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Advancing Climate Change Solutions in New Jersey:

Creating Opportunities to Build a Healthy, Just, Resilient and Carbon-Neutral Garden State


Big Ideas from the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance

Friday December 9, 2022 – Busch Student Center

Speakers Confirmed to Date



NJCCA 2022 Annual Convening focuses on integrated climate change solutions that:

• Advance health equity
• Promote social justice
• Create vibrant communities
• Encourage nature based solutions


8:15–9:00am | Registration, breakfast, networking


9:00–9:15am | Welcome

• Advancing the intersection of climate preparedness and net zero emissions

Speaker: Martha Maxwell-Doyle, NJCCA Co-Chair and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

9:15–10:20am | Plenary 1: Climate Solutions that Advance Social Justice

• Organic waste material management and food security
• Planning for transportation mobility
• Planning for climate change nested in advancing Environmental Justice
• Emissions reduction policies to address social justice

Moderator/Panelist: Gary Sondermeyer, NJCCA Co-Chair and Bayshore Recycling
Panelists: Jon Carnegie, Rutgers University; Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Action; Nicky Sheats, Kean University

10:20–10:30am | Break


10:30–11:30am | Plenary 2: Climate Solutions that Advance Health Equity

• Planning for climate in public health policy
• Community based programs that intersect climate and health
• Health systems as anchors of integrated solutions

Moderator: David Henry, NJ Association of County and City Health Officials
Panelists: Kevin McNally, NJ Public Health Association; Sharon Roerty, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Raymond Brandes, New Jersey Hospital Association


11:30am–12:30pm | State Updates

Moderators: Pam Frank, Gabel Associates, and Tom Lewis, WSP
Panelists: Jane Cohen, Executive Director Office of Climate Action and Green Economy; Joseph Fiordaliso, NJBPU President; Shawn LaTourette, NJDEP Commissioner; Elkins Green, NJDOT Director of Environmental Resources; Donna Rendeiro, Executive Director State Planning Commission


12:30–1:15pm | Lunch


1:15pm–2:00pm | Keynote: Opportunities and Challenges for Climate Justice

Speaker: Sacoby Wilson, Professor and Director, T.H.E. EJ Lab, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland


2:00-2:30pm | Legislative Updates

Moderator: Zoe Baldwin, Regional Plan Association
Panelists: Honorable Bob Smith, Chair, NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee, and Honorable James J. Kennedy, Chair, NJ Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee 


2:30–3:30pm | Plenary 3: Nature Based Climate Solutions that Build Vibrant Communities

• Nature based solutions to resiliency
• Natural and working lands for climate mitigation
• Intersecting climate solutions with other planning goals

Moderator: Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey
Panelists: Tim Dillingham, American Littoral Society; Tom Gilbert, NJ Conservation Foundation; Liz Semple, The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey


3:30–4:00pm | Response Panels and Closing

Panel 1:  Andrew Arnold, PSEG; Ashley Kerr, NJ Farm Bureau; Mariana Leckner, Leckner Consulting; Don Nusser, Mott MacDonald

Panel 2: Rob Freudenberg, Regional Plan Association; Russell Furnari, Founding Member NJ Climate Change Alliance; David Henry, NJ Association of County and City Health Officials; Alex Ireland, NJ Audubon; Tony MacDonald, Monmouth University


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