Post-Sandy Resiliency Activity by Network Partner Organizations

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The following organizations are currently working on local resiliency projects in New Jersey, or have completed projects since Hurricane Sandy. Click on the above map to view the spatial distribution of these projects.

Table of Contents:

American Littoral Society

Arts Horizons

Atlantic City Ballet

Creative New Jersey

FEMA Recovery

Harvard University,
Kennedy School of Government

Jacques Cousteau National
Estuarine Research Reserve

Jewish Renaissance Foundation

Mayor’s Institute on City Design

Monmouth University,
Urban Coast Institute

The Nature Conservancy

New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection,
Coastal Planning

New Jersey Future

New Jersey Institute of Technology,
Architecture Studio

New Jersey Resiliency Network

Partnership for the
Delaware Estuary

Playwrights Theatre

Rebuild by Design

Regional Catastrophic
Planning Team

Rowan University,
School of Engineering

Rutgers University,
Bloustein School Planning

St. Bernard Project

Stockton University,
Coastal Research Center

University of Delaware,
Disaster Research Center

 

Young Audiences of
New Jersey and Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 

American Littoral Society

The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. Since 1961 they have empowered people to care for the coast through advocacy, conservation, and education. The American Littoral Society engages in beach, marsh, dune, and fish restoration projects. In addition, ALS works on water quality projects such as stormwater retrofits and green infrastructure.

 

Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Arts Horizons received a grant from the Gerald R. Dodge Foundation to focus on an art project entitled “Table Talk” which focuses on Asbury Park, NJ.

 

Atlantic City Ballet

The Atlantic City Ballet received a grant from the Gerald R. Dodge Foundation to create an original ballet inspired by the events of Superstorm Sandy. The new ballet entitled "In the Eye of The Storm" (Healing and recovery through dance) will explore the impact of nature on mankind and the resilience of spirit that enables people to overcome and transcend even the most devastating circumstances. What makes "In the Eye of The Storm" unique is that this ballet, choreographed by AC Ballet Master Kristaps Kikulis, will have input from those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

 

Creative New Jersey

Creative NJ will be of service to six disaster-affected communities by developing and producing community-engagement opportunities to assist residents, municipal leaders, state/local planners, business owners, local nonprofits, mental health professionals, and others in coming together to engage in critical dialogue around the issues of recovery and rebuilding. We are learning that many residents and small business owners feel marginalized from the rebuilding and recovery decisions in their own towns and the disconnect becomes wider as time passes. Our Call to Collaboration convenings take an egalitarian, inclusive and democratic approach to community organizing and engagement, and empower participants to take responsibility in their communities while focusing on championing creativity as the vehicle for developing innovative solutions to support sustainable, thriving communities.

 

FEMA Recovery

The New Jersey Sandy Recovery Field Office (NJ-SRFO) was established to support long-term recovery efforts in New Jersey following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. In the days following the storm, New Jersey established a Joint Field Office in Eatontown, NJ. In January, 2014, the JFO transitioned to the New Jersey Sandy Recovery Field Office focused on long-term recovery for residents and communities throughout the state. The New Jersey Sandy Recovery Field Office coordinates the efforts of multiple federal agencies, providing support to the state’s residents and communities as they rebuild and become more resilient. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy, issued in August 2013 by the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, mandated that federal agencies work collaboratively across all levels of government and the private sector to advance the recovery and assist the state in rebuilding better, safer and stronger.

 

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

The mission of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government is to advance the state of knowledge and policy analysis concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of the public and private sectors. The scope of its work ranges from the local to the global. Drawing on the unparalleled intellectual resources of the Kennedy School and Harvard University, and bringing together thought leaders from both business and government, the Center conducts research, facilitates dialogue, and seeks answers that are at once intellectually rigorous and policy relevant. Students from the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government engaged in a studio project culminating in the Financial Plan for Rebuilding Sea Bright, NJ which addresses such issues as budget shortfalls for elevating homes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_7542mQfNQ

 

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Reserve (JCNERR) is one of the 28 national estuarine reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation's estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship. Getting to Resilience is a self-assessment tool that will help local communities reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Completing the assessment identifies ways to enhance your qualifications for FEMA’s Community Rating System and Sustainable Jersey. The assessment will produce information that communities can use to strengthen local/county all-hazards and emergency operation plans.

