by Jennifer S. Gonzalez, AICP, PP, CFM, ENV SP, LEED GA, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Hoboken
Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked. As an urban coastal city, Hoboken is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which continues to threaten quality of life for Hoboken residents. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will bring rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events, higher temperatures, and longer heat waves. Storms that bring flooding on the scale of Hurricane Sandy could happen every five years by 2030.
This talk will discuss how Hoboken is adapting to these climate change impacts, while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It will review how Hoboken is becoming a more sustainable and resilient City through integrated planning, policies, and capital projects. This discussion will highlight the City’s Climate Action Plan and major infrastructure investments including the Northwest Resiliency Park and Rebuild by Design – Hudson River.
Jennifer S. Gonzalez is the Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken. Previously, Ms. Gonzalez worked as a Principal Environmental Planner for Louis Berger and an Environmental Planner for the County of Passaic, New Jersey. Ms. Gonzalez holds a certificate from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), LEED Green Associate, and Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program. She earned her M.A. in Environmental Policy from Lehigh University in 2009 and B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University in 2008.