A Guidance Document for Advancing Environmental Justice Across State Government directs executive branch departments and agencies to apply the principles of environmental justice to their operations, participate in the newly-formed Environmental Justice Inter-Agency Council and create assessments and action plans to improve the agencies’ effects on environmental justice communities.Read more
DEP will release a report that assess how the department currently achieves environmental justice and what EJ gaps exist. The initial assessment report will give way for an action plan detailing next steps for EJ implementation.
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New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT) is a targeted regulatory reform effort to update air quality and environmental land use regulations to enable governments, businesses and residents to effectively respond to current climate threats and reduce future climate damages.See more
Executive Order No. 89 appointed a Chief Resilience Officer and established a Climate and Flood Resilience Program within DEP. It also establishes an Interagency Council on Climate Resilience to develop a Statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy to promote long-term climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience in New Jersey.See more
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is part of Governor Murphy's goal to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. Shifting to clean and renewable energy sources reduces greenhouse gas emissions that are already causing climate impacts in New Jersey, particularly in economically disadvantaged communities.See more
The Department is committed to working with Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) permittees and CSO communities to reduce or eliminate CSOs. The individual CSO permits encourage collaboration on projects that will provide urban redevelopment opportunities, improve water quality, beautify neighborhoods, and improve the overall quality of life in our urban communities.See more
Urban & Community Forestry programs ensure more livable communities through the care and management of trees. Neglect and urban stress limit the life span of the average downtown tree to only ten years. With proper care, trees live longer, look better, and increase in value as they age.See more
Groundwork Elizabeth along with our governmental partners works collaboratively with the private sector, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, local educators and the community at large to undertake various projects that will result in better access to healthy foods, strategies to build sustainable agricultural systems, development of green-career opportunities, and quality of life improvements in socially and economically-challenged areas of the City of Elizabeth, the Township of Union, and other areas throughout the County of Union.
The More P.E.A.S. initiative promotes the three core tenets of permaculture, to care for the earth (stewardship), to care for people (social and cultural revitalization), and the return of surplus (reinvestment and recycling).
NJ Tree Foundation provides basic tree care information to all tree recipients, all these partners were invited to join in learning more extensively about tree care, maintenance, and more at our annual TreeKeepers workshops. NJ Tree Foundation planted 73 trees in the City of Newark with the help of 114 volunteers. Most of these trees were planted at schools in the Ironbound community. The trees provide environmental and community social and mental benefits, such as, the reduction of stormwater flooding and air filtration.
The Bee Ready Program is a year-round program that provides young at-risk youth with exposure to a nontraditional career, addressing life skills deficiencies (e.g., time management, financial literacy, peer pressure and community service) and academic remediation (study and test taking skills), and the opportunity to develop college and career plans. benefits, such as, the reduction of stormwater flooding and air filtration.
This project was piloted in Irvington Township to ensure that residents, especially children, are aware of the importance of flushing the tap water system out before using after long periods of idleness. To accomplish this the Water Working Group developed a door tag containing lead in drinking water facts, and precautionary measures and strategies to reduce potential exposure. Ultimately, EJAC wishes to replicate this pilot program in every Environmental Justice community in the State.