News Release | Environment New Jersey

Testimony In Favor of Extended Producer Responsibility (S426) to the Senate Environment Committee

It is no secret that we have a waste problem in New Jersey and the country - in fact, the U.S. throws out enough plastic approximately every 11 hours to fill MetLife Stadium, and that amount is increasing.  We share the goal of solving our waste problem and turning back the tide on packaging pollution. Producer responsibility is a critical tool in achieving a zero-waste future. We would like to see a full producer responsibility model be considered in New Jersey, in which producers are responsible for the full cost of the system, everything from product design, to collection, to processing. 

News Release | Environment New Jersey

New sanctuary would protect the largest canyon along the Atlantic coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced it is taking the first step to designate the Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary. Hudson Canyon is the largest of the more than 70 undersea canyons that line the North Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, and is home to deep sea corals, bluefin tunas, sperm whales, sea turtles and more. 

News Release | Environment America

U.S. Interior Department to phase out sale of single-use plastic products in parks, public lands

WASHINGTON --- Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued an order on Wednesday, World Oceans Day, to phase out single-use plastic products on lands managed by the Department of the Interior by 2032. The order is intended to reduce -- and eventually eliminate -- plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags at national parks and on other public lands.

News Release | Environment New Jersey

Electric School Bus Bill Passes Senate Budget Committee; Bill Will Provide $45 Million For School Districts To Purchase Electric School Buses

The NJ Senate Budget Committee passed S759 (Diegnan/Greenstein) by an 8-4 voteThe bill requires the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to develop and implement a three-year Electric School Bus Program with $15 million of funding in the first year and $15 million annually in the next two years to NJDEP, for a $45 million total.

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Statement: White House invokes Defense Production Act for clean energy

President Joe Biden authorized use of the Defense Production Act (DPA) on Monday to speed up the domestic production of key clean energy technologies for use in buildings.