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December 2000

Dear Fellow New Jerseyan:

Last year, New Jersey Future released the groundbreaking report Living With the Future in Mind, containing the first Sustainable State goals and indicators. A special strength of this report lies in the community of purpose that exists among the business leaders, environmentalists, scientists, and citizens of every stripe who participated in creating this vision for our State.

Together, this diverse group took a great step forward in bringing about an understanding of where New Jersey is, and where we need to be in the future. But the question of how best to achieve the goals of this report remained.

The answer will come in part from State government. This report, Living with the Future in Mind: First Annual Update to the Sustainable State Project Report 2000, maintains the use of these goals and indicators and reports on our State’s performance on these indicators over the past year. It is with great anticipation that I await the Whitman administration’s forthcoming implementation report, Governing With the Future In Mind. This report will highlight what State agencies and departments are doing and will do in the future to bring about the vision of New Jersey we all worked so hard to create.

However, these remain only the first steps on New Jersey’s journey toward sustainable development. We must also look to maintain the spirit of cooperation between government, the private sector, interest groups, and citizens on which this project was built. We must reconvene to develop benchmarks (publicly accepted targets) for each indicator. We must ensure that the Sustainable State project has a permanent home where these goals, indicators and benchmarks will be nurtured, updated and implemented in a continuing spirit of cooperation between government, industry, citizens, and scientists.

New Jersey Future is especially thankful for the efforts of all the State government employees who contributed to this report. Without their buy-in and effort, we would never have come this far.

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John J. Degnan, Chair

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