For just about 23 several years Jeff Tittel, director of Sierra Club’s New Jersey chapter, has lobbied for environmental laws amid Trenton’s lawmakers and has been one particular of New Jersey’s strongest and most unrelenting advocates for the environment. This earlier 7 days he announced his retirement as of May perhaps 1.
“I’d like to thank all people who I had the enjoyment of functioning with more than the several years as NJ Sierra Club’s director and the accomplishments we made together. You have been portion of my prolonged family members and I will skip our camaraderie. We worked from 1 finish of New Jersey to the other and everywhere in among, whether or not it was performing to secure the Pinelands, cleansing up poisonous sites, preserving our parks, reducing local climate adjust impacts, preserving open up area in the Highlands, shielding our cleanse water and additional,” mentioned Tittel.
“Jeff redefined environmental advocacy in New Jersey when he turned director of Sierra Club,” explained Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Community. “At the time, environmental businesses simply just did not have the affect or the subtle strategic thinking that could really transfer legislative choice building or mount daring, productive strategies. But Jeff designed that come about. He introduced intelligence, a qualifications grounded in social justice and democratic concepts, and accurate grit to the work of battling for the setting in New Jersey. And that improved the New Jersey we reside in, immeasurably benefiting us all and the pure globe. Jeff’s retirement will leave a void that cannot ever be stuffed, but what he has contributed has enriched our condition and will far outlast his, and all of our, tenure.”
Among the the state laws Tittel has been instrumental in supporting to pass are the 2020 plastic bag ban, the 2007 Global Warming Reaction Act (up to date in 2019) and the Cleanse Car or truck Program in 2004. He also worked to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin and conserve 20,000 acres of Sterling Forest.
“(Jeff) appreciates additional about environmental challenges on the condition and federal level than everyone I know,” reported Congressman Frank Pallone, who signifies the 6th District.
“It’s tricky to envision the Sierra Club without the need of Jeff Tittel,” mentioned state Senate The vast majority Chief Loretta Weinberg. “He was never ever shy, under no circumstances retiring, never ever anyone who is concerned to battle for the values of the Sierra Club, as perfectly as his very own. He has contributed mightily to a cleaner natural environment for me and for all the generations who arrive just after us. His leadership will be missed, but I know he has created an business that will proceed to fight for a far better, cleaner foreseeable future.” —P.J.