Municipality Awarded Health Impact Project Grant
For Immediate Release:
June 14, 2019
Jeff Grosser, Assistant Administrator/Health Officer
Municipality of Princeton Awarded Health Impact Project Grant
Funding will Accomplish Efforts Recommended by Princeton’s Climate Action Plan
June 14,2019 -- Princeton, NJ -- The Municipality of Princeton, in partnership with Sustainable Princeton, announced they’ve been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.
With the goal of reducing emergencies during severe weather events, this project includes a series of activities to proactively prepare for climate related emergencies and to better anticipate the needs of Princeton’s most climate vulnerable citizens -- thus, ultimately reducing the demand for emergency response, allowing improved call response to address un-preventable emergencies for the entire community.
A June 18th “table top exercise” will kick-off the grant’s activities by pulling together emergency response personnel with managers of Princeton’s affordable housing facilities, nursing homes, and other facilities housing vulnerable residents, to run through a mock climate crisis.The exercise will help identify Princeton’s emergency response strengths and where improvements can be made. Grant activities also focus on improving our emergency response communications and updating the Emergency Operations Plan for climate related emergencies.
Coordinated by Municipal staff Bob Gregory,Director of Emergency Management, and Jeff Grosser, Assistant Administrator and Health Officer, and in collaboration with Sustainable Princeton, a nonprofit who led the efforts to develop Princeton’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2018-2019, the grant will support execution of key strategies outlined in the CAP to strengthen the community’s resiliency to the impacts of the changing climate.
“A critical part of our resiliency planning is ensuring we have a robust plan for keeping residents safe – especially the elderly and others that are particularly vulnerable. I am grateful to Sustainable Princeton, Princeton’s Health Department, and Office of Emergency Management for obtaining this grant,and to Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this funding and the impact it will have on making our community and residents better positioned to withstand severe weather events.”
“As Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and the increased frequency of violent storms have demonstrated, climate change is already bringing intense weather to our region.” shared Sustainable Princeton Executive Director Molly Jones. “We are so grateful to the Health Impact Project for its forward-thinking partnership to help put in place the preventative processes required to better prepare our community as a whole, and in particular our most climate vulnerable community member, for climate crises.”
About Municipality of Princeton:
Princeton covers an area of 18.1 square miles in the heart of central New Jersey. It is composed of the former Township of Princeton and Borough of Princeton which consolidated effective January, 2013 and is now known as Princeton. The population of Princeton is approximately 30,000.
A substantial portion of the property of Princeton University lies within the borders of Princeton as does the property of the Institute for Advanced Study. Other well-known educational institutions within Princeton are the Hun School, the Princeton Day School, and the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.
While no major arteries directly touch Princeton, it is dissected by US Highway Route 206; and there is ready access to US Highway Route 1, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and Amtrak and New Jersey Transit which provide direct rail services to New York and Philadelphia.
In general, Princeton is an open semi-wooded community of diverse housing, including substantial and moderate homes and a highly recognized affordable housing program and is an example of sound suburban development. There is also one shopping center, several other shopping areas of smaller size, some office research and services areas and a large amount of preserved open space.
Recreation facilities are numerous and provide community recreation facilities including a large pool complex, tennis and paddle tennis courts, athletic playing fields and various parks and playgrounds. Numerous programs and activities are provided through the Recreation Department.
About Sustainable Princeton:
In September 2017, Sustainable Princeton announced they were awarded a $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a Climate Action Plan for Princeton. In May 2019, the draft of Princeton’s Climate Action was made available for public viewing and comment. The Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.
Founded in 2012, Sustainable Princeton is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire the community to develop and implement solutions that positively impact the environment. With a vision for Princeton to be a model town that examines every action through the lens of sustainability ensuring a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of all community members now and in the future. Sustainable Princeton supports the belief: Change a Habit, Change the World. Their office is located at 1 Monument Drive,Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, visit https://www.sustainableprinceton.org/