Present-day New Jersey was previously inhabited by the Lenni Lenape people, who were displaced in the 1700s during colonization. The state is now home to 8.9 million people and spans over 7 thousand square miles. New Jersey is famous for its Jersey Shore — 130 miles of famously beautiful coastline — that attracts about 50 million tourists.

Coastal flooding poses an immediate threat to the lives and homes of many residents, as well as to the state’s economy. New Jersey has the fourth-largest population at risk of coastal flooding with 352 thousand people currently at risk of coastal flooding. That number is expected to more than double by 2050. Warmer water causes oceans to expand and sea levels to rise. It also causes more intense and frequent storms, like hurricanes. With flooding comes erosion causing the land to sink into the sea. A 100 year flood in Atlantic City is expected to be 20x more likely in 2050 than it is today. At this flood level, $75 billion worth of property and 750 hazardous waste sites in the state are at risk.

As wetlands and tidal marshes are lost to sea level rise, New Jersey will face the collapse of its coastal ecosystems as populations of crustaceans, fish, and birds face declines. Some of these creatures depend on the marshes for food, shelter, and protection from prey, while still others feed on the species that inhabit them. Additionally, rising sea levels will bring salt water farther inland ultimately intruding into the ground water. The soil may become too salty for the trees and crops that currently grow in low-lying areas.

Almost all electricity in New Jersey comes from natural gas or nuclear power. In 2018, these resources provided 94% of the state’s net electricity generation. Natural gas surpassed nuclear power for the first time in 2015, and now accounts for slightly more than half of the state’s generated electricity. The share of New Jersey’s electricity generated by coal has dropped from 10% in 2010 to 2% in 2018. Renewable energy accounts for about 5% of New Jersey’s electricity, and about 75% of that renewable energy comes from solar.

New Jersey’s renewable portfolio standard was updated in 2018, requiring renewables to account for 21% of the state’s electricity by 2021, 35% by 2025, and 50% by 2050. In 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy established a state-wide Climate and Flood Resilience Program and appointed a Chief Resilience Officer. Governor Murphy also established the Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, which is comprised of 16 agencies tasked with developing short-term and long-term action plans to promote the mitigation of climate change’s consequences and adaptation and resilience of New Jersey to climate-related challenges. New Jersey is the only state in the US to require climate change to be part of its K-12 education curriculum.

New Jersey is one of twenty five states committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.



New Jersey sets aside $3.3 million for offshore wind environment studies

The state Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities on Wednesday announced funding for studies and said they will soon release shortly a request for proposals. The agencies will also join the Regional…

New Jersey files for approval of offshore grid plans

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and PJM Interconnection have filed for approval of an agreement to implement New Jersey’s offshore wind transmission grid solicitation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Interior to Hold Auction for Offshore Wind Power in NY, NJ

The Biden administration said Wednesday it will hold its first offshore wind auction next month, offering nearly 500,000 acres off the coast of New York and New Jersey for wind energy projects that could produce…

New Jersey joins national offshore wind research group

NOWRDC was established in 2018 and is national not-for-profit public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the US through research projects and cost-effective responsible development, while maximising other economic and social benefits.

How to address climate locally? These 6 places have plans

While much of the nation’s attention to climate adaptation has focused on large coastal cities with outsize risks, some of the most forward-leaning climate policies are coming from less urbanized places such as Marina, Calif.;…

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

NJ will slowly phase out diesel trucks for electric vehicles to combat pollution

In an effort to reduce pollution and curb global warming, New Jersey will become the first East Coast state to slowly phase out diesel trucks and replace them with electric vehicles under new rules adopted…

Governor Murphy’s 2030 climate goal demands a new climate game plan for New Jersey

Last month, Governor Phil Murphy elevated New Jersey’s fight against the climate crisis this decade by signing Executive Order No. 274, which commits the state to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50% below 2006 levels by…

Rutgers University Plans to Be Carbon-Negative by 2041

By the time Rutgers celebrates its 275th anniversary in 2041, it’s also hoping to be able to celebrate the creation of a carbon-negative campus.

Another offshore wind project eyed off New Jersey coastline

A company that has already received preliminary approval to build a wind farm off the southern coast of New Jersey is planning a second project.

