Environmental Commission

2024 Members
Linda Altomare - term expires 12/31/2024
Michael Colomboterm expires 12/31/2025
Janice Czelusta, Alternate Member #1 - term expires 12/31/2025
Carole Holden, Chairwoman - term expires 12/31/2025
Michael Kucharski - term expires 12/31/2024
Anapama Sandhu, Alternate Member #2 - term expires 12/31/2024
Bala Sivakumar - term expires 12/31/2026
Gary Sheppard, Planning Board Liaison - term expires 12/31/2024
Lana Sherman - term expires 12/31/2026
Council Liaison - Councilmember Michele DeLuccia
Alternate Council Liaison - Councilmember Joel Ansh
Recycling Coordinator - Nancy Durkin
The Commission meets once a month at 7:00 PM in the Borough Hall at 480 DeKorte Drive. All meeting dates are posted on the Events Calendar.

Environmental Commission

The Franklin Lakes Environmental Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Borough.
The mission of the Environmental Commission is to promote and enhance the environmental quality of the Borough through natural resource protection, conservation, development, and education.
The Environmental Commission acts to achieve its mission by:
  • Acting as an information resource and environmental advocate to the Governing Body, Planning Board and other municipal organizations on matters related to environmental quality and natural resources.
  • Undertaking studies regarding the status of the Borough’s environment, including natural resource inventories, water quality analysis, energy programs, open space preservation, solid waste management, soil and landscape protection, noise control, air pollution, endangered species protection, and overall environmental appearance.
  • Recommending to the Governing Body and Planning Board plans and programs to address environmental quality issues that are identified, and for inclusion in the Municipal Master Plan as a guide for future decision-making.
  • Preparing and distributing materials related to environmental quality issues, seeking public input on these issues, and advocating positions to support the environmental stewardship of the Borough.
  • Providing educational outreach to the community.
  • Coordinating the activities of other committees organized for environmental quality or natural resource protection purposes.

Community Garden

From the Environmental Commission and Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church

The Franklin Lakes Community Garden at the corner of McBride Field next to the water building, needs volunteers to help plant vegetables for the coming summer season. Come for an hour or more, depending on your schedule.

The garden, a cooperative effort between the Borough of Franklin Lakes and the Methodist Food Bank, provides fresh vegetables for people in need or who have no place to grow them. Last year, the Garden's first, produced over 250 pounds of vegetables that went to the needy. Something we can all be proud to claim.

Students, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or members of other student organizations can earn community service hours for work in the garden. The rest of us can be happy to dig in the dirt for a good cause. The Garden needs volunteers to keep it regularly harvested and weeded. Email either Lana King or Linda Altomare to offer some time, either individually or with family and friends. It's fun, and oh, so greatly appreciated!

Community Garden Brochure

Reducing the Number of Unwanted Catalogs

Tired of getting a ton of unsolicited and unwanted catalogs in your mailbox? The Franklin Lakes Environmental Commission suggests you contact Catalog Choice. It is simple to register and Catalog Choice guarantees your privacy. When you receive unwanted catalogs, simply fill in the name of the company and check your preference to stop receiving their catalogs. An easy way to uncomplicate your life and protect the environment.

Franklin Lakes Earns Prestigious Sustainable Jersey Certification - 2022


Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that the Borough of Franklin Lakes has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification at the silver-level. Franklin Lakes is one of 81 municipalities that have attained certification in 2022. The certified towns were announced at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon on November 15, 2022 in Atlantic City at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference. Sustainable Jersey's participating communities represent over 82% of the state's municipalities. 

Franklin Lakes Mayor Frank Bivona commented, “Playing our part in protecting our environment and becoming a more sustainable community is something we have strived for over many years. This achievement is the result of hard work and determination from our Environmental Commission and Green Team which has kept us focused on the important issues.”

Borough's Green Purchasing Policy

The Mayor and Council has adopted, by resolution, a "Green Purchasing Policy."  The goal of the Green Purchasing Policy is "to encourage and increase the use of environmentally preferable products and services in the Borough. By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, the Borough can promote practices that improve public and worker health, conserve natural resources, and reward environmentally conscious manufacturers, while remaining fiscally responsible."   Green Purchasing Policy