Category Archives: Environment

Information on sustainable design, green architecture, USGBC, and news from the AIA-NJ Committee on the Environment.

New Perspectives on the Past

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Register Now! June 3-4, 2015 – NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference

The History and Historic Preservation Conference attracts professionals, volunteers and staff in the fields of history, historic preservation, architecture, planning, archaeology, nonprofit and museum management, and more.

Mount Laurel in Burlington County is the site of the 2015 conference.  The June 3 opening reception features guest speaker Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI Art Crime Team and author ofPriceless.  The full day conference onJune 4 will include tours, hands-on workshops, and educational sessions.  AICP, AIA and ASLa continuing education credits are being sought.

Co-hosts:  the NJ Historic Trust, NJ Historical Commission and NJ Historic Preservation Office.

Visit the conference website to review this year’s program, become a sponsor and register for the conference.

NJ Future Announces 2015 Smart Growth Award-Winners

Leadership Award will honor land-use attorney and former New Jersey Future trustee Anne S. Babineau Esq.

TRENTON, March 30 – A redevelopment of a historic urban park; the expansion of an anchor institution in our capital city; a “complete” redesign of a major urban street; a landmark multi-use building that serves as a community anchor; two plans to revitalize neighborhoods near transit; and a pioneering collaborative effort to improve urban neighborhoods prone to stormwater flooding are the winners of New Jersey Future’s 2015 Smart Growth Awards.

“We had a very thoughtful and varied group of entries this year,” said Andrew Hendry, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Utilities Association and a New Jersey Future trustee, who chaired this year’s jury. “The winners reflect all of the current growth and development issues the state is facing — re-thinking a street to accommodate all users; re-energizing ‘edge’ neighborhoods that have good access to transit; making maximum use of urban green space to enhance neighborhoods and control flooding problems; and leveraging anchor buildings and institutions to revitalize urban centers. The jury is proud to present these as exemplars of best-practice planning and development in the state of New Jersey.”

New Jersey Future will also present the Cary Edwards Leadership Award to Anne S. Babineau Esq., a partner in the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA. This award, named for the late former assemblyman and state attorney general who was a key player in passage of the State Planning Act in 1987, recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life and promoting smart growth in New Jersey through sustainable land-use policy and practice.
“Anne has been a tireless crusader for high-quality, intelligent development and redevelopment in New Jersey,” said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach. “Her elegant solutions to difficult issues have on so many occasions been the key that opens the way to exactly the kind of redevelopment and revitalization New Jersey needs in order to thrive. Our state, and in particular its urban areas, would be less vibrant and less economically healthy without Anne’s hard work.”

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Redevelopment Forum on March 13

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New Jersey Future’s Redevelopment Forum is a daylong conference that brings together more than 500 municipal and state leaders and leading professionals in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned.  We have applied for and expect to receive AIA, AICP, CLE and GBCI continuing education credits
Tickets are $110 for New Jersey Future members, municipal employees and non-profits  and $150 for non-members until February 20 (after February 20 tickets are $155 for members and $190 for non-members).
Questions: contact Marianne Jann at 609-393-0008, ext. 101.

How Do You Floodproof a City?

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Going UP? Coastal Flood Mitigation

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Vote Yes : The Clean Water, Open Space, Farmland & Historic Preservation Dedication

Ballot Public Questions #2 – November 4, 2014

Vote Yes to support Clean Water, Open Space, Farmland & Historic Preservation

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Since 199, the New Jersey Historic trust has awarded $ 137.6 million in funding for historic preservation planning and “bricks and mortar” construction projects to worthy sites in every part of the state.

That fund is now depleted, and New Jersey’s history is suffering.

A 2012 capital needs survey identified current restoration needs greater than $ 787 million in the state of New Jersey.  This is a conservative estimate.  The Historic Trust routinely receives requests for funding 2-3 times greater than the available grant money.

Find more information online at:  Keep It Green NJ

 

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AIA Regional Recovery Working Group Presents:

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Regional Architecture Groups Look At Critical Infrastructure in a Post-Sandy World

Reprint of article published on July 11, 2014, on NJBiz

Chapters of the American Institute of Architects from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island held a “regional recovery working group” Friday on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, focusing on changes to critical infrastructure design in a post-Hurricane Sandy world.

The event was the third in a series of Sandy-related workshops. Others have looked at Sandy’s effects on cities and coastal communities.

