Our History

Newark has a long history of activism on environmental issues. This rich history led to the creation of the position of Sustainability Officer within City government in 2008, the first Newark Environmental Commission chartered in 2009, and the development of a fully staffed Sustainability Office in 2010. In 2013, Newark published its first Sustainability Action Plan, a comprehensive guide for government, community partners, and businesses committed to Newark’s future as a green, healthy, vibrant city.

Our Mission

The Sustainability Office supports policies and programs that improve public health and quality of life, drive down costs through better stewardship of resources, and expand green job and business opportunities for Newarkers. This means “walking the talk” within city government by improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, and boosting recycling in City buildings, and using cleaner fuel in City vehicles. The Sustainability Office also works with community partners and local businesses to promote healthy, affordable, vibrant neighborhoods and innovative, green economic development and job opportunities.

Links and Resources

Reclaiming Vacant Lots

Newark Trees

Energy Efficiency

Air Quality


Local Organizations and Partners

Environmental Commission

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The City of Newark’s Sustainability Action Plan


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