As Governor Murphy rejoined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, committed to building 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030, and initiated a revision of the state Energy Master Plan, NJEJA worked with other clean energy, climate resilience, and just transportation advocates to produce equitable policy development and implementation. Consistent with our energy justice work to elevate the decision-making of environmental justice communities, NJEJA partnered with the Energy Foundation to: co-chair its Health and Equity Committee; participate in community solar pilot(s); draft energy policy climate and equity considerations; address barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and propose targeted emission reductions from transportation sector.
Sandy Climate Justice Roundtables
NJEJA continued its climate resilience work through the statewide Sandy Climate Justice Roundtables and three subcommittees of more than 50 organizations and individuals: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Community-led Climate Resilience, and Climate Justice Curriculum.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Subcommittee
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Subcommittee refined its campaign work-plan intended to improve access for environmental justice communities to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The subcommittee proposes to map the energy needs of low income communities in several New Jersey cities, then advise New Jersey urban municipalities on which federal energy efficiency and renewable energy programs would best meet community needs, all in partnership with the Urban Mayors Association of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University.
Community Mitigation & Adaptation Planning Subcommittee
The Community-led Climate Resiliency Subcommittee reviewed research conducted by the Lower Passaic Urban Waters Partnership on the distribution of federal funds post Hurricane Sandy. The data is being reviewed with an equity lens to ascertain the extent to which EJ communities received funds and how EJ communities might achieve greater access to disaster relief in the future. The subcommittee proposes to produce a template for community-led mitigation and adaptation planning.
Climate Curriculum Subcommittee
The NJEJA Climate Education Committee has developed a successful ongoing partnership with the Long Branch School District at the invitation of NJEJA Board Member Avery Grant, who is a long time member of the Long Branch Board of Education. During focus group meetings, NJEJA presented four units of the Leadership Training program to the Long Branch high school teachers and led a trip to the Ocean County Materials Recovery and Composting Facility.