Environment Blogs & Reports

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP)

Heat or Eat? The Low-Income Home Energy Distribution Program (LIHEAP) and Its Implications for New Jersey

November 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Heat or Eat? The Low-Income Home Energy Distribution Program (LIHEAP) and Its Implications for New Jersey

By Josephine O'Grady. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant program that assists low-income families with the cost of paying their utility bills in areas including extreme heat and cold, household revisions to improve energy efficiency [...]

  • Equitable Property Acquisitions & Flood Buyback

Report Release: Equitable Property Acquisitions to Enhance Climate Resilience

November 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Report Release: Equitable Property Acquisitions to Enhance Climate Resilience

With support from the New Jersey State Policy Lab, the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center Climate Corps conducted research to better understand how flood buyback and managed retreat programs are organized and administered nationwide. [...]

  • Hurricane Sandy 10th Anniversary

2022 New Jersey Climate Survey – Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Results

November 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on 2022 New Jersey Climate Survey – Rutgers-Eagleton Poll Results

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, and more than a year since Hurricane Ida, the vast majority of New Jerseyans (78 percent) believe the Earth’s climate is changing and consider changing climate [...]

  • NJDEP Environmental Justice Action Plan

Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice in New Jersey

October 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice in New Jersey

By Jeanne Herb. Over the past year, the New Jersey State Policy Lab has provided support to a collaborative effort of the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental protection [...]

  • NASA Photos Depicting Hurricane Sandy Power Outages

Using the Community Intrinsic Resilience Index to Tackle Energy Equity and Budget Deficit in New Jersey

October 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Using the Community Intrinsic Resilience Index to Tackle Energy Equity and Budget Deficit in New Jersey

By Firas Gerges, Michel Boufadel, and Hani Nassif. The Community Intrinsic Resilience Index (CIRI) captures the intrinsic (i.e., not relative) resilience level of critical community sectors, allowing practitioners and policymakers to make resilience-informed plans and strategies. [...]

  • Hurricane Sandy 10th Anniversary

Evaluating Risk Perception: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

September 26th, 2022|Comments Off on Evaluating Risk Perception: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

By Josephine O’Grady. As we approach the 10th anniversary since the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history hit the New Jersey coastline, the lessons have increasingly pointed to conversations about the relationship between awareness, education, and risk perception [...]

Can 15-Minute Neighborhoods Reshape New Jersey’s Landscape?

September 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Can 15-Minute Neighborhoods Reshape New Jersey’s Landscape?

By Jon Carnegie Over the past several years, a number of policy threads have gained prominence in New Jersey. These include adapting to climate change, advancing social justice, and addressing the needs of overburdened communities [...]

  • New Jersey Shoreline

Retreat in the 21st Century, Adapting to a New Era of Climate Change

September 8th, 2022|Comments Off on Retreat in the 21st Century, Adapting to a New Era of Climate Change

By Kathyrn Balitsos and Garin Bulger Managed or planned retreat is a climate change adaptation strategy that allows the shoreline to advance inward unimpeded, necessitating the removal of buildings and other built infrastructure. To facilitate [...]

  • NJ Preserving Another Million Acres

One Million More Acres, But Who’s Counting?

September 6th, 2022|Comments Off on One Million More Acres, But Who’s Counting?

By Thomas G. Dallessio. Almost twenty-five years ago, the Governor’s Council on New Jersey Outdoors identified the need to preserve a million more acres of open space, farmland, and historic sites in New Jersey. The Chair of that Council, Former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden recently passed away [...]

  • Beach of the Jersey Shore Taken by Drone

Coastal Adaptation in New Jersey

August 22nd, 2022|Comments Off on Coastal Adaptation in New Jersey

by Josephine O’Grady New Jersey was among the states hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, resulting in 37 billion dollars in community restoration, and severely affecting 40,500 primary residences and 15,600 rental properties. As coastal hazards [...]

  • Beautiful summer rural landscape with hills, trees and dirt road

One Million Acres or Bust: A Quarter Century of Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation

June 23rd, 2022|Comments Off on One Million Acres or Bust: A Quarter Century of Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation

By Thomas G. Dallessio Twenty-four years ago, the Governor’s Council on New Jersey Outdoors released a report that determined, “…the open space needs of our present and future generations greatly outweigh the resources we have [...]

Social Media and Individuals’ Environment-Friendly Actions

June 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Social Media and Individuals’ Environment-Friendly Actions

by Vishal Trehan Climate change is one of the wicked problems of our times. It is well established that human activity is the primary cause for drastic changes in the climate over the last seventy [...]

  • Organic Food in Bag

Report on Food Security and Organic Waste Reduction

March 3rd, 2022|Comments Off on Report on Food Security and Organic Waste Reduction

Jeanne Herb The New Jersey State Policy Lab and the Organics Workgroup of the NJ Climate Change Alliance have partnered to inform the development of statewide public policy aimed at reducing food waste, contributing to [...]

  • EAP Food Recovery Heirarchy

Organic Waste Management in New Jersey: Reducing Food Waste and Improving Food Equity

December 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on Organic Waste Management in New Jersey: Reducing Food Waste and Improving Food Equity

Tracy Youngster is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Rutgers University Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program. Organic Waste Management background When organic waste, like food, enters a landfill, it releases methane which is a potent [...]