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Spring 2014 Update

Bloustein School, APA-NJ partner to create Professional Exchange Program
In order to further connect APA-NJ members with rising professionals in the field and engage with each other on cutting edge planning topics, APA-NJ is partnering with the Bloustein School to create a sustained network of practitioners and graduate planning students. The purpose of the exchange is to create pairs of practitioners and Master of City and Regional Planning students that share planning subject area interests. It is the goal of the program to create pairings that are beneficial to both practitioners and students, with the aim that the partnership be a true exchange that benefits the professional development and growth of each individual. 

Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Best Practices for Local Planners

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, formed in response to a diverse group of stakeholders to focus on climate change preparedness in New Jersey in key impacted sectors, has released a new policy gap analysis report, “Resilience. Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: A Gap Analysis.” Climate change impacts present a range of challenges to New Jersey. More intense precipitation events will lead to more flooding, more stormwater runoff, and degraded water quality due to erosion and contaminants from overland flows. Sea level rise and flooding events increase the risk of damage to homes and businesses, critical utility and transportation infrastructure, and natural habitat such as wetlands and dunes. Warming temperatures will result in more high-heat days, a decline in air quality due to increases in particulate matter and ozone, and a change in the range and distribution of plant and animal species, while more frequent droughts will result in a less reliable water supply. These impacts will exacerbate existing challenges in New Jersey’s towns and cities such as aging infrastructure, habitat fragmentation, limited tax revenues, and socioeconomically vulnerable urban communities.
          Public policy needs and gaps outlined in the report were identified through an extensive stakeholder engagement process. The report also summarizes the latest climate trends and projections in New Jersey as well as public support for policies to address climate change adaptation. It is intended to inform a forthcoming process to identify specific policies and actions that can be taken in New Jersey to ensure the state is prepared for the challenges of a changing climate. Early in 2014, the Alliance will be hosting a series of workshops with targeted stakeholders, experts and practitioners to discuss and recommend policies to address the needs and gaps outlined in this report.

Computer Technology Improvements Give Bloustein Students 24/7 Access
Bloustein School students have 24/7 access to a dedicated computer facility located within the school's Civic Square Building featuring 88 workstation-class computers with dual monitors, a printer/scanner area that includes three scanners, including a large format scanner and large format printers, as well as two collaborative workstations designed for group based projects, among other amenities. These are located in two computer labs, two dedicated studio classrooms, and one dedicated project room designed for group-based work.

Bloustein School Hosts Presentation on Transportation Disaster Coordination in U.S. and China 
As part of the three-day Workshop on Transportation Disaster Coordination in the U.S. and China hosted by the Bloustein School in October Mr. Weng Lei, Deputy Director General for Safety & Supervision, Ministry of Transport, People’s Republic of China, presented an overview of several mega transportation projects recently completed or being constructed in China.

International Week at the Bloustein School, Feb. 10-14
The Bloustein School Career Development office and the International Development Interest Group (IDIG) will be holding a series of event related to International Week from Feb. 10-14, 2014. In addition to  panels about careers in international development and careers with the U.S. Department of State, a representative from Devex will meet with Bloustein students to discuss resources available to international development professionals. IDIG will present a panel discussion, "Healthy Infrastructure, Healthy Communities," on the topic of supporting strong communities through innovations in infrastructure planning and will also host a video discussion "Bloustein Alumni Abroad," where current students can hear from alumni in the development arena and ask questions about specific areas and careers.


Professor Robert Burchell will attend the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Annual Conference in Denver on March 13-14. He will present “Moving Beyond Recession—Can Congressional Leadership Produce Infrastructure?”​

Jeanne Herb​, associate director of the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group, is the PI for a project funded by NOAA's Regional Ocean Planning Partnership.  The $190,000, two-year project will enhance climate preparedness and hazard resilience capacity for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), a regional body established under the National Ocean Planning Act of 2008.  The EAC will support MARCO's Climate Change Action Team in identification of key cross-boundary climate change issues and policy or program alternatives for the six Mid-Atlantic states, and a legal analysis of implementation strategies.

