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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
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New Jersey Future Trustee Receives NJUA Distinguished Service Award

New Jersey Future trustee Robert Iacullo, retired executive vice president of SUEZ North America, receives the New Jersey Utilities Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

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New Jersey Future Wins National Award for Sandy Report

New Jersey Future’s post-Sandy recovery planning report “In Deep” wins a national floodplain management award.

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New Jersey Future’s Teri Jover Named Sustainability Hero

A profile of New Jersey Future’s Teri Jover, who has been named Sustainable Jersey’s Sustainability Hero for June 2016.

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Public-Interest Organizations Urge Commitment of Disaster Competition Award Funds to Regional Planning

A group of public-interest organizations sent a joint letter to Gov. Christie urging him to commit National Disaster Resilience Competition award funds to regional resiliency planning initiatives.

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Forum Roundup: Cities, Redevelopers Join Forces To Tackle Floodproofing, Sewer Upgrades

At the Redevelopment Forum, representatives from three cities detailed how they are engaging redevelopers in a number of ways to meet the challenge of flooding, aging infrastructure and climate change.

Articles and Stories
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NJDEP Issues Sewer Permits That Will Launch Generational Investments

03/12/2015: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today issued final permits to the 25 cities and utilities that operate combined-sewer systems (CSSs), a first step to updating decrepit infrastructure, minimizing flooding and keeping raw sewage from reaching public waterways.

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What’s Next After Rebuilding? Making Resilience Happen

An afternoon symposium Oct. 30, 2014, in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, focuses on how to advance, and pay for, increased resilience in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Approved for 2 AICP CM credits.

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Webinar: Understanding Coastal Vulnerability

A one-hour webinar explaining a new, parcel-based tool that assesses financial vulnerability to coastal flooding and sea-level rise. Friday, May 15, 2015, noon – 1:00 pm.

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In Deep: Helping Sandy-Affected Communities Address Vulnerability and Confront Risk

An interim report, three years after Hurricane Sandy, on New Jersey Future’s groundbreaking local recovery planning manager program, including lessons learned and recommendations. October 2015.

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.

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