Jersey City Moves Towards Sustainability

Planners and policymakers play a key role in determining policies that impact physical health of a community. Decisions around
land use, urban design, and transportation affect local air quality, water quality and supply, transportation safety, and access
to physical activity, healthy food, and affordable housing. Because of this, the American Planning Association (APA) made the
promotion of healthy communities a legislative priority, joined the Joint Call for Action to Promote Healthy Communities,
and has guided the development of the Healthy Communities Collaborative, an Interest Group of APA. Among many other
achievements, APA has adopted the Healthy Communities Policy Guide.

Locally, Rutgers has made a commitment with the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) to promote the integration
of public health impacts into planning and decision-making about projects and policies. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension
established a team specifically focused on food, nutrition, and health in our communities. Nationally, the Project for Public
Spaces and the Trust for Public Land have each hired an expert at the intersection of public health and the built environment to
expand their roles in the promotion of healthy communities. Learn about the resources and tools available from APA, PHCI, and
the Cooperative Extension at Rutgers University, PPS, and TPL to promote health in your own planning practices.


  • Charles Heydt, PP, AICP, LEED AP ND, Senior Planner, Dresdner Robin
  • Katherine Lawrence, AICP, Senior Environmental Planner, Jersey City Division of Planning
  • Heather Kumer, Esq., LEED AP, Associate, Connell Foley
  • Rosana Da Silva, Program Associate, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program

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