 

Jewish Renaissance Foundation

The Jewish Renaissance Foundation is a faith-based, nonprofit corporation with central offices in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Serving more than 2,200 people in Middlesex County each year, we are a leader in providing community coordination, emergency services, education, food and nutrition, family development, and employment and training. As a Community Action Agency, we help people in low-income households attain economic self-sufficiency. The Jewish Renaissance Foundation received a grant from the Gerald R. Dodge Foundation to collaborate with a variety of partners to further Perth Amboy’s recovery through creative placemaking and civic engagement activities.

 

Mayor’s Institute on City Design

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors with support from United Technologies. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. MICD achieves its mission by organizing sessions where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities. Sessions are organized around case-study problems. Each mayor presents a problem from his or her city and get feedback from other mayors and design experts.

 

Monmouth University, Urban Coast Institute

The Urban Coast Institute (UCI) was established  in September 2005 to serve Monmouth University and the public interest as a forum for research, education and collaboration in the development and implementation of science-based policies and programs that support stewardship of healthy, productive and resilient coastal ecosystems and communities. The UCI has a unique focus on how good science can inform public policy and the “human dimensions” of coastal ecosystem-based management, including the impacts of human use and development on coasts. The UCI seeks to foster collaboration among citizens, watershed and community organizations, government agencies, business, the scientific community and other parties interested in coastal and watershed management, conservation and restoration.

 

The Nature Conservancy

Since 1955, the Nature Conservancy has protected nearly 50,000 acres in the Garden State.  The New Jersey Chapter has taken a leadership role in the protection of some of the state's most critical landscapes. The Conservancy works in the coastal, Pine Barrens, Ridge and Valley, and rivers and streams in the Delaware Bayshores, Pine Barrens, and Skylands regions of New Jersey. To help ensure that New Jersey marshes and sheltered shorelines can better respond to coastal hazards, a network of partners in NJ have come together for the NJ Resilient Coastlines Initiative to identify coastal restoration and enhancement projects across the state. The project includes the development of an online decision support application called Restoration Explorer that will allow project partners to work with interested coastal communities to identify what types of habitat restoration and enhancement projects will work best where based on ecological and engineering requirements.

 

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Coastal Planning

The NJ Coastal Management Program within NJDEP is seeking interested municipalities to be part of the Building  Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards grant funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This grant will provide additional planning and technical assistance to 20 communities to identify the potential for ecologically-based mitigation strategies and implementation. Further, two to four municipalities will receive in-depth and sustained technical assistance leading to shovel-ready projects of regional and national significance, selected based on their status as high value sites needing ecologically-based natural hazard mitigation.

 

New Jersey Future

NJ Future has placed three local recovery planning managers in six Sandy-affected communities to provide additional, critical capacity to plan, manage and implement recovery after the storm. Local recovery planning managers are currently working in Highlands, Sea Bright, Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton, Commercial and Maurice River. For each town, NJ Future prepares a Strategic Recovery  Planning  Report;  staffs  a recovery planning and implementation steering committee; conducts community vulnerability assessments that are institutionalized in a master plan or other vehicle; administers a public outreach/community engagement program that is specifically designed to extend to residents throughout the community; applies for and helps manage Sandy recovery  grants; and assists the town to participate in the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) and improve its program ranking.

 

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Architecture Studio

The College of Architecture and Design at the NJ Institute of Technology is comprised of the nationally known New Jersey School of Architecture and the newly created School of Art + Design. The College brings together under one roof Architects, Planners, Designers, and Artists. NJIT Architecture studios are working on projects on improving the built environment for Sandy recovery.

 

New Jersey Resiliency Network

The NJ Resiliency Network was formed to provide and coordinate assistance to post-Sandy municipalities in New Jersey. The Network is facilitated by Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit organization at the College of New Jersey, who partners with “resource providers” and matches their tools and services with community needs. The Network’s Resiliency Managers are charged with assisting municipalities in matching their needs to the appropriate resources. Based upon 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.

 

Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is a regional nonprofit established in 1996. Its mission is to lead science-based and collaborative efforts to improve the tidal Delaware River and Bay, which spans Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Its staff works with many partners to increase awareness, understanding, and scientific knowledge about the Delaware Estuary. The PDE is one of 28 National Estuary Programs designated by Congress to improve the health of estuaries. PDE is working on restoration projects across the Delaware Bay region.

