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New Jersey Future Announces Smart Growth Award-Winners

Contact:  Elaine Clisham  (eclishamatnjfuturedotorg)   , Director of Communications
(609) 393-0008 ext. 102


 Leadership Award will honor founding executive director of the
Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

TRENTON, May 8—Four innovative projects, two visionary plans and a statewide transportation policy are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards. 

The winners represent initiatives ranging from a creative adaptive re-use of a large institutional building in Montclair (Essex County) to an innovative program that turns flood-prone properties in Pequannock Township (Morris County) into parkland, to a statewide policy and outreach effort to make all streets and roads in the state more welcoming to cyclists and pedestrians. (A complete list of the winners and honorees follows.) 

At its 12th-annual Smart Growth Awards ceremony in June, New Jersey Future will also honor Diane Sterner, the founding executive director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, with the Cary Edwards Leadership Award. The Cary Edwards Leadership Award, named for the late former assemblyman and state attorney general who was a key player in passage of the State Planning Act in 1987, recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life and promoting smart growth in New Jersey through sustainable land-use policy and practice. Under Ms. Sterner’s leadership the Housing and Community Development Network, an association of 150 community-based development organizations, has both strengthened New Jersey’s community development sector and helped bring about state-level reforms critical to urban and lower-income communities. 

“Diane’s commitment to revitalizing older urban neighborhoods, and making sure that the voices in those neighborhoods are heard, is a model for community and policy advocates across the country,” said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach. “Her leadership, collaborative style and perseverance have had a positive impact on thousands of people throughout the state, and have inspired and supported her peers nationwide who are working to make their communities better, more equitable and more sustainable places.”

The seven Smart Growth Award-winning projects and plans drew praise from Pam Mount, the New Jersey Future trustee who chaired the selection committee. “It was gratifying to see that, even though we’re still in difficult economic times, imaginative development solutions and ideas still abound in the Garden State,” she said. “The plans and projects being recognized this year are outstanding examples of smart-growth thinking that can be adapted  widely, and we’re honored to recognize them for the leadership they exhibit.”

The ceremony honoring Ms. Sterner and the Smart Growth Award-winners will be held Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club, One Newark Center, 22nd Floor, in Newark. 

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies. The organization employs original research, analysis and advocacy to build coalitions and drive land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy. 

For more information on New Jersey Future and the Smart Growth Awards event, please visit our website or call (609) 393-0008, ext. 101.

2013 New Jersey Future Smart Growth Awards

  Inclusive Transportation Policy
Complete Streets Policy, State of New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, The RBA Group

 Creative Adaptive Re-Use
Hillside Square LLC, Jack Finn & Co. Building Contractors, RHG Architecture & Design, 
Sionas Architecture PC

 Community-Driven Affordable Housing Plan
Jersey City Housing Authority, Montgomery Gardens Resident Management Corp., 
New Jersey City University

 Holistic Transportation Plan
County of Passaic, Parsons Brinckerhoff, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

 Innovative Land-Preservation Strategy
Land Conservancy of New Jersey, Pequannock Township

 School-Based Neighborhood Revitalization
Brick City Development Corporation, Goldman Sachs Bank, New Jersey Community Capital
Prudential Insurance Company of America, RBH Group LLC, TD Bank

 Transit-Oriented Infill Redevelopment
City of Camden, Parkside Business and Community in Partnership, Conifer Realty

 The New Jersey Future Smart Growth Awards are selected by an independent jury. Serving on this year’s selection committee are: Pam Mount, New Jersey Future trustee and proprietor of Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville (chairwoman); Larry DiVietro, New Jersey Future trustee and president of Land Dimensions Engineering in Glassboro; Eileen Swan, New Jersey Future trustee and policy manager for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation; Rebecca Feldman, member of the Morristown Town Council; John Hasse, chairman of the department of geography at Rowan University in Glassboro; Daniel Hernandez, director of planning practice for Jonathan Rose Companies in New York; Monique King-Viehland, president of Campus Gateway Development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark; and Kevin Wilkes, principal of Princeton Design Guild. 


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