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Community Resilience Planning: Getting Beyond Climate Disasters

November 1, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm



The Master’s Program in Sustainability Studies (MASS) at


The Ramapo College of New Jersey

In Partnership with

Sustainable Jersey

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Barnegat Bay Partnership

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions

is delighted to present

Community Resilience Planning: Getting Beyond Climate Disasters

at Trustees Pavilion, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430


9:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
(Lunch Optional)

Friday, November 1, 2013

The purpose of this panel discussion and workshop is to provide communities in Northern New Jersey with cutting-edge tools and techniques to move beyond mere climate- and disaster-preparedness toward a state of dynamic resilience.  Think of it as a sustainability “clinic,” where we will help you anticipate problems you might encounter and assist you with trouble-shooting your way around obstacles you have already encountered.


9:00 AM: Coffee and Networking
9:30 AM: Introduction to the session and the panel, Ashwani Vasishth, PhD
9:40 AM: Sustainable Jersey and Resiliency Planning Tools, Linda Weber, AICP, PP

     Sustainable Jersey is a certification program that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities that pursue specific sustainability actions.   Come learn about the certification process and the resiliency planning tools that will prepare NJ communities for the next storm. 

10:10 AM: Getting to Resilience Planning Tool, Lisa Auermuller, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, & Martha Maxwell-Doyle, Barnegat Bay Partnership

    Getting to Resilience” is an online self-assessment developed to assist communities in reducing vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Through this interactive process communities will learn how their preparedness can yield valuable points through voluntary programs like FEMA’s Community Rating System and Sustainable Jersey.  The assessment process will also increase the community’s understanding of where future vulnerabilities should be addressed through hazard mitigation planning
10:40 AM: Ecological Audits and Natural Resource Inventories, Michael Klemens, PhD

     Current land use practices remain heavily influenced by conflict-based narratives that create false dichotomies.  A community doesn’t need to choose between either a sustainable diversified economy or a resilient, biodiverse ecosystem.  How do we move from these dichotomous conversations that pit interests one against another to an integrated  vision where the green infrastructure and the built infrastructure reinforce one another? 

11:30 AM: Designing with Nature for Community Resilience, Dave Peifer, ANJEC

     By acting in harmony with natural systems and processes, communities can be better prepared to adapt and respond to a changing environment. This presentation will include case studies of successful community initiatives that enhanced resilience by strengthening or imitating natural design

12 noon: Lunch and Networking
12:45 PM: Workshop: Troubleshooting Community Sustainability Efforts

     A mix between a problem-solving session and strategy-sharing session, we will work with participants to help them articulate obstacles they may face, and problems they need to resolve, on their path to a more sustainable, resilient future.

2:00 PM: Adjourn

Presented in Collaboration with

The Ramapo College Foundation
The School of Theoretical and Applied Sciences
The School of Social Sciences and Human Services 

Map to the Trustees Pavilion
Parking Permit


November 1, 2013
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Trustees Pavilion, Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430 United States


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