June 16, 2020
Dear Friends,
As the nation continues to mourn and learn, changes are being proposed at every level of government to address pervasive societal racial inequities and injustices.

An enormous indicator of racial and economic inequity in New Jersey are the segregated places where we live and work. These racially and economically segregated communities perpetuate inequities and vulnerabilities in all aspects of life including education, physical and mental health, economic opportunity, ability to respond to disasters, and life expectancy. Even before COVID-19 struck, a recent study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the life expectancy for a person born in Trenton is 14 years less than a person born a short drive up Route 1 in Princeton.

As an organization committed to smart growth, New Jersey Future has long been a leader in driving smarter decision-making about the places where we live and work. And New Jersey needs to get smarter. We must work together to end segregation and create a geography of equity and inclusion. This goal should be a significant focus of our recovery. With an equitable place-centered approach that creates opportunity and resiliency for all New Jersey communities, New Jersey will recover stronger and far better.

Toward equity,

Peter Kasabach
Executive Director
The City of Newark, New Jersey, has been replacing lead service lines at a rate of about 90 per day. On May 6, 2020 the City announced that it had replaced 10,000 LSLs, putting the City well on its way to replace all its LSLs within 24 to 36 months of its start date on March 13, 2019.
There are many ways for municipalities to finance development, but a public-private partnership (P3) is a particularly versatile tool that offers a lot of potential. A P3 enlists private capital in pursuit of a public good, which could be roads, water systems, or housing.
Thank You and Farewell to Two Staff
Marianne Jann, New Jersey Future's Manager of Finance and Administration, is retiring after 22 years with the organization. Her hard work and dedication have greatly contributed to the enduring strength of the organization. Louise Wilson, New Jersey Future's Director of Green Infrastructure, is retiring after 5 years with the organization. Louise's work on our Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program has had an incredible impact on New Jersey's towns. We wish them a relaxing and exciting retirement!

In related news, Kandyce Perry will take over as New Jersey Future's new Director of Green Infrastructure. Congratulations Kandyce!
Since the end of the decade of the 2000s, New Jersey Future has been documenting the return of population growth to the state's cities, towns, and older, walkable suburbs, noting that redevelopment has become the “new normal.” Read more.
New Jersey Future, in partnership with the New Jersey Builders Association, released the Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0. The guide, specifically designed for the real estate sector including developers, builders, and their professional teams of engineers, landscape architects, planners, and architects, features detailed information and guidance on New Jersey’s amended stormwater rules. Download the guide here.
In New Jersey, as the coronavirus threatens public health in the state with the second-highest number of cases and deaths, the water sector has to work even harder to ensure that services continue unimpeded, while also managing the issues of lead in drinking water, combined sewer overflows, and aging infrastructure in general.
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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. Embracing differences and advancing fairness is central to New Jersey Future’s mission and operations. To effectively advance its mission, New Jersey Future is firmly committed to pursue a culture of greater justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through its programs, internal operations and external communications.