What happens when over 300 people take part in more than 50 different conversations about how to improve life in their communities? That’s what happened last week in Newark, when Creative New Jersey convened its largest-ever Call to Collaboration.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
NJ residents will soon be able to “subscribe” to shares of solar power
Broader access to the benefits of cheaper and cleaner solar power is the goal of a new pilot Community Solar program. CivicStory has more on the plan to deploy shared solar arrays throughout the state.
Jersey’s Higher Ed Institutions to be Highly Connected
“Digital transformation” was the theme of EdgeCon2019, a three-day gathering of CIOs (chief information officers) from New Jersey higher education institutions, as well as from public school boards and healthcare organizations. NJEdge, the host organization, is prototyping a new “Research As A Service” network.