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The Hawthorne Environmental Commission was established in November 1998. Prior to November 1998, there was an Environmental Committee established in the late 1980's.  The Environmental Commission has been able to achieve many accomplishments by protecting and preserving the environment of the Borough of Hawthorne through the following activities: 

  • Secured grants to help fund environmental projects, such as 8 Acre Woods in Goffle Brook Park and Green Map

  • Developed an Environmental Resource Inventory that is used to guide Hawthorne on land use decisions

  • Advise municipal planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment about the impacts of development proposals on such issues as flooding and runoff, open space needs, water and air quality, plant and animal habitat and waste disposal

  • An Environmental Commissioner seat on the Planning Board to provide recommendations and advice on potential environmental impacts on proposed development

  • Monitor upcoming environmental issues and regulations and provide guidance to Municipal Council and Mayor

  • Educate and inform residents and students on ways to protect the environment

Commission Members:

Rayna  Laiosa, Chairperson  12/31/2018
Robert Maggio 12/31/2018
Michael Mariani 12/31/2018
Lisa Szegedi 12/31/2017
Rosanne Zagatta, Vice Chairperson 12/31/2017
MaryLou DiMattia 12/31/2017
Robert Meier 12/31/2016
Hazel Pinos 12/31/2016
Patricia MacDonnell Dubois 12/31/2016
Dominic Mele, Council Liaison


Meeting Schedule
2nd Floor Municipal Building, 7:30 pm
2nd Thursday of the month


Saturday 4-22-17

Cel-Earth-Bration Invitation
Cel-Earth-Bration Press Release 
Trashion Show
Trashion Show Press Release 

Hawks/Falcons 10:15 am - 11 am
Rizzo Reptiles 11 am - 11:45 am
Rizzo Reptiles 12 noon - 12:45 pm
Trashion 1 pm
Award Ceremony 1:30 pm


Saturday, 4-22-17

Parking Lot of Borough Hall
9 am - 1 pm
3 boxes free - $5/box additional
Residents Only

Chapter 45 of the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne establishes Hawthorne's Environmental Commission pursuant to N.S.J.A. 40:56A-1 et seq. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Borough Council to three-year overlapping terms (two-year terms for alternate members).


Hawthorne Achieves Silver Level Certification