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Jersey City Secures $3 Million in Grants for Green Initiatives

JERSEY CITY – In a significant move towards urban sustainability, Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced that Jersey City has secured nearly $3 million in grants. These funds are earmarked for a series of environmental projects that emphasize the importance of green infrastructure in urban settings.

Tree Planting Initiative: The city has plans to plant over 160 trees across various neighborhoods. This initiative aims not only to beautify the city but also to aid in stormwater absorption and enhance public health. The focus will be on areas that can benefit from flood control, improved air quality, and reduced heat-related health risks.

Grants Breakdown:

  • A substantial $2 million grant has been awarded by the US Department of Agriculture’s Urban and Community Forestry program. This will predominantly fund the MLK Drive Green Corridor and Outreach Project, targeting the Jackson Hill corridor along Martin Luther King Drive.
  • An additional grant exceeding $800,000 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will support green infrastructure enhancements on MLK Drive. This includes the introduction of rain gardens and bioswales.

Youth and Community Engagement: Jersey City is launching the Youth Tree Ambassador Programs to foster community building and workforce development. The grant will also facilitate the hiring of seasonal workers for the city’s Forestry team, including positions like a Junior Forester.

In collaboration with local organizations such as Sustainable JC and the Jackson Hill Special Improvement District (SID), the city aims to kickstart outreach programs. These partnerships will connect with local businesses, residents, and other stakeholders, fostering a sense of community involvement.

Debra Italiano, the Founder and Chair of Sustainable JC, expressed her enthusiasm about the USDA grant. “This is a golden opportunity to build momentum for tree canopy restoration and a broader vision of a greener and more resilient Jersey City,” she remarked.

City’s Vision for the Future: Earlier this year, the fourth City Hall Annex building was inaugurated in Jackson Hill, marking a significant step in the city’s development strategy. Barkha Patel, Director of the Department of Infrastructure, emphasized the importance of community partnerships in building resilient neighborhoods. “Our urban forestry and green infrastructure initiatives are all about partnering with the community. With this grant, we can strengthen that bond,” Patel stated.

In Conclusion: Jersey City’s endeavors in green infrastructure serve as a testament to the potential of urban sustainability. With these initiatives, the city sets a precedent for what green infrastructure in urban areas can achieve, benefiting residents, businesses, and the environment.

For those interested in contributing to Jersey City’s tree planting mission, they can reach out to the Jersey City Department of Infrastructure.