailed with lots of great info to plant a basin.  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/nypmspu11417.pdf   

The Xerces Society is another resource to plant basins: http://www.xerces.org/pollinators-northeast-region

Link to the Pollinator Habitat workshop to be held on September 29th

Leaf pick up- Don't Rake, Mulch or Compost!
Medford is one of the three municipalities in New Jersey with the longest tenure of earning the distinction as “Tree City, USA”  towns – we live in and next to the famous federally designated Pinelands Natural Preserve; aka the “Pine Barrens.” We have a LOT of leaves, but rather than dreading fall and enjoying the splendor of their rich colors, make good use of them!! Do not clear out your leaves from forested areas - leaves provide ground cover for our wildlife friends, can be used as mulch, protect plants and shrubs in the cold winter months, provide nutritious compost for your trees and plants and make a great fertilizer for your lawn. Use your lawn mower to mulch the fallen leaves back into your lawn as  you mow. These leaves (and grass clippings) provide essential nutrients to the grass and yard season after season.  Another alternative is to create a leaf compost. Leaf composting involves placing all the collective leaves in one area, turning them over once in a while so the leaves naturally degrade over time, creating a rich compost to use in your garden. By using your leaves in an environmentally conscious way, not only are you nurturing our Tree City's environment, you are helping yourself and fellow neighbors by saving the tens of thousands of your tax dollars each season spent on leaf collection.  Medford Township residents recycled almost 17,000 cubic yards of brush and tree parts in 2017!!!  Medford also collected over 30,000 cubic yards of leaves and disposed of them at a cost of over $311,500, which is equal to a penny on the tax rate!!  

Click here for a NJDEP Press Release for the Proper Use of Pesticides & Fertilizers 

Click here for a NJDEP Press Release for Deer Alerts 

Click here for a NJDEP Press Release for wood-burning safety tips

Click here for the Pinelands Commission Request for Public Comments on its Conservation Fund

Click here for a link to the ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION, which is full of information on tree planting and care of community trees and forested areas.  

The Arbor Day Foundation’s new, ambitious tree planting initiative to plant 100 million trees by 2022 now has a dedicated website at timefortrees.org. Please visit to learn more about why trees are the solution to so many of our nation’s problems and why now is the time to join this campaign. Here is just some of the information you will receive:

  • Introduction to the Time for Trees initiative and the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day
  • Individual pages and videos on the importance of forests and trees for people and communities
  • Corporate partners and their roles in the campaign
  • News and blogs, updated biweekly
  • Ways for you to get involved

Save money and time and reduce waste by leaving grass clippings on your lawn when you mow, and let nature do the recycling!! 🍃🌿🌱
You’ll save money on fertilizer since grass clippings return nutrients to the soil. Plus, you'll avoid purchasing yard waste bags. You'll save time since you won’t have to stop and empty your lawnmower bag and then haul the bags of clippings to the curb.
You can achieve the lawn you want and also protect our environment when you Cut It and Leave It! Learn more by clicking HERE


  • Municipal Center Address: 49 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055-2432
  • Phone: (609) 654-2608
  • Fax: (609) 953-4087
  • Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30pm