• Coastal Sustainability/Resiliency Toolkit

    Coastal communities are subject to increasing development pressures. Quality of life in these communities is dependent upon good development decisions that embrace “smart growth” principles which encourage:

    • Mixed land uses
    • Energy efficient building design
    • Walkable/bikeable neighborhoods
    • Community centers
    • Preservation of open space and critical environmental areas
    • Variety of transportation choices
    • Stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

    RESOURCES

    Green Infrastructure- NOAA’s Coastal Services Center newsletter provides a perspective on green and blue infrastructure programs that help reduce flooding, improve water quality, and support healthy ecosystems.

    Green Infrastructure- Linking Landscapes and Communities - Discusses the benefits for communities to understand the natural environment and links to community quality of life.

    Training for Coastal Communities- NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and The Conservation Fund’s course “GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning” provide information for coastal communities to protect environmental resources and accommodate smart growth.

    ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability- ICLEI provides information, training, and software for communities to understand and reduce their carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency.

    Smart Growth Network- The Smart Growth Network provides resources and links to information for communities to understand and manage sustainable growth in their communities.

    Principles for Coastal Development- Discusses the Public Trust Doctrine and emphasizes: 1) conservation of natural systems; 2) identification of natural hazards and reducing vulnerability; 3) encourages resilient development; and 4) promotes watershed management.

    Low Impact Development for Sustainable Coastal Communities- Provides a Powerpoint presentation on Low Impact Development (LID) by Andrew J. Willner, Visiting Scholar at the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University.

    Coastal No Adverse Impact- As outlined by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), this handbook provides a new and effective coastal management philosophy, and also identifies its legal underpinnings. No Adverse Impact (NAI) floodplain management is essentially a “do-no harm” policy based on the concept that everyone benefits when the actions of every community or property owner does not adversely affect others.

    Sustainable Sites Initiatives- Provides draft guidelines and performance measures for sustainable sites for landscape architects and communities.

    New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council- Provides information and workshops on green building practices for New Jersey communities.

    GRANTS

    View our list of Sustainable Communities-Related Grants for New Jersey Municipalities.

    COASTAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING

    Provided by NOAA’s Coastal Services Center, these training workshops and presentations can be useful to coastal communities.

    SUSTAINABILITY/RESILIENCY LINKS

    FEMA- The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides information on disaster prevention and emergency funding relief, and the community rating system.

    NJDEP- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection provides information from the Office of Planning and Sustainable Communities.

    NOAA Coastal Services Center- Provides information on “green” infrastructure, sustainability issues, and resiliency planning.

    National Sea Grant- Provides information on Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities.

    Education for Sustainable Development- Provides a Toolkit (Web links) for understanding sustainable development.

    OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST

    Sustainable Seafood- Provides a business guide that demonstrates business opportunities in retailing more sustainable seafood products and to build market demand for these products.

    Sustainable Colleges- Colleges and universities were selected to become one of eight new sector partners in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sector Strategies Program. This partnership is an exciting opportunity for the U.S. EPA and colleges and universities to work together to achieve environmental gains through innovative actions.

    NJHEPS (New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability) has a Web site whose mission is to encourage the higher education community to consistently practice sustainability and to more effectively contribute to the world's emerging understanding of sustainability through teaching, research, outreach, operations, and community life.