MILLBURN, NJ — For her environmental work across a span of two decades in town, Jennifer Duckworth was honored with a proclamation at Tuesday's Millburn Township Committee meeting.

Duckworth, who has a master's degree in environmental engineering and policy has been a resident of Millburn since 2001. She currently serves as chair of the Essex County Environmental Commission.

TAPinto Millburn reached out to Duckworth, who said the proclamation was an incredible honor for her.

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"To serve the residents of Millburn using my scientific expertise and engineering experience to improve the environment in the Township has been an amazing honor," Duckworth said. "Each person I volunteered with has taught me something new, and it means so much to be recognized along side of others who give of themselves to make Millburn a great place to live and work."

After coming to town, Duckworth put her degree to use, serving on the Millburn Environmental Commission for seven years, three as chair, with stints on the Rahway River Advisory Board and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum. She also helped to create the Millburn Green Team.

For her tireless work in the environmental field, as well as her other volunteerism around town, Duckworth was presented with a proclamation by Mayor Jackie Lieberberg. Duckworth's name was then added to a plaque on the wall of the town hall chambers.

For Duckworth, none of her work would have been possible without the accommodations of her husband and her daughters.

"I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband and daughters that supported time spent for me to attend meetings, conferences, and events as community service," Duckworth said. "Giving time to others is a gift they let me share. Looking back over the years, I am gratified that my contributions were valued and helpful."

And while she was honored for her work in the past, Duckworth said her goal is to volunteer in town for many more years.

"I look forward to continuing to serve Millburn and beyond in the years to come," Duckworth added.