Past Events and Conferences

September 27, 2017 – Climate change policy in New Jersey at Duke Farms

On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance hosted a conference to assess the state of New Jersey's preparedness for a changing climate. Over 200 scientists, practitioners, and decisions makers came together to assess how far the Garden State has come in preparing for climate change and what critical decisions and stsrategies are needed now and into the future to protect our people, places, and assets. 

The conference agenda and presentations are below.


Agenda and Presentations

9:00 AM  Welcome and overview

9:15-9:45 AM State of New Jersey's Climate

Professor Anthony Broccoli, Ph.D.  Department of Environmental Sciences; Rutgers University
Broccoli Presentation

9:45-10:15 AM An overview of statewide policy recommendations

Marjorie Kaplan, Dr.P.H. Associate Director; Rutgers Climate Institute
Kaplan Presentation

10:15-11:15 AM Opportunities to Improve Quality of Life for all New Jerseyans. Facilitated by Dan Fatton, Executive Director, New Jersey Work Environmental Council
Fatton Presentation


  • George DiFerdinando, Jr.,M.D.,M.P.H,FACP, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health​.
    DiFerdinando Presentation
  • Ana Baptista Ph.D, Assistant Professor, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
    Baptista Presentation
  • David Henry, Health Officer, Monmouth County Regional Health Commission
    Henry Presentation
  • Robert Laumbach, M.D.,M.P.H.,C.I.H, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Medicine ​ Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Laumbach Presentation
  • Rob Freudenberg, Director, Energy and Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association
    Freudenberg Presentation

11:30AM - 12:30 PM Opportunities to improve New Jersey's Infrastructure. Facilitated by Mark Mauriello, Director of Environmental Affairs & Planning, Edgewood Properties
Mauriello Presentation


  • Jeff Perlman, Principal Planner, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Rick Thigpen, Vice President, State Government Affairs, PSE&G Services Corporation
    Thigpen Presentation
  • Patrick Natale, Vice President, Mott McDonald
    Natale Presentation
  • Jennifer Senick Ph.D, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building
    Senick Presentation
  • John A. Miller, P.E, CFM, CSM, Legislative Committee Chair, NJ Association for Floodplain Management
    Miller Presentation

12:30 - 2:00 PM Lunch and Keynote

Keynote speaker introduction by Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms

Keynote Speaker
Mindy Lubber, President and CEO of CERES
Lubber Presentation

2:00 - 3:00 PM Opportunities to Protect the Places We Love -- Facilitated by Patty Doerr, Director of Coastal and Marine Programs, The Nature Conservancy of NJ 
Doerr Presentation

3:00 - 3:45 PM Opportunities to Protect the Places We Love -- Facilitated by Gary Sondermeyer, Vice President for Operations, Bayshore Recycling


  • Randall E. Solomon, Director, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey
  • Megan Linkin,Vice President, Swiss Reinsurance America Holding Corporation
  • Anthony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute Monmouth University
  • Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College
  • Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future​

3:00 - 3:45 PM Wrap up and discussion-- Facilitated by Jeanne Herb, Associate Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Speaker Biographies



Thank you to our conference sponsors: