Release - 2/6/01- DEP Issues Progress
Report on New Sustainability Initiative
from Governor Christine Todd Whitman
from John J. Degnan, Chair, New
is Sustainable Development?
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Community, Culture & Recreation
Transportation and Land Use
and Ecological Integrity
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1 - Cover to page 15
2 - pages 16 to 27
3 - pages 28 to 37
4 - pages 38 to 47
5 - pages 48 to 57
6 - pages 58 to 69
kind of New Jersey are we passing
on to future generations?
question has increasingly shaped
the thinking and activities of Governor
Whitman, New Jersey Future, and
business, environmental, academic,
and civic groups.
1995, we began the multi-year Sustainable
State Project, which culminated
in a "report card" on the long-term
trends that will enhance or degrade
our quality of life and that of
future generations. Originally released
in 1999, Living with the Future
in Mind articulates the vision
of a sustainable New Jersey with
an efficient and vibrant economy,
a healthy environment, and a just
society. This report is the 2000
update of Living with the Future
11 goals offered in the report are
the product of a creative community
dialogue about our common future,
drawing on the knowledge and concerns
of New Jerseyans from all walks
of life: environmental and business
leaders, social activists, scientists,
government officials, and citizens
of all ages. The goals were reviewed
by citizens as part of our community
41 indicators were selected – and
in some cases, created – by economic,
environmental, and social experts
to measure specific progress toward
are the ambitious goals the state
must strive toward to achieve sustainability.
The indicators gauge progress in
achieving the goals.
the Sustainable State
Whitman’s Executive Order 96, issued
in May 1999, called for the preparation
of this report and the upcoming
companion report, Governing with
the Future in Mind. In the pages
that follow, the goals and indicators
from the 1999 report are maintained.
The 41 indicators have been updated
as new data have become available.
The descriptions of trends for the
indicators have also been updated.
the first time, this report shows
quantitative targets that have been
adopted by state agencies through
a public process. These targets
serve as the point of departure
for future deliberations on setting
formal sustainability benchmarks
for each indicator. Targets put
the trends into context, providing
a sense of where we think we need
to be and what is reasonably achievable.
updates are the main feature of
this report. Also included are brief
descriptions of sample strategies
that state agencies are pursuing
to make sustainability a reality
in New Jersey. These strategic initiatives
are outlined in greater detail in
Governing with the Future in Mind.
While updating indicators of progress
is very important, developing and
presenting strategies and programs
is essential. Together, these components
form the nucleus of an action plan
to attain sustainable development
in New Jersey.
with the Future in Mind is
the blueprint for building our sustainable
"house." This update ensures that
the blueprint is as current as possible.
Governing with the Future in
Mind will assemble the boards,
nails, and labor to build it. Much
work remains, though, before we
can move in.
must continue filling gaps in our
knowledge of trends shaping our
future. Some quantitative targets
have been set, but we need to establish
meaningful benchmarks for each indicator,
all within the context of sustainability.
As we move forward, it is essential
to continue the strong partnership
between state, non-profit, and business
entities created under the Sustainable
have made a promising start. These
reports, and the other efforts outlined
here, show New Jersey’s steadily
increasing momentum toward sustainability.
Our ultimate success in achieving
a sustainable state will require
continual nurturing through our