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Archive for May, 2013

NJ Spotlight Conference: Building a Sustainable Infrastructure After Sandy

June 14, 2013
8:45 amto3:30 pm

Hurricane Sandy was a wakeup call to New Jersey, one that the state’s electric utilities and water companies have heeded. But as they move ahead with plans to build a more robust, reliable power grid and water infrastructure, what options are being considered and what will be its price tag?

The NJ Spotlight Conference: Building a Sustainable Infrastructure After Sandy will tackle those and other tough questions. NJ Spotlight’s first extended-format event, this all-day conference gives panelists and participants the time they need to delve into details. Former Gov. James Florio will be the guest speaker.

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New Report Highlights Fiscal Benefits of Smart-Growth Development

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A new report indicates that, regardless of the differences among municipalities, smart-growth-style development always provides a better return on public investment than traditional low-density development.

Sustainable Jersey Webinar: Energy Savings Improvement Programs

June 10, 2013
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Energy efficiency is one of the best ways municipalities can save money and tax dollars. But, to get energy efficiency savings, you need the money to pay for building and equipment upgrades.  Even when the savings greatly outweigh the costs over the lifetime of the upgrade, the upfront costs present a significant obstacle.

New Jersey local governments can promote energy efficiency with the use of a new financing tool. Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIPs) are a type of “performance contract.” The future value of the energy savings is leveraged to pay for the upfront project costs. Large-scale building upgrades high efficiency motors, transformers, water heater and boiler replacements and air conditioning units are now feasible options.

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Redevelopment Forum Approved for Continuing Education Credits

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Redevelopment Forum 2013 has been approved for continuing education credits.

Avoid Penny-wise, Pound-foolish Approach to Resiliency

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Modest initiatives in planning can help future-proof communities against tomorrow’s extreme weather. Federal Sandy recovery funds should cover these investments.

PlanSmart NJ Conference: The Impact of the Defense Industry on New Jersey

June 13, 2013
8:00 amto12:30 pm

Where: The Enterprise Center at Burlington County College 
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Registration

The US military is the second largest employer in the state (after only the state itself) and is critical to the state’s economy.  The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst alone boasts 44,000 jobs spread over 42,000 acres in Burlington and Ocean Counties.  JBMDL’s economic impact is a whopping and arguably irreplaceable $7.9 billion annually.  Unfortunately, planners, economists, and policy wonks rarely consider policies that may be needed to support this important sector of New Jersey’s economy. PlanSmart NJ’s conference will bring together experts for a half-day event to discuss what policies are working and what policies we need to put in place to retain and bolster New Jersey’s defense industry. AICP CM and NJ CLE credits pending.

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PlanSmart NJ Policy Briefing: Land Preservation and the Role of Regional Planning

May 30, 2013
8:00 amto10:30 am

Place: D & R Greenway, Johnson Education Center, Princeton, N.J.

Experts on land preservation strategies will discuss the regional planning considerations and priorities that inform planning for land preservation.  D&R Greenway senior staff will present their Greenway Vision map, provide examples of successful land preservation deals and discuss the role of community involvement, criteria for preserving parcels, and the role of GIS technology. A finance expert from Morgan Stanley will discuss the financial components of successful land preservation deals and an attorney from Drinker Biddle & Reath will discuss the legal aspects of land preservation.  A representative from the Keep It Green Coalition will discuss New Jersey’s sources of funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation, and the threats facing these funding sources.  Representatives from the philanthropic community will talk about their role in developing strategies to preserve New Jersey’s open spaces. AICP CM and NJ CLE credits pending.

Registration

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Main Street New Jersey Workshop: Connecting Commercial Real Estate to Business Mix

June 12, 2013
8:30 amto3:00 pm

A one-day intensive workshop teaching how to gain buy-in from Realtors and property owners and creating a “recruitment machine” for your district. Designed for business district management organizations, chambers and other municipal, county and regional leaders. 3.5 AICP credits pending.

Information and registration.

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Center for Resilient Design Roundtable

June 12, 2013
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

New Jersey Institute of Technology
AIA Room, Weston Hall, 3rd Floor, Newark, NJ

This is an interactive discussion and all are welcome.

Topic:  Resilient Designs – Student Work Spring 2013

Come see some of the best student designs from NJIT’s Spring 2013 Semester that will provide information on how to build in a more resilient manner in a post-Sandy world. Presentations will include 3-D and 4-D models of housing, mixed-use development and public facilities in locations from Newark to the Jersey Shore, covering urban, suburban and coastal areas. Through studios and other classes, NJIT is testing federal, state and local policies and regulations in order to raise the level of understanding and advance a more sustainable and resilient post-Sandy recovery.

For more information, contact Tom Dallessio  (thomasdotgdotdallessioatnjitdotedu)  , Resilient Design Project Manager, 973.596.5872.

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Together North Jersey: Middlesex County Public Workshop

May 18, 2013
10:00 amto12:00 pm

The workshop is part of a series being held throughout the region by Together North Jersey, a consortium of local, state, and regional partners working together on a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. These workshops are an opportunity for the public to share ideas about planning for the future to build stronger communities and local and regional economies. The NJTPA also will be on hand to discuss Plan 2040, its update to the long-range transportation plan for the region.

Together North Jersey is a collaborative planning initiative currently underway in the 13-county North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority region of New Jersey. Through open forums, Together North Jersey and its members will create a comprehensive and balanced plan that invests in the region’s existing communities where housing, jobs, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities are made more easily accessible.

Where:

New Brunswick Middle School
1125 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick,NJ 08901

For more information, click here.

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