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The Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort to address one of the most important issues of our time through research, education and outreach. The Institute draws upon strengths in many departments at Rutgers by facilitating collaboration across a broad range of disciplines in the natural, social and policy sciences.
Established within the Bloustein School in 2003, the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy (CEEEP) conducts applied research to evaluate and help develop energy policy at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Center explores the interrelation of energy, economic and environmental policy issues.
The Rutgers Center for Green Building promotes green building through research, advocacy and education. The Center conducts applied research utilizing planned and existing green building projects, works with industry and government to promote these concepts, and develops undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs.
The Rutgers Energy Institute is engaged in four principal areas of activity: education of undergraduate and graduate students; pioneering research; outreach to the community to share information and engage the public; and policy advice to government, business, and civic leaders who require current knowledge about energy use, alternatives, and innovations to guide decision-making and public planning.
Each of these four areas is critical to the overall mission of the institute: to foster both fundamental and applied scientific research and policy research to develop sustainable energy production compatible with economic growth and environmental vitality.
The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is an integral component of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The experiment station provides a diverse range of research, extension, and education programs that serve the people of New Jersey and the urban, suburban, and rural communities in which they live. Through its Cooperative Extension offices in all 21 New Jersey counties, dedicated 4-H agents, Extension specialists, Family & Community Health Sciences educators, and Agriculture and Natural Resources agents work to serve New Jersey residents in every area of the state.
The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance was formed in response to a diverse group of stakeholders who came together on November 29, 2011 at Rutgers University to participate in the conference "Preparing NJ for Climate Change: A Workshop for Decision-Makers."
NJADAPT is an online tool that can be helpful to multiple audiences for varied purposes. It can be used by the general public, government officials, businesses, and non-governmental professionals to understand how a changing climate is affecting and will continue to affect various populations, places and assets in New Jersey. In addition, it is helpful to local officials, concerned citizens and other New Jerseyans who wish to integrate high quality data about conditions of a changing climate into state and community planning and decision-making.
Leading local and national environmental 501(c)3 organizations are members of EarthShare New Jersey. They are a central point of contact for all of them and bring you customized volunteer and educational experiences as well as environmental philanthropic opportunities.
Rutgers Climate Task Force
The purpose of the task force is to develop Rutgers’ strategies for contributing to achieving global net-zero carbon dioxide emissions (“carbon neutrality”) and for enhancing the capacity of the university and the State of New Jersey to manage the risks of a changing climate (“climate resilience”). This includes not just strategies for Rutgers’ own operations, but also ways in which the university’s actions can advance the goal of climate-positive, equitable economic development in New Jersey and more broadly.
Rutgers students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us from 6–8 p.m on November 11 and 12 for Envisioning Rutgers’ Climate Future: A Two-Night Town Hall Event. A panel of Task Force members will present key findings from the Phase 2 report and answer questions from the Rutgers community. Each meeting will conclude with a breakout visioning session based on the night’s theme.
Since 2005 the Rutgers Environmental Steward program has trained volunteers on how they can take action to help solve environmental problems in their communities. The program has trained over 650 volunteers in areas concerning climate change, soil health, alternative energy, water resource protection, invasive species, habitat conservation, pollinator health, environmental policy, and more.