Your participation and feedback will help New Jersey to shape the future investment in climate change solutions. As a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program that caps emissions from fossil fuel power plants and raises funds to fight climate change, New Jersey releases a Strategic Funding Plan every three years that identifies how we will invest its share of RGGI funding. To ensure that the Strategic Funding Plan reflects the needs and priorities of New Jerseyans in an equitable way, we want to hear from you about how the state should invest these funds.
The next Strategic Funding Plan will be released in 2023 and we would like to hear from you about what projects and programs the state should invest in. We want to make sure everyone can participate so here are a few different ways you can get involved.
From June 9th- July 11th we asked the public to vote on which climate change solutions that reduce emissions, provide clean energy, and increase equity were most important. Using an online tool called “Your Climate Solution Ideas,” we collected over 241,000 votes from users across the state.
The tool presented users with two randomly selected, climate change solution ideas from a list of project ideas that the agencies could fund with RGGI dollars. Users then selected the option that was more important to them or submitted their own idea instead that was added into the list of climate change solution ideas. The tool then ranked all the ideas in the system based on the likelihood that a given solution will be favored over any other randomly selected solution in the list using an algorithm.
The results are in! Read the full results from the tool here.
NJDEP, NJEDA and NJBPU hosted the first webinar to review the previous RGGI climate change investments and launch the public comment period for the new strategic funding plan on June 9th from 6-7:30PM on Zoom. To watch a recording of this webinar, click the button below. In the coming months, the agencies will host a series of virtual public information sessions to gather further input on the upcoming Strategic Funding Plan. Please refer to this page for the latest information on the schedule of events. If you’d like to be notified of upcoming events and stay up to date on all updates related to RGGI Strategic Funding Plan engagement, share your email to join our RGGI newsletter.