Working for Smart Growth:
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Webinar: Resiliency Planning Tools

June 13, 2018
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

The Together North Jersey Resilience Webinar Series

This webinar is the third 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*

Many online tools are available to local decision-makers to understand the future impacts of climate change. This webinar will briefly illustrate the key points of several tools and then takes participants through a live demonstration. Communities can use these tools as a starting point to plan for future scenarios. Mapping outputs can be incorporated into conversations with the public or into planning documents or to begin to identify areas for future development based on projected climate impacts.

Webinar presenter:

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

Location: online

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Webinar: The Benefits of Walkable Communities

June 13, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Webinar presented by America Walks

You can’t put a price on a good walk, but you can calculate some of the benefits of walkability. This webinar will explore the benefits that come to individuals and communities when we take steps towards walkable and livable communities for all ages. Learn about the economic and financial power of walkable communities and how to use the information to make your case for safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Attendees of this webinar will:

-Learn about the economic and financial benefits that come with walkability

-Explore communities that are using walkability to re-imagine their local main streets and downtowns

-Get resources and data needed to help make the case for walkability

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Repurposing Underutilized Properties to Encourage Economic Growth

June 14, 2018
8:30 amto12:00 pm

The Together North Jersey Competitiveness Task Force is sponsoring its second workshop exploring strategies for repurposing vacant and underutilized properties on June 14. This workshop will concentrate on finding new uses for smaller sites, such as strip retail centers, brownfields, old industrial buildings and commercial buildings. The first workshop in this series, held January 17, focused on repurposing larger sites, such as old railyards, larger brownfields and suburban office complexes. Repurposing underutilized sites is a strategy for supporting economic growth in many of North Jersey’s communities, particularly those that have struggled to adapt to New Jersey’s post-industrial economy. These sites are often vacant or poorly maintained and can impede efforts to improve and redevelop a community. This workshop will consider strategies for reusing these once-productive properties that have characteristics preventing their easy reuse in a changing economy. These sites include, older and smaller buildings in former industrial centers; brownfield sites awaiting remediation with substantial opportunities for redevelopment; and strip retail centers that no longer meet the current needs of retailers and consumers.

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, 1085 Raymond Boulevard, Newark

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Stormwater infrastructure mapping training with NJDEP

June 18, 2018
9:00 amto1:00 pm

On Monday June 18, the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and Middlesex County will host a NJDEP training session for communities interested in learning how to use this new stormwater mapping tool. The training session will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, and will run from 9-1pm (including lunch). Pre-registration required.

The NJDEP has developed a new stormwater infrastructure mapping tool to assist municipalities with meeting the requirements of their municipal stormwater permit. This ArcGIS field app will be available free-of-charge to municipalities and partners authorized by the municipality.

Location: Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville

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Brightfields 2018: A solar energy development event

June 19, 2018 presents a solar development event taking place on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in downtown Newark, New Jersey on June 19, 2018: POWERING UP LANDFILLS, GREYFIELDS AND BROWNFIELDS AS BRIGHTFIELDS. This one day informational and interactive event will bring together solar developers, property owners/managers, and other solar professionals to hear industry insights from public and private sector experts, pose technical questions to trained brownfield/land use professionals on site, and make direct connections via an opt-in solar market mixer.

Location: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark

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Informational Webinar: Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program

June 20, 2018
1:30 pmto2:30 pm

Sustainable Jersey (SJ), the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University (VTC), the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and Together North Jersey (TNJ) are pleased to announce the Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program.  The program will support municipal government efforts to implement complete streets in nine municipalities. Selected participants will receive free direct technical assistance to complete a specific task related to advancing a complete streets initiative in their communities. No direct funding to municipalities is provided.  The free technical assistance will be provided by SJ and VTC staff.

Application deadline: Friday, July 27, 2018

An informational webinar will be held Wednesday, June 20, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm to review how to assess the status of your complete streets efforts, the types of technical assistance available to assist you in moving forward, and how to apply to be part of the program.

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Webinar: Resources to Improve Health and Promote Active Transportation

June 21, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

​The American Public Health Association is hosting a webinar that will feature resources and tools public health professionals can use to educate others on the importance of active transportation, including the 2018 Benchmarking Report on Bicycling and Walking in the United States, a study exploring access to trails in Milwaukee and success stories from the Planners4Health initiative.

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New Jersey Sustainability Summit

June 21, 2018

Every year Sustainable Jersey brings a unique mix of public, private, state and local partners together to support communities in achieving remarkable progress.  Last year, over 300 people attended the 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit to find ways that we can all work together to build local capacity for change and have a collective impact.

Location: The College of New Jersey

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Implementing Complete Streets at the Local Level

June 26, 2018
8:30 amto4:30 pm

Hosted by Sustainable Jersey, Together North Jersey, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Ruters Bloustein School

The concept of complete streets is to design streets for all users and all ability levels. The successful implementation of this concept requires a focus on context and the unique needs of the community. A variety of resources are available to assist municipal officials, staff, and the public in embarking on a connected and coordinated effort to advance implementation of complete streets at the municipal level. You will learn about:

– Crafting an effective complete streets policy

– Integrating complete streets into the local planning process

– Best practices in complete streets design

– Project development, design, and delivery

– Building support through effective communications

– Federal, state and other resources available to support municipal efforts including NJTPA’s Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, One Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark NJ

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Webinar: Source Water Protection

June 26, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Presented by the U.S. EPA

Protection of surface water and groundwater sources is an essential and cost-effective first line of defense in an integrated, multi-barrier approach to public health protection. This presentation will cover the basics and will showcase one of EPA’s tools, DWMAPS, which can be used to updated source water assessments and protection plans.

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