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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
Mary Mahon 12/31/2018
Michael Mariani 12/31/2018
Robert Meier 12/31/2018
Rosanne Zagatta, Vice Chairperson 12/31/2020
MaryLou DiMattia 12/31/2020
Carol Robertson 12/31/2018
Hazel Pinos 12/31/2018
Patricia MacDonnell Dubois 12/31/2020
Dominic Mele, Council Liaison


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

Sustainable Jersey selected Hawthorne as one of 32 NJ municipalities to receive a grant funded by the PSEG Foundation.  Hawthorne was the recipient of a $20,000 grant. Grants are intended to help municipalities make progress toward a sustainable future.

"Gateway to the Passaic River"
Hawthorne will install a raingarden along a popular walkway that provides residents with access to the Passaic River for numerous recreational activities.  The raingarden will serve as a stormwater demonstration project and provide ample educational opportunities.

Thank you all for making Cel-Earth-Bration a success!

26th Annual Cel-Earth-Bration
Green Project Winners
Discover Hawthorne's Natural Beauty

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