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.
New Jersey Future provided comments strongly supporting the state’s continued membership in the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as a way to generate funds for energy conservation and alternatives.
New Jersey Future strongly supports the proposed Energy Resiliency Bank, but recommends the current guide include more specifics if it is to meet its intended goals.
New Jersey Future is sponsoring a free screening Sept. 20 of Shored Up, a documentary that examines the difficult issues related to coastal development in the face of severe weather and sea level rise. After the screening there will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.
A survey will help Sandy-damaged towns determine their residents’ readiness to address flood risks.
New Jersey Future’s comments on the proposed new CAFRA rules call for more stringent protections.
An afternoon symposium Oct. 30, 2014, in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, focused on how to advance, and pay for, increased resilience in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
A conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.
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.
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”.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- New Jersey Future Stormwater Utilities Report
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 12/05/2013: Testimony S1557/A2641
- 02/12/2014: Testimony on Proposed Sandy Plan Still Puts Taxpayer Dollars at Risk
- 03/05/2014: Sandy Action Plan Amendment Resiliency Letter
- 03/05/2014: Sandy Action Plan Amendment Planning Letter
- 04/11/2014: Letter of comment on the Draft 2014 State HMP
- Agenda for Change
- 08/01/2014: Rule Proposal: DEP Docket No. 03-14-04
- Roxanne Qualls presentation on Cincinnati
- 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