2019 was the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods!
The Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods was an effort to connect residents to community initiatives that foster sustainability at the neighborhood scale. Projects for the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods included:
What is Sustainability? According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Jersey City Office of Sustainability focuses mostly on environmental sustainability, but sustainability relates to the economy and social issues as well.
What Does It Mean To Have a Sustainable Neighborhood or Community? According to the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a “sustainable community manages its human, natural, and financial capital to meet current needs while ensuring that adequate resources are available for future generations.” Sustainable Community are those that take “a long-term perspective – focusing on anticipating and adapting to change in both the present and future.”
Sustainable STEAM Challenge
The featured initiative of the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods was a collaboration between the Jersey City Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department and the Jersey City Office of Sustainability on a Sustainable STEAM Challenge with Problem-based learning (PBL) that used Science and Visual Arts to address environmental challenges. This citywide initiative was offered to all students Grades K-12.
Student teams in Grades 3-12 were challenged to identify and present solutions to sustainability-related issues they identified in their own neighborhoods. Students pitched their solutions to a panel of city officials and local stakeholders at City Hall on May 3rd, 2019 for an opportunity to be awarded funding to implement their projects.
K-2 classrooms also participated in the challenge by learning about the issues related to single-use plastic bags and designing reusable bags or artwork for reusable bags. More information on the Sustainable STEAM Challenge can be found at https://sustainablestemjc.org.
“Sustainable Neighborhoods” Art Show
A group exhibition that explored what makes our neighborhoods sustainable, in partnership with the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs.
If sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, then what does sustainability look like at the local neighborhood level?
Is it a community where the consumption of fossil fuels and emissions of greenhouse gases are minimized? Does it mean maintaining clean, accessible parks and tree-filled public spaces? Being protected from flooding? Reducing waste?
How about safe and reliable public transportation options? Or does it mean having small businesses nearby that you can walk to and knowing your neighbors? 2019 is Jersey City’s Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods and we want to see what that means to local artists.
This exhibition was on view: May 1 – 31, 2019
Make Your Neighborhood More Sustainable!
Reduce Waste and Litter
Manage Stormwater and Flooding
Eat Fresh & Local Food