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The mission of Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability (AQES) is to evaluate and support the development and implementation of secure and resilient energy systems and sustainable environmental practices,  while protecting the public from unnecessary radiation exposure and ensuring the State’s air is clean and safe.

Programs IN ACTION

DEP Promotes Earth Day/Week and Environmental Education Week

Every year, DEP celebrates Earth Day/Week (April 22/April 23 – 29) and National Environmental Education Week (April 23 – 29) as “springboards’” to on-going environmental stewardship and year-round environmental protection efforts. Residents are encouraged to visit to find events and programs that are located in or near their own communities that they can participate in. If your town or community group is hosting an event, or you want to showcase your school’s environmental, green and sustainable lessons and projects, submit your descriptions to us at

NJDEP Helps Celebrate an NJ Recycling Landmark Event

On April 12, 2017, NJ DEP joined the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) at their Annual Meeting to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the passing of New Jersey’s Source Separation and Recycling Act.  In addition to NJDEP Commissioner Martin, the celebration featured speakers from both the past and present of recycling, including Former Senator Paul Contillo, who sponsored the Act; and his daughter Angela Andersen, Sustainability Coordinator for Long Beach Township. Commissioner Martin spoke about the accomplishments of the Act, which made New Jersey a national leader in recycling, and emphasized the continued need for recycling outreach and education. To learn more about recycling in NJ, visit

Interested in learning about how businesses in New Jersey are becoming more sustainable?

Read this article by former AQES Asst. Commissioner John Giordano, published recently in the Chamber of Commerce publication Enterprise, as he explains about the State’s Sustainable Business Registry and how its helping to move NJ’s commercial businesses forward by realizing the triple bottom line of sustainability. For more information on the Sustainable Business Registry, visit

Construction Equipment Retrofit Funds Now Available

AQES’ Bureau of Mobile Sources is pleased to announce the availability of funding for construction equipment owners to install pollution control devices (retrofits) or replace their equipment.  Funding is currently available for installing pollution control devices (retrofits) on construction equipment (100% of the cost of the device and installation), or purchasing replacement equipment (up to 30% of the purchase, not to exceed $100,000).   The funding will help reduce emissions of diesel particles and improve air quality.  For more information on this program and to learn how to get started, visit:

Programs IN FOCUS

AQES’ Role in Air Quality Awareness

How often do you think about the air you breathe?  In AQES, we have an entire Division of highly-trained staff who think about NJ’s air all the time.  The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is responsible for ensuring that New Jersey’s air is clean and safe, from both a public health (e.g. acute and chronic health impacts) and public welfare (e.g., damage to plants and other property) perspective.  This is no small task in a heavily populated and industrialized Northeastern state, and requires a lot of moving parts to accomplish.  To that end, DAQ has scientists  that monitor the air to determine pollutant levels; meteorologists that analyze air quality emissions and the weather patterns in an effort to predict when pollutant levels will be high; engineers who work with industry to determine appropriate, or permitted, levels of emissions from their facilities; scientists and engineers who focus their attention on reducing emissions  from mobile sources such as cars and trucks; and planners who pull all this information together in an effort to determine how best to ensure the State meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

But on top of all that work, DAQ must communicate this information effectively to you, so that you understand your role in clean air, and how best to protect yourself when pollutant levels are high.  That’s the focus of, Air Quality Awareness Week and other DAQ outreach initiatives, like Clean Air NJ and Stop the Soot.  Keeping tabs on New Jersey’s air quality is complicated, involving various pollutants (some of which are directly emitted and others that are formed in the atmosphere), meteorological factors (e.g., wind speeds, temperature) and sources (some of which are in state, and others that come from our neighboring states).   Communicating all this to you, and motivating you to do your part, is key to keeping New Jersey’s air clean and people safe.

In 2015, DAQ starting providing “stories” for each summer ozone exceedance (ozone is the only NAAQS that the State currently doesn’t meet).  These ”stories” show, through meteorological and air quality conditions, why each exceedance looks different in terms of where ozone was formed and transported.  This was another way DAQ sought to communicate the complexity of air quality to the public. 

So, this Air Quality Awareness Week (May 1st through May 5th), take a moment to think about the air you breathe, and take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others. For more information about DAQ and its efforts to protect New Jersey air, visit



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