Environmental Commission

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All Environmental Commission meetings will be virtual until further notice.

2023 Meeting Schedule

  • 2nd Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted @7:30pm
  • Meetings will be joint Hawthorne Environmental Commission/Green Team meetings.

The Hawthorne Environmental Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 14, at 7:30pm has been cancelled.

The Hawthorne Environmental Commission and the Hawthorne Green Team will conduct a joint virtual meeting via Zoom on Monday, September 25, 2023 @ 7:30pm.  All are welcome to participate.

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Commission Overview

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


Rayna Lynn Laiosa, Chairperson Term Expires 12/31/24
Mary Mahon Term Expires 12/31/24
Michael Mariani Term Expires 12/31/24
Patricia MacDonnell Term Expires 12/31/23
Charles L. Stebbins Term Expires 12/31/24
Robert Meier Term Expires 12/31/23
Lisa DeVos Term Expires 12/31/23
Holly Cowen Alt. 1 Term Expires 12/31/24
Maureen Cook Alt. 2 Term Expires 12/31/24
Rayna Laiosa, Council Liaison Term Expires 12/31/23

Code for Environmental Commission

Chapter 45 of the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne establishes the 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).