Five “Jersey Strong” Climate Change Resources That Are Completely Under the Radar

As a coastal state, we’re going to feel the impacts of climate change sooner than a lot of other places. This is especially true when it comes to sea level rise and flooding. (Both links highly recommended.)

While the Governor doesn’t talk much about how climate change will impact New Jersey,  other people are. (Including the DEP: Read the June 2013 climate change impacts report.)

With that in mind, Here are five really great NJ climate change resources that are under the radar, but shouldn’t be. There are people all over our state who are working hard so that New Jersey will be stronger than the next storm. (And everything that climate change is going to dish up in coming decades.)

1. World-Class Scientists: The Rutgers Climate Institute

2. Support for Sustainable Businesses: NJDEP’s Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) and FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)

  • The SBI’s next meeting is Feb. 4 from 1-3:30pm in Trenton and features Jeana Wirtenberg, author of the new book Building a Culture for Sustainability-People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy.  She’ll discuss lessons learned from nine successful NJ-based global companies. Contact Athena Sarafides at athena.sarafides@dep.state.nj.us to RSVP and more information.
  • Don’t miss ISE’s March 4 breakfast seminar features sustainability heavyweight John Ehrenfeld, author of Flourishing. RSVP and more information.

3. Strong Legislation: NJ’s 2007 Global Warming Response Act

A lot of people don’t know that NJ has a strong climate change law with GHG emissions targets already on the books. Well, we do.

4. Robust Collaborations and Partnerships: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

The alliance was formed in 2011 by a diverse group of concerned stakeholders who want to make sure that NJ is prepared for coming climate change impacts.

5. World-Class Speakers: North Jersey Public Policy Network

Come to the Feb. 20 event with Geoffrey Feinberg from Yale University's Project on Climate Change Communication and Climate Nexus.

It’s called “America's Future: Communicating with our Neighbors on Climate Change.”  Don’t miss this chance to hear and ask questions of one of the country's best-informed researchers on why climate change is so incredibly hard to talk about. RSVP today.

 

Claire Sommer is an independent sustainability writer based in West Orange. Reach her at claire@kayakmedia.com, @Kayakmediatweets and her blog at kayakmedia.com. She co-wrote NJPPN’s 2013 Agenda 21 and Your Town” toolkit to help NJ’s municipal leaders deal with anti-sustainable development activists.

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