Office of Environmental Justice

DEP in Action on Environmental Justice

Groundwork Elizabeth – More P.E.A.S. Initiative

Groundwork Elizabeth along with our governmental partners works collaboratively with the private sector, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, local educators and the community at large to undertake various projects that will result in better access to healthy foods, strategies to build sustainable agricultural systems, development of green-career opportunities, and quality of life improvements in socially and economically-challenged areas of the City of Elizabeth, the Township of Union, and other areas throughout the County of Union.

The More P.E.A.S. initiative promotes the three core tenets of permaculture, to care for the earth (stewardship), to care for people (social and cultural revitalization), and the return of surplus (reinvestment and recycling).


New Jersey Tree Foundation – Tree Planting project in Newark

NJ Tree Foundation provides basic tree care information to all tree recipients, all these partners were invited to join in learning more extensively about tree care, maintenance, and more at our annual TreeKeepers workshops. NJ Tree Foundation planted 73 trees in the City of Newark with the help of 114 volunteers. Most of these trees were planted at schools in the Ironbound community. The trees provide environmental and community social and mental benefits, such as, the reduction of stormwater flooding and air filtration.


Urban League of Essex County – Bee Ready Program for at-risk youth in Newark’s West Ward

The Bee Ready Program is a year-round program that provides young at-risk youth with exposure to a nontraditional career, addressing life skills deficiencies (e.g., time management, financial literacy, peer pressure and community service) and academic remediation (study and test taking skills), and the opportunity to develop college and career plans. benefits, such as, the reduction of stormwater flooding and air filtration.


Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Water Working Group – Lead in Drinking Water Pilot in Irvington

This project was piloted in Irvington Township to ensure that residents, especially children, are aware of the importance of flushing the tap water system out before using after long periods of idleness. To accomplish this the Water Working Group developed a door tag containing lead in drinking water facts, and precautionary measures and strategies to reduce potential exposure. Ultimately, EJAC wishes to replicate this pilot program in every Environmental Justice community in the State.