Stuart Meck, FAICP/PP, associate research professor, has authored "New Jersey's Mount Laurel Doctrine and its Implementation:  Under Attack, But Safe (for Now), which appears in the January 2014 issue of Planning & Environmental Law.  This article reviews the origins of the Mount Laurel anti-exclusionary zoning doctrine in New Jersey, the only state to establish a constitutional—as opposed to statutory—obligation for municipalities that zone to provide realistic opportunities for low-and-moderate income housing on a regional fair-share basis.  

Jennifer Senick, executive director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building at the Bloustein School, joined for a video interview at NAREIT’s 2014 Leader in the Light Working Forum in San Francisco. Senick was asked to comment on the trends that she is seeing with regard to energy management systems and REITs’ ability to scale building efficiencies on a portfolio-wide level. To find out more or watch the video, visit

Staff members of the NJ Travel Independence (NJTIP) program recently conducted a "Connect to Transit" professionals in Hudson County, designed to introduce them to the accessible transit system. The day included a NJTRANSIT bus demonstration. Staff associate Louis Hoffman of NJTIP will be speaking at the NJ Association of People Supporting Employment conference, Facing the Future 22 - Building Bridges to Successful Employment on March 21, 2014.  His topic will be, "Connecting to Employment by Connecting to Transit." He will give and overview of job access travel training services provided by NJTIP @ Rutgers, and the accessible transportation options available in NJ.  

The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative held a Sustainable Raritan River Mini-Conference on December 5, 2013 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ. Over 125 people attended the conference. The event began with an early-morning guided bird walk and ended with a tour of the wetlands restoration work along the Raritan River. Participants also watched a film on the removal of the Nevius Street Dam and participated in informative workshops covering public access, climate resiliency, regional conservation planning, and wetlands restoration and stormwater.  

The Voorhees Transportation Center and the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group received funding to conduct two Health Impact Assessments. The first, funded by the Partners for Health Foundation, will look at health impacts associated with the Bloomfield Ave. Complete Corridor Plan in the vicinity of Montclair, New Jersey.  The other, funded by Together North Jersey, will study the health impacts of planned expansion of the Middlesex Greenway in Middlesex County, New Jersey.


For the second year, a team from the Bloustein School has advanced to the regional finals of the fifth annual Hult Prize. The Bloustein team consists of Sayan Kundu, Neha Mehta, Kushyup Shah, Jared Sussman, and Becky Kelleman, all MCRP '14 candidates.  The 2014 Hult Prize will focus on the 250 million slum dwellers around the world suffering from chronic diseases who need help – a challenge personally selected by President Bill Clinton. The Hult Prize regional competitions will take place on March 7 and 8, 2014; the Bloustein team will compete in Boston. 

Ph.D. candidate Morgan Campbell's chapter on "Navigating the Global City: Gender, Mobility and the Case of Bangalore's IT Economy" was published in Innovation in Urban Development: A New Generation of Ideas, by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. The paper was selected for publication through an international competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID, the World Bank, the International Housing Coalition, and the Cities Alliance. Morgan's paper was selected from more than 80 abstract submissions, of which 17 were invited to submit full-length papers and 8 were selected for publication.

Ph.D. candidate Shankar Chandramowli's dissertation literature review and the NSF EaSM project (with input from his committee) has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments with the tittle of "Impact of climate change on electricity systems - A review of models and forecasts."  

Bo Kyung Choi MCRP '14 and Merisa Gilman MCRP '14 will co-present their urban design project, Development for Sandy Recovery in Sayreville, New Jersey, at the APA National Conference in Atlanta as one of Student Capstone sessions. Their session will illustrate how planning responses to severe storm events can help communities fix longstanding deficiencies, improve public access to open space, provide for the restoration of degraded landscapes and habitats, and increase overall community resiliency. The students will first brief about the background of the community as related to Superstorm Sandy and future flooding issues. They will then present their design schemes as well as some of the information gathered from the community stakeholders regarding the development proposals. 

Randy Fixman MCRP '14 was the recipient of the New Jersey Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP-NJ) 2013 Bronze Scholarship for
his report on integrating multimodal freight centers into New Jersey communities. The scholarship is distributed among several graduate and undergraduate students with interests in transportation and logistics. He was the only planning student to receive a scholarship; the remainder of the honorees were business students. 

