Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


About the Smart Growth Awards Competition

Since 2002, New Jersey Future has honored smart planning and development in New Jersey through this annual event. The awards help promote our mission to secure economic opportunity, community vitality and quality of life for all New Jerseyans.

Do you know of an innovative project, plan or initiative that deserves to be honored for bringing smart growth ideals to light? Consider nominating it for a Smart Growth Award! Check out our previous award winners for an idea of the range of winning projects.

We accept entries via an online submission portal. This saves paper resources and energy that’s used in shipping, and lets the judges view the entries from anywhere. We accept entries beginning immediately after the awards celebration each year. 

Entries are now closed for the 2020 Smart Growth Awards.

Entries are judged by an independent panel of experts in various aspects of growth and development, against the following considerations:

  • They are near existing development and infrastructure.
  • They create or enhance connections to existing developments or plans.
  • They create or enhance a vibrant mix of uses (residential, retail, office).
  • They protect or enhance open space, farmland, parks and critical environmental areas.
  • They increase the range of housing options available (size, type, affordability).
  • They create or enhance transportation choices.
  • Their designs foster walkability and  activities at the street level that encourage personal interaction.
  • They improve resiliency to natural hazards.
  • They respect community character, design and historic features.
  • They utilize green or regenerative design techniques and materials.

Questions? For more information, or to be notified when the competition opens, please contact Michele Glassburg  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)  , (609) 393-0008, ext. 107.

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