 

Playwrights Theatre

Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult. The Playwrights Theatre received a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to work with schools and communities in impacted areas to provide instruction in poetry, prose, and playwriting to help with the healing and recovery process for residents of all ages. They have worked on programs for young playwrights and on an anthology of poetry in response to Hurricane Sandy through the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, NJ.  

 

Rebuild by Design

Rebuild by Design began as a competition seeking to address the structural and social vulnerabilities exposed by Superstorm Sandy. It has connected the talent of the world with the talent of the region to propose innovative and implementable large-scale, design-driven infrastructure solutions. As a result of Rebuild by Design, HUD has awarded $930 million towards making these projects a reality. Now, Rebuild by Design is working to assist in the implementation of these designs, advocating for needed policy changes, continuing its research initiatives and engaging the its community coalitions, while working towards replicating solutions to ensure resiliency in the Sandy region and beyond.

 

Regional Catastrophic Planning Team

RCPGP NY/NJ is a regional catastrophic planning initiative for jurisdictions across NY, NJ, CT, and PA, funded by the US Department of Homeland Security. The program is steered by the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, which directs the work of its operational arm, the Regional Integration Center, to improve regional security and resilience through a "fix, build, and resource" process. This process includes fixing shortcomings in existing plans, building regional planning processes and planning communities, and linking operational needs identified in plans to resource allocation.

 

Rowan University, School of Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering at Rowan University focuses on training students to work on environmental problems related to the design and implementation of infrastructure as well as waste water treatment. A Rowan Civil and Environmental Engineering project focused on developing a wastewater plan for Maurice River in the Delaware Bayshore area.

 

Rutgers University, Bloustein School Planning

The Bloustein School of Planning at Rutgers has been engaging in a number of Sandy recovery related projects, most notably the development of the flood hazards web mapping tool NJ ADAPT and a number of studio course projects for municipalities in the coastal region. NJADPAT helps jump-start community discussion about hazards with maps of communities showing natural, cultural and societal assets exposed to coastal flooding. This assessment approach can help communities characterize their exposure to current and future coastal hazards and vulnerabilities. This map data and the discussions spurred from these maps will inform a variety of community planning processes - from comprehensive land use to hazard mitigation and conservation planning. In addition, technical training and assistance to communities on reducing vulnerabilities, and enhancement of ecosystem resilience is provided through studio course projects.

 

St. Bernard Project

The St. Bernard Project (SBP) is a national, award-winning nonprofit disaster recovery organization that works to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable manner. SBP was founded in New Orleans in 2006, in response to Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, SBP has been working on the ground in communities impacted by the storm. With this in mind, SBP has partnered with three community-based organizations for our Sandy recovery operations: Friends of Rockaway in Rockaway, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in Staten Island, and Sea Bright Rising in Sea Bright, NJ.

 

Stockton University, Coastal Research Center

The Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center (CRC) originated in 1981 to assist local municipalities with coastal environmental issues related to recurring storm damage and shoreline retreat. Since then the CRC has been working on shoreline monitoring and assessment programs with the State of New Jersey and several municipalities in New Jersey. The CRC has also been a resource for geotechnical data working on numerous projects with Federal, State and municipal governments. Stockton’s Coastal Research Center is conducting a post-storm survey and assessment of the New Jersey shoreline in response to severe beach erosion resulting from the impact and landfall of Hurricane Sandy.

 

University of Delaware, Disaster Research Center

The Disaster Research Center (DRC) is the first social science research center in the world devoted to the study of disasters. Founded in 1963 at the Ohio State University, the Center is now part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware and faculty members from the School of Public Policy and Administration, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Civil Engineering direct Disaster Research Center projects. The DRC has worked on a housing survey for the community of Sea Bright, NJ.

 

Young Audiences of New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Young Audiences believes an arts-rich education provides a child with the ability to look beyond facts and figures and creatively meet new challenges as they arise. Young Audiences received a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to work with schools and communities in impacted areas to provide instruction in poetry, prose, playwriting and other arts programming to help with the healing and recovery process for residents of all ages. They have worked on a program at Samsel Elementary School in Sayreville, NJ.