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.
A national organization that co-signed New Jersey Future’s comments on the draft plan for the next round of federal Sandy aid emphasizes why robust risk assessments must be included in how aid is distributed.
A new documentary explores the complex issues surrounding development along our increasingly vulnerable coastlines.
Fort Lauderdale’s efforts offer an early look at the true costs to coastal municipalities of trying to stay ahead of sea-level rise.
In the key areas of infrastructure, planning and transparency, the state’s proposed Action Plan amendment is neither broad enough nor specific enough to honor taxpayers’ investment in New Jersey’s post-Sandy recovery.
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 10 finalist projects in its Rebuild by Design competition.
A conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.
A gathering on the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to connect with others involved in rebuilding the Jersey Shore.
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”.
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.
Sept. 23, 2013 — It’s time to connect the dots between sea level rise and post-Sandy recovery planning.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- 03/05/2014: Sandy Action Plan Amendment Planning Letter
- 03/05/2014: Sandy Action Plan Amendment Resiliency Letter
- 02/12/2014: Testimony on Proposed Sandy Plan Still Puts Taxpayer Dollars at Risk
- 12/05/2013: Testimony S1557/A2641
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- 06/06/2012: Letter Urging Support for Solar in Sustainable Locations
- 05/17/2012: Testimony on S1925 to the Senate Environment Committee
- 08/24/2011: Testimony: 2011 draft Energy Master Plan
- JDrill Outline for APA-NJ 11-4-2011
- RSolomon Solar Siting Presentation APA-NJ 11-4-2011
- LSpecca Solar Presentation APA-NJ 11-4-2011
- 10/18/2011: Comments: Proposed Amendments to BPU Main Extension Rules
- 10/14/2011: Comments: OCE Clean Energy Incentives Proposal
- Smart Growth NJ August 2011 Poll Report
- 08/11/2011: Comments: 2011 draft Energy Master Plan
- Assessment of Solar Siting in New Jersey 5-11 (Intern report)
- Presentation: Land Preservation Using Off-site Clustering 03-19-11
- 04-03-2009 Letter to DEP re Global Warming Solutions Fund Rules
- 04-02-2009 Testimony re Proposed Cuts in NJ Transit Budget
- 03-02-2009 Letter to Governor re Greenhouse Gases
- 01/23/2009: Comments on DEP Draft Global Warming Response Act
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08