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.

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

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.

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.

Next Steps

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.

  • August 2019: Report release of the 2016 Inventory of Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • October 2019: CAP Steering Committee launch
  • November 7, 2019: First public meeting and launch of Working Groups
  • Winter 2019: Public meetings, Working Groups meetings, and Steering Committee meetings
  • Winter 2020: Draft final report
  • Spring 2020: Final report release and presentation to Municipal Council