Jarrod Grim, MCRP '12 contributed to a research report recently released by The Alliance for Downtown New York, "Going to the Head of the Class: The Growth of Higher Education in Lower Manhattan."  The report documents the spike in higher education leasing, student enrollment, and relocations to Lower Manhattan, and was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and Commercial Observer.

An essay by Rolando Herts, Ph.D. '00, “Sacred Ground, Traveling Light: Personal Reflections on University-Community Tourism Engagement” has been awarded Best Treatise in Impressions, Ruminations, Treatises: Essays on Intersectionality, Praxis, and the Educational Arena. The collection, an intellectual and spiritual meditation on how universities serve as sites for heritage development through iterative processes of community engagement and self discovery, was released in late December 2013 by the Institute For Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. 

The Bloustein School Alumni Association recently began organizing Alumni Groups as a way for alumni to create and maintain connections with former classmates and colleagues and establish new networking relationships. Whether relocating, wanting to share best practices fellow alumni in a particular field, or just looking for a good happy hour, our Regional and Affinity Groups are the newest way to reconnect with the School. 

Bloustein and the 2014 New Jersey Planning Conference
Now more than a year past one of the most challenging natural disasters facing New Jersey, the planning profession has embraced the inclusion of stronger mitigation and resiliency policies into all aspects of the planning process. Adaptation to climate change, shoreline protection, stormwater management strategies and case studies of recovery were just a few of the post-Sandy topics of interest presented at this year's American Planning Association New Jersey Conference on January 23-24, 2014, organized in partnership between the Bloustein School and the APA-NJ chapter. The Bloustein School and APA-NJ remain committed to providing the best opportunities  for both professionals and students to examine pertinent issues that come with continued urbanization in an increasingly difficult global economy. Bloustein was represented by a faculty, staff, alumni or student in every single panel offered over the two-day event, with Bloustein faculty, staff, and students participating in more than half of the panels, including the following: 
  • Preparing for Climate Trends—Jeanne Herb, Associate Director and Jennifer Rovito, GIS Manager, Environmental Analysis & Communication Group
  • Issues in Fiscal Impact Assessment in New Jersey—David Listokin, Professor
  • What Was Mount Laurel Supposed to Fix? How Did We Do?—Stuart Meck, Associate Research Professor
  • Particular Suitability—Henry Kent-Smith, Adjunct Professor
  • Using Planning Tools to Promote Energy Efficiency—Clint Andrews, Professor; Jennifer Senick, Executive Director and Jennifer Souder, Instructor, Rutgers Center for Green Building
  • Reforming or Replacing COAH: So What Do We Do About It?—Robert Burchell, Professor; Stuart Meck, Associate Research Professor
  • Building Healthy Communities—Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Professional Ethics in Planning and Design—Stuart Meck, Associate Research Professor
  • Annual Challenge to the Profession—James W. Hughes, Dean
  • Planning for God, Managing Religious Uses—Carlos Rodrigues, Instructor
  • Tools & Strategies to Achieve Resiliency—Stacy Perrine, Senior Research Associate, Environmental Analysis & Communication Group
  • Innovate to Mitigate: Improving our Waterfront Communities—Anton Nelessen, Professor; Merisa Gilman, MCRP ’14; Bo Kyung Choi, MCRP ‘14
  • Web-Based Geospatial Tools for Sustainable Planning—Wansoo Im, Instructor
  • Visualizing Responses to Sandy: Case Studies—Carlos Rodrigues, Instructor; Anton Nelessen, Professor; Clint Andrews, Professor


Urban Affairs Association—March 19-22, San Antonio, TX
Ryan Good, Ph.D. candidate and Kathe Newman, Professor—Of or Above the Neighborhood: CDCs, Place, and the Politics of Community Development

Kate Davidoff, Ph.D. candidateIn the Middle: Data Driven Approaches to Community Development in Baltimore, Maryland

Robert Lake, Professor—Failure or Fallibility? Critical Irony in the Construction of Urban Public Policy

Kathe Newman, Professor—Tomatoes not Mortgages: Community Responses to Global Neoliberal Financialization

Jonathan Stiles, Ph.D. candidateEvaluating Participation, Innovation, and Outcomes Around City Open Data Initiatives

Ben Teresa, Ph.D. candidateThe Politics of Value: Speculation in Rent-Regulated Multifamily Housing in New York City

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting—April 8-12, Tampa, FL
Evan Casper-Futterman, Ph.D. candidate—The Operation was Successful but the Patient Died: The Politics of Crisis and Homelessness in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Briavel Holcomb, Professor—Online Gambling: The Final Nail in Atlantic City's Coffin?

