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  • 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.

  • New Jersey Municipalities Share Green Infrastructure Planning Progress

    New Jersey Municipalities Share Green Infrastructure Planning Progress

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    The new stormwater rules that went into effect on March 2, 2021 require NJ municipalities to update their Stormwater Control Ordinances (SCOs) to require GI in new major development projects. We examined which municipalities had updated their SCOs as required and which had gone above and beyond the NJDEP’s minimum requirements. Out of the 43 towns surveyed and researched, 28 towns have updated their SCO and 24 have posted these updates on their respective websites.

  • Census 2020: New Jersey’s Older and Increasingly Diverse Centers Are Now Leading The State’s Population Growth

    Census 2020: New Jersey’s Older and Increasingly Diverse Centers Are Now Leading The State’s Population Growth

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    The demographic story of the 2010s in New Jersey was the return of population growth to the state’s walkable, mixed-use centers—cities, towns, and older suburbs with traditional downtowns. Driven in particular by the Millennial generation’s desire for live-work-shop-play environments, many of the state’s older centers experienced their biggest population increases since before the 1950s.

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