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. The next public meeting will take place in February 2020 so keep a lookout for any announcements.
If you missed our first meeting, check out the following links to catch up:
With the completion of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Jersey City will be developing a plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the city. The Climate Action Plan (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.
In order to support the development of the Climate Action Plan, a Climate Action Steering Committee and four Working Groups were formed. Over 80 people are participating in the Climate Action planning process through one of these groups.
The Climate Action Steering Committee (CASC) is made up of 20 representatives from local, regional, and state agencies. The role of the CASC is to provide input and guidance on the planning process and finished documents for the Climate Action Plan. So far the CASC has had two meetings, with more expected in 2020.
The four Working Groups are: Energy, Transportation & Land Use, Waste, and Equity & Outreach. Each working group is made up of about 15 stakeholders relevant to the particular sectors, including subject matter experts, and interested members of the public. The Working Groups have met twice so far and will next meet in January 2020. Priority actions identified by the Working Groups will be presented to the public for input in February.
Follow the links below for a list of the group members:
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.