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Statements on the retirement of Jeff Tittel

By David Wildstein, March 24 2021 3:37 pm

REP. FRANK PALLONE, JR.

“[Jeff] knows more about environmental issues on the state and federal level than anyone I know.”

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER LORETTA WEINBERG

“It’s hard to imagine the Sierra Club without Jeff Tittel. He was never shy; never retiring; never someone who is afraid to fight for the values of the Sierra Club, as well as his own. He has contributed mightily to a cleaner environment for me and for all the generations who come after us. His leadership will be missed, but I know he has built an organization that will continue to fight for a better, cleaner future.”

STATE SENATOR CHRISTOPHER BATEMAN

“New Jersey’s environment is in a much better place because of Jeff’s leadership and commitment to a cleaner New Jersey. His legacy will continue but his retirement will certainly be a loss for New Jersey’s environment.”

STATE SENATOR LINDA GREENSTEIN

“As Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, Jeff Tittel has advocated for policies and legislation that preserve and protect New Jersey for the last twenty years. From strengthening the State’s global warming response, to preserving open space, to protecting groundwater from contaminants, Jeff has truly embodied what it means to be a champion of the environment. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Jeff over these many years. His sense of humor is infectious and memorable, and he was always willing to provide advice on any subject. Though the Senate Environment and Energy committee will miss his thoughtful testimonies, I wish him the best in this new chapter.”

ASSEMBLYMAN ANDREW ZWICKER

“Since 1892, the Sierra Club has led the way in the protection of the world we inhabit. For well over 20 years, Jeff Tittel led the fight in New Jersey for major environmental legislation including the Highlands Act, New Jersey’s Electronic Waste Recycling Law, and New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act. While his leadership and advocacy will be missed, his impact on the fight for clean air, water, and land is profound and will have an impact for generations to come.  I wish him nothing but the best, though I suspect while he is retiring, his work on behalf of our environment is far from complete.”

DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK DEPUTY DIRECTOR TRACY CARLUCCIO

“Jeff redefined environmental advocacy in New Jersey when he became director of Sierra Club. At the time, environmental organizations simply didn’t have the influence or the sophisticated strategic thinking that could really move legislative decision making or mount bold, effective campaigns. But Jeff made that happen – he brought intelligence, a background grounded in social justice and democratic principles, and true grit to the job of fighting for the environment in New Jersey. And that changed the New Jersey we live in, immeasurably benefitting us all and the natural world. Jeff’s retirement will leave a void that can’t ever be filled but what he has contributed has enriched our state and will far outlast his, and all of our, tenure.”

ENVIRONMENT NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR DOUG O’MALLEY

“Jeff has an unprecedented record of advocating on behalf of New Jersey’s environment. He has led environmental activism since he was a kid in Hillside, fought development in Ringwood and throughout the Highlands as a volunteer and then created a legacy of leading the New Jersey Sierra Club for more than two decades. Jeff is many things —loquacious, erudite, omnipresent, pugnacious when needed — but no one can question his effectiveness and commitment to our environment and his record of challenging both polluters and political leaders to be better environmental stewards. He leaves a legacy of environmental activism and hard-fought victories across New Jersey from his beloved Highlands to cleaner air and water.  While he is retiring from his position, I have no doubt he will stay in the good fight.”

FOOD AND WATER WATCH NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR MATT SMITH

“Nobody has a better handle on NJ environmental policy than Jeff Tittel. And like the great basketball guards of the modern game, Jeff understands that you need a strong inside and outside game to excel. With his leadership, the NJ Sierra Club organized a powerful network of volunteer groups in every region of the state. And unlike some contemporaries who rely on expensive lobbying and slick PR campaigns, Jeff has consistently paired his policy expertise and political savvy with a deep commitment to grassroots organizing. This combination has made him one of the most effective environmental guardians in Garden State history, who’s contributions to the movement will be felt for generations to come.”

NEW JERSEY SIERRA CLUB TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE CHAIR BILL BEREN

“Jeff has in-depth knowledge that will be hard to replicate, from intricate details of environmental policy in New Jersey, to details on past lawsuits, to the details of water and quality issues.”

NEW JERSEY SIERRA CLUB RARITAN VALLEY GROUP CONSERVATION CHAIR GARY FREDERICK

“His knowledge of environmental issues throughout this large and challenging state, his recall of how issues from years past are affecting us today, his grasp of environmental laws and his connections to legislators are unmatched.”

STATE SENATOR VIN GOPAL

“New Jersey owes a lot to Jeff Tittel for the years he spent advocating to make the environment cleaner and more sufficient for generations to come.  Not only will we miss his leadership, but we will miss the powerful and catchy quotes the public could connect with. Wishing him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN JOANN DOWNEY

“Jeff Tittel is an incredible advocate for protecting the environment and pushing for New Jersey to find creative, sustainable and innovative ways to do its part towards the fight against climate change.  Thank you to Jeff for all his years of service leading Sierra Club, wishing him the best in his next chapter of life.”

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