Commissioner Bob Martin has been leading the Department of Environmental Protection since January 2010, when he was named by Governor Chris Christie to the post. Committed to the protection of New Jersey’s air, water, land and natural and historic resources, Commissioner Martin has transformed DEP into a more efficient and customer service-oriented agency. By undertaking commonsense regulatory reform, expanding the use of technology, and implementing department-wide customer service training, DEP is more effectively meeting its environmental mission while also helping to promote a stronger New Jersey economy.
Today, New Jersey’s air, water, and land are all cleaner than when Commissioner Martin took office. New Jersey ranks among the cleanest states in the nation for emissions into the air of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide from its power sector. This reflects the goal of the state’s 2011 Energy Master Plan, which promoted the use of cleaner burning fuels in generating electricity. Working with the Board of Public Utilities, in 2015 Commissioner Martin updated the state’s Energy Master Plan to ensure that New Jersey’s energy sector continues to be a national leader in environmental performance and driving down energy costs while also promoting the sector’s continued reliability and resilience.
New Jersey’s ocean waters are among the cleanest in the nation; during the summer season our beaches regularly are open 99.9 percent of the time. Our water infrastructure investment program has become one of the most ambitious in the nation and the state’s regulatory framework for public drinking water systems is among the most protective in the country. Under Commissioner Martin’s leadership DEP is aggressively addressing the challenge in some areas of lead in drinking water and has embarked on a landmark effort to eliminate the state’s remaining Combined Sewer Outfalls, which will greatly improve the health of New Jersey’s rivers, bays and the Atlantic Ocean.
The cleanup of contaminated sites across the state is occurring faster than ever before due to the successful implementation of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional program. His “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” initiative has helped to identify and punish people who dispose of garbage on state lands. And during his tenure New Jersey added its 40th state park – and the first in Gloucester County – with the opening of Tall Pines State Park in Mantua and Deptford.
Commissioner Martin led DEP’s extensive recovery and ongoing resilience efforts following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey’s worst natural disaster. This included directing the effort to remove record amounts of debris in the immediate aftermath of the storm, leading the state’s efforts to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create a comprehensive coastal protection system, and strengthening the state’s water infrastructure. Commissioner Martin’s leadership has helped to make New Jersey better prepared than ever for future natural disasters. In addition, DEP’s Blue Acres program has moved hundreds of families out of harm’s way by buying their homes and converting the property to open space.
An accomplished business and industry leader with recognized expertise in energy and utilities, in 2008 Commissioner Martin retired as a partner with over 25 years of experience at Accenture LLP, the world’s largest business and technology consulting firm.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Commissioner Martin earned a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Boston College and an MBA from The George Washington University.
|Bob Martin, Commissioner
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