Symposium on Planning Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Thursday, April 26 - Friday, April 27, 2012

at The Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
and the Edward J. Bloustein School, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901



As part of its 20th anniversary, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University will hosted atwo-day Symposium on Planning Healthy Sustainable Communities, designed to showcase the research and policy development initiatives undertaken by Bloustein School faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the area of sustainability planning and policy.

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED OUR SYMPOSIUM.

AICP credit information

FINAL AGENDA

DAY 1 – Thursday, April 26

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
at Heldrich Hotel

Registration and Breakfast

   

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
at Heldrich Hotel




9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks
James W. Hughes, Ph.D., Dean,  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Richard L. McCormick, Ph.D, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Former New Jersey Governor James Florio

Morning Plenary – Demography, The Business Cycle, and Sustainability
 (CM | .50)
James W. Hughes, Ph.D., Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Joseph J. Seneca, University Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers Universi

   

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
at Heldrich Hotel
CONCURRENT SESSIONS A

Designing Active, Healthy, Sustainable Communities  (CM | 1.75)
Moderator: Anton Nelessen M Arch UD, PP, CNU,  Professor, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
Robbinsville Town Center: Tom Troy, Sharbell Development Corp.
Downtown Princeton:  From Vision to Vitality: Marvin Reed, former Mayor Borough of Princeton
Hoboken Infill Planning / NoHO Jersey City: Dean Marchetto, AIA, PP, CNU, Founding Principal, Marchetto Higgins Stieve  
Jersey City’s Bayfront: Bob Cotter, PP/FAICP, Jersey City, Director of Planning

 

New Jersey's State Strategic Plan: Understanding our Industry Clusters and Infrastructure  (CM | 1.75)
Moderator: Lucy Vandenberg, Executive Director, PlanSmartNJ
State Strategic Plan: Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D, Director, Office of Planning Advocacy
Somerset County’s Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy: Robert Bzik, PP/AICP, Director of Planning,  Somerset County Planning Division
Industry Cluster and Infrastructure Needs Mapping: Kayla Malsbury, Assistant Planner, PlanSmarNJ and Lizzie Browder, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce  
The Law and State Planning: Thomas Collins, Esq. P.P,  Vogel, Chait, Collins, and Schneider

 

Strengthening Public Health and Livability in Communities with Disproportionate Environmental Burdens  (CM | 1.75)
Moderator: Jeanne Herb, Research Administrator; National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Overview of Federal Environmental Justice Initiative: Terry Wesley, B.E. Environmental Justice Coordinator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
Community Action for a Renewed Environment Initiative in Newark’s Ironbound Community: Ana Baptista, Ph.D.,  Director of Environmental & Planning Projects, Ironbound Community Corporation
Identifying Problems and Solutions in the Waterfront South Community of Camden: Joann Held, M.A., MS, Air Toxics Analysis Services, Consultant
Screening Approaches for Assessing Overburdened Communities: Steven Anderson, M.S.,  Research Scientist, Environmental Health Assessment Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Cumulative Impacts in New Jersey: Nicky Sheats, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Urban Environment, Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College

   

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
at Heldrich Hotel

Luncheon & Keynote Address: Mt. Laurel, Abbott, and Sustainable Communities
David Rusk, Author and Urban Strategist
(CM | .75)

   

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
at Heldrich Hotel
CONCURRENT SESSIONS B

Sustainable Transit Oriented Development in NJ's Urban Core: Case Studies from Harrison and the Oranges (CM | 1.5)
Moderator: Charles W. Latini, PP, AICP, Principal Planner, NJ TRANSIT
Harrison: Richard Miller, CEO, The Pegasus Group, LLC
Orange and East Orange: Edward Martoglio, Director, RPM Development Group and Robin Gordon, Administrative Manager, HANDS, Inc.

 

Green and Healthy Buildings  (CM | 1.5)
Moderator:  Clinton J. Andrews, Ph.D., AICP, Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Current Trends in Green Building: Jennifer A. Senick, M.A., Associate Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building, Bloustein School
South Bronx Affordable Green Building Case Study: Green Performance: MaryAnn Sorensen-Allacci, Ph.D., Research Coordinator, Rutgers Center for Green Building
South Bronx Affordable Green Building Case Study: Indoor Air Qualit: Gedi Mainelis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences  
Occupant Behavior in Green & Healthy Buildings: Richard H. Wener, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Psychology, Polytechnic Institute  of NYU

at Civic Square Building (this session only)

The History and Redevelopment of New Brunswick (CM | 1.5)
James W. Hughes, Ph.D, Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

   

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
at Heldrich Hotel
CONCURRENT SESSIONS C

Reconnecting Jobs to Transit (CM | 1.5)
Reconnecting Jobs to Transit: Tim Evans, Research Director, New Jersey Future and Tom Marchwinski, AICP, Director of Forecasting and Research, NJ TRANSIT
The First Mile and the Last Mile: The Role of Transit Shuttles in Providing Job Access in New Jersey: Deva Deka, Ph.D, Voorhees Transportation Center, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Program: Margie Piliere, Regional Director - Business Development/North Region, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

 

Key Issues in Preparing theWorkforce for a Changing Economy  (CM | 1.5)
Moderator: Jennifer Cleary, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
NJ’s Talent Networks: Robert Grimmie, Director, Center for Occupational Employment Information, New Jersey Department of Labor;  Christina Herzog, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Bloustein School, Rutgers University, and Vicki Gaddy, Director, NJ Life Sciences Talent Network, BioNJ
Preparing Workforce for Green Jobs: Recent Lessons: Jennifer Cleary, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Bloustein School,Rutgers University
Evaluation of Workforce Preparedness Programs: William Mabe, Ph.D., John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Bloustein School, Rutgers University

 

The Childhood Obesity Movement: Looking Back and Forward  (CM | 1.5)
Moderator:  Leigh Ann Von Hagen, PP/AICP, Senior Project Researcher, Safe  Routes to School Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center,  Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Public Health Perspective: New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study: Michael Yedidia, Ph.D.,  Research Professor, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University
Movements in Planning, Childhood Obesity and Active Transportation: Where are we going?  What do we need to do?: Sharon Roerty PP/AICP, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Lessons and Challenges from the Safe Routes to School Program: Leigh Ann Von Hagen, PP/AICP, Senior Project Researcher, Safe  Routes to School Resource Center, Voorhees Transportation Center,  Bloustein School, Rutgers University

at Civic Square Building (this session only)

Easton Avenue Corridor: Where Town and Gown Meet (CM | 1.5)
Moderator:  Jim Constantine, PP, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss
Challenges of Interdisciplinary Teaching: Wolfram Hoefer, Dr. Ing., BayAK, ASLA,  Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University
Urban Design Concept Plan and Form Based Code for Easton Avenue: Bloustein Students, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Sustainable Public Spaces on Easton Avenue: Landscape Architecture students, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Graduate School of New Brunswick, Rutgers University

 

 

DAY 2 – Friday, April 27

 

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
at Heldrich Hotel

Registration and Breakfast

   

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
at Heldrich Hotel

Morning Plenary -- Welcoming Remarks  
Dr. Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Planning for Pressing Public Health Issues    (CM | 1.25)
Moderator:  Michael R. Greenberg, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director, National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment; Director, Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
Changing Face of HIV in New Jersey:  Dona Schneider, Ph.D., M.P.H.,  Professor and Associate Dean for Programs, Bloustein School, Rutgers University 
Access to Health Care in NJ after the Affordable Care Act: Joel Cantor, Sc.D., Director of the Center for State Health Policy and Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School
The 21st Century Global Health Challenge: Gabriella Y. Carolini, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
Summary Remarks: Pressing Public Health Issues:  Michael R. Greenberg, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Director, National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment; Director, Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, Bloustein School, Rutgers University

   

10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
at Heldrich Hotel
CONCURRENT SESSIONS D

A More Sustainable Morristown: And So Can You!   (CM | 1.75)
Moderator: Linda Stamato, Edward J. Bloustein School, Faculty Fellow and Co-Director, Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Getting and Keeping Sustainable Jersey Certification: Paul Miller, Morristown’s Office of Sustainability
A Funder’s Perspective: Margaret Waldock, JD, Program Director, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Best Practices for Successful & Sustainable Redevelopment: Phil Abramson, JD, PP/AICP, Jonathan Rose Company
Building Green, Affordable Housing: Dan McGuire, AICP, Homeless Solutions

