Environmental Advisory Committee

Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of tree tops.

~ Maya Angelou


  • Laura McCluskey, Chairperson
  • Janice McCarthy, Town Council Liaison
  • Harshad Anjaria
  • Pat DeLaFuente
  • Michele Gaynor

  • Judy Hernandez
  • Tamara Jolley
  • Lynn Persson
  • Lisa Plevin
  • Jean Marie Embler


The Environmental Advisory Committee is a nine member committee that serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council regarding environmental issues which affect – or are perceived to have a potential effect on – the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. The Committee also serves as a repository of information about the environmental issues related to the township.

Mission Statement

To represent the people of the Township in matters that relate to the protection of our land, water, air and energy. Our Committee is dedicated to maintaining a healthy and aesthetic environment for the residents and visitors of Parsippany-Troy Hills for current and future generations.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. We convene at 6:45 PM at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, Main Branch, Halsey Road. The public is invited.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Environmental Committee will be meeting virtually until further notice.  Please look on this page for future meeting dates.  

Recent Projects

  • Low Phosphate Fertilizer Ordinance
  • Well Head Protection Ordinance
  • Town wide educational forums
  • Cool Cities Climate Change commitment 
  • Troy Brook Quality Study (Rutgers)
  • Hurricane Irene Study and Report

  • Pilgrim Pipeline
  • Waterview Development
  • Watnong Gardens
  • Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance (2020)
  • Yearly Fall Festival participation
  • Environmental Advisors to Town Council

Findings Related to 2011 Lake Hiawatha Flooding

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) would like to express its condolences to the citizens of Lake Hiawatha who were affected by the storm. We have stated here that the conditions for flooding were a synergistic effects of many factors, very little of which was controllable at the time. From North Carolina to Vermont, millions of people were affected by Hurricane Irene. We can look back, learn from what we have experienced and make tomorrow a better day.

Grass – Cut It and Leave It: Environmentally-Friendly Lawn Care

Grass clippings are a major part of New Jersey’s municipal solid waste stream. As a New Jersey resident, you are already helping to avoid air pollution and wasted resources by recycling.

You can do more by reducing waste at the source. Leave the grass clippings on your lawn when you mow, and let nature do the recycling.

Click here to read all about how you can make more environmentally-friendly choices with your lawncare.