Sustainable Jersey City will offer its Certificate Program in Urban Sustainability beginning on March 14. A fast track immersive course on the principles of urban sustainability, resiliency and a balanced urban ecology, the program has trained more than 250 urban sustainability leaders since its launch in 2014. The program spans 30 hours in total — […]
Jersey City Sustainability
Years After a Forester’s Explosive Memo, City Continues to Underfund Trees, Say Workers
It was 2017, and Jersey City Forester Ryan Metz had had enough. After only nine months on the job he tendered his resignation, frustrated by the city’s underfunded and dysfunctional forestry program. In an explosive four page resignation memo obtained by the Jersey City Times, Metz catalogued myriad problems and detailed his ideas for addressing […]
Activists and Local Officials Gather to Protest Turnpike Widening
With the New Jersey Turnpike as a backdrop, a coalition of activists and local officials gathered yesterday to protest a $4.7 billion plan that would rebuild and widen the turnpike over an 8.1 mile stretch from Exit 14 in Newark to the Holland Tunnel. Work would include replacement of the Newark Bay Bridge. The project, […]
How Green is Jersey City? Depends Who You Ask
How well Jersey City is doing on the sustainability front depends upon who you ask. Two financial websites come down on opposite sides of the question, one placing Jersey City firmly among the top cities when it comes to “greenness” but another putting Jersey City in the bottom third. The founder of a local environmental […]
After Hurricane Sandy
Photos taken during and after Sandy show a city knocked back on its heels.
Sandy Ten Years After: a Short Film
Stephanie Daniels on how the film came about. Sandy 10 Years After is made from footage both Mark and I shot — he with GoPro on his head (all the 10/29 exterior shots) and me with my phone. I edited the first part on 10/29/12 and kept thinking hey this storm isn’t so bad — […]
A Committee Grapples with Tree Maintenance Throughout City
In what has become an annual ritual, on Monday at the monthly meeting of the Shade Tree Committee, Jersey City’s new forester, Mike DiCiancia, acknowledged that the city’s top priority for trees should be pruning and removals, not planting, something the city has failed to budget for adequately (or even specifically) for fifteen years. In […]
As NYC Considers Congestion Pricing, Critics Pan Plan to Widen Turnpike
In New Jersey, state officials attempting to ease congestion on the section of the New Jersey Turnpike that leads to the Holland Tunnel are backing the type of plan urban economists worldwide have said encourages more traffic: widening the roadway so more cars can fit on it.
Murphy: EVs Will Cause More Traffic Requiring Turnpike Widening
In an interview on News 12 New Jersey, Murphy explained that the widening would permit a “dramatic increase” in the use of electric vehicles.
Jersey City’s Garbage Trucks go Electric
The City of Jersey City has begun taking delivery of five BYD fully electric refuse trucks.