Climate change threatens public health, the economy, safety, and quality of life. The City of Jersey City recognizes that extensive efforts must be made in order to mitigate the effects of climate change on both local and global communities.

Climate Change and Jersey City

Jersey City is already experiencing climate change and its impacts. As a dense urban area and coastal community, Jersey City is particularly vulnerable to the many effects of a changing climate. Jersey City has already experienced these effects locally in the form of extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, which caused power outages, severe flooding, and property damage resulting in millions of dollars in losses to the city’s local economy. The impacts of these climate risks are projected to increase as more greenhouse gases (GHGs) are emitted. Read more about Jersey City’s changing climate HERE.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has compiled excellent data on the current and projected impact of climate change within the State. Please see their website at https://www.nj.gov/dep/climatechange.

Another excellent resource for understanding climate change impacts in coastal municipalities like Jersey City is the recent report from  Rutgers: New Jersey’s Rising Seas and Changing Coastal Storms: Report of the 2019 Science and Technical Advisory Panel. Read it HERE.


Taking Action

Jersey City is taking action both to mitigate and to adapt to Climate Change. The City has committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. A City-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory was completed in 2019, and the City is now developing it’s first plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the city. This Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be a detailed and strategic framework for measuring, planning, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and related climatic effects. Read below for more information on all of these actions.

Our Climate Commitments

Jersey City has made several important commitments to address global climate change.

In 2015, the Jersey City Council passed Resolution 15-485 to Fight Climate Change.

In 2017, Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined the “Mayors for Climate” Coalition following President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

In 2017, the Jersey City Council passed Resolution 17-517 Reaffirming the Paris Climate Agreement.

In 2018, Mayor Fulop signed a letter of commitment officially joining the City of Jersey City to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

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As a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Jersey City has committed to aggressive, measurable action to address the climate crisis, including conducting a city-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, developing public emissions targets, and creating a roadmap for achieving those targets. The graphic below provides an overview of the municipal actions required by the Global Covenant of Mayors.

Steps for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

A Timeline of City, State, and Global Climate Actions

Jersey City Climate Action Planning Bulletins

The following four bulletins provide a quick intro to Jersey City’s GHG inventory, climate commitments, and next steps.

Jersey City Climate Action Plan 2020

The City is currently developing its first-ever Climate Action Plan. 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.

Find out more about our Climate Action Plan and our outreach process here: CAP 2020 Public Process

*Due to the public health crisis, public meetings for the Climate Action Plan have been postponed until further notice.


CAP Quick Links

Find out more about our outreach by visiting the CAP 2020 Public Process page.

GHG Emissions Inventory

In partnership with the PSEG Institute of Sustainable Studies at Montclair State University, Jersey City completed a Communitywide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for the baseline year of 2016. A community-wide GHG emissions inventory measures the amount of greenhouse gases that are being emitted city-wide and identifies what sources they are coming from.

Funding for this report was provided by the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program and the Gardinier Environmental Fund.

Read the report.

Resiliency Planning

Other Relevant City Plans