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(02/122) ATLANTIC CITY - Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell honored environmental leaders at a ceremony last evening, handing out the annual Environmental Excellence Awards to winners in eight categories. The awards recognize individuals, businesses, and communities who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.

“These awards recognize men and women, corporations and communities that have left an indelible imprint on New Jersey,” said Commissioner Campbell. “The innovative leadership of these award recipients benefits us today and future generations in the long term.”

Winners were selected from a pool of more than 50 nominations and were judged on the basis of documented environmental benefits, innovation, and long-term impact to the environment. Award recipients were selected in eight categories: Clean Air, Clean Water, Safe and Healthy Communities, Abundant Open Space, Healthy Ecosystems, Innovative Technology, Environmental Stewardship, and Environmental Leadership.

At the ceremony, former Governor Jim Florio was honored as this year’s winner of the Environmental Leadership Award. Governor Florio was recognized for his efforts to advance environmental protection, including his authorship of the Superfund Law, his work on Right-to-Know legislation, and his continued support of Pinelands preservation.

“Governor Florio has repeatedly demonstrated an unrivaled commitment to and support for strong environmental protections for New Jersey and the nation,” said Campbell.

This is the third year the awards, co-sponsored by DEP and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology (NJCAT), have been bestowed on state environmental leaders. Past winners include the Delaware River Port Authority, the City of Trenton, Lockheed Martin, and the Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst.

NJCAT is a public-private partnership that pools the resources of business and industry, entrepreneurs, university research centers, utilities and government to promote New Jersey’s emerging environmental technologies.


ABUNDANT OPEN SPACE – Borough of Gibbsboro

The Borough of Gibbsboro is located in the heart of Camden County, southern New Jersey’s most urban and densely populated county. The community has been very active in the preservation of its natural and historic resources, developing numerous novel and innovative techniques to retain its small town character and large open expanses.

For nearly eight years, Gibbsboro has worked on the Gibbsboro Greenway – a concept that spawned New Jersey’s Planning Incentive Grant program. The greenway has been acquired using virtually every acquisition or conservation method known. The town has now acquired and preserved 25 percent of its land area.

CLEAN AIR – Lucent Technologies

Lucent Technologies designs and delivers networks for the world’s largest communications service providers. With headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey, Lucent is a leading global supplier of communications networking equipment, optical networking, wireless networks and communications networking support services. Lucent developed and implemented an innovative and effective greenhouse gas emissions reduction program.

CLEAN AND PLENTIFUL WATER – Whippany River Watershed Action Committee

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grass roots watershed association in Morris County, New Jersey. Thirteen municipal governments and the Board of Chosen Freeholders lead the committee. The Action Committee was also awarded a 2001 Environmental Quality Award by US EPA in recognition of its accomplishments.

In 2002, the Committee organized a community-based Technical Advisory Committee to foster acquisition, ownership, and use of waterway assessment and monitoring technology and knowledge. The results of the Committee’s original scientific studies are aiding the development and adoption of water resources protection technologies and practices by local governments.

HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS – Paul Bologna and Lynch, Giuliano & Associates

Paul Bologna is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the director of the Marine Biology Program. His research focuses on seagrass biology, plant-animal interactions, and community ecology and has led to the development of seagrass restoration projects and assessments of the health and biomass of coastal communities.

Dr. Bologna currently works jointly with Lynch, Giuliano and Associates, Inc. (LGA) on coastal research projects, habitat restoration, and system evaluations. LGA is a professional association of environmental scientists, biologists, hydro-geologists, and planners who use a multidisciplinary approach to provide land planning, environmental assessment, and research for coastal communities.

SAFE AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – New Jersey Transit Corporation

The New Jersey Transit Corporation is New Jersey’s public transportation cooperation. Covering a service area of 5,325 square miles, NJ Transit is the nation’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, linking points in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.


PSEG Power is one of the nation’s largest independent power producers with approximately 16,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in operation, construction, or development. It is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), a diversified energy holding company, and an affiliate of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s oldest and largest electric and gas utility company.

PSEG Power designed and installed a reverse osmosis water treatment system at its Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield to treat wastewater for use in its cooling stations.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP – Dr. George Van Orden, Chair, Whippany River Watershed Action Committee Advisory Committee, Inc.

Dr. George Van Orden is a leader in watershed protection and enhancement, dedicated to the issues of water quality and public health in Morris County for two decades. Since 1981, he has served as the Health Officer and Environmental Specialist of the Hanover Township Regional Health Department. He has also taught classes at Rutgers University, Cook College, since 1983.

Dr. Van Orden is a founding member of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee and Chairman of its Technical Advisory Committee. He has conducted studies and published scientific reports that have contributed to public health and water resources protection. Dr. Van Orden is also a Borough of Madison Environmental Commissioner and a member of the Ten Towns Great Swamp Committee.


Governor Jim Florio was an assemblyman in the New Jersey General Assembly for three terms, an eight-term Member of Congress, and one-term Governor of New Jersey.

Governor Florio has been a consistent leader in environmental protection. He is the father of the Superfund, which he wrote and guided through the Congress in 1980. He sponsored a key amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that placed strict limits on the methods and locations for toxic waste disposal. In 1985, he introduced landmark worker and community “Right to Know” legislation.

As Governor, he signed the toughest water pollution enforcement law in the nation in 1990 and created the nation’s first Office of State Environmental Prosecutor. He also signed the Industrial Site Recovery Act and the Pollution Prevention Act. He now teaches a Public Policy course that focuses on Energy and the Environment at the Blaustein School. He was recently nominated by Governor James McGreevey to serve as chairman of the Pinelands Commission.



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