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Municipal Resilience: The State of the Practice

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
January 1, 1970

In the past year, numerous resiliency tools, grant programs and projects have been initiated across the state, to provide planners and local officials with the resources and best practices they need to build stronger, more resilient communities. But are these resources sufficient? What is the state of the resiliency practice in NJ? What are the gaps in resources, and what are the key directions for the future? This session will begin by reviewing the broad spectrum of tools available for local resiliency, including the municipal resilience cycle designed for NJ municipalities, coastal vulnerability assessments, living shorelines and green infrastructure guidelines, habitat restoration strategies, fire hazards, food security, and extreme temperature model plans. The session will then examine the state of current practice relative to local needs including the gaps in resources, the challenges faced by planners and local officials, and key directions for future funding, resources and legislation.

  • Randall Solomon: Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • Lisa Auermuller: Watershed/Outreach Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Curtis Fisher: Northeast Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation
  • John Miller, PE, CFM, CSM: Associate Water Resources Engineer, Princeton Hydro, LLC
  • Jennifer Rovito, GISP: Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, EJBSPPP
  • Hon. Robert G. Smith: NJ State Senator, New Jersey Legislative District 17
  • Linda B. Weber, NJPP, AICP: Resiliency Director, NJ Resiliency Network and Sustainable Jersey

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