New Jersey Future Hails Federal Sustainable Communities Partnership
Peter Kasabach (609) 393-0008 ext. 104
New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson that her agency will join the federal departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development in a special partnership to support smart growth and more livable, sustainable communities across America:
“It is altogether fitting that USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, our own state’s former Environmental Protection commissioner, has joined with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a federal partnership to help improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.
“Here in New Jersey, we have long recognized not only the link between where people live and how they get around, but also the direct impact these two factors have on the quality of our environment. Smart growth means getting public agencies involved in transportation, housing and the environment to work together to solve problems, rather than each working on its own piece of the puzzle. That is what our State Development and Redevelopment Plan is all about — agencies working cooperatively, rather than at cross purposes, to create smarter, more livable, more sustainable communities.
“With this historic agreement to form the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, these three federal agencies are taking a giant step toward the goals New Jersey Future has embraced for the past two decades: better land-use practices resulting in sustainable growth, environmental preservation, neighborhood revitalization and transportation choice.
“We hope that Governor Corzine will consider following the lead of his former commissioner and foster formal cooperation among the state departments of Transportation, Environmental Protection and Community Affairs behind New Jersey’s unique State Plan.”