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New Jersey’s transition to a green economy is just at the starting-blocks. Tomorrow’s economy will be green all the way through. It needs to be.

Together we can create a cleaner and greener New Jersey, one that is based on sustainable prosperity — prosperity for the long-term, in harmony with the earth, capable of supporting future generations. To begin with, we still have a lot to clean up. New Jersey is still #1 on the list of Superfund sites. And a lot of other areas are contaminated, distressed, paved over, and poorly utilized. Using Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture, we can restore the land to its full ecological capacity to absorb carbon, clean the air, and nourish us.

Then there’s the way we operate our economy: our buildings, our land and water use, our transportation, our industry and agriculture. Our energy remains overwhelmingly fossil-based and nuclear, and fifty per cent of it is wasted. Our greenhouse gas emissions are coming down, but not nearly fast enough. And the poorest areas are also the most ecologically distressed. So there’s a lot that needs to be fixed.

And because that’s true everywhere, New Jersey has a new opportunity to lead in innovation and economic creativity. Going green offers a rapidly growing list of economic opportunities for entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors.

So we invite you to share your vision, your knowledge, and your story, as a building-block of the new economy in our state.

Become a contributor, in as many ways as you can. And tell us what you need to be more effective, more impactful, and more successful. Together we can make it happen.

The vision of a Green World is not fantasy; nor, however, is it realistic. What it is, is possible. (Charles Eisenstein, Climate: A New Story, 2018, p.278)


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Comments to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) on their 2019 Draft Energy Master Plan (EMP)

(This is an expanded version of what I sent to the NJBPU yesterday to meet their deadline for officially commenting on the 2019 Draft EMP.) Background I have either testified and/or sent the NJBPU comments on various editions of the EMP over the years. And, as an assignment, one of my classes once sent them …

12 Ideas for Sustainable Jersey’s “Next 10 Years”

This past Tuesday, Sustainable Jersey (SJ) held a “Listening Session” in Maplewood, the first of three they will be holding around the state. SJ is a non-profit, residing within The College of New Jersey. They set criteria for, and certify, municipalities at three increasingly challenging levels of sustainability. This is on the occasion of their …

“Carbon Neutral” is Not Good Enough in Energy Master Plan

Jeff Tittel, Senior Chapter Director, NJ Sierra Club (Reprinted from with the author’s permission.) The climate crisis is here and already impacting New Jersey. Greenhouse gas emissions globally set an all-time high last year. Our oceans are warming 40 percent faster than previously believed. The IPCC has given us 12 years before the worst climate …

Executive Summary

The Essence of this Proposal

This site is based on a proposal created by six students under the guidance of their professor at Ramapo College as part of their spring, 2018 “Ecology, Economics, and Ethics” course. Throughout the course these students were exposed to various strategies for how to approach economics in an ecologically sustainable way. These students met with experts on different topics from sustainable business to conservative economics. Based on what was learned, we would like to share our thoughts on how New Jersey can become a leader in sustainable economics, focusing on the green economy concept. These suggestions came from weeks of brainstorming and research.

We, as a class, have chosen to write this proposal to present to our new governor, Governor Phil Murphy, in hopes that he will become aware of some possible new strategies that New Jersey could implement in order to continue to improve New Jersey’s economy, which are mostly in line with his stated principles, while doing right by our environment.

We conclude that New Jersey can resume its historic leadership with the green economy idea by taking it to new and possibly unprecedented levels, both in scope and depth. Recommendations are offered to support this conclusion. Finally, two Appendices provide summaries of historically related articles and reports, which contain potentially other ideas that could be tapped which could further extend that leadership; and then how to further deepen the green economy.

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An Open Opportunity to Collaborate and Contribute

Our vision for this web site is to build a vehicle for collaboration with other groups and organizations and for contributions by individuals to the development of the green economy in New Jersey.  We’ve reached out to several groups and individuals, each of whom is capable of bringing new elements to the site and and new opportunities for action, and we invite you to join us in making this a resource for the transition in New Jersey to a greener future.

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Jonathan Cloud, Executive Director
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