New Jersey’s final Global Warming Response Act Recommendations Report was just released by the state Department of Environmental Protection one year after its initial draft. The report presents a plan for the state to reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, while also positioning the state to reach its goal [...]
Climate Change and Energy
New Jersey has made progress in getting its residents to use public transit and in preserving farmland and coastal areas, but more needs to be done.
A total of 31 states have completed climate action plans, with 20 setting specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
New Jersey is in a good position with regard to its carbon footprint.
On a per capita basis, in 2005 New Jersey residents emitted an estimated 16.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide from three principal sources: transportation (34 percent); residential, commercial and industrial fuel use (32 percent); and electricity consumption (24 percent).
A key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions involves driving less. According [...]
Since peaking in 1989, per-capita fuel consumption has declined in New Jersey. Nationwide, public transportation ridership grew by 2.1 percent in 2007; NJ Transit ridership grew by 4.1 percent.
Since 1980, New Jersey has had the fourth slowest growth in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the nation, behind North Dakota, South Dakota [...]
There are currently 238 projects in 39 states and six countries participating in the LEED-ND pilot program.
Population density in Hudson County is about 13,000 people per square mile, the highest among New Jersey’s 21 counties and one of the most densely populated counties in the country. At the other end of the spectrum, Hunterdon County’s density is about 300 people per square mile. Union County, which contains [...]
Rising seas could not only shift today’s shoreline inland by 240 to 480 feet by the year 2100.
The way we use our land in New Jersey is changing our climate, and in turn, could dramatically change our economy and way of life.