Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rutgers gets a not so five-and-ten-cent climate grant

  Kresge's 5&10-cent employees in the 1900s                         
A public-private alliance at Rutgers University that seeks to build climate change preparedness in New Jersey is getting a two-year $400,000 grant from
The Kresge Foundation.

The award is being made to t

New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA), an initiative of the School of Environmental and
Biological Sciences and the Edward
J. Bloustein School of Planning
 and Public Policy at Rutgers.

In a news release announcing the grant, the university says the alliance was "f
ormed in response to the work of a diverse group of stakeholders who came together in November 2011 at Rutgers University to participate in the conference “Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: A Workshop for Decision Makers.

It describes the NJCAA as a "network of policymakers, public and private sector practitioners, academics, and NGO and business leaders designed to build climate change preparedness capacity in New Jersey."

“The funding from The Kresge Foundation will help the Alliance develop important public policy recommendations for state and local climate change preparedness that will serve as a model outside of New Jersey,” said Robert M. Goodman, executive dean of Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “These recommendations will also help identify and facilitate emerging innovative projects and partnerships that address key gaps in climate change preparedness.” 

The NJCAA will study the impacts of precipitation, temperature, storm surge, sea-level rise, drought, inland flooding and temperature extremes on six targeted sectors: agriculture, built infrastructure, coastal communities, the natural environment, public health and society, and water resources.

A conference on Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices and Policy Priorities, is planned for May 22, 2013, at Rutgers’ Cook Campus Center. The conference will identify efforts underway in New Jersey to prepare for climate change impacts as well as about the leading practices outside New Jersey and the state and local public policies that will enhance New Jersey’s preparedness for climate change.

See the full news release here

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