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Sustainability and Resiliency

Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked. As an urban coastal city, Hoboken is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which continues to threaten quality of life for Hoboken residents. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will bring rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events, higher temperatures, and longer heat waves. Storms that bring flooding on the scale of Hurricane Sandy could happen every five years by 2030. Hoboken has not, and will not, wait for another devastating storm event to take action to reduce the impacts of climate change and secure a sustainable future for our community.

Hoboken is a LEED Gold City

Hoboken was certified as the first LEED Gold city in New Jersey by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2019.

The LEED Gold rating for Hoboken was granted using the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities rating system. LEED for Cities enables Hoboken to measure and track sustainability metrics in energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, and community development.

Hoboken is a Sustainable Jersey Silver City

The City of Hoboken initially acheived Bronze Certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2011, and Silver Certification in 2017.

Hoboken is currently pursuing the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy as outlined in the Climate Action Plan.

Hoboken is a Member of Jersey Water Works

Member organizations embrace the common purpose of transforming New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure by supporting Jersey Water Works’ shared purpose and goals; championing Jersey Water Works’ initiatives; and implementing water infrastructure best practices in their organizations or communities.

Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan

The Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan discusses issues for the City of Hoboken outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient City. These include:

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-13, the Planning Board of the City of Hoboken held a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, the Board recommended some changes and adopted the Sustainability Element. The adopting resolution notes the changes.

Planning Board resolution adopting the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element

Summary Presentation about the Sustainability Element

Plans and Policy Guidance Documents

The City’s strategic approach to sustainability and resiliency is outlined in the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element  (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan. Additional policy guidance documents include Hoboken's Climate Action Plan, Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines, and Rebuild by Design - Hudson River Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement.

Climate Action Plan

The earth’s climate is changing because of increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. The Hoboken Climate Action Plan provides a baseline carbon footprint for GHG emissions, sets achievable goals and targets for GHG emissions reductions, and identifies actions required to achieve those goals.

Net Zero Energy: The City will be net zero by 2030, and municipal government operations will be net zero by 2025. The City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities in 2019. Net Zero Energy means to produce or purchase as much energy as is consumed from secure, affordable and clean energy sources.

Carbon Neutral: Hoboken will be carbon neutral by 2050, and municipal government operations will be carbon neutral by 2035. Carbon neutral means to reduce or offset all inventoried sources of carbon emissions.

Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s GHG emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

These goals and actions will be re-evaluated every five years, in order to ensure that the City is taking an ambitious yet achievable path toward carbon neutrality.

Resilient Building Design Guidelines

The Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines provide an overview of the laws and regulations governing construction within Hoboken’s flood-prone areas, as well as the approval process for repairs, improvements, and new construction. They also provide flood resilience strategies for residents, property and building owners, developers, and businesses. These design guidelines should be used by designers and builders as a guide for making post-mitigation buildings relate well to one another while preserving connectivity with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape and enhancing the character of Hoboken’s neighborhoods.

Rebuild by Design - Hudson River

Years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the City along with state and federal partners have made significant resiliency investments to ensure the future sustainability of our City.

A comprehensive water management strategy was developed for the Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken area through the Rebuild by Design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2013. “Rebuild by Design - Hudson River: Delay, Store, Discharge” was selected as a winner of the RBD competition, and HUD subsequently awarded the State of New Jersey $230 million for the implementation of the “Resist” portion of the project.

The Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were produced in 2017, followed by a Record of Decision. The NJDEP is advancing the Resist alignment, while the City is advancing the Delay, Store, Discharge (DSD) elements with other partners through projects such as the Northwest Resiliency Park.

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering to make Hoboken a more sustainable City? Join the Green Team or volunteer for community clean-up events.

Sustainability and Resiliency

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Sustainability and Resiliency

Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked. As an urban coastal city, Hoboken is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which continues to threaten quality of life for Hoboken residents. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will bring rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events, higher temperatures, and longer heat waves. Storms that bring flooding on the scale of Hurricane Sandy could happen every five years by 2030. Hoboken has not, and will not, wait for another devastating storm event to take action to reduce the impacts of climate change and secure a sustainable future for our community.

Hoboken is a LEED Gold City

Hoboken was certified as the first LEED Gold city in New Jersey by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2019.

The LEED Gold rating for Hoboken was granted using the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities rating system. LEED for Cities enables Hoboken to measure and track sustainability metrics in energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, and community development.

Hoboken is a Sustainable Jersey Silver City

The City of Hoboken initially acheived Bronze Certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2011, and Silