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NJ Spotlight on Cities Looks Toward an Urban Agenda for New Jersey

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities conference explores a variety of topics relevant to developing an integrated urban agenda for New Jersey.

The Greatest Danger Facing New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown

Monday, April 4th, 2016

At a recent NJ Spotlight roundtable, water experts acknowledged we have only a vague idea of the state of our aging water systems, and of true cost of upgrading them.

Bayside Flooding Highlights Inherent Vulnerability of Barrier Islands

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Bayside flooding during winter storm Jonas highlights just how vulnerable New Jersey’s barrier islands are. ‘Soft defense’ measures seem to offer the most effective long-term approaches.

Conference Pinpoints Water as Defining Issue for Next Generation

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The inaugural New Jersey Urban Water Conference outlined the challenges and opportunities in upgrading New Jersey’s inadequate urban water infrastructure. The new collaborative Jersey Water Works was officially introduced.

Report: Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns on Road Usage

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

In this report, New Jersey Future and Smart Growth America analyzed per-capita road usage. The results show that places with the highest activity density have the lowest per-capita usage, suggesting per-capita road-maintenance costs can be reduced by even marginal increases in density.

Climate Change and Our Coastline: Triple Threat or Economic Opportunity?

October 16, 2015
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Bill Golden is executive director of the National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure.

Location: The Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Rd., Pennington

A $10 donation is suggested to help defray expenses.

More information 

Please RSVP via email  (ktkatbaukindotcom)  

Air Quality and Asthma Solutions: EPA’s Air Quality Flag Program

October 8, 2015
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Sustainable Jersey Webinar

Learn about the impact of outdoor air quality on human health and specific actions that can be taken on days with poor air quality through participation in EPA’s free Air Quality Flag Program. This webinar is open to any school or organization that is new to the Flag Program or that would like to learn more and expand their program. New Jersey schools participating in the program can earn 10 points towards Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification.


Sustainable Jersey Government Connext Forum

October 2, 2015
8:30 amto4:00 pm

Keynote speaker: Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director and CEO of the Public Technology Institute

In this digital age, citizens expect immediate access to information and streamlined communication alternatives. How can local municipalities meet these expectations and improve operating efficiencies? The Government Connext Forum will convene experts to highlight cost effective technologies, share best practices, and release a new suite of actions focused on helping local governments implement innovative technologies and practices to serve and engage residents.

 Sessions throughout the day will focus on three subject tracks:

  1. Digital government
  2. Open government in the Digital Age
  3. Emergency communications planning

*For more details on breakout sessions and speakers click here.  Follow #govconnext for event updates

CEUs Now Available!  The keynote and all breakout sessions are now eligible for 1 CEU contact hour each (4 total hours for the full day!).  For more details on breakout sessions, speakers and CEU assignments click here.


Making Our Coastline Both Resilient and Prosperous

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

At a recent seminar, experts outlined ways that coastal areas can grow and prosper while enhancing their resilience to future climate threats.

NJ Transit Fare Increase: An Unfair Approach to Transportation Funding

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Raising NJ Transit fares without increasing the gas tax is unfair to transit riders and exempts drivers from paying their fair share of transportation system costs.

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