Michele Bakacs

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County Agent II (Eqv. to Assoc. Professor)

Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
42 Riva Ave.
North Brunswick, NJ 08902-4734

Phone: 732-398-5274
Fax: 732-398-5276
Email: bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu

Cooperative Extension of Union County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
300 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090-1499

Phone: 732-398-5262
Fax: 908-518-7925
Email: bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu

M.S., Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
B.S., Geology, Queens College, The City University of New York

Michele joined Rutgers Cooperative Extension in 2009 as a County Environmental Agent for Middlesex and Union Counties. She has 17 years of experience in watershed management primarily focused on stormwater management, green infrastructure, and water quality protection. Currently Michele conducts research, educational programming, and technical assistance in the areas of water resource protection, organic land care, and safe practices for urban gardening. She has collaborated on numerous state and federal grants focused on researching the water quality of rainwater harvesting and bioretention systems, and helping municipalities disconnect impervious surfaces utilizing rain gardens, rain barrels, and permeable pavements.

Michele works in urbanized communities teaching school and community gardeners about composting and contaminated garden soil and best practices for remediation for which she received the 2014 Diversity/Multicultural Individual award from Epsilon Sigma Phi. She helped develop and coordinate the Rutgers Organic Land Care Certificate Program for professional landscapers, recognized by the state’s top industry organization, the NJ Turfgrass Association, with their 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award. Michele also coordinates the Environmental Stewards program in Middlesex and Union Counties, which teaches citizens about local environmental issues and enables them to create positive change in their communities.


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences