NJ Future Clean air council summary April 2012 Sturm

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NJ Future Clean air council summary April 2012 Sturm

  1. 1. Transportation and Land Use Strategies to Achieve Healthier Air QualityChris Sturm, Senior Director of State Policy, New Jersey Future To meet our goals for reducing greenhouse gasses, small but powerful changes are needed in how webuild our communities and in our transportation choices so that, on average, New Jersey residents don’tneed to drive as much. (The amount we drive, measured in Vehicle Miles Travelled, or VMT, is one ofthree key factors in transportation emissions.) Shorter trips and greater use of other transportationmodes, like walking, biking and taking transit, will lead to reductions in VMT. Research has shown thatwe can get there by improving land use factors called the five "D"s: Density Diversity of uses Design (connectivity of the street network) Distance to transit Destination accessibilityThankfully, New Jersey already has several initiatives which, if implemented, will move us in the rightdirection. The Legislature has required two Global Warming Response Act (GWRA) RecommendationsReports -- for 2020 and 2050. The 2020 report includes a thoughtful set of actions for better land useand transportation, which should be implemented. The 2050 report is due out this spring and willrepresent the Christie administration’s direction. This report should be actionable, build on the 2020report, and incorporate the work of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a multi-state effort ofwhich NJ is a member. Finally, the State Strategic Plan lays out a vision for the state’s economic andphysical development which also calls for better land use and transportation outcomes. Importantly,the administration is requiring all of the state agencies to explain, in special “agency strategic plans,”what they will contribute to the effort. If done right, these agency plans will improve land useoutcomes.By focusing on the opportunities offered by the GWRA reports and the State Strategic Plan, the Clean AirCouncil can help ensure New Jersey shapes its communities and transportation options so our air iscleaner.For More InformationNew Jersey Future website: www.njfuture.org. (See Climate and Energy under “Issues”)State Strategic Plan: http://nj.gov/state/planning/plan-draft-final.htmlGlobal Warming Response Act and GWRA Recommendations Report for 2020:http://nj.gov/dep/sage/ce-gwr.htmlTransportation Climate Initiative: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/state-action/transportation-and-climate-initiative.Contact: Chris Sturm, Senior Director of State Policy, 609-393-0008, x114

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