Sustainable Jersey Announces Launch of NJ Resiliency Network

on Feb 06, 2014

Sustainable Jersey  announced today the launch of the NJ Resiliency Network, a new program that helps communities access technical and financial resources to address long-term recovery and resiliency issues for post-Sandy municipalities in New Jersey. The Network was formed in response to heavily-impacted towns requesting hands-on guidance and support for recovery and resiliency.

With funding from the New Jersey Recovery Fund and the Surdna Foundation, the NJ Resiliency Network will be a stand-alone program that builds on Sustainable Jersey’s strengths for vetting and providing resources and guidance to New Jersey municipalities. The resources are provided by the Network’s partners including government, private, non-profit and academic organizations.

“After Sandy, many resource providers were unable to determine which communities needed assistance, and what kind of help they needed. Similarly, municipalities didn’t know where to find the resources to address their needs. The Network is set up to bridge both these gaps,” said Linda Weber, program director for the NJ Resiliency Network.

“Facilitating the NJ Resiliency Network is another step forward in our goal to make a measurable impact on the future sustainability of our state,” said Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey.  “We want to ensure that New Jersey communities are sustainable and have the resilience to cope with environmental change. The Network will provide assistance and resources to our communities that are in need.”

The Network's Resiliency Managers are charged with assisting municipalities in matching their needs to the appropriate resources.  Based on community needs, the managers may provide direct assistance with small, targeted projects, or, connect the community with a resource provider that can provide the desired services. 

A Network Advisory Board will respond to real time, on-the-ground community issues and give recommendations for new research, tools and programs. The Board will monitor the progress of community recovery through community forums and idea exchanges, where local officials and other stakeholders can present their issues and concerns. The Advisory Board will have the knowledge and expertise to generate best practices for recovery and resiliency in the form of new local, state and national policies and practices.

A central database of financial and technical resources for communities will be available on the Network’s website. Although some of the resources in the database are already available to the public, they are either difficult to locate or not publicized.  This database will be easy to navigate, and continue to be updated as resources are made available.

The Network’s coalition of partners and resources is growing everyday.  Current partners include the New Jersey League of Municipalities, New Jersey Future, Rutgers University, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  To learn more about the NJ Resiliency Network, and to request assistance or contribute resources, visit the website at www.NJresiliency.com.

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