May 7, 2020
To our Friends and Supporters:
As parks reopen and we begin preparing to restart the economy, COVID-19 continues to teach us valuable lessons about the ways in which we live, work, and recreate. At the same time, the pandemic is exacerbating social, environmental, and economic challenges that have persisted in New Jersey long before the pandemic struck. There is no better time to address these challenges than right now.  

We know that our communities are heavily segregated by income and race, and that the wealth and income gap has been growing. We understand the risks associated with climate change, flooding, and now pandemics. We know that where you live can determine your health and the length of your life. And we know that strong communities are vibrant, thriving places with robust economies, effective leadership, modern infrastructure systems, and an ability to adapt to change.  
Given what we know and the lessons we are learning, it is imperative that we use this knowledge during the recovery phase so that we significantly improve our state. We should be asking critical questions during each investment and policy decision, questions like Whom will this impact and how? Are we putting people or property in harm’s way? What long-term effects will this have? Are we planning with the future in mind? 
New Jersey Future has a track record of incorporating these types of questions into our work pre-pandemic and we are committed more than ever to asking them now. We have dedicated a page on our website to COVID-19 and New Jersey’s future , a future with strong, healthy, resilient communities for everyone. Please join us in our journey forward to a better New Jersey. 
In collaboration, 

Peter Kasabach
Executive Director
In response to the public health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Jersey Water Works Asset Management and Finance Committee submitted recommendations to the Governor's Office on April 17.

Where are New Jerseyans living? Where are they moving to and from? And what is driving these changes? Today, we add another variable for why people may choose to move: the consequences of a global pandemic on where people live and work.

This pandemic is highlighting the importance of creating aging-friendly towns to allow older adults to continue living in the communities they love with access to the amenities they need. Learn about an important tool towns can use to make this happen.

The Smart Growth Awards celebrate projects that lead the way toward better development. The deadline for all submissions has been extended to May 31, 2020. If you know a project, plan, or initiative that contributes to a brighter future for New Jersey, submit it for consideration today! Winners will be celebrated at an event at the Newark Museum on September 30, 2020.

New Jersey Future welcomes to its  Board of Trustees  Laureen Boles, Founder and CEO of E4Progress, LLC; Christopher Brown, PP, AICP, LEED GA, Director of Community Development, City of Hoboken; Kenneth M. Esser, Jr., Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff, Corporate Services, Governance & Government Relations, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Todd A. Gomez, Market Executive North Region, Community Development Banking, Bank of America. Read more.
Join New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association for a free webinar.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Presentation 12:00 noon- 1:00 pm
Q&A 1:00 - 1:30 pm

A panel of experts will explain key features of new stormwater rules that require the use of green infrastructure, and how to make green infrastructure work to your benefit using the newly updated Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0.
There will be an opportunity for Q&A. Continuing education credits available.
Legislative Updates
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  • New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach released a statement on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Strategic Funding Plan. Read the statement.
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Founded in 1987, New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sensible growth, redevelopment and infrastructure investments to foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods and fuel a strong economy. New Jersey Future does this through original research, innovative policy development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on strategic assistance.