Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Pollution Through Local Land Use Policy Tools

A case study of the Newark Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
5:00 p.m., Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
on the campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Newark’s Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance seeks to create stronger environmental and land use policy tools at the local level to prevent and mitigate additional pollution associated with a variety of development and redevelopment projects. It also addresses environmental justice by helping to prevent Newark, which has a disproportionate number of low-income and Of Color residents, from having a disproportionate number of polluting projects placed within its borders. Three panelists will discuss the various components and impacts of the ordinance. A light reception will follow the panel.

Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq., Director, Center for the Urban Environment, John S. Watson Institute for
Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University

Dr. Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability
Management and Associate Director, Tishman Environment & Design Center, The New School

Ms. Cynthia Mellon, Co-chair, City of Newark Environmental Commission and Coordinator, Newark
Environmental Resource Inventory

The Bloustein School's Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School professor, who died in July 2004. Dr. Catlin began his career as a staff planner for governmental agencies and community organizations in several cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. He also served as dean of the College of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University, dean of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield. He was inducted as an AICP Fellow in 2001. At the Bloustein School, he specialized in urban revitalization and the impact of race in public policy decision-making.

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