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Summary of State Agency Action

Because New Jersey’s statewide Climate Change Coastal Resilience Strategy was just released in November 2021, these pages capture some ongoing state activities, before adoption of the plan. This research will be updated in the future with the progress the state is making in implementing the adaptation actions and goals set forth in the Strategy.

Infrastructure

In 2011, PANYNJ published regulatory guidelines that provide specific sustainable design standards for transportation infrastructure and include consideration of climate change projections in project design evaluations. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is a bi-state agency that builds, operates, and maintains infrastructure critical to the New York/New Jersey region's trade and transportation network, including airports, marine terminals and ports, six tunnels and bridges between New York and New Jersey, and the World Trade Center.

The state is also home to a number of the winning projects selected as part of the Rebuild by Design competition, including the New Meadowlands and Hudson River Project, in Hoboken, New Jersey discussed in a report by the Georgetown Climate Center. In 2015, PANYNJ produced Climate Resilience Design Guidelines to ensure that new agency infrastructure and buildings are designed to account for projected changes in temperature, precipitation, and sea level.

The New Jersey Transit Authority has also implemented numerous resilience projects in rebuilding efforts after recent storm events, including: an assessment of the the resilience of the New Jersey Transit system and implementation of the TransitGrid project to use microgrids to ensure that the PATH rail system can continue to operate during grid outages.

 

(Research last updated: November 23, 2021).

 
 
 
 

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