On the evening of Monday, September 23, a diverse crowd of students, professionals, educators, and volunteers filled the auditorium of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Central Park West. The event, scheduled as part of Climate Week, was called Choose Us: Youth Climate Strike Demands Solutions and Actions Now!
Maplewood-South Orange Student Activity Rally following morning March
A three-day conference entitled "Research to Action: the Science of Drawdown" was held at Penn State University in State College, PA, from September 15 to 18, 2019. ("Drawdown" refers to the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peaks, and begins to decline.) Approximately 500 attendees represented a variety of science and research areas, nonprofit fields, and philanthropy, and all seemed eager to learn about and engage in myriad strategies to reverse global warming.
What’s the best way to tackle a broad topic like sustainability in such a diverse state? The eight multimedia journalists who were selected for the first New Jersey Sustainability Reporting Hub fellowships embarked on three days of orientation to learn as much as possible.
With plans taking shape for a huge offshore wind farm 15 miles from the Atlantic City boardwalk, speakers at an annual conference held at the beach resort focused on the employment opportunities that this and other wind projects could create.
How many events have you been to with plastic water bottles and eating utensils? Have you thought about the impact of all that trash on the environment? A growing number of event planners are becoming aware of their ability to minimize the environmental impact of these grand gatherings.
The NJ public has until September 1, 2019, to submit comments in the NJDEP’s ongoing efforts to resolve the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) problems plaguing 21 of the state’s densely-populated communities.
Lambertville’s “Ditching Disposables” campaign aims to clean up the plastic waste in their town, while leading the way for other NJ municipalities to do the same.
Flint, Michigan is dealing with lead levels in its water. Hundreds of other water systems in the U.S. still test for hazardous levels, including - in New Jersey - Newark, Trenton, and Hackensack.
Springfield’s Green Acres along the Rahway River have sprouted hundreds of tubes this summer. Each tube is protecting a young tree or shrub from deer in order to reforest the flood plain around the river.
Two different organizations demonstrate what can happen when Generation Z becomes civically engaged: as young people learn how their voices can effect change, they grow more committed to participating in democracy.
Sustainable Jersey and partners map out what it will take over the next ten years to avoid a climate catastrophe.
The 2019 Stormwater Utilities Symposium focused on upcoming changes in stormwater management rules, and the best ways to mitigate (mostly urban) flooding, a problem that threatens to get worse with climate change.
The 17th annual New Jersey Future Smart Growth Ceremony honored nominees for their excellence in smart planning and development. Held at the Newark Museum, the evening featured accolades handed out to seven built developments that bring smart growth ideals to light.
MSU’s PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies officially launched eight Green Teams last week, each made up of five students, and set to tackle separate areas of environmental study over the course of the summer.
You would think an organization called Creative New Jersey might be able to define what it means to be “creative”. But ask co-founder Larry Capo, and he’ll tell you they can’t - creativity defies definition. It’s too all-encompassing. That’s when Creative NJ realized it needed to include community change in ALL its forms, whether that be art or civics, collaboration or dialogue. So it comes as no surprise that Creative NJ’s 2019 Statewide Summit, held on May 20 at the Foundation for Educational Administration in Monroe Township, was actually made up of eight distinct presentations, each from one of Creative NJ’s community collaborations.
Turning trash into treasure may seem to be an illogical business proposition, but those who know the recycling industry well point out that it has been an important part of the U.S. and N.J. economies for decades, and we are constantly looking for innovative ways to dispose of the volumes of waste that we generate every day.
When a town has more than 10,000 trees, it takes some teamwork to identify them all.
The first ever Hudson County Climate Town Hall drew a crowd of over 200 on Wednesday, April 17th, with dozens standing in the back of the packed Jersey City Council chambers, and hundreds more watching via live stream.
Climate change science was driven by curiosity in the past. Now climate researchers need to focus on managing the risk of global warming's ill effects.
What would happen if the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate became more productive, transparent, and constructive? What if legislators answered only to the best interests of society, instead of to partisan politics? Tina Kelley reports these are the aims of the Problem Solvers Caucus
Plastic waste is everywhere, even when we can’t see it. A Rutgers conference convened researchers, business, policymakers and communicators to evaluate the scale of the problem and work on solutions.
Climate change will impact us all, and so it was appropriate that the panelists at the CivicStory forum on “Ecology & Economy: Resolving the Climate Crisis” should span the generations.
Equity and inclusiveness were the themes of NJ Future’s annual Forum. But it was clear from the speeches and workshops that fairness in community redevelopment can’t be accomplished without some very, very hard work. (A sense of humor helps, too.)
NJ ecologists compare notes on the changing profile of the state’s forests, and the threats to endangered plant species.
What if, as the NJDOT Commissioner suggests, we call it a “mobility system” instead of a “transportation system”? By “mobility” we don’t mean phone service. We mean moving around by any means. That was the theme of this year’s NJ Bike & Walk Summit, and it must be noted, the attendees all looked pretty fit!
The human-driven loss of species is the subject of Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The 6th Extinction: An Unnatural History, and the journalist and author addressed a packed lecture hall at Princeton University last week to talk about it.
Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments tend to focus on the needs of wealthy riders and neglect lower-income residents and people of color.
Green infrastructure experts from Philadelphia, NYC and NJ describe the challenges of re-engineering decades of urban building practices.