Environmental Commission


  • 7:00 pm
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
  • Municipal Building
    65 Main Street
    Sparta, NJ 07871


Members serve a 3-year term and alternates serve a 2-year term:

  • Kimberly Noel - Chair
    Term:  12/31/2025
  •  Neil Sauerwein  - Vice Chair
    Term:   12/31/2026
  •  Christine Dunbar – Liaison to Planning
    Term:    12/31/2025
  • Lynda Tower
    Term:   12/31/2025
  • Kristine Rogers
    Term:   12/31/2025
  • Barbara Koszalka
    Term:   12/31/2024
  •  Ted Gall
    Term:   12/31/2025
  • Vacancy

Alternate Members

  • Robert Otto
    Term:   12/31/2025
  • Landon Tanyeri
    Term:   12/31/2025


Sparta Township Environmental Commission Press Release

The Environmental Commission of the Township of Sparta is pleased to share that the annual reorganization meeting held on Jan. 12, 2023 established a full roster of volunteer members.  The following adjustments were made to commission members: Kristine Rogers was sworn in an alternate member; Christine Dunbar was sworn in as regular member and liaison to Planning Board; Kimberly Noel was sworn in as Chair and Presiding Officer.  Additionally, Dean Blumetti has transitioned from Chair to Council Liaison.  The revised members were joined by Neil Sauerwein, Ted Gall, Rob Poles and Rich Tomko, who continue in their commission appointments.  

The Environmental Commission acts as an advisory board for the protection, development and use of natural resources for the township of Sparta.  We invite all to join us for our regular meetings the 2nd and 4th Thursdays or by signing up for the Green Team at here.

2023 Sparta Environmental Commission Members

Member Information

This Commission consists of five members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a member of the Planning Board.

The Mayor appoints one to serve as Chairman.

The Mayor may also appoint no more than two alternate members.

About the Commission

Establishment of the Environmental Commission

There is hereby established an Environmental Commission for the protection, development and use of natural resources, with the exception of those duties relating to water resources, which are presently under the jurisdiction of the Board of Health.  The Commission shall be known as the Environmental Commission of the Township of Sparta. (1978 Code § 2-22.1)

Duties of the Environmental Commission

The duties of the Environmental Commission are to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township.

To study and make recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources, and protection of flora fauna.

Coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.

To advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans, and pamphlets, which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purpose, within the limits of funds appropriated to the Commission.

To keep an index of all open areas, publicly and privately owned, including open marshlands, and to obtain information on the proper use of such area.

To recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for the development and use of such areas for inclusion in the master plan of the Township.

To serve as a liaison between local conservation needs and regional State and Federal agencies ministering to those needs as authorized by the Township Council.

To do such other acts and things as are reasonably related to and designed to carry out the purpose and objectives of the Commission.

(1978 Code § 2-22.5)