Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces



Kearny Point Tour and Rain Barrel Workshop

June 2, 2018
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Kearny AWAKE is holding a tour of Kearny Point and a rain barrel workshop. Join us for a short presentation and a walking tour of Kearny Point!  You will learn about the rich history of South Kearny and the redevelopment taking place to bring it into the 21st century.


Introduction to Kearny Point and Kearny AWAKE: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Kearny Point Walking Tour: 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM

Rain Barrel Workshop: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Lunch: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM (lunch will be available for purchase)

Location: 78 John Miller Way, Kearny NJ 07032

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Englewinds Wind Energy

June 3, 2018
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

Award-winning eco-music ensemble Englewinds presents a brand new program to highlight the importance of wind energy in providing solutions to the problem of energy. The music is features an online component, which is incorporated to original music in a dynamic and innovative form. Guest speaker Melanie La Rosa, filmmaker and Clinical Professor at Pace University, will also present a 10 minute clip of her film How to Power a City and speak about the current state of wind power and NJ.

Location: 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck NJ

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Webinar: Green Infrastructure & Urban Resiliency

June 6, 2018
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

The Together North Jersey Resilience Webinar Series

This webinar is the second in a three-part series on resiliency planning co-sponsored by the Together North Jersey (TNJ) Resilience Task Force and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

*Application for .75 AICP CE credits pending*

Numerous communities across North Jersey have turned to Green Infrastructure (GI) as a stormwater management solution, often with community input on planning and design. In an urban setting, GI affords wide-ranging benefits. GI is an economical approach to water management that mimics the natural water cycle through the planting of trees and other vegetation. GI also enhances aesthetics and creates opportunities for traffic calming and pedestrian safety.

This webinar explores:

  • Changes in precipitation caused by climate change and impacts on urban communities
  • The benefits of GI
  • Challenges encountered in implementation and maintenance of GI
  • Examples of successful projects and partnerships throughout the state
  • Available funding opportunities

The presentation will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A.

Webinar presenter:

STACY KRAUSE, AICP/PP, CFM, Senior Research Specialist

Location: online

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Smart Growth Awards

June 6, 2018
5:30 pmto8:00 pm

Save the date! New Jersey Future’s annual Smart Growth Awards ceremony will be held at 15 Washington St. in Newark, NJ.

For event and/or sponsorship information, contact Michele Glassburg  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)   at 609-393-0008 x. 107.

New Jersey Land Development Conference

June 7, 2018
7:30 amto12:00 pm

This conference will cover market updates, residential and commercial development, and how to work effectively with municipalities. Experts will also talk about economic growth, emerging trends and how New Jersey stacks up with the rest of the country, and will highlight specific development projects in the greater New Jersey area.

Location: APA Hotel, Woodbridge

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Certificate in creative placemaking information session (webinar)

June 7, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

The Certificate program is produced by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and New Hampshire Institute of Art.

The information session will introduce participants to the Certification program, as students and faculty in the program. Participants will have time to ask questions. All sessions will be led by the program’s designer and academic director, Leonardo Vazquez. Information sessions are one hour, online, and free. Details on how to join the webinar will be included in your confirmation email.

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Understanding Tax Credits: What Do They Mean in 2018?

June 12, 2018 9:30 amtoJune 13, 2018 4:30 pm

New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Redevelopment Training Institute

With decreasing funds available for neighborhood revitalization, it has become even more competitive to access capital for redevelopment. Still, millions of dollars are available each year to assist municipalities and developers to redevelop their cities and towns using federal and state tax credit programs. This workshop has been constructed to demonstrate the practical details about how to competitively qualify and access the various tax credit programs – New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Historic Preservation Tax Credits (HTC) and others, for real estate rehabilitation and developmentThe workshop will be led by industry experts and consultants. This session will answer the what, when, where, who and how; and demonstrate hypothetical case studies illustrating how the specific tax credit programs can be used to stimulate private investment.

Location: Thomas Edison State University, 111 West State St., Trenton NJ

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June 12, 2018
9:30 amto12:30 pm

Creative placemaking workshop with National Consortium for Creative Placemaking


Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP

Taking stock of your existing assets and opportunities can help you do more cost-effective creative placemaking. You will learn how to read a community for ‘hidden’ creative assets and opportunity sites. You will also learn how to engage stakeholders in crowd mapping and how to build better creative placemaking strategies from your maps.

Location: ArtPride NJ Foundation, 432 High Street, Burlington

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Creative Assets Inventories

June 12, 2018
1:30 pmto4:00 pm

Workshop with National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Creative Assets Inventories

Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP

What you should do as a creative placemaker depends a lot on what is available in your community. Creative assets inventories help you get a better sense of resources and opportunities to achieve lasting benefits. Specifically, you will learn:

*How to assess creative and cultural organizations in a community

*To develop more effective surveys for creative placemaking

*Tools for measuring local and regional creative economies

*Effective ways to share information to convince and persuade key audiences

Location: ArtPride NJ Foundation, 432 High Street, Burlington NJ

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Presentation and Roundtable Discussion for Environmental Educators

June 13, 2018
10:00 amto1:30 pm

When: June 13, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: The Watershed Institute (formerly known as the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association) at 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington, NJ
Cost: Free! (lunch included) | RSVP required

Join environmental educators from across the state for a presentation and roundtable discussion addressing Next Generation Science Standards and environmental education programming.

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