Developing Eco-Districts in New Jersey: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Development

Rutgers University

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Fall 2011 Sustainable Overlay Studio led by Robin Murray FAIA PP LEED AP BD+C 970:510 Fall 2011



Developing Eco-Districts is designed to guide developers, municipalities, and communities across New Jersey in the creation of eco-districts, which are urban and semi-urban areas in which the goals of net-zero waste, water, and energy are achieved through holistic planning and development. Eco-districts have emerged in several European cities and in the western United States as a promising new model for meeting the critical and growing need for large-scale comprehensive sustainability. However, there is currently no model for achieving eco-districts in New Jersey, no is there a national standard for eco-districts. The intention of this handbook is to create awareness of the opportunities that an eco-district presents and to create a model for advancing these districts from conceptualization to implementation.


Report Documents:
Presentation Slides
Presentation Notes
West Windsor Building Plan
West Windsor Open Space
West Windsor Parking

Poster for 2011 Symposium


Student Researchers:

Marley Bice

David Burgy

Betsy Harvey

Andrew Kay

Jonathan Kirschenbaum

Daniel Kravetz

Margaret Ricke

Kristen Snuck

Carolyn Worstell





Faculty Advisor:
Robin L. Murray, FAIA PP LEED AP BD+C