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The Year of Open Space optimized existing2022 Year of Open Space graphic public spaces for a post-pandemic world. We created innovative, non-traditional public spaces in the City, such as pocket parks, pedestrian malls, plazas and other outdoor areas, to better meet the community’s needs.  Our goal was to improve residents mental and physical health, property values and environmental impacts, while increasing community engagements and other intangible benefits. This yearlong effort saw coordination with residents, who made their needs for open space in specific areas known through surveys and community meetings and was supported by city departments, building on the Open Space Element of Jersey City’s Master Plan.


In 2021 Jersey City focused on rethinking our approach to food waste in our community and how we can reduce wasted food through prevention messaging, rescuing surplus food, and recycling food scraps by composting. We highlighted food waste educational materials and strategies that align with the waste goals that are part of the Climate and Energy Action Plan draft. The strategies complement the City’s Residential Compost Drop-Off Program and Backyard Composting Program. Find out more about how to reduce food waste.

The City is supported in this work by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Through its Food Matters Mid-Atlantic Regional Initiative NRDC is providing technical assistance for the development of food waste strategies to the cities of Jersey City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. These strategies help bolster their broader food systems, sustainability, and climate goals. More information on this regional initiative can be found on NRDC’s Food Matters Regional Initiative blog post.


2020 Climate Action

Jersey City created its very first Climate Action Plan to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In order to engage the public in this process and to raise awareness about climate issues, Jersey City made 2020 the Year of Climate Action.

Projects for the Year of Climate Action included:

  • Climate Action Planning
  • Community Meetings
  • Climate Action surveys
  • Educational resources on climate issues in Jersey City and New Jersey
  • A partnership with the Jersey City Public Schools on a Sustainability STEAM Challenge that asked all public school students grades K-12 to take action against climate change.



The Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods was2019 Sustainable Neighborhoodsan effort to connect residents to community initiatives that foster sustainability at the neighborhood scale. Projects for the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods included:

  • A partnership with the Jersey City Public Schools on a Sustainability STEAM Challenge that asks all public school students grades K-12 to identify ways to make their community more sustainable through science and art,
  • A themed art show at City Hall in May in collaboration with the Office of Cultural Affairs,
  • Educational presentations on the upcoming bag ban and reusable bag give-away events,
  • Resources on ways residents can make their neighborhoods more sustainable, and
  • Community meetings to gain feedback from residents about sustainability needs and goals in their neighborhoods.

The featured initiative of the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods was a collaboration between the Jersey City Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department and the Jersey City Office of Sustainability on a Sustainability STEAM Challenge with Problem-based learning (PBL) that used Science and Visual Arts to address environmental challenges. This citywide initiative was offered to all students Grades K-12. Student teams in Grades 3-12 were challenged to identify and present solutions to sustainability-related issues they identified in their own neighborhoods. K-2 classrooms also participated in the challenge by learning about the issues related to single-use plastic bags and designing reusable bags or artwork for reusable bags. More information on the Sustainability STEAM Challenge can be found at


2018 - ENERGY

This city-wide, cross-sector and cross-2018 Energydepartmental effort was managed by the Office of Sustainability. Over the course of the year there were a number of different initiatives at both the municipal and community level, including:

  • Establishing a baseline understanding of municipal and city-wide energy usage. Read the City’s first-ever greenhouse gas inventory here.
  • Beginning the ESIP process to conduct energy efficiency upgrades to municipal buildings
  • Distributing energy efficient LED bulbs to residents (these bulbs were generously donated by Philips Lighting).
  • Working to make the municipal fleet more energy efficient through the incorporation of electric vehicles, fleet management software, and car-sharing technologies.
  • Increasing the use of renewable energy for municipal buildings through the installation of solar panels and renewable energy procurement.
  • Creating and distributing materials to the community about energy issues and existing energy efficiency programs and opportunities. Check out our new education pages below!

Throughout the Year of Energy the Office of Sustainability also worked with other City departments and community groups to identify opportunities for future community-level energy initiatives.


2017 - WATER

The ‘Year of Water’ was a year-long storm2017 Waterwater management initiative that focused on reducing local floodina and reducing pollution of waterways by:

1) education and awareness;
2) community action; and
3) building a sustainable foundation for storm water management projects.

Among those activities were:

  • Sustainability Hackathon
  • Imagine a Day Without Water
  • Green Infrastructure demonstration projects
  • Adopt a Catch Basin
  • City Hall Urban Water Sustainability Science Fair
  • Encouraging Citizen Forestry

Other initiatives related to the Year of Water effort included the creation of resiliency planning documents, the introduction of a revised tree ordinance and landscaping requirements, and the development of city-wide forestry standards. Going forward, the Office of Sustainability and its partners will continue working to ensure that green infrastructure is included in future development and to ensure the City’s water infrastructure is prepared to meet residents’ needs for decades to come. Click on the resource pages and videos below for more information on some of the year’s initiatives.



Jersey City Year of Water

A Drop's Life

2019 Jersey City STEAM Challenge

Sustainability Hackathon, Jersey City