The NNJCF works with regional municipalities to encourage and facilitate their subscribing to the certification program conducted by Sustainable Jersey. Sustainable Jersey is a not-for-profit group founded at the College of New Jersey in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainable practices in New Jersey.
The Foundation is organizing a collaborative initiative comprising academic institutions, corporations, environmental organizations, and media groups to identify, research, and implement regional projects that will increase climate change resilience while raising public and business awareness of the threats of global warming. This work will benefit Northern New Jersey economically, while reducing damage from future climate change events.
The first project, the Hackensack River Corridor Demonstration Project (HRCDP) is currently underway. Under the technical direction of Rutgers University’s Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES), it is mobilizing seven municipalities on the river from Hackensack to Oradell, to work as a group on developing riverbank infrastructure that would both improve the regional economy through enhanced public use of the river and provide barriers to control storm flooding. Additional regional projects being considered are installing anaerobic digesters to convert organic waste into fuel, and establishing hydroponic greenhouses to serve all populations with reliable sources of organic food. We welcome hearing from parties interested in learning about and/or supporting these initiatives.
View the Concept Report here.