Green Infrastructure Committee

Change Committee
  1. Launched the new JWW Water Risk and Equity Map to show where overburdened communities experience water-related risks.
  2. Published a memo on the ways that stormwater utilities can support green infrastructure.
  3. Helped to shape two chapters of the Green Streets Handbook (completed) and four green infrastructure advocacy fact sheets (in progress).
  4. Developed a document that showcases green infrastructure use on Green Acres projects (to be published in late December 2021).
  5. Began to draft a brochure on green infrastructure maintenance and a list of green infrastructure workforce training programs.
  1. Sent recommendations to the DEP regarding reasonable use of green infrastructure within Green Acres-restricted parks.
  2. Released case studies showing how 3 New Jersey communities—Hoboken, Highland Park, and Camden—planned and implemented green streets to meet regulatory requirements for stormwater management and provide community benefits.
  3. Trained local green infrastructure champions in partnership with the Rutgers Water Resources Program.
  4. Adopted a methodology to map flood-prone environmental justice areas with the CSO Committee.
  1. Worked with New Jersey Department of Transportation and other partners to develop a new Complete and Green Streets policy that includes language for health, equity, and green infrastructure.
  2. Conducted nine Green Infrastructure Champions workshops in partnership with Rutgers Water Resources program and established an advisory committee.
  3. Conducted a national survey of stormwater utility incentive programs for green infrastructure.
  1. Secured funding from EPA Region 2 to produce a green streets handbook.
  2. Working with NJDEP to revise rules, guidance, and tools to integrate green infrastructure into parks, municipal reports, and project inventories.
  3. Completed a first draft of a green infrastructure guide for private property owners and residents.
  1. Identified  new ways for existing parks to manage stormwater via design tips and recommended changes to Green Acres protocols.
  2. Advanced green infrastructure and green streets by educating municipal and county engineers and forging a partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
  3. Helped municipal leaders promote green infrastructure planning and implementation by creating new Sustainable Jersey “actions.”
  1. Recommended state-level policy changes to support “green streets” that build on NJDOT’s successful complete streets program. 
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