Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]
Katherine Lawrence, AICP, PP
Sustainability Director, City of Jersey City
This talk will provide an overview of sustainability efforts in Jersey City over the past few years and how they have worked in parallel with development. Like other municipal sustainability offices, the Jersey City Office of Sustainability is able to advance broad-reaching sustainability goals across multiple sectors but must do so while balancing the priorities of the administration with the concerns of a diverse population. We will explore how Jersey City’s industrial history and current development boom affects its sustainability trajectory. We will also look at why Jersey City has been able to make progress on some important environmental issues while others have met resistance.
Katherine Lawrence, AICP, PP, Sustainability Director, City of Jersey City. Kate Lawrence is the Director of Jersey City’s new Office of Sustainability. In this role, Ms. Lawrence coordinates sustainability and environmental efforts both within municipal operations and within the larger community. The 2019 focus of the Office of Sustainability is the Year of Sustainable Neighborhoods campaign, which looks at the effects that sustainable actions can have at a local level. Before starting the Office of Sustainability, Ms. Lawrence was the Senior Environmental Planner within the Jersey City Division of Planning. Previous to her time in Jersey City, Ms. Lawrence worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Albany, NY, where she was instrumental to the creation of the City’s Energy Plan and its participation in the New York Climate Smart Communities program.
For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.