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  • New Resources to Drive New Jersey Toward Green Street Implementation

    New Resources to Drive New Jersey Toward Green Street Implementation

    January 19, 2022 : 0 comments

    Roadways throughout the nation are a significant source of pollution to local streams, rivers, and lakes.  Stormwater runoff controls are essential for preventing pollutants from washing off roads and reducing local flooding. Converting traditional streets to green streets can mitigate these issues. If you would like to know how your community can begin implementing a green streets project, Jersey Water Works (JWW) has two new publications that can help you along.

  • Environmental Justice and Warehouse Sprawl

    Environmental Justice and Warehouse Sprawl

    December 7, 2021 : 0 comments

    Earlier this year, New Jersey Future released a report about the growth of warehousing in New Jersey, and that growth pressure has only grown more intense in the intervening months. The report focused mainly on the use—and in many cases, the re-use—of land for warehouse development and its impact on host communities in terms of […]

  • 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.

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