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2016 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report (June 2016)

Volume I: Summary Report

At the Summit, Sustainable Jersey released the 2016 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Summary Report. The report suggests 57 goals and indicators that define a vision of sustainability for New Jersey.  Each goal has indicators that provide clu2016 SSSR Cover with Borderes as to how New Jersey is doing in achieving these sustainability goals.  For each goal there is a brief assessment of our progress as a state.

To download the Summary Report, click HERE.

Volume II: Technical Report

This volume contains the sources, data, and other detail that could not fit in the 2016 Summary Report.  For each indicator presented in the Summary Report the Technical Report displays the actual data in chart or table form, together with sources and some initial analysis, in some cases supported by data that goes beyond the indicators.

To download the Technical Report, click HERE.

Sustainable State 2016 Update & the New Gold Standard (June 2016)

The establishment of “Gold,” Sustainable Jersey’s highest level of certification, forgoes the link between the municipal program and the broader, lo2016 Gold Standard Cover with Borderng-term outcomes desired.  The roll-out of gold began with energy and waste because they are fundamental dimensions of sustainability for which there are widely accepted metrics of performance supported by readily available quantitative data.

To download the report, click HERE.

Statewide Change, One Community at a Time: A Comparative Study of Collaborative State-Local Sustainability Programs (April 2016)

This study identifies twelve statewide programs across the U.S. that recognize local governments for achieving voluntary sustainability standards.  Certification or other municipal rating systems is generally a signature element of these programs; yet, certification is often merely the most visible form of collective action among many aiming to coordinate priorities, policy, and resources among state and local, public and private actors.

Funded by the Surdna Foundation, this study was guided by a working group comprised of representatives of five state-local sustainability programs including: Minnesota GreenStep Cities, Sustainable Maryland, Sustainable Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Green Tier Legacy Communities and Sustainable Jersey. Key personnel from Green Cities California, Clean Energy Communities (CT), the Florida Green Building Coalition, Massachusetts Green Communities, Michigan Green Communities, Climate Smart Communities (NY) and Go Green Virginia also contributed to the report.

To download the report, click HERE.

2015 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report (June 2015)

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Volume I:  Summary Report

Over 300 New Jersey leaders gathered at the campus of The College of New Jersey for the release of Sustainable Jersey’s 2015 New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report that includes goals, indicators and assessments for achieving a more sustainable New Jersey. After a two year process consisting of stakeholder engagement, research and expert consultation, this report has 57 goals that define a vision of sustainability for New Jersey. Each goal has indicators that provide clues as to how New Jersey is doing.

To download the Summary Report, click HERE.

Volume II: Technical Report

This volume contains the sources, data, and other detail that could not fit in the Summary Report. For each indicator presented in the Summary Report the Technical Report displays the actual data in chart or table form, together with sources and some initial analysis, in some cases supported by data that goes beyond the indicators.

To download the Technical Report, click HERE.

New Jersey Energy Flow Model (June 2015)

The New Jersey Energy Flow Model describes the use and flow of energy within the state. This document describes the results and methods used to construct the model that quantifies where all of NJ’s energy comes from, how it is used within different end-use segments, and all the connecting flows. This model provides a framework for quantifying the use of energy within the state at any point, based upon objectively available information.

This document provides a technical overview of the NJ Energy Flow Model, as implemented through a spreadsheet and associated visualization infographic (Version 4.5). Please refer to the infographic and spreadsheet for details referenced in this overview.

To download the Energy Flow Model technical overview, click HERE.

The spreadsheets with data and sources supporting the Energy Flow Model can be found HERE for 2006 and HERE for 2012.

How to Implement An Energy Savings Improvement Plan: Sustainable Jersey How-To Guide (February 2013)

This guidebook, developed by Sustainable Jersey and sponsored by the NJ Board of Public Utilities, explains the process from beginning to end in straight forward and easy-to-understand language. Case studies of successfully implemented ESIPs are included and an exhaustive list of resources are also provided to guide local government units successfully through the ESIP process.

To download the guide, click HERE.

New Jersey Climate Change Trends and Projections Summary (2011)

Prepared by the Climate Adaptation Task Force, this summary provides New Jersey communities with a clear picture of the observed trends and projected future changes in the climate system. It also provides an introductory set of planning resources for adapting to climate change impacts.

To download the summary, click HERE.

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