TREES, are a cornerstone strategy toward implementing more Green Infrastructure (GI) in Jersey City. Alongside RAIN GARDENS, BIOSWALES & GREEN ROOFS, Trees provide multiple environmental benefits, including a lower cost option toward defending against negative climate change impacts. A long-term, integrated, citywide GI Implementation Plan, would be transformational for our growing river city – here are some of the ways SJC is connecting our other project initiatives and involving the community in this important conversation.
FREE NJ Tree Foundation TreeKeeper Certification Training scheduled for Saturday May 7th, 2016 – GREAT EVENT ! Thanks NJTF, appreciate all your support – – PICS HERE !!
Check out the 2015 JCEC Sponsored Tree Canopy Study to learn more about why this initiative is so important – only 14% of our city is eco-serviced by trees!! For cities our size, and in our geography, recommended coverage is 44% – yes that is correct, we are extremely deficient !! In order to provide the stormwater and other climate change resiliency opportunities, as well as provide greater biodiversity habitat and increased quality of life for residents (see Heat Island Effect), WE NEED TO PLANT MORE TREES !! Let’s get going on this initiative BETTER TOGETHER Jersey City 🙂
NEW MUA RAIN BARREL INITIATIVE for Residents & Community Gardens!!
AND . . . if you are interested in Water Conservation, check out these How To Save Water Tips by the GRACE Communications Foundation. SJC is also encouraging households, businesses and school classes to become WATER AWARE using their awesome H2O Conserve Water Footprint Calculator
SJC’s Rain Gardens +ART Campaign is an environmental remediation + educational outreach initiative. Partners on this initiative include ioby.org and the NJ Tree Foundation. As we develop funding strategies for this initiative through various foundations, we encourage the business community to engage in opportunities to Sponsor these installations. It would also be great to see more residences opt to convert lawns and hardscapes toward beautiful rain garden installations and smarter tree pit technologies. More information about how we are collaborating with JC arts organizations on this initiative can be found on our +ART page.
Tell us where you think we should plant a Rain Garden >>>>>HERE <<<<<
A City-wide Rain Garden Campaign – Medium sized cities like ours have targeted 10,000 Rain Gardens for their campaigns; we think 11,000 is a good number for Jersey City !!
This is a Sustainable JC Green Infrastructure initiative which focuses on the idea of reducing flooding and the incidence of combined sewer overflow (CSO) events in our neighborhoods. It is an opportunity for improved ground-water infiltration to recharge underground aquifers (source of life) and a reduction of pollution entering our surrounding rivers and even our streets.
It is also an opportunity to leverage a stormwater capture strategy toward a natural irrigation system for community gardens, as demonstrated by the Washington Park Permaculture Learning Garden installation. By Rutgers’ standards, 250,000 gallons of stormwater are diverted from Jersey City’s sewer system each year as a result of this initiative. Permaculture solutions and Green Infrastructure go hand in hand – SJC’s Rain Garden +ART Campaign is modeled after this success which was spearheaded by SJC’s founder.
Further, the City of Jersey City received a Sustainable Jersey Award for this innovative demonstration project during their 2011 certification process. SJC’s Rain Gardens +ART initiative, launced in 2011, is a citizens response initiative to the recent US EPA Consent Decree leveraged on Jersey City for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act. And these are the 2011 JCEC Recommendations for Municipal Action for Stormwater Management, yet to be implemented. Nor are the 2011 JC Sustainable Land Use Resolution commitments being adhered to.
MANY neighborhoods are impacted by the CSO issue here in JC. SJC has presented opportunities to work with the JC Environmental Commission on a Green Infrastructure Policy initiative, as well as offering to partner with the JC Municipal Utilities Authority to implement solutions in line with what Philadelphia, New York City, Camden and MANY other cities have realized. We have been at this since 2011 and are hopeful that 2015 will be THE YEAR for collective action on this front !
For example, we are advocating hard for use of Hudson County’s best practices Low Impact Development Checklist, and integration of green infrastructure strategies for Jersey City as outlined in their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies. We hope to see such an approach embraced by Jersey City Council, Planning, Zoning, JCRA and other related governmental officers, for ALL new and re-development construction projects. Many municipalities in the region are using a similar process, including making abatement awards contingent on implementing these actions as part of approved project plans. We hope you will get behind this initiative and support this cost saving and quality of life approach, to remediating and funding Jersey City’s urban flooding crisis.
More information about Green Infrastructure / Trees, Rain Gardens & More Green Roofs is available on our RESOURCES page. Also on that page, see the list of related Green Ordinances and policy guidelines currently in place here under the heading of City of Jersey City Green (-ish) Policies. Unfortunately, there are many gaps and / or these are not being enforced and / or they are not being orchestrated in concert – this causes confusion and we do not achieve needed change in making JC a more sustainable place to live and work.