Solar and Wind are Keys to NJ’s Lofty Renewable Energy Goals

Gov. Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, which was officially unveiled in January of 2020, set a goal of having 100% clean energy in the state by 2050. When the governor signed Executive Order No. 100,…

NJEDA signs 78-year lease for New Jersey wind hub

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) have signed a lease term for the New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County.

Solar Developer Sees Potential in Dual Use Solar for New Jersey Farmers

As New Jersey begins a pilot program for solar fields that accommodate farming, a Massachusetts solar developer aims to be at the forefront of the action.

Garden State seeks to go green, enables C-PACE

A new financing tool coming to the Garden State could be a major source of funding for landlords and developers.

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing the Garden State C-PACE Program

Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (A-2374) which establishes the Garden State Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program. The program will facilitate the funding of clean and renewable energy infrastructure at commercial properties throughout…

New Jersey Pushes to Double Solar Power Over Next 5 Years

New Jersey already has more solar installations per square mile than any other state in America, with tens of thousands of rooftop residential installations as well as larger-scale projects that pump megawatts of clean energy…

Governor Murphy Signs Bills to Advance New Jersey’s Clean Energy Future

Governor Phil Murphy today signed a package of bills aimed at advancing New Jersey’s transition to a clean energy future to further the Administration’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

New Jersey receives record number of applications for community solar pilot program

By Kelsey Misbrener 04/06/21
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced it received a record 410 applications to participate in Year 2 of its Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. The applications represent 800.5 MW of total capacity…


Blue Army Shrine Project is Focused on Low and Moderate Income Residents (Silver Spring, Md) – Neighborhood Sun, a Maryland based Benefit Corporation announced today that it has begun enrolling customers for the 682 kilowatt…

Jersey City to Invest $21M with Major Energy Infrastructure Improvements, Solidifying Jersey City’s Position as a Regional Sustainability & Resiliency Leader

Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a new partnership with Schneider Electric to implement Jersey City’s first Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) to reduce operational costs, improve energy resiliency, and leverage energy savings to minimize cost on urgent capital…

New report says NJ could meet entire electric demand with offshore wind & ranks first for states with permitted projects moving forward

New Jersey ranks 7th amongst Atlantic coastal states for its technical potential for total offshore wind power but first in the states for current projects in the pipeline, according to a new report released today…

South Brunswick Township Adopts Clean Energy Program

South Brunswick Township will adopt a Community Energy Aggregation Program in an effort to reduce the township’s carbon footprint and increase the use of renewable and clean energy. The township council unanimously approved the measure…

South Brunswick approves clean energy program

The township council has unanimously approved an ordinance to create a clean energy program like those recently adopted in several nearby towns. The ordinance, advanced by local residents who worked with Food & Water Watch…

Preparing for Climate Change in New Jersey

This page provides an overview of the steps New Jersey is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Hoboken Resiliency & Readiness Plan

Hoboken was once an island outcrop. Surrounding tidal marshes were filled in, but City remains vulnerable to storm surges due to low elevation at the north and south.

Energy Master Plan


New Jersey Energy Master Plan

Clean energy is vital for our future from both an economic development and environmental sustainability policy perspective. With this in mind, Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 28, has set an ambitious goal of setting New Jersey…


State of the Climate New Jersey 2021

1. An overview summary of New Jersey climate trends from 1895 to 2021 and climate projections through 2100.

New Jersey State Profile and Energy Estimates

New Jersey, located on the Atlantic coast between New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is the fourth-smallest state by land area and the most densely populated state in the nation. Despite its extensive Atlantic Ocean beaches…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in New Jersey

Between 2017 and 2019, New Jersey experienced four severe storms and two winter storms. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in New Jersey

New Jersey will have to quickly adapt to rising seas and the threats that they pose. According to a Risky Business report, New Jersey is expected to be seriously impacted by increased coastal storm intensity,…

Draft 2019 New Jersey Energy Master Plan

Policy Vision to 2050

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment.

Environment New Jersey

Funded by supporters, they research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, they…

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is a statewide program that offers financial incentives, programs and services for New Jersey residents, business owners and local governments to help them save energy, money and the environment.


Murphy’s first-term climate goals turn to second-term worries for New Jersey green groups

By Ry Rivard   03/17/22  
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has given three major speeches since the beginning of the year and barely mentioned one of his signature issues — climate change.

