Jersey City is currently developing its first-ever Climate Action Plan. This Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be a detailed and strategic framework for measuring, planning, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and related climatic effects. The goal of the Climate Action Plan is to develop and implement roadmaps for Jersey City’s highest priority climate actions. Public outreach and stakeholder engagement are essential components in the preparation and creation of a successful Climate Action Plan. The Office of Sustainability is engaging the public, including Jersey City residents, local organizations, and other stakeholders. We want to ensure that every member of the community has a chance to engage and contribute their ideas to the plan in a way that’s convenient and accessible for them.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the spring public meetings were cancelled. Please stay tuned for new engagement opportunities. Your participation is an integral part of the Climate Action Planning process.
The City created the Climate Action Steering Committee to provide key input and direction in the development of the Climate Action Plan. In addition, four working groups were formed to create strategies and action items for each of the major greenhouse gas emissions sectors: Energy, Transportation & Land Use, and Waste. The fourth group Equity & Outreach was created to maximize benefits and reduce barriers for communities of color and low-income populations. Find out more about these groups by visiting the Climate Action Steering Committee and Working Groups page.
On November 7, 2019, Jersey City held the first public meeting for the Climate Action Plan. The community was invited to learn about climate change in Jersey City and the development of the City’s first Climate Action Plan. In total there were about 40 attendees.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of Sustainability held one meeting in the second round of public meetings. Check back for more updates on the outreach process.
The second round of public outreach launched on March 3, 2020. The meeting was held at Congregation B’nai Jacob on West Side Avenue. The workshop included a presentation and a break-out activity where participants reviewed large posters containing the proposed action items. The activity gathered feedback on proposed policies and action items in order to help prioritize the actions. Later, participants were asked to fill out the CAP survey #2.
The first Climate Action Plan Survey closed on January 24th, 2020. There was a total of 218 responses. Thank you to every one who participated and shared the survey with others.
Stay tuned for results from survey #2!
After the first round of public outreach, The Office of Sustainability drafted the objectives and the proposed action items for the Energy, Transportation & Land Use, and Waste Sectors. Please provide feedback on these documents by taking the CAP Survey #2.