Environmental Commission


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Millburn Municipal Building
    375 Millburn Avenue
    2nd Floor
    Millburn, NJ 07041

2017 Meeting Schedule

All 2017 regular meetings will be held at 7:30 prevailing time unless otherwise noted on the following dates:
Month Date
January 10
February 14
March 14
April 13
May 9
June 13
July 11*
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 14
* Meetings held at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
The Commission is comprised of 7 members who serve 3-year terms, 2 alternates who serve 2-year terms, and a Township Committee liaison, all appointed by the Township Committee. One member of the Commission serves as liaison to the Planning Board, another member represents the Township on the Passaic River Coalition, and another represents the Township on the Rahway River Association.
  • Dianne Eglow, Township Liaison
  • Elizabeth Vollavanh, Chairperson
  • Jennifer Duckworth
  • Beth Zall
  • Vaclav E. Benes
  • Feng Qi
  • Lisa Chenofsky Singer
  • Linda Silver
  • David Emma, Alternate 1
  • Chloe Bambara, Alternate 2

Member Biographies 

Elizabeth Vollavanh: Elizabeth has always been interested in design and the environment. She worked many years as a lighting designer and manufacturer after obtaining a degree in Industrial Design. After her children were grown she was able to go to NJIT for a Masters in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in environmental classes such as geology and hydrology. Currently she is working on the NYC Build it Back Project as a wetlands specialist restoring houses damaged during Sandy.

Feng Qi: Feng has been resident of Short Hills since 2011. In her professional life Feng serves as the Executive Director of the School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences at Kean University. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Cartography and GIS, and Ph.D. in Geography. She teaches Earth Science courses and researches spatiotemporal dynamics of natural resources as an associate professor at Kean University. 

Lisa Chenofsky Singer: Lisa Chenofsky Singer has been resident of Short Hills since 1989. In her professional life, Lisa is a certified Executive, Leadership and Career Coach. She consults in Human Resources. At Rutgers University, she serves as a Capstone Advisor, Curriculum Writer and Adjunct Professor for the Certified Public Manager's Program. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Organizational Communications and numerous assessment certifications. In addition, Lisa serves on the Board of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills, New Jersey.

About the Commission
Established in 1969, The Millburn Environmental Commission has a distinguished history as one of New Jersey's first municipal environmental commissions. The Commission attracts Township volunteers with a zeal for environmental stewardship and the professional credentials to advance clean water, clean air, recycling and the environment. The Millburn Environmental Commission oversees the identification, preservation and protection of the Township’s environmental resources. The Environmental Commission also serves as advisor to the Township Committee and the Planning Board on planning and zoning matters.

Millburn Township Natural Resource Inventory
The Commission periodically updates the Natural Resource Inventory, which catalogs open space, geological features, water, air, soil, vegetative, and animal life in Millburn.

Public Education
The Environmental Commission aims to impact public education by creating and distributing informational materials, organizing hands-on activities and other projects. The Commission enhances our quality of life and creates awareness of the ecosystem in which we live.

Regional Coordination
The Commission interacts with neighboring community environmental commissions and environmentally oriented non-profit organizations to address local, regional, and state environmental concerns.

Contact Us
Do you have a concern about an environmental issue in Millburn? Feel Free to contact us, or come to one of our monthly meetings.

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