New Jersey Future

Address

137 West Hanover Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
County: Mercer
http://www.njfuture.org

Contact

Ms. Teri Jover

Grant Amount

$150,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

To begin to transform the state of urban water infrastructure by developing a series of advocacy campaigns that highlight those key elements of water infrastructure that make cities more attractive, resilient, healthy places in which to live, work and invest. With the support of a diverse, high-level steering committee and a growing cadre of engaged partners, New Jersey Future will develop detailed campaign plans and launch this effort.

Organization Background

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies at both the state and local levels. The organization employs original research, analysis and outreach efforts to build coalitions and drive change to revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy. More recently, New Jersey Future has expanded its work to include local engagement and implementation, most notably in Sandy-affected communities.

During its 25-year history, New Jersey Future has successfully advanced the adoption and implementation of new laws for protecting the environment and encouraging smarter growth, including the State Planning Act, Highlands Water Protection Act and legislation enabling transfer of development rights (TDR). It has taken legal action to stop sprawl and promote affordable housing and been granted 'friend of the court' status in testifying on the intricacies of the State Plan. New Jersey Future has a long, successful track record as a convener, both of high-profile large events including the annual Redevelopment Forum and Smart Growth Awards, and of smaller groups working toward a specific set of solutions, like the Statewide Transfer of Development Rights Task Force. The rich composition of New Jersey Future's board of trustees reflects and supports its collaborative approach to crafting consensus-based policy positions across diverse perspectives.

This project will be led by executive director Peter Kasabach and senior director of state policy Chris Sturm, with Chris continuing to serve as project manager. Chris has a great deal of experience leading advocacy campaigns and coalition-based efforts, a recent 'win' being the successful passage of reforms to the Municipal Land Use Law to improve noncontiguous clustering provisions. Key support will be provided by Nick Dickerson, policy analyst and Elaine Clisham, communications director; Dan VanAbs at Rutgers will also serve in an advisory role.

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