Recent Work

Sustainable Organic Material Management Plan

Advanced Clean Trucks ProgramIn August, 2021, the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance Organics Workgroup finalized a Sustainable Organic Material Management Plan for New Jersey to help inform work going forward to reduce wasted food, feed those in need, and drive organics away from landfills which are significant contributors to methane emissions. Working through an extensive stakeholder engagement process with over 80 experts representing public and private sector organizations, including State, county and local government officials, academics, business and industry leaders, statewide associations, non-profit associations and consultants, the Workgroup conducted a holistic review of current organic material management practices focusing on food waste reduction and donation; food waste management in schools; community scale composting; large-scale organics recycling infrastructure; and sustainable animal manure management. The report identifies 17 core “opportunities for action.” Read the report here.

Advanced Clean Trucks Program

Advanced Clean Trucks ProgramPhoto attributed to the Province of British ColumbiaThe Alliance Public Health Working Group in partnership with Rutgers University researchers developed a June 2021 “Health Note” on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed regulation: Advanced Clean Trucks Program and Fleet Reporting Requirements. The program would adopt, by reference, California’s Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Program, requiring manufacturers of vehicles over 8.500 pounds to increase the percentage of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) or near zero-emission (NZEV) (only those using battery technology) sold in New Jersey. The purpose is to ultimately reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and fine particles (PM2.5) through accelerating sales of ZEVs. This report offers a “health lens” through which to view some of the potential impacts of implementing elements of the rule. This analysis includes an emphasis on health equity, paying strong attention to impacts on populations and communities that may already suffer disproportionate health, social, environmental, and economic inequities, which may be exacerbated by a proposed decision. Thus, this evaluation is in effect a public health prevention model intended to help to prevent potentially unanticipated negative outcomes and costs, and to provide guidance on policy decisions that will improve health and reduce disparities.   Read the Health Note on the NJDEP proposed regulation: Advanced Clean Trucks Program and Fleet Reporting Requirements Proposed Amendment: N.J.A.C. 7:27A-3.10, Proposed New Rules: N.J.A.C. 7:27-31 and 33 here.

Read the related NJ Spotlight Op-EdImproving health outcomes through climate-change actionby NJCCA Public Health Workgroup Co-Chairs, Dr. George DiFerdinando and David Henry. 

Public Health Workgroup White Paper

Public Health Work Plan Framework for ActionThe Alliance Climate Change and Public Health Working Group white paper summarizes the workplan of the NJCCA's Public Health Working group. The paper provides a history of the working group's efforts (including its Climate and Health Profile Report for New Jersey), outcomes of several convenings, examination of the intersection of climate and health equity, application of health impact assessment, and lessons from leading states that can be applicable to New Jersey within an emerging Climate and Health Framework for New Jersey. Advancing a Climate Change and Health Agenda for New Jersey: Opportunities for Action can be found here.

Health Equity

Building Capacity to Address Impacts of Climate Change on Health Inequities in New JerseyIn partnership with the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education (NJSOPHE), the Alliance convened approximately 60 New Jersey leaders on June 24, 2019 to engage in a dialogue about the intersection of climate change and health inequities. The meeting participants outlined general areas for action at the state and local level as well as opportunities to build capacity in the public health and nongovernmental communities. The Alliance Climate Change and Public Health Working Group is now working to follow up to develop additional actions for New Jersey. A summary of the June 24 convening is available at this link.

NJAdapt

NJ Adapt NJ Flood MapperThe Alliance has supported work to build public access to online tools, such as NJADAPT and NJ FloodMapper, that can help the general public, government officials, businesses, and non-governmental professional visualize and understand how they will be impacted by a changing climate. Follow these links to learn more:

Offshore Wind

REpower 5 Megawatt Offshore Wind Turbines and Energy SubstationThe Offshore Wind Planning process can be a confusing and daunting process with many levels of government involved in decision-making, leaving the public unsure of opportunities to have a voice in the process. The Alliance developed a brief guide that is designed to provide New Jersey citizens with background information regarding the developing offshore wind energy sector, how to be engaged in that process, and links to additional resources. The guide can be found here
Offshore wind energy is poised to expand dramatically along the eastern United States, including waters off the coast of New Jersey. However, the promise of sustainable energy also brings potential impacts on marine ecosystems from new turbines and transmission infrastructure. An Alliance working group has published a whitepaper to inform New Jersey coastal resource managers, scientists, and stakeholders about practices for ecological monitoring and mitigation of offshore wind energy systems by summarizing current policy and methodological approaches to ecological monitoring thus far at European and Eastern U.S. offshore wind installations. The whitepaper can be found here.

The Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project In consultation with several public health organizations and experts at The Health Impact Project, the Alliance developed a rapid Health Impact Assessment on the draft state Energy Master Plan.  The HIA focuses on the concept of equitable access to conditions and resources that allows one to live the healthiest life possible. It pays strong attention to impacts on populations and communities that may already suffer disproportionate health, social, environmental, and economic inequities, which may be exacerbated by a proposed decision.   HIA offers a public health prevention model intended to identify potentially unanticipated negative outcomes and costs, and to provide guidance on policy decisions that will improve health and reduce disparities. The HIA can be found at this link.

Climate Change Attitudes in New Jersey

Eagleton Institute in the Spring (Photographer: Nick Romanenko; Copyright: 2009 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)In April 2019, the Alliance commissioned a statewide public opinion poll with the Rutgers-Eagleton Center for Public Opinion polling to better understand the perspectives of New Jerseyans on climate change issues.  Among the results, the poll found that, while two-thirds of  New Jerseyans are concerned or very concerned about the impact that climate change will have on them, their family and the people around them, only four in ten have a lot of knowledge about how to prepare for changing climate conditions. Results from the poll can be found here