Speakers from both the public and private sectors weighed in Friday, touching on issues concerning resiliency, design, building codes and the coordination on the parts of regional governing bodies.

“Forums like this are pretty awesome because it’s the idea exchange that happens,” said John Boulé, a vice president of global planning firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Brain cells start to knock against each other … and hopefully it will spur you to some action.”

Boulé discussed protecting transportation assets and rethinking planning strategies, namely by incorporating cost-benefit analysis into the framework.

“You have to come up with different ways of thinking about risk,” Boulé said.

Scott Davis, senior advisor in the office of the secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that at the federal level, making progress after Sandy is the goal, but it’s difficult to put broad timetables on projects.

“I think we’re all looking to move forward as quickly as possible and some projects might be more complicated than others,” Davis said.

Davis added that he feels a focus point in the future for architecture groups and others in the industry will be turning resiliency into a household word, much like sustainability is today.

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Sustainable Jersey Looking for Participants

Sustainable Jersey has contacted AIA-NJ to see if there would be interest in filling some openings on their Task Force.  Here is some information about the program.

Sustainable Jersey is supported by 24 issue-based Task Forces (TFs) that help maintain the integrity and substance of the certification program.  Over 300 leaders in New Jersey volunteer to serve on the Sustainable Jersey Task Forces from academia, the non-profit sector, the business community, and state, local, federal, and county government.  The Task Forces research and disseminate best practices, translate global and state imperatives into local actions, test sustainability planning models and develop community resources for the program.

For More Information on Sustainable Jersey Task Forces:  http://www.sustainablejersey.com/about/task-forces/

Specifically to Green Design:

•             Typically the Green Design TF meet about 2 times a year. These meetings can be scheduled when/ where/ how it is most convenient for the members to meet. They typically are about 2 hours long.

•             The expected products from a TF are “Actions” that are then Incorporated into the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program. All actions are listed here: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/actions-certification/actions/.

 

List of Current Green Design Actions:

Green Building Policy/Resolution – 5 Points

Green Building Training – 5 Points

Green Building Education – 5 Points

Commercial and Residential Buildings

  • Create a Green Development Checklist – 10 Points
  • Site Plan Green Design Standards – 20 Points

Green Design Municipal Buildings

  • New Construction  – 20 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Construction Waste Recycling  – 10 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Upgrade/Retrofit-Light Pollution  – 10 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Upgrade/Retrofit-Water Conservation  – 10 Points

 

•             After actions are added into the program, TF’s are then charged with developing training and outreach to provide support to municipalities that are looking to receive points for that action. Participants take feedback from municipalities on proposed actions and then revise the actions accordingly on annual cycle.

 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Sustainable Jersey Green Design Task Force please contact:

Athena Sarafides, LEED AP

Sustainability and Green Energy

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Tel: (609) 777-4211

Fax: (609) 292-1921

[email protected]

www.nj.gov/dep/sage

 

USGBC-NJ Hosts Senator Norcross Networking Event

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USGBC NJ Chapter
South Branch Presents
SENATOR DONALD NORCROSS
PRESENTATION & NETWORKING DINNER
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Wyndham Philadelphia – Mount Laurel

Come out and enjoy a night of networking and socializing with others in green building & advocacy related fields. Senator Norcross will discuss the topics of economic development, green building, and school construction, particularly in South Jersey.

REGISTER HERE


Senator Donald Norcross (D),
Legislative District 5:
Committees: Law and Public Safety, Chair, Military and Veterans’ Affairs Transportation. Senator Donald Norcross was sworn to the Senate on January 19, 2010. The Senator has been an advocate for the working men and women of New Jersey. He also championed efforts to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities. As a legislator, he is working to reduce the costs of government and to bring property taxes under control. He also promotes reform movements within government spending, ethics, and accountability. He is dedicated to creating public-private partnerships and other initiatives to spur economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, and rejuvenate the downtown business districts within Camden.CLICK HERE for full bio.

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:

            

SCHEDULE:
• 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm sign-in, networking & drinks (cash bar)
• 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm buffet dinner and networking
• 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm speaker Senator Norcross (includes Q&A)
COST TO ATTEND:
Members/ Non-members & Students/ Emerging Professionals: $25
(Click here to register)
LOCATION: Wyndham Philadelphia – Mount Laurel
1111 Route 73 North, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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