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Electric Yard Goats and Environmental Justice

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

“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.

Ensuring Equity in Transit-Oriented Development

Friday, June 25th, 2021

State leaders are embracing the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD), which encourages residential and commercial development to locate within walking distance of public transit stations, enabling residents to complete some or all of their trips without a car. The private sector also recognizes the demand for housing in transit-accessible towns. But with transit-adjacent neighborhoods being a limited commodity, how do we make sure the option of living near transit is available to everyone? The Ensuring Equity in Transit-Oriented Development session examined population patterns with respect to race and income around New Jersey’s transit stations.

Incorporating Climate Change: It’s the Law

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

The science is clear: climate change is here, and its threats are only going to grow more pronounced. But, carefully coordinated efforts can simultaneously protect New Jerseyans from these threats and spur economic activity, making our state that much stronger. That was the message from four senior-level officials from Governor Murphy’s administration at the 2021 Planning and Redevelopment Conference, hosted by New Jersey Future and the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Hoboken’s Focus on Vision Zero Makes Streets Safe for Everyone

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Hoboken’s laudable achievement is the result of a deliberate and sustained effort, the centerpiece of which is the redesign of a 16-block stretch of Washington Street, the city’s main commercial thoroughfare.

Can the Reduction in Travel Prompted by COVID-19 Be Sustained?

Monday, March 15th, 2021

When people drive less, greenhouse gas emissions go down. There are many ways to help people drive less—working from home is one of them, but we can also reduce the need to travel by car by building things closer together, reducing the distances between people’s desired destinations.

To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, We Need to Drive Less—and Build Smarter

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

A new report from Transportation for America, Driving Down Emissions: Transportation, Land Use, and Climate Change, makes clear that the amount of carbon we pump into the atmosphere still depends on how much we drive, which in turn depends on where and how we build things.

Changes to Municipal Land Use Law would make NJ municipalities more resilient

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Currently, New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law does not account for climate change, but a bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin would require the land use plan element of municipal master plans assess likely impacts associated with climate change-related risks and devise strategies to address them.

Broadband for All: The Geography of Digital Equity in New Jersey

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

For New Jersey’s recovery from the pandemic to be successful, everyone should have the ability to access the internet at reasonable speeds with affordable prices regardless of their geography or income.

A Guide to Diversifying Housing Options for an Aging Population

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

A new report by New Jersey Future, Municipal Strategies to Diversify Housing Stock for an Aging Population: A Case Study Report, is part of New Jersey Future’s Creating Great Places to Age program.

A Shift to Working From Home Raises Many Questions About Potential Effects on Other Aspects of Daily Life

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Read New Jersey Future’s perspective on some of the possible effects—both positive and negative—on the geographic patterns of residence, employment, shopping, and travel behavior if the stay-at-home advisories of the pandemic era translate into a permanent increase in the number of people working from home.

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