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  • From Planning With Purpose to Action for All Ages

    From Planning With Purpose to Action for All Ages

    December 2, 2021 : 0 comments

    In partnership with the NJ AARP chapter and other organizations, New Jersey Future is part of a collaborative effort to advance age-friendly state policy and local implementation, and with funding support from The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Community Foundation of South Jersey, and the Grotta Fund for Senior Care, we’ve been able to conduct NJ-specific age-friendly research, develop a NJ-specific community guide, and work directly with communities to facilitate their local initiatives.

  • NJ Residents can Improve Flood Management, one Rain Garden at a Time

    NJ Residents can Improve Flood Management, one Rain Garden at a Time

    November 1, 2021 : 0 comments

    Flooding is a critical issue at all scales. Water engineers tell us that individual community members can work together to solve this problem by building rain gardens. Rain gardens, a type of green infrastructure, are designed to soak up water during storms. On properties with rain gardens, this means less pooled water and more groundwater recharge. The more properties adopt this practice, the more pressure is relieved from the area’s municipal separate storm sewer system or combined sewer system, helping to reduce the extent of flooding downstream.

  • New Jersey Future Welcomes Three New Trustees

    New Jersey Future Welcomes Three New Trustees

    October 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    We are excited to announce that Tenisha N. Malcolm, Kendra F. Morris, and Maddy Urbish have joined our board of trustees. Malcolm, Morris, and Urbish bring diverse professional backgrounds, perspectives, and expertise to an organization that continues to grow and evolve.

  • Electric Yard Goats and Environmental Justice

    Electric Yard Goats and Environmental Justice

    October 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    “Electric Yard Goats” may sound like the name of a band (or a baseball team), but they actually represent an important step in New Jersey’s effort to adopt electric vehicles as a means of reducing the transportation sector’s carbon footprint. Furthermore, they can help steer the air-quality and health benefits of vehicle electrification toward communities that have historically suffered the most from pollution generated by gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles and by the state’s many polluting land uses.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month and the Growth of New Jersey’s Latinx Population

    Hispanic Heritage Month and the Growth of New Jersey’s Latinx Population

    October 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    Some of my favorite stories are the ones my grandparents tell me about their journey from Bolivia to the U.S.—about finding their first jobs, struggling to “fit in,” and raising a family of six in a North Jersey suburb. Stories about finding a sense of community in an unfamiliar place.

  • School district regionalization is an educational quality issue—and a cost-saving issue, and a land-use issue, and a segregation issue

    School district regionalization is an educational quality issue—and a cost-saving issue, and a land-use issue, and a segregation issue

    October 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    New Jersey’s system for delivering public education is particularly fragmented—it averages 28 school districts per county, the most of any state, and averages just under 15,000 residents per district, well below the national average of 23,344. It has more school districts than it has municipalities. This fractionalized landscape contributes to and exacerbates several of the state’s most intractable problems in ways that are not immediately apparent.

  • Lead Exposure: Learning From East Trenton Residents

    Lead Exposure: Learning From East Trenton Residents

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    On August 26, 2021 a virtual Listen and Learn session on the dangers of exposure to lead in paint, water, and soil was attended by nearly 30 East Trenton residents, as well as Mayor Reed Gusciora. The question and answer exchange highlighted new areas of concern and reinforced that there is work to be done to improve communication, notify residents of lead hazards, and expand financial assistance for remediation of known lead sources.

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