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Archive for December, 2014

Explore CSO Solutions

January 8, 2015
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Join representatives from the 21 New Jersey municipalities that have combined sewer overflows and utility authorities.


Rutgers Newark Ackerson Hall- Room 123 180 University Ave. Newark NJ

Click here for more information or contact Jane  (jrosenblattatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 110.


Plan Released for Third Round of Federal Sandy Funds

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The plan directs the third round of federal Sandy relief funds toward housing needs and for implementation of two of the winning Rebuild By Design resiliency projects.

Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth Creating Great Places Forum

January 20, 2015
10:00 amto12:00 pm

A forum on creating great places in Essex County’s urban transit corridor.

Location: NJTPA board room, One Newark Plaza, Newark

Date: Jan. 20, 2015, 10 am – noon


Mayor Ras Baraka NEWARK
Mayor Lester Taylor EAST ORANGE
Mayor Dwayne Warren ORANGE
Pat Morrissy HANDS

Light refreshments will be served.

Please register via email  (infoaturbanessexcoalitiondotorg)  

New Jersey Lags Behind in Some Key Real Estate Trends

Friday, December 12th, 2014

New Jersey is well positioned to take advantage of some emerging real-estate trends outlined in a new report, but risks its competitiveness by lagging in others.

Opinion: We Can’t Afford the Price We Pay for Cheap Water

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The cost of our drinking water is too low to cover the cost of upgrading the pipes and systems that deliver it to us.

Together North Jersey Fair Housing and Equity Assessment Workshop

December 15, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Please join Together North Jersey and PlanSmart NJ for a workshop to finalize the draft recommendations of the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment on Monday, December 15, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm at Rutgers-Newark. Please register in advance of the meeting and for more information on the workshop, please click here.

In November 2011, HUD awarded a $5 million grant to Together North Jersey to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. As part of this plan, PlanSmart NJ, in collaboration with Rutgers University, prepared a draft Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment to identify barriers to fair housing and recommendations for improving opportunities for fair and affordable housing in the region. To learn about the Regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment, clickhere.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Hear an update on where we are in the process and where we are going (we are in the home stretch!)
  • In-depth review of high priority strategies based on their cost, feasibility, and impact.
  • Recommend high priority strategies for inclusion in the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

In the afternoon, there will be a Standing Committee meeting to discuss strategies for the Together North Jersey Regional Plan for Sustainable Development on transportation, housing, economic development, arts and culture, health and safety, education, and the environment. You are welcome to stay and participate at this meeting. Please register for the Standing Committee meeting here.

Economic Opportunity Act Retains Incentives’ Focus on Smart-Growth Locations

Friday, December 5th, 2014

An examination by New Jersey Future shows that the state’s new business incentive programs are largely effective at following state plan guidelines and directing job growth to smart-growth areas.

How Can We Discuss Climate Change Constructively?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

In a recent lecture, author George Marshall discusses why it’s so hard for us to grapple with climate change, and offers some suggestions for ways to discuss the topic more constructively.

Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards Reception

December 10, 2014
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

Each year Downtown New Jersey recognizes New Jersey’s best downtown projects and programs completed within the last two years.  Winning submissions are considered models worthy of emulation and are promoted on DNJ’s website and will be recognized at the awards reception in December 10, 2014 at the Heldrich Center, New Brunswick, NJ.

Purchase tickets.

Sustainable Jersey Webinar: Getting Started With Sustainable Jersey for Schools III

January 7, 2015
2:30 pmto3:30 pm

Learn how you can participate in the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Attendees will walk through the registration process, website resources, and the webinar will cover basic information on how to communicate, collaborate and organize their district or school green team for certification success!


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