The Garden State in the Greenhouse - Climate Change Mitigation and Coastal Adaptation Strategies for New Jersey

This report was prepared for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) by the Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Science, Technology & Environmental Policy (STEP) Graduate Student Workshop at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The report details recommendations for New Jersey to strategically respond to climate change, including both mitigation and adaptation policy options. Options are organized into six categories which include: 

1) Establishing New Jersey’s regional and national leadership on climate change;

2) Link climate change policies to economic growth and workforce development;

3) Boost energy efficiency gains;

4)  Make transportation more efficient and make development smarter;

5) Improve State preparedness for sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of storms; and

6) Increase public awareness about climate change impacts and support for state action.  

Recommendations to prepare for sea level rise include a series of actions that support: conducting vulnerability and economic impact assessments, incorporating climate change impacts into short- and long-term coastal planning, supporting municipal adaptation planning, preserving land to protect natural resources, enhancing emergency preparedness planning, and partnering with the insurance industry to develop a climate change risk management strategy.  Appendix 5 includes supporting resources and information.

Publication Date: January 2007

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  • Princeton University

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