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Rebuilding New Jersey After COVID-19: Advancing a Healthy, Resilient, Sustainable, and Fair Garden State (Day 2)

June 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A two-day workshop hosted by the Rutgers-based New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center, New Jersey Climate Change Alliance, and Eagleton Institute of Politics will take place virtually on June 12 and June 17 to bring together leaders from across a breadth of sectors to discuss opportunities for restarting New Jersey’s economy, post COVID-19, in ways that intersect health equity and social well-being with addressing climate change, building inclusive and vibrant communities, and expanding opportunities for civic engagement.

These discussions will inform efforts of the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission by focusing on ways that COVID recovery efforts can advance other shared public policy goals by:

  • Promoting health equity and social well-being and ensuring adequate resources to support the state’s public health infrastructure, enabling it to prevent, protect against, quickly respond to, and recover from health emergencies;
  • Building a state budget that provides direct support to households and businesses hit hardest by COVID-19 in ways that create living-wage jobs and that support a sustainable future for New Jersey;
  • Ensuring that rebuilding and COVID-19 recovery investments address changing climate conditions;
  • Supporting investments in community assets that enhance cultural, historic, and natural resources, as well as those that promote social cohesion; and
  • Honoring democratic principles.

Moderator: Kiki Jamieson, president; The Fund for New Jersey


Day One: Friday, June 12

1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

First Panel: Setting the Stage

  • Demographic and Economic Realities Facing New Jersey – James W. Hughes, University Professor, Rutgers
  • Short and Longer-Term Fiscal Realities – Richard F. Keevey, Executive in Residence, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers
  • Realities of New Jersey’s Health Inequities – Denise V. Rodgers, Vice Chancellor of Interprofessional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • New Political Realities Post COVID-19 – John Weingart, Associate Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers


Second Panel: Opportunities to Intersect COVID-19 Rebuilding Efforts with State Climate, Health, Energy, Social, and Economic Goals


  • Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Chair of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers
  • Brandon McKoy, President, New Jersey Policy Perspective
  • Robert Kopp, Professor and Director, Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers
  • Jorge Santos, Chief of Staff, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

Day Two: Wednesday, June 17

1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Third Panel: Short and Medium-term Opportunities and Challenges Moving Forward


  • Richard Lawton, Executive Director, New Jersey Sustainable Business Council
  • Barbara George Johnson, Executive Director, John S. Watson Institute For Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University
  • Anisa Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Company
  • Kevin Sumner, Facilitator, Public Health Associations’ Collaborating Effort
  • Tom Wright, President and CEO, Regional Plan Association


Virtual workshop via WebEx

The virtual workshop is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register:



June 17, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm