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Special Invitation To Our Joint Fundraiser Luncheon On Sunday October 27, 12 – 3pm ~

Special Invitation To Our Joint Fundraiser Luncheon On Sunday October 27, 12 – 3pm ~

Submitted by Deb Italiano  Board President, Sustainable JC

Dear Friends,

We are excited to invite you and your guests to a special Celebration Fundraiser Luncheon that we have arranged to both toast the athletes from the inaugural JC Half Marathon in Lincoln Park we have organized that morning with our partner Citytri AND to give Sustainable JC and JCFamilies an opportunity to socialize with our constituents in a beautiful and relaxed setting, which we rarely have the chance to do.  Together we will feast on a banquet of delicious farm food and an array of beverages hosted by the amazing Whealth & Company - thank you David Trotta !

We have reserved the SKY LOUNGE at Journal Squared for our Fundraiser Luncheon and for those of you who have not visited before, you will certainly be taken with the views of this 54th floor penthouse venue.  More importantly we are counting on the engaging company of Jersey City’s great community to create the cool vibe we intend – please join us 😊

While Sustainable JC has always been mission driven, this year we incorporated as a non-profit company and we feel privileged to now be able to fully partner with other non-profits here working hard to make Jersey City a better place to live and work.  In our case, and you all know this, SJC is working hard to ensure a cleaner, greener and more climate resilient city.  And in JCFamilies case, they are working hard to create a citywide community where parents and families can strongly connect and thrive.   We love JCFamilies and we are so pleased to be collaborating with them on this day of fundraising – thank you Mamta Singh for all that you do !

Both of our organizations wish to thank you for all your support in the past and we do hope that will continue – yes, turning out as you have is very important and please keep coming to all of our events but we will sometimes also ask you for financial support and this is one of those times.   Runners can still register for the fundraiser JC Half Marathon here  and please RSVP with your Luncheon Reservation here – Tickets are $25 per person.  

This JC Half Marathon and Celebration Luncheon is intended to be an annual tradition – so help us kick it off with a bang !

Space is limited so please RSVP asap.

Thanks and hope to see you there !

To Donate To SJC Now Click Here !

 

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ALERT - Invasive Insect Can Kill JC Trees, Please Be Aware !

Dear Tree Friends,

Please see the ALERT sent to us below by Jersey City’s new Forester Ed O’Malley. Please tune in !

See links below for photos to help you identify the Spotted Lanternfly which has been reported as moving thru NJ with some JC residents reporting sightings. Instructions below.

Jersey City residents have recently reported multiple confirmed sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma deliculata) or SLF. The SLF is an invasive insect native to Asia that was introduced into Pennsylvania and is spreading into New Jersey. SLF feeds and lays eggs on crops, fruit trees, and hardwood trees, and eventually colonizes and kills those affected plants and trees. It is imperative that Jersey City stays vigilant in reporting and removing the SLF from our community before it destroys our urban forest.  If you see the Spotted Lanternfly, take a photograph and report it immediately to The NJ Department of Agriculture at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0) and the Jersey City RRC at 201-547-4900. If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol, bleach or hand sanitizer.  What else? Kill it! Squash it, smash it...just get rid of it. In the fall, these bugs will lay egg masses with 30-50 eggs each.

We have added this information to the City’s website and we currently working on adding it to the kiosks around the city. Please reach out with questions or concerns. If anyone has any ideas to further spread the word please share. 

Attached are links to both the NJ Department of Agriculture and Rutgers SLF pages.

https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/spottedlanternfly.html

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/spotted-lanternfly/

 

Best Regards, 

Edward O’Malley

Senior Forester - ISA Certified Arborist (NJ 1243A)

Department of Public Works

Division of Parks and Forestry

13-15 Linden Ave East

Jersey City, NJ 07305

201.547.4449

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Upcoming Event This Tues Nite - Dig In to Dig Out: Managing Urban Soils to Tackle Climate Change

Perspective - Dig In to Dig Out: Managing Urban Soils to Tackle Climate Change

Submitted by Jassimran Oberoi

There has been a huge surge in awareness about the need to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, even as we begin to move toward adaptation strategies.

If you’ve been following the discourse driven by the recent youth-led climate actions—driven ever so elegantly by our very own Greta Thunburg…go Greta !—then you are aware of the broad range of actions we can take to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

But, there is one set of solutions that can be found within the very ground we stand upon which is very accessible to influence…!  Soil, yes soil, is a wonderful way of capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide, a primary cause of global warming. And link average soil to compost, and you have a truly powerful strategy for carbon sequestration to help reverse dangerous trends.

The soils beneath our feet have the potential to serve as an important carbon sponge if they are healthy and contain organic matter - the more organic matter, the more they can soak up CO2 from the atmosphere and deposit it via microbes and photosynthesis into the ground as soil carbon compounds. This simple process can be aided by actions we take to optimize soil health all around us and will serve as an important and inexpensive bridge toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Composting not only helps to optimize capturing carbon in the soil but helps to eliminate the food waste stream going to landfills, which when mixed with other trash is responsible for releasing substantial amounts of methane (more dangerous than CO2), and also large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere as it decomposes.  Food waste makes up approximately 30 - 40% of household “trash” - by diverting this waste stream from landfills we can avoid producing these dangerous greenhouse gases. If we then convert this food waste stream to compost and utilize it as a soil amendment to optimize the health of our soil, we will have truly begun to implement a very important strategy that will have a multiplier effect on behalf of taking action on climate change.

Come learn how individuals and organizations can implement practices that will maximize soil carbon storage, while building up healthy landscapes with better soil and water qualities,  reducing erosion and helping to better manage stormwater events.

Join us, on Tuesday, October 8th, from 7 PM to 9 PM, in the Jersey City Council Chambers, as we explore the many facets of this possibility.

REGISTER HERE


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Resiliency Planning in Jersey City - Upcoming Public Meetings !

Resiliency Planning in Jersey City - Upcoming Public Meetings !

Submitted by Debra Italiano, Founder & Chair, Sustainable JC

Dear Friends,

We’d like to share with you details about three (3) upcoming public meeting that have been scheduled by the Jersey City Division of Planning to brief community stakeholders on municipal Resiliency Efforts for the City.

Resiliency is a topic that SJC is asked about quite a lot, with folks wanting to understand what the difference is as it relates to Sustainability. In our view, Resiliency is not just an approach to disaster planning or risk management, as is conventionally thought. Rather, Resilience is about building elasticity into all design and planning systems, throughout their lifecycles. So basically it is the CAPACITY of any system - social, environmental, economic - to absorb and withstand disruptions in such a way that it retains it’s structure and its ability to function,.

Further, it is that integral elasticity that we want built in to any design or any planning system over the course of it’s existence. You can read more about Resiliency, Sustainability and Adaptive Management, in our Charter where we offer a definition of terms to these concepts and express the context of their nested relationships, particularly as it relates to Climate Change Impacts .

With that understanding in place, a series of important public meetings sponsored by Council Members Denise Ridley, James Solomon, Mira Prinz-Arey and the JC City Planning are coming up quick with the first one planned for tomoro evening ! Here are the dates, times and locations -

  • Tues Aug 6th @ 6:30pm at Our Lady of Mercy Church / Maria Room, 40 Sullivan Drive in Greenville.

  • Mon Aug 12th @ 6:30 at City Hall / Council Caucus Room, 280 Grove Street, Downtown JC

  • Wed Aug 28th @ 6:30 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Parish Hall, 99 Browadway on the West Side

Come out a get educated about what the City’s Resiliency Efforts are about - see the attached flyer for a Ward Map showing the Resiliency Priority Areas.

Hope to see you there !

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Launch of the Hudson Climate Coalition (HCC), on Climate Action

Launch of the Hudson Climate Coalition (HCC), on Climate Action

Submitted by Ashwani Vasishth, PhD, Founding Advisor, Sustainable Jersey City and Associate Professor of Sustainability at Ramapo College of New Jersey 

Following up on the April 2019 Hudson County Climate Town Hall held in Jersey City City Hall, the five organizations that initiated the Town Hall, came together to officially launch the Hudson Climate Coalition (HCC).  Convening at the Barrow Mansion on June 25th, 2019, Food & Water Watch, the Hudson County Sierra Club, Sustainable JC, and The Climate Mobilization (Hoboken Chapter) joined together, supported by the JC Environmental Commission to kick off the Coalition (HCC).

