The Borough of Avalon received the 2021 ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award for two lecture series initiated by the Avalon Environmental Commission during the summer.  The award was presented during the 48th Annual Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions Congress held virtually on Friday, October 22nd.  Avalon received the award for the creation of the “Pollinator Garden and “Beachside Science Park Lecture Series” that was held this summer at Surfside Park, and at Avalon’s pollinator habitat on Ocean Drive.

“Environmental stewardship always involves an educational component to empower property owners to think about the importance of maintaining and enhancing our natural resources”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi.  “I am proud of the Avalon Environmental Commission and its chair, Donna Rothman, for the development of this series that was well attended, and well received, during the past year”.

The “Beachside Science at Surfside Park” lecture series was co-sponsored by the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor and included five lectures on topics that included discussions on diamondback terrapins, shorebirds, and migration.  The “Pollinator Lecture Series” involved discussions by pollinator expert Pat Sutton at Avalon’s pollinator habitat located adjacent to Armacost Park on Ocean Drive.  The concept for the habitat was launched in 2016 and now includes numerous pollinator plants that provide an example for the public on how individuals can include pollinator gardens in their own landscaping elements.

ANJEC is a non-profit organization that helps New Jersey environmental commissions, individuals, local and state agencies preserve natural resources and promote sustainable communities.  The mission of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions is to achieve personal and sustainable use of New Jersey’s natural resources and protection of environmental health.  ANJEC is a statewide organization that provides leadership, education, and support for environmental commissions and other local boards and public officials, and partners with other organizations to advocate for strong state and regional environmental policies.

Both lecture series will return to Surfside Park and the Pollinator Habitat in 2022.  The Avalon Environmental Commission is in the process of updating its website where all 2022 programming will be announced.