Jeff Tittel has served as Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club for 15 years. His environmental advocacy has advanced environmental protections in New Jersey and his visibility in New Jersey media is unparalleled.
Just some of his legislative and regulatory lobbying accomplishments include passage of the California Car Bill; promotion and design of NJDEP's Stormwater Rules, including unprecedented 300 foot buffers for Category 1 surface waters; passage of the private well testing bill; passage of the bear feeding ban bill; stopped a mega rule weakening water protection; passage of a Constitutional amendment to dedicate a portion of corporate business tax for cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields; and acquiring funding from NJ Governor Whitman for NY acquisition of Sterling Forest.
Prior to directing the New Jersey Chapter, Jeff founded numerous other grassroots environmental organizations in New Jersey, including the Highlands Coalition, and he still serves on many other Boards, such as the Work Environment Council. Despite his heavy workload with both the legislature and NJDEP, Jeff continues to fully support all 11 groups of the New Jersey Chapter, often taking part in fund-raising functions and testimony before municipalities and NJDEP on behalf of group issues.
Former Governor McGreevey recognized Jeff as such an environmental leader, that Jeff headed the Budget and Management Committee of the Governor's NJDEP Transition Team. He also receives tremendous recognition throughout New Jersey as an environmental leader. For example, the NJPolitics.com 2004 Power List rated Jeff as 63rd on list, the only environmental NPO representative on this list. NJ Monthly 2003 rated Jeff the 26th most influential political leader. Jeff is truly an inspiration to all environmentalists throughout New Jersey.