The Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs is now located in the Camden County Parks Building within the new Environmental Center, 1301 Park Boulevard in Cherry Hill Township.
The Division of Environmental Affairs coordinates the county’s recycling efforts, hosts electronic and household hazardous waste collections, conducts nature study programs, recently launched the county’s Bike Share Program and much more throughout the year.
Their phone number, (856) 858–5241, remains the same. Please conduct all business at the new location, as Environmental Affairs will no longer have a presence on Newton Lake Drive in Collingswood.
The Environmental Center was constructed as an addition to the Camden County Parks Administration Building utilizing green building concepts. It is also home to the Camden County Master Gardener’s Program and the 4-H.
“The building uses a high-performance, natural gas powered mechanical system and features interior spaces that are flooded with daylight by skylights and windows,” said Freeholder Nash, liaison to the Division of Environmental Affairs. “Rainwater is collected from the roof of the park building, and is stored in a 1,000 gallon cistern that is used for landscape watering.”
According to Nash, a vegetated or “green” roof was installed on the building that delivers better energy performance, in part because the vegetated roof is much cooler than a standard roof. Additionally, many of the materials used in constructing the building were recycled, and solar hot water panels provide hot water. A bike rack and shower were installed to encourage employees to bike and walk to work.
Environmental Affairs occupying this building is in keeping with the Freeholder Board’s “County Green” initiative that seeks to reduce the county’s carbon footprint.