Past Events and Conferences

December 9, 2022 – Advancing Climate Change Solutions in New Jersey Creating Opportunities to Build a Healthy, Just Resilient and Carbon-neutral Garden State

The New Jersey Climate Change Alliance held its annual conference on December 9, 2022 at Rutgers University. The agenda and conference presentations are below.

Advancing Climate Change Solutions in New Jersey:
Creating Opportunities to Build a Healthy, Just, Resilient and Carbon-Neutral Garden State:

Big Ideas from the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance
Friday December 9, 2022 – Busch Student Center


NJCCA 2022 Annual Convening focuses on integrated climate change solutions that:
• Advance health equity    • Promote social justice    • Create vibrant communities    • Encourage nature based solutions

Welcome 9:00-9:15 am

  • Advancing the intersection of climate preparedness and net zero emissions
    Martha Maxwell-Doyle, NJCCA Co-Chair and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Plenary 1: Climate Solutions that Advance Social Justice 9:15-10:20 am

Moderator/Panelist: Gary Sondermeyer, NJCCA Co-Chair and Bayshore Recycling
Panelists: Jon Carnegie, Rutgers University; Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Action; Nicky Sheats, Kean University

Break 10:20-10:30 am

Plenary 2: Climate Solutions that Advance Health Equity 10:30-11:30 am

Moderator: David Henry, NJ Association of County and City Health Officials
Panelists: Kevin McNally, NJ Public Health Association; Sharon Roerty, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Raymond Brandes, New Jersey Hospital Association

State Updates 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Moderators: Pam Frank, Gabel Associates and Tom Lewis, WSP
Panelists: Jane Cohen, Executive Director Office of Climate Action and Green Economy; Joseph Fiordaliso, NJBPU President; Shawn LaTourette, NJDEP Commissioner; Elkins Green, NJDOT Director of Environmental Resources; Donna Rendeiro, Executive Director State Planning Commission

Lunch 12:30 – 1:15 pm

Keynote: Opportunities and Challenges for Climate Justice 1:15 – 2:00 pm
Sacoby Wilson, Professor and Director, T.H.E. EJ Lab
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland

Legislative Updates 2:00-3:00 pm
Moderator: Zoe Baldwin, Regional Plan Association
Panelists: Honorable Bob Smith, Chair, NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee and Honorable James J. Kennedy, Chair, NJ Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee

Plenary 3: Nature Based Climate Solutions that Build Vibrant Communities 3:00-4:00 pm

Moderator: Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey
Panelists: Tim Dillingham, American Littoral Society; Tom Gilbert, NJ Conservation Foundation; Liz Semple, The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey