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New Jersey Currents | Fall 2021

Check out the latest and greatest news from New Jersey in the latest issue of New Jersey Currents!

50% Emission Cuts by 2030 is the New Policy; NJ Must Put into Practice

Clean Water Action organizers were on hand to celebrate Governor Murphy’s announcement that he is issuing an Executive Order to reduce New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions to 50% of their 2006 levels by the year 2030. The announcement took place with a backdrop of construction vehicles as workers continued to install the nation’s largest solar farm on reclaimed landfill.

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NJ Legislative Scorecard 2021

The PDF icon New Jersey Legislative Scorecard 2020-2021 details the environmental voting records of every legislator and the behind the scenes leadership of this session’s environmental champions from the 2019 lame duck session through September 2021. 
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Let's protect the Delaware River watershed from ALL fracking activities!

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional governing body that protects the health and safety of the Delaware River Watershed, is made up of the four governors of New York, New Jersey,

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Pass a Recycled Content Bill in New Jersey!

The Recycled Content Bill (S2515/A4676), which passed in the New Jersey State Senate in June, recently passed out of the Assembly Environment Committee and we hope will move on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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New Jersey Digital Events & Actions

Here are some resources and online events we’ve hosted over the last few weeks. The work for a clean, just, and healthy environment never stops - so please check back regularly for updates!

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PennEast Pipeline Cancelled! Dogged Opposition by the People Wins the Day

"Thanks to the tireless work of our members, organizers, local activists, and elected officials  who never stopped believing we could stop this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline, we are celebrating today," said Eric Benson, Clean Water Action, NJ Campaigns Director. "But we know the fossil fuel industry will continue to try to put their profits before people and the planet. We are ready to build on our existing deep partnerships with Governor Murphy, US Representatives Watson-Coleman and Malinowski, NJ Senators Turner and Bateman, and Assemblyman Zwicker. Together we will continue to fight to build a clean energy future -- and we know we can win."

From We All Live Downstream

NJ's new straw policy is in effect!

November 9, 2021

Last year we celebrated as New Jersey passed into law one of the strongest bans on single-use disposables in the country (P.L. 2020, c. 117).

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Testimony Opposing "Chemical Recycling" A5803

June 14, 2021

Statement by Maura Toomey, Zero Waste Organizer for Clean Water Action before the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Opposing A5803

June 14, 2021

ReThink Disposable Blog Series Part III: Next Steps for Statewide Zero Waste Policies

June 11, 2021

New Jersey’s ban on single-use carryout bags and polystyrene foam containers will go into effect one year from now, or May 2022! This victory was the result of the groundswell of concern over the damage being caused to our environment by waste and single-use plastics. This is only the beginning of the paradigm shift toward zero waste happening in New Jersey, across the U.S., and around the world. In the next part of our ReThink Disposable Blog Series, we will take a look at state policies in the works that will move us ever closer toward a zero waste future.