Robert Lake, Professor—Social Enterprise, Impact Investing, and the End of Urban Public Policy

Kathe Newman, Professor and Katie Vail MCRP '14—Technology and the Post-Industrial Financial Revolution

Qianqi Shen, Ph.D. candidate—From National Industrial Development Policy to Local Land Financing Instrument: the Case of Development Zone Policy Implementation in China

Ben Teresa, Ph.D. candidateThe Politics of Value: Speculation in Rent-Regulated Multifamily Housing in New York City

American Planning Association—April 26-30, Atlanta, GA
Robert Burchell, Professor—Automating Zoning and Development Review

Robert Burchell, Professor (moderator and presenter), Anton Nelessen, Professor (presenter), Joe Burgis MCRP '75, Burgis Associates, Inc. —Expert Testimony and Development Projects

Robert Burchell, Professor (moderator and presenter) and James W. Hughes, Dean (presenter)—The Fall of Nonresidential Real Estate
Robert Burchell, Professor (moderator) and Hillary Bardwell, Career Services Director (presenter)—Planning Education and Employment Market Trends



Saturday, February 8
Fifth Annual Bike and Walk Summit

The NJ Bike & Walk Summit is the state’s annual gathering of biking & walking advocates, community advocacy leaders, city and suburban planners, environmental and green team members, cycling enthusiasts, bike shop owners, bicycle and walking club members, recreational riders, health and wellness experts, community policy makers, traffic engineers, state legislators and those interested in the many benefits that walking and biking can bring to a community. Online preregistration is available for $50 at  Registration is $65 at the door.
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Special Events Forum,
Civic Square Building, New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday, March 6
The Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture: Rutgers’ Global Reach and Sustainable Agricultural Development:  Challenges and Opportunities

Mark Gregory Robson, Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs and Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers University programs in global health and agricultural have been instrumental in working to improve the health of rural people and their environment through training and research in rural communities, as well as developing university-based programs to train local scientists and health care providers to build sustainable and long-term solutions to the rapid growth and intensification of food systems in the developing world. This presentation will look at the opportunities and challenges in rural agricultural health using examples in Southeast Asia and West Africa. In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Robson will present research findings from his projects funded by NIH Fogarty, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and USAID.  Dr. Robson will also make some personal reflections on Dr. Steinman and Dr. Bloustein and the unique relationship he had with them as a graduate student in the 1970s.  More information
5:00-7:00 p.m., Special Events Forum,
Civic Square Building, New Brunswick, NJ

Monday, March 10
Sixth Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference

The Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference honors the memory of the late Professor Donald Krueckeberg, who passed away in 2006. With the growing recognition of the Bloustein School as a major contributor to urban planning and policy studies, the Krueckeberg Conference has grown into a showcase of some of the most unique and forward-thinking research in the discipline. In addition to highlighting the best arguments and the most distinct voices in the Bloustein School's doctoral program, in recent years the conference has expaned to include doctoral candidates in planning and public policy from other schools. This year's conference includes participants from the Columbia University, CUNY, Temple University, The University of Pennsylvania, and New York University
8:00 a.m.-5:30p.m. (reception follows), Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building

Thursday, April 3
Admitted Graduate Student Open House

All day, Civic Square Building, 
New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday, April 10
Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture: A New Civics for Smart Cities

Dr. Anthony Townsend, Research Director, Technology Horizons Program, Institute for the Future and Senior Research Fellow, New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management 
In an era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? Urban planning expert Anthony Townsend explores this and other questions in a new book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia. This presentation takes a broad look at the people and historical forces that have transformed the design of cities and information technologies. Smart Cities explores the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of a new generation of “technology barons,” entrepreneurs, mayors, and civic coders working together to shape our urban future. Sponsored by the Bloustein School Alumni Association (BSAA). More information
5:00-7:00 p.m., Special Events Forum,
Civic Square Building, New Brunswick, NJ

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