WEST WINDSOR, NJ - On Friday, Oct. 4 at its 46th Annual Environmental Congress, the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) presented the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC) with a 2019 Environmental Achievement Award for producing last year’s Vegan Fest.  Accepting the Environmental Achievement award on behalf of the BHEC were Richard Leister, BHEC Chairman, and Kim Diamond, Chair of Berkeley Heights Vegan Fest 2018 and BHEC member.  

This marks the second year in a row that that the BHEC has received an ANJEC Environmental Achievement Award, having won last year for the town-wide Trex bin thin film plastics collection program.

ANJEC President, Ray Cywinski, announced to a crowd of several hundred people comprised of environmental commissioners and green team members from other towns across the state that the BHEC won this award for Vegan Fest 2018 due to the educational and health benefits that it provided to Berkeley Heights residents and other Vegan Fest participants.  Mr. Cywinski noted that a main benefit of the event was that it equipped attendees with tools they could incorporate into their daily routine in order to live a healthier life.  A number of people at the Environmental Congress indicated their interest in attending Vegan Fest next year.

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The Environmental Congress was an all-day conference that marked ANJEC’s 50th Anniversary and featured educational programs.  Many programs offered attendees the opportunity to learn about and potentially replicate in their own community successful projects that had positive environmental benefits when conducted originally.  

As illustration of the importance of this conference, keynote speakers included Dr. Anthony Broccoli, Chair of the Department of Environmental Science at Rutgers University and Co-Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, as well as Catherine McCabe, Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Governor Jim Florio was also in attendance and gave a brief speech following his receipt of ANJEC’s Candace McKee Ashman Environmental Legacy Award.