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Climate and Energy

There is growing recognition, in New Jersey and across the world, that global warming is a serious problem that will require action in the coming years and decades. Add to this the recent spike in fuel prices and more and more people are talking seriously about hybrid cars, renewable energy, green building technology and other ways to reduce greenhouse gases and conserve energy. There is one crucial piece of the puzzle, however, that is often omitted from this conversation: the role of land use in influencing carbon emissions.

Land use—the decisions we make about where and how to develop—has a profound and lasting effect on our greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. And unlike cars or appliances, which can be replaced every few years if a newer, more efficient model comes along, the decisions we make about how to develop, and the impacts these decisions have on climate and energy, will be with us for generations. Poor land-use decisions not only lead to poor outcomes today, but they also limit our ability to reduce these impacts far into the future.

Future Facts
Rendering of proposed Southwest Park in Hoboken. Photo credit: Starr Whitehouse
Hoboken’s Newest Green Infrastructure Project Takes a Step Forward

A grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will fund the engineering designs needed to transform a one-acre parking lot into a community park that can manage significant stormwater on-site.

Agenda for Change
Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

Faced with a deadline, attendees at Jersey City meeting agreed on an “Agenda for Change” to catalyze the transformation of New Jersey’s urban water systems.

Geotubes being installed in Ocean City, N.J. Photo: TenCate
Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton Receive $2.13-Million Resiliency Grant

A grant secured by New Jersey Future will pay for dredging and coastal restoration projects in two Sandy-affected towns.

Planting dune grass along South Beach in Sea Bright, December 2013. Photo by Steve Nelson.
Getting to Resilience in Sea Bright

Sea Bright is one of several New Jersey towns making use of a new online tool that helps assess and address community vulnerabilities to flooding, coastal storms and sea-level rise.

Sandy damage -- resiliency
State Hazard Mitigation Plan Should Do More To Address Risk, Integrate With Local Planning

Comments from New Jersey Future and six other organizations call for the state’s draft hazard mitigation plan to be modified to take greater account of climate-based risks, and to integrate more closely with local planning efforts.

Articles and Stories
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Sandy One Year Later: Looking to the Future

A conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.

Draft 2014 New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Comment

March 11, 2014 — New Jerseyans concerned about the state’s ability to withstand future storms now have the opportunity to weigh in on a document that could lay the groundwork for a more resilient future. Comments will be accepted for a one-month period ending April 11.

An Evening at the Shore

A gathering on the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to connect with others involved in rebuilding the Jersey Shore.

CDBG Action Plan Amendment Considers Resiliency

Feb. 3, 2014 — The newly released Substantial Amendment for the Second Allocation of CDBG-DR funds, intended to guide the disbursement of $1.46 billion in Sandy recovery assistance, represents a step forward in both resiliency language and public involvement, but misses key steps needed to ensure taxpayer dollars are wisely spent to make New Jersey “Stronger than the Storm”.

New HUD Sandy Funding Notice Focuses on Infrastructure and Requires Forward-Looking Risk Assessments, Including Considerations of Climate Change

Nov. 13, 2013 — The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its notice for states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for the next round of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.

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