In the Garden: The Community Economic Potential of the Food System

Elijah’s Promise enlisted the Spring 2016 Community Development Studio at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University to explore the feasibility of expanding its apiculture, farm to table culinary training, and composting projects. Elijah’s Promise seeks to build on its strengths to expand community economic development opportunities such as […]

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Materials Management and Manufacturing in Newark (2014)

The Spring 2014 community development studio explored Newark’s manufacturing waste stream and potential opportunities for reusing durable manufacturing discards and shipping materials to generate new jobs. The City of Newark wants to support its manufacturing sector in becoming more resource efficient and create jobs while diverting waste from landfills. Along with arts and culture, materials […]

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Impact of Paterson’s Environment on Children (2014)

The Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement, in a study funded by the Taub Foundation, strove to understand non-school barriers to children doing well in Paterson, New Jersey. The questions asked in this report, “Impact of Paterson’s Environment on Children,” were (1) what environmental, socio-economic, and contextual stressors affect children?, (2) how do organization […]

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Manufacturing Byproduct and Shipping Material Reuse: Newark (2013)

In partnership with the City of Newark’s Office of Sustainability, the Fall 2013 Community Development Studio began a yearlong exploration of Newark’s industrial waste stream. The studio’s research supports the City’s development of a strategy for the productive reuse of manufacturing discards, including durable byproducts and shipping materials. This materials reuse strategy has the primary […]

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CityWorks (2010)

CityWorks was formed by group of developers who wanted to create an organization that would bring commercial and retail to economically-distressed areas in order to supplement and coordinate with the production of low-income housing in New Jersey. Report

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Civic League of Greater New Brunswick (2010)

The League continues to be a strong presence in New Brunswick. Involved in the statewide Mt. Laurel litigation (the League’s housing zoning suit against 23 of the 25 Middlesex County municipalities was included in the state Supreme Court Fair Share housing decisions), actively pursuing fair share housing in New Brunswick and advocating for tenants’ right […]

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Elizabeth Development Company (2010)

In the past decade, Elizabeth has embraced an economic revitalization program like none other, one that is transforming its once abandoned waterfront into a shopping and business development mecca. This program is reaching into every city neighborhood to improve the quality of life for all of Elizabeth’s residents and visitors (Elizabeth New Jersey Economic Profile […]

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New Brunswick Tomorrow (2010)

New Brunswick Tomorrow was founded in 1975 with a mission to save the city. With a unique structure and a focus on the entire city community, NBT focused on New Brunswick’s revitalization. The organization has a dedicated staff and board and brings in institutional partners from the city across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. […]

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