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Plastic Bag Ban discussion at tonight’s Town Council meeting

Dear Friends of the Montclair Environmental Commission:

We are reaching out to remind you that tonight, Tuesday, June 25th at 7 PM the Town Council will have the First Reading of the Plastic Bag Ban/Fee Program.

All those who support and want to accelerate the approval of this draft ordinance attached should attend.  We especially could use the support of retailers who have already switched to paper bags and/or have been encouraging their customers to bring their own bags and customers who patronize retailers that have eliminated/replaces single-use plastic bags.  
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Please attend and show support for this plastic pollution reduction ordinance to keep plastics off off our beaches, out of our waterways and away from marine and bird life, etc.  Microplastics are showing up in some of the food we eat and drink, as well as in the air we breathe when incinerated. Working together we can greatly reduce the volume of single-use plastic manufactured, use and recycled.


The Montclair Environmental Commission:  Lyle Landon, Catherine Outlaw, Keith Brodock, Imke Oster, Suzanne Aptman, Janine Salvador, Ben Rich, Siobhan McCarthy, Gray Russell.

Tonight: Green Film Sees Food Co-Ops as a Force for Change

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs presents their next free Green Film Series screening on Thursday, June 20, 6:00p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, 07042.

“Food For Change” focuses on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The film examines the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems.

The project began when award-winning filmmaker and co-op member Steve Alves uncovered historical films and stories about the increase of cooperatives during the Great Depression — achievements which were later thwarted when consumerism and the cold war became dominant economic and social forces.

Additional research revealed how food co-ops re-emerged during the tumultuous events of the 1960s as an alternative to factory farms and corporate grocery chains.

“Food For Change” shows how cooperatives today can strengthen local economies and build food security, educating communities about the principles of cooperation with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy.

At the open public discussion afterwards, our Green Film co-host is a food co-op organizer and will provide expert insights into the many benefits of co-ops.

Bring a friend, a neighbor, or your family’s foodie hunter/gatherer to this
free event. For questions, call Montclair Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or, email:

Food For Change Trailer 2017 from Home Planet Pictures on Vimeo.

Green Film Double Feature

Double Feature Explores How We Can Protect Local Rivers and Trees

Montclair’s Office of Environmental Affairs presents a free double-feature screening on Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, 07042.

River’s Journey” tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of the Whippany River in Morris County – a river not far from Montclair – that was once so polluted by papers mills, chemical plants, and raw sewage that it was actually being treated like a sewer, rather than as a precious natural resource.

The Whippany River

Led by Hanover Township’s health officer, the community rallied to confront both corporate and neighboring municipal interests – and took positive action – to restore the river to its natural beauty and an asset for the community. Peter Coyote narrates this inspiring story.

For the evening’s second film, we witness the alarming story of how Emerald Ash Borers have now infested trees throughout 37 states.  “Trees in Trouble: Saving America’s Urban Forests” reveals how a community in Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by taking action and working together. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests for future generations. 

The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.

Bring a friend, a neighbor, or your family naturalist to these free screenings, and to our open discussion afterward featuring experts in their respective fields. For further questions, call Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or email:

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