 

Measuring Sustainability Performance at the Regional, State, and Local Levels  (CM | 1.75)
Moderator:  Jon Carnegie, PP/AICP, Executive Director, Voorhees Transportation Center, Bloustein School, Rutgers University 
Transportation and Climate Initiative: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States: Jon Carnegie, PP/AICP, Executive Director, Voorhees Transportation Center, Bloustein School, Rutgers University 
Using NJTPA ViZtools to Assess Livability: Zenobia L. Fields, Manager, Mobility Programs & Planning Analysis, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Sustainable Urban Design Performance Indicators: Jeffrey Raven, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal of RAVEN A+U - Sustainable Architecture + Urban Design, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University

 

Health in All Policies: Connecting Urban Planning and Public Health  (CM | 1.75)
Moderator: Amelia Greiner, Ph.D MS, Assistant Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Health in all Policies: Cross-Sectoral Collaborations for Improved Health: Caroline Fichtenberg, Ph.D; Director, Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association
National Perspective on Health Impact Assessments:  Kara Vonasek, Project Manager, Health Impact Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
Establishing a Common Policy Foundation for Planning and Public Health Professional: Rachel J. Thornton, MD Ph.D; Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics and Center for Child and Community Health Research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Planning and Public Health Collaborations—Lessons in Translation: Joseph Schilling, JD, Assistant Director, Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Tech

   

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
at Heldrich Hotel (note location change)

Lunch "On-Your-Own" in New Brunswick

“Meet the Researchers” Poster Session (at Heldrich Hotel)
Research of the Bloustein Centers, Faculty and Students

   

2:15 PM – 4:00 PM
at Civic Square Building (all sessions)
CONCURRENT SESSIONS E

Turning Problem Properties into Opportunities (CM | 1.75)
Moderator:  Diane Sterner, Executive Director, Housing and Community Development Network
Setting the State for Reclaiming Problem Properties in New Jersey: Diane Sterner, Executive Director, Housing and Community Development Network
Newark: A Case Study in the Use of  New Jersey's Abandoned Properties Tools: Michael Meyer, Director, Division of Housing & Real Estate, City of Newark
New State Policies and Local Strategies: Alan Mallach, FAICP, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress  and Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

 

Community Food Security and Community Economic Development
Moderator:  Kathe Newman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University 
Voorhees Fellows/Urban Agriculture Studio
Spring 2012 Community Development Studio
Online Urban Agriculture Mapping team
Community Gardening in New Brunswick

 

Walking and Cycling for Healthy Communities (CM | 1.75)
Moderator:  John Pucher, Ph.D. , Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University 
Active Travel, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the USA: David Bassett, Ph.D, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 
Gender and Active Travel:  Promoting Walking and Cycling by Women: Jennifer Dill, Ph.D, Associate Professor,  Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and Director of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium
Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling:  Lessons from Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands: Ralph Buehler, Ph.D,  Assistant Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning, Alexandria Center, Virginia Tech and   John Pucher, Ph.D., Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University 

FINAL AGENDA


POSTER SESSION


Symposium participants were able to peruse the highlights of research and projects not covered as part of the podium sessions and interact one-on-one with the sponsoring researchers.  The posters highlighted research being undertaken by the various research centers, institutes, faculty, and students at the Bloustein School.


AICP credit information





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DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Driving directions to The Heldrich Hotel.

DIRECTIONS VIA TRAIN/WALKING DIRECTIONS: Directions via New Jersey Transit train: The New Brunswick station on the New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor line is located approximately 4 blocks from The Heldrich Hotel, about a 10 minute walk.To walk to The Heldrich, cross Albany Street and proceed left to George Street. Turn right on George Street and continue to Livingston Avenue. The hotel will be on your right.

If you will also be attending the Anniversary Grand Reception, the Bloustein School is is providing free shuttle service between The Heldrich Hotel and the Hilton East Brunswick Hotel