The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences collaborate through the Initiative for “science informing planning informing policy” for a more sustainable Raritan. Towards that end, the Initiative facilitates the following activities:
The annual conference highlights accomplishments within the region to advance local and regional sustainable development efforts, address issues of common concern throughout the region, and identify ongoing priorities. Read summaries of our past conferences here. And Save the Date of June 9, 2017 for our 9th Annual conference.
Periodic workshops provide opportunities for education and information exchange and promote best management practices on specific priority issues. Attendees commend these workshops for addressing issues of key concern locally. The people who participate learn much they can apply immediately to improve the quality of the land and waters of their local environment. Read summaries of our past workshops here.
Rutgers’ scientific, technical, planning and other resources help advance sustainable projects of Raritan region elected officials, businesses and non-profit groups. Technical assistance takes the form of faculty research, professional and student assistance, and graduate studio courses. The graduate studio courses teach students about best management practices and the role of skilled planners in addressing local issues in a way that is best for the environment and the economy. Follow this link to more information about the Bloustein and Raritan Studios.
The Initiative partners with local organizations, businesses and agencies to assist with tangible projects that promote river restoration and protection. These projects arise from discussions with local leaders as well as in response to posted research opportunities at the regional, state and federal level. Our two most recent projects — a short documentary video and a beautiful coffee table book — were designed to bring awareness and attention to the region. Follow these links to learn more about Dr. Judy Shaw’s book, The Raritan River; Our Landscape, Our Legacy and the video, Reimagining Our Watershed; A Renaissance on the Raritan.
Communication and outreach
Rutgers hosts the Initiative’s website and the Collaborative’s Facebook page, produces a monthly e-newsletter, and sends periodic email updates on key issues. The periodic emails cover events and actions from across the Raritan River Basin and Bay.