Environmental Justice Alliance Community Meeting to Take Place in Hackensack

(Hackensack, New Jersey; January 21, 2024) – The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) invites the public to attend the Environmental Justice Alliance’s second community meeting on Monday, January 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The meeting takes place at The Second Reformed Church, located at 436 Union Street in Hackensack, New Jersey 07601, and is free.  This meeting follows an initial meeting held on November 27, 2023 that introduced the public to this project that will help reduce future flooding in Hackensack and make neighborhoods in the city greener and healthier.

During the second meeting, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation will discuss actions the group plans to take this year to address flooding and increase green infrastructure in the City of Hackensack.  Actions to be discussed include installing a rain garden at a location to be announced in the future and creating a green infrastructure plan.  The NNJCF will discuss the impact of recent flooding occurrences in the city and will also present another environmental initiative under development -- Hackensack River Nation.

Participants in the meeting will learn how they can get involved with developing the rain garden or the green infrastructure plan.  The NNJCF invites anyone living or working in Hackensack, who would like to be involved in addressing flooding in the city or to help beautify Central Hackensack through additional green infrastructure, to attend and participate.

Light refreshments of snacks and soft drinks will be served.  People may register for the event here, http://tinyurl.com/GreenMeeting2.  For information about the meeting, contact Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director of the NNJCF, at leo@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608 extension 2.

Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice

            This community meeting is part of the NNJCF's Green Infrastructure for Environmental Justice project.  The project seeks to reduce flooding and improve environmental conditions for residents in central Hackensack and other parts of the city affected by flooding.  More information about this project may be found at http://tinyurl.com/GreenInfrastructureJustice.

The meeting is produced by the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation in partnership with the City of Hackensack and Greater Bergen Community Action, as well as residents of Hackensack and representatives from several organizations in Hackensack.  The project is supported in part by The Funders Network, AARP, Valley Bank Foundation, M&T Bank Foundation, PSEG Foundation, the Hackensack Rotary Club, and other supporters.

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
            Founded in 1998, The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups to improve community life.  Through collaborative partnerships, regional problems are identified and resolved.  Opportunities are discovered and explored by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  The Foundation's primary areas of work are the environment, arts and culture, public health, education, civic engagement, and philanthropy.  For more information, visit www.nnjcf.org, send an email to nnjcf@nnjcf.org, or call 201-568-5608.

Photo Caption: This rain barrel, Tomorrow In/Sight, and its design was created by artist Toney Jackson and dedicated to Nellie K. Morrow Parker, the first African American teacher in Bergen County.  She is a true icon of the City of Hackensack’s history. 

Photo credit: Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

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