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, the Jersey City Council passed Resolution 17-517 Reaffirming the Paris Climate Agreement.
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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
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.
Now that the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is complete, Jersey City will develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP). A CAP is 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. The Plan will bring together our City’s leaders, experts, community members, and advocates. 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.