Office of Environmental Justice


Environmental Justice Advisory Council

The Environmental Justice Advisory Council (EJAC) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is appointed by and shall serve as an advisory body to the Commissioner of the DEP. EJAC is committed to the basic tenet set forth by the Environmental Justice Movement that all communities, regardless of their racial, ethnic, or economic composition, are entitled to equal protection from the consequences of environmental hazards. Accordingly, EJAC provides a valuable forum for discussions about integrating Environmental Justice into DEP's programs, policies, and activities. EJAC members represent broad-based constituents and geography. This statewide, diverse representation provides guidance, builds DEP's capacity and improves its support of the state’s Environmental Justice constituents and stakeholders. Through the established working groups: Environmental Education and Communications (EEC), Air, Land, and Water, each member of EJAC focuses directly and primarily on the issue(s) for which his/her working group was created.


Environmental Justice Advisory Council Members

Monique S. Griffith
Dr. Monique S. Griffith, Chairman

County or municipal government or planning professionals sector

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Kim Thompson-Gaddy
Kim Thompson-Gaddy, Vice‑Chairman

Statewide environmental justice or environmental advocacy organizations sector

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Joann Held
Joann Held, Secretary

Local grassroots or community groups sector

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Zachary Lewis
Zachary Lewis

Chairman Emeritus
Business or industry sector

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Theodore Carrington
Theodore Carrington

Statewide environmental justice or environmental advocacy organizations sector

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Gantry Fox
Gantry Fox

Local grassroots or community groups sector

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Colandus Kelly Francis
Colandus "Kelly" Francis

Statewide social justice/civil rights or labor organizations sector

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Leilani Holgado
Leilani Holgado

Business or industry sector

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Andrew Kricun
Andrew Kricun

Statewide environmental justice or environmental advocacy organizations sector

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Melissa Miles
Melissa Miles

Local grassroots or community groups sector

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Phyllis Reich
Phyllis Reich

County or municipal government or planning professionals sector

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Meredith Taylor
Meredith Taylor

Academia sector

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Amy Tuininga
Dr. Amy Tuininga

Academia sector

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Shaniqua Biles
Shaniqua Biles

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Jackie Park Albaum
Jackie Park Albaum

Groundwork Elizabeth

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Jeffrey Perlman
Jeffrey Perlman

AICP, PP, LEED-AP

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Dr. Nancy Griffeth
Dr. Nancy Griffeth

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Vacant
Vacant

DEP will solicit applications for this vacancy in the future.


Environmental Justice Advisory Council Documents


Meeting Minutes

Date Document
October 15, 2019 October Council Meeting Minutes pdf
September 10, 2019 September Council Meeting Minutes pdf
June 11, 2019 June Council Meeting Minutes pdf
April 9, 2019 April Council Meeting Minutes pdf
March 6, 2019 March Council Meeting Minutes pdf

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2018 Date Document
December 4, 2018 December Council Meeting Minutes pdf
October 9, 2018 October Council Meeting Minutes pdf
September 6, 2018 September Council Meeting Minutes pdf
June 5, 2018 June Council Meeting Minutes pdf
May 8, 2018 May Council Meeting Minutes pdf
March 13, 2018

March Council Meeting Minutes pdf - The Council chose to defer this EJAC meeting in order for DEP to hold an Environmental Justice Information Session on New Jersey’s re-entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). For more information regarding RGGI, please go to https://nj.gov/dep/aqes/rggi.html

January 12, 2018 January Council Meeting Minutes pdf
2017 Date Document
November 2, 2017 November Council Meeting Minutes pdf
September 7, 2017 September Council Meeting Minutes pdf
May 4, 2017 May Council Meeting Minutes pdf
March 2, 2017 March Council Meeting Minutes pdf
February 1, 2017 February Council Meeting Minutes pdf
2016 Date Document
December 15, 2016 December Council Meeting Minutes pdf
November 2, 2016 November Council Meeting Minutes pdf
2010 Date Document
June 2, 2010 June Council Meeting Minutes pdf
April 7, 2010 April Council Meeting Minutes pdf
March 3, 2010 March Council Meeting Minutes pdf
February 3, 2010 February Council Meeting Minutes pdf
January 3, 2010 January Council Meeting Minutes pdf
2009 Date Document
December 2, 2009 December Council Meeting Minutes pdf
November 4, 2009 November Council Meeting Minutes pdf
October 7, 2009 October Council Meeting Minutes pdf
September 9, 2009 September Council Meeting Minutes pdf
June 3, 2009 June Council Meeting Minutes pdf
May 6, 2009 May Council Meeting Minutes pdf
April 1, 2009 April Council Meeting Minutes pdf
March 4, 2009 March Council Meeting Minutes pdf
February 5, 2009 February Council Meeting Minutes pdf
January 7, 2009 January Council Meeting Minutes pdf
2007 Date Document
September 12, 2007 September Council Meeting Minutes pdf
June 6, 2007 June Council Meeting Minutes pdf
May 2, 2007 May Council Meeting Minutes pdf
April 4, 2007 April Council Meeting Minutes pdf
March 14, 2007 March Council Meeting Minutes pdf
February 7, 2007 February Council Meeting Minutes pdf
January 3, 2007 January Council Meeting Minutes pdf

Environmental Justice Advisory Council Bylaws

The Bylaws of the Environmental Justice Advisory Council shall provide the structure, procedures, and dispute resolution processes for governance of the council. The sections of the bylaws may include, but are not limited to: Mission and Purpose, Membership, Officers and Executive Board, Working Groups, Meeting Guidelines, Code of Cooperation, Dispute Resolution, Emergency Meetings, and Quorum.

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