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State of New Jersey


PO BOX 001

TRENTON NJ 08625-0001



December 2000


                 As Governor, my goal is to make New Jersey a better place in which to live, work, and raise a family. That is why I directed state agencies to focus on initiatives that would help New Jersey become a sustainable state: a state that uses natural, economic, and social resources without depleting them. Improving our quality of life should not degrade that of future generations.

                 In 1999 New Jersey Future produced its Living with the Future in Mind report, setting forth a vision of sustainability and identifying 11 sustainability goals and 41 indicators to measure efforts toward meeting those goals. The goals cover various sectors of the economy, society, and the environment, taking a broad-based view of our sustainability progress.

                 In May 1999 I signed Executive Order 96 directing state agencies to report annually on our progress toward meeting the sustainable state goals from Living with the Future in Mind. State agencies will update the 41 indicators and report on the initiatives that advance us toward sustainability. More important, the report will look at the linkages between economic vitality, environmental protection, and social progress and will therefore help guide our work to those areas that most need our attention.

                I would like to thank all those responsible for producing this report. I am proud that New Jersey is a national leader in these efforts. I know this report will be valuable to the public, both as an information source and a tool for helping state government make New Jersey a truly sustainable state.

                                                                                                    Yours sincerely,

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                                                                                                  Christine Todd Whitman


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