Palisades Virtuosi to Present GLOBAL WARNING – A Concert Devoted To Climate Concerns

By Chloe Rabinowitz   02/24/22  
The critically-acclaimed Palisades Virtuosi flute, clarinet and piano trio will be in concert on Sunday, March 27 @ 3:00 PM, performing Global Warning - A Concert Devoted to Climate Concerns at Hackensack Performing Arts Center…

Bayshore towns will see millions for flood prevention projects: Pallone

By Amanda Oglesby   01/28/22  
Communities in Monmouth and Middlesex counties will share $197.4 million to address growing flooding issues in waterfront communities along Raritan Bay and its tributaries, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. announced Thursday in a news conference…

Coastal entrenchment vs. retreat

By RY Rivard and Marie J. French   01/24/22  
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jason Nark: Following Hurricane Ida, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy suggested expanding the state’s buyout program for flood-prone homes. But one community along Delaware Bay, shows just how hard that may be to…

Teaching about sustainability, climate change

By Kristin Guglietti   01/22/22  
According to the NJDOE’s website, “On June 3, 2020, the State Board of Education adopted the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in the following content areas: Career Readiness, Life Literacies and Key Skills;…

Hoboken Deadline Nears For Residents To Choose ‘Green’ Energy

By Caren Lissner   01/21/22  
The city of Hoboken recently announced the launch of a new renewable energy program that means residents will get a larger percentage of their energy supply from green sources. They will be automatically enrolled in…

N.J. environmentalists sue Murphy administration over alleged inaction on climate change

By Noah Zucker   01/21/22  
When Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy replaced his Republican predecessor in 2018, many New Jersey environmental activists expected to see the state take dramatic steps in its effort to fight climate change. When Democratic Gov. Phil…

New Jersey Climate Coalition Sues Murphy Administration Over Inaction

The EmpowerNJ coalition sued the Murphy administration today for its failure to take enough meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the face of the escalating climate crisis and follow state law and…

Pascrell Leads New Jersey Democrats in Support of Offshore Wind Project

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) this week led all Democratic members of the New Jersey congressional delegation in support of constructing two offshore wind energy generation projects off the Garden State coast. The members…

Biden administration will lease a half-million acres off N.J. and N.Y. coasts for wind power

By Frank Kummer   01/12/22  
The Biden administration announced Wednesday six new leases for offshore wind projects covering 480,000 acres off the coast of New Jersey and New York — states that already have ambitious plans for the renewable source…

NJ Transit OKs $11M for work on 2 transit stations. It’s a perfect chance to go green, advocates say

By Larry Higgs   01/11/22  
Before NJ Transit’s directors approved contracts Monday to design plans for the restoration of Newark Penn Station and rehabilitation of Trenton Transit Centers platforms and access, environmentalists said they want those plans to include solar…

Flooding, pipelines, warehouses top 2021 N.J. environmental news

By Tom Gilbert   01/10/22  
If New Jersey were to have a 2021 poster child for climate change, it would not be a child at all. It would be a storm named Ida which caused havoc and heartache by dumping…

A Look at NJ’s 2022 Winter Weather and Snow Expectations

By Jacqueline Mroz   01/04/22  
South Jersey saw its first big winter storm of 2022 on Monday, marking the start of what we’re told is actually expected to be an average winter in the Garden State. But in the era…

How sea level rise is affecting your commute to and around Atlantic City

By John Upton   12/30/21  
Like many of the 21,735 casino workers in New Jersey, Mike Luko’s ability to get to and from work can be affected by the direction of the moon, the phase of the moon and what…

Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost   12/21/21  
As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.

