The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) was honored with a 2017 Planning Excellence Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association on October 30, 2017. The NJCAA won the James W. Hughes Applied Research Award for its Science and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to develop consensus science projections regarding sea-level rise, coastal storms and coastal flood hazards in New Jersey to support local planning and decision-making. The STAP and a companion report are being used by planners in several contexts in New Jersey.
On December 9 2017, Jeanne Herb, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Marjorie Kaplan, Rutgers Climate Institute, the Co-facilitators of the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance, received the 2017 Public Health Advocates of the Year Award from the New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to public health in New Jersey through the work of the Alliance. The NJCAA has released the New Jersey Climate and Health Profile Report.
The Rutgers-led New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Floodplain Management Award for "progressive collaborative work on climate change preparedness in New Jersey"by the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management at its 12th annual conference in Atlantic City in October. Facilitated by Jeanne Herb of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University and Marjorie Kaplan, Associate Director of the Rutgers Climate Institute, the Alliance is a network of policymakers, public and private sector practitioners, academics and NGO and business leaders designed to build climate change preparedness capacity in New Jersey. Former New Jersey Governors Tom Kean and Jim Florio are Honorary Co-Chairs and its Advisory Committee is Chaired by Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms and Kathleen Ellis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey Natural Gas. It has issued over 30 reports and developed tools, videos, resources and provided support in addressing climate change preparedness for New Jersey. Most recently it released three documents regarding sea-level rise in New Jersey.
Read the October 2016 reports related to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel on Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: Report of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel; Assessing New Jersey’s Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: A Companion Report to the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Science and Technical Advisory Panel Report; Integrating Science into Coastal Resilience Planning and Decision Making available here.
Ms. Laura Tessieri, New Jersey Association For Floodplain Management presents "Outstanding Floodplain Management Award" to Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Rutgers Climate Institute, who accepted the award on behalf of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.