The June Kick-off Meeting began with Matt Smith, Food and Water Watch, introducing the Coalition, and the objectives of this particular “call to action.”  At its heart, the concern we have is as follows:  If it is true that we are squarely in the grip of a climate crisis, then why are we not, individually and collectively, acting urgently to change this “sorry state of affairs entire”?  And, more specifically, how do we mobilize rapidly growing numbers of activists in the battle to mitigate and adapt to climate change?

Following introductions, the group broke into two clusters, one to discuss the Green New Deal, and the other to consider local action and activism.  The session on the Green New Deal discussed how to promote such a massive economic stimulus & jobs program, designed to tackle our climate crisis, to our public officials. The discussion focused entirely on Hudson County’s congressional representatives. There was much interest in meeting with Congressman Albio Sires (8th District)—and, after that, with Congressman Donald Payne (10th District)—to lobby them to support the Green New Deal. It was agreed that these meetings would take place in the Fall—in part, so students from the Sunrise Movement would be around—and, between now and then, we would discuss strategy. Over 20 people said they wanted to participate in these efforts.

The cluster on local action and activism looked broadly at the case of urban forestry in Jersey City, and strategized ways to substantially increase the city’s tree canopy within a decade.  The group discussed Tree Legislation being considered by Jersey City’s City Council, as well as ways in which citizens could meaningfully provide input into the process.  The formation of a JC Shade Tree Commission was talked about, with a much-needed discussion about ways of ensuring that whatever oversight body might be created had enough power to push the city toward the ambitious but realistic and necessary goal of substantially increasing its tree canopy within the next decade.

This local action and activism break out group also focused on ways to work with local government and bringing forward a resolution to the Jersey City City Council to move the City toward carbon neutrality.

Halfway through the meeting, we switched things around again, breaking out into three clusters, with one focusing on organizing for Community Activism, one focused on stopping new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Hudson County, and one on local and regional political action, which rolled up as follows.

During the session on fighting fossil fuel infrastructure, local residents and advocates discussed the two fossil fuel power plants currently proposed in Hudson County, one in North Bergen Township which would send electricity to NYC, and a second proposed by NJ Transit in Kearny to provide grid resiliency.  These two proposed fracked-gas power plants would be among the largest carbon emitters in New Jersey.  Furthermore, Hudson County, which would be most impacted by the two power plants, already has an “F” rating from the American Lung Association for ground-level ozone, a dangerous by-product of natural gas power plants that is known to exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illnesses.  Learn more about natural gas power plant air pollution impacts here.

According to a 2018 report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we may now have as few as 11 years to reach critical levels in stopping greenhouse gas emissions before the Earth reaches a dangerous temperature. A Rutgers study notes that sea level may rise almost three feet by 2100. New Jersey must work quickly to mitigate climate change, and that starts by enacting a moratorium on all new fossil fuel expansion projects. 

Many participants in this session have already actively engaged in the campaign to stop the power plant proposed in North Bergen Township, many of them joining the recent “March For Our Lungs”, a student-led action that saw 500 local residents march to the site of the proposed power plant to call on Governor Murphy to stop it.  Some had also attended local forums and lobbied their local elected officials to pass a resolution opposing the power plant in North Bergen Township.  The main conclusion from the discussion is that we need to engage more people in these important issues with more petitioning, door to door canvassing, more educational events, more media and social media, and other grassroots organizing tactics.   

The Hudson Climate Coalition now has an email address <hudsonclimatecoalition@gmail.com> and a Facebook and Instagram presence: @hudsonclimatecoalition.

Finally, the JC Office of Sustainability is preparing to release a Climate Action Plan (CAP), which will soon be rolled out for public input and comment.  If you would like to engage with climate change actions within Jersey City, please send an email to sjc.climateactionplanning@gmail.com, with the Subject Line: Engaging the JC CAP Process.

Stay tuned for next steps.  In the meanwhile, follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  Or send HCC an email, to join our mailing list.

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