New Jersey is uniquely vulnerable to climate change | Sheneman

By Drew Sheneman   11/28/21  
New Jersey’s 130 miles of majestic coastline are one of the state’s crown jewel. Punchlines aside, the Jersey shore is an amazing resource that serves as an amazing source of recreation and commerce. It also…

Jersey Shore underwater? Detailed maps project future of rising tides

By Brian Taff and Heather Grubola   11/24/21  
Climate change could threaten to leave the Jersey Shore underwater, as detailed maps project the future of rising tides.Since 1985, Dr. Stewart Farrell has worked in his outdoor office tucked away at the waterfront outpost…

How the coastal mid-Atlantic is haunted by sea-level rise

By Samantha Harrington   11/05/21  
From ghost forests to sinking farmland, coastal salt marshes are rapidly shifting as the oceans rise. The Local Motives team, Nate Murray and Cody Pfister, traveled to New Jersey and Maryland to understand the impact…

🦃The Power of Vertical Integration: Spotlight on Double Brook Farm

By Josh Kiman   10/01/21  
Many businesses dream of vertical integration to maximize control and efficiencies, cut costs, improve quality, and boost profitability.  Yet it remains exceedingly rare because of the substantial up-front costs and the time, tenacity, and vision…

13 Municipalities awarded Atlantic City Electric Sustainable Communities grants

By Nanette LoBiondo Galloway   09/29/21  
Atlantic City Electric, together with its program administrator Sustainable Jersey, have chosen 13 local municipalities to receive $75,000 in funds to support open space and resiliency projects in South Jersey.

Penneast Cancels Pipeline Project — Months After Winning Its Case At The U.s. Supreme Court

By Susan Phillips   09/29/21  
After years of battling New Jersey over permits to build a natural gas pipeline from Northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County — a fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — PennEast…

Warming climate brings opportunity – and challenges – to NJ’s wine industry

But the benefits of greater warmth come with strings attached, including extreme storms, that can complicate production in New Jersey, now the seventh-largest producer of wine in the United States and rapidly becoming a veritable…

New Jersey weighs expanding flood buyback program after Ida

By Mike Catalini   09/24/21  
Liz Sawyer called Manville, New Jersey, home for more than two decades when Ida became the latest storm to send floodwaters crashing into her house. For her and her family it will — she hopes…

Atlantic City Electric Announces Major Actions to Combat Climate Change

Atlantic City Electric announced a major climate change commitment, launching a multi-faceted, action-oriented effort to help the state of New Jersey achieve its clean energy and climate goals.

‘Out of sight’: New York, New Jersey must look underground to prepare for climate change

By Danielle Muoio and RY Rivard   09/22/21  
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, elected officials across New York and New Jersey said it was time to get serious in the fight against climate change — vowing to build back homes and infrastructure…

Teaneck renewable energy referendum ordered onto the ballot

By Joey Fox   09/13/21  
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Wilson has ordered that a referendum establishing a renewable energy credit system be placed on the November ballot, marking the second court loss for Acting Township Clerk Doug Ruccione today.

Ida left a message. How will NJ respond?

By Star- Ledger Editorial Board   09/12/21  
Climate change stopped by New Jersey last week and trashed the place. It raised rivers like the Raritan to twice its flood height. It smashed entire Gloucester County neighborhoods with tornados and 150-mph winds. It…

Massive wind port said to curb climate change, boost jobs

By Jon Hurdle   09/10/21  
New Jersey’s budding offshore wind industry got an official endorsement Thursday with a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new state-financed port that will service the host of turbines due for construction in the next few years.

Judge sides with Hoboken in climate lawsuit venue fight

By Alex Guillen   09/08/21  
A federal judge in New Jersey ruled on Wednesday that the city of Hoboken's climate lawsuit against Exxon Mobil and other oil and gas companies should be sent back to state court, the latest in…

Storm’s damage might boost support for more aggressive climate policy, experts hope

Jon Hurdle   09/06/21  
Will Hurricane Ida’s devastation persuade New Jersey policymakers that it’s time to move more people out of flood-prone areas, build roads in places where they won’t be overwhelmed by surging waters, or ensure that drinking-water…

Homes, banquet hall burn to ground in Manville as flooded roads block firefighters

By Rodrigo Torrejon   09/03/21  
At least three fires continue to burn and smolder Friday morning in the flood-ravaged town of Manville with streets still overrun by water, causing access issues for firefighters and first responders.

N.J. weather: Dangerous, historic flooding likely today after deadly Ida storms hammers state

By Anthony G. Attrino   09/02/21  
While skies are clearing Thursday morning after a disastrous night of heavy rainfall that caused massive flooding that left at least eight people dead in New Jersey, the threat of more flooding remains as residents brace for…

This New Jersey community solar project is fully subscribed thanks in part to Boys & Girls Club

By SB Staff   08/31/21  
New Jersey solar developer Solar Landscape has energized another of its first-year portfolio community solar projects and is delivering clean energy to local residents in northeast New Jersey.

NJ readies for green future but says little about costs

By Tom Johnson   08/17/21  
By some accounts, the Murphy administration is making significant progress in its goal to transition to 100% clean energy by mid-century to avoid the worst of the expected impacts of climate change.

The Long, Slow Drowning of the New Jersey Shore

By Andrew S. Lewis   08/12/21  
From a satellite’s point of view, New Jersey’s barrier islands barely register, like fine white bones pulled from a body of green, separated by a vascular tissue of wetlands and shallow bays.

Could A Surfside Building Disaster Happen On The NY Or NJ Coast?

By Lydia MCMullen-Laird   07/26/21  
Last week, search crews reached the bottom of the rubble at the Champlain Towers condo building site in Surfside, Florida, where at least 98 people perished due to a deadly collapse in June. The exact cause is still unclear,…

They’re not blown away by NJ’s offshore wind power plans

By Wayne Parry   07/17/21  
 New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans.

Proposed Budget Resolution Would Support Restoration of the New Jersey School of Conservation

A budget resolution to fund the New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) submitted by Senator Bob Smith (LD-17) and Assemblyman John McKeon (LD-27) is gaining momentum with at least eight other legislators signing on as…

Biden’s offshore wind bonanza is coming to New York and New Jersey

By Emily Pontecorvo   06/14/21  
Until recently, it looked like the best chance of climate action from the Biden administration was going to be an infrastructure bill making its way through Congress. Now, the possibility of getting strong climate provisions…

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

By Lisa Friedman   06/11/21  
The Biden administration on Friday announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to develop offshore wind farms in shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey as part of its push…

Towns tasked with fighting climate-change impact

By Jon Hurdle   06/11/21  
New Jersey environmental officials on Thursday unveiled a “toolkit” to help the state’s 565 local governments integrate climate change into their land-use policy.

First power auction in three years yields boon for consumers

By Tom Johnson   06/07/21  
In a bit of good news for consumers, the price electric customers pay to keep the lights on might dip somewhat beginning in June 2022.

Rutgers, Offshore Wind Firm to Study Impact on Clams Off NJ Coast

By Wayne Parry   06/04/21  
A company hoping to build a wind power farm off the coast of southern New Jersey is partnering with Rutgers University and the state's clam industry to study the potential impacts of wind farms on the shellfish.

New Jersey’s 2nd Offshore Wind Project Expected to Be Approved June 24

By Brian X .McCrone   06/04/21  
New Jersey is expected to approve up to 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind energy at a June 24 meeting of the state's Board of Public Utilities, which would set the stage for hundreds of wind…

On the Jersey Shore, Surf’s Up — Way Up

By Francis Wilkinson   05/28/21  
In New Jersey’s beach towns, there are two sets of data that always seem to be rising: property values and sea levels. Neither phenomenon is particularly subtle, and eventually their trajectories will collide. But no…

Sea level rise results in smaller Jersey Shore storms to cause flooding

By Amanda Oglesby   05/28/21  
 A mild winter storm season left most New Jersey beaches and dunes in good condition for the summer tourist season, but smaller storms triggered coastal flooding, according to environmental officials.

With solar sale, PSEG doubles down on offshore wind and nuclear

By Scott Voorhis   05/14/21  
The sale of Public Service Enterprise Group's (PSEG) solar portfolio is part of a larger strategy, one that has the New Jersey-based power company betting big on another source of renewable energy – offshore wind…

Hearings set for members of public to weigh in on offshore wind farms

By Alison Grillo   04/12/21  
The public will have a chance this month to tell the feds what it thinks about the massive offshore wind farms planned 15 miles from Atlantic City.

White House adviser led grassroots N.J. clean energy fights

By Miranda Willson   04/12/21  
Included in President Biden's $2.2 trillion infrastructure package is a call to establish an energy efficiency and clean electricity standard. But the administration hasn't revealed much about what the standard might look like.

Mercer Co. To Install 11 New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

By Sarah Salvadore   04/12/21  
 Mercer County residents driving an electric car will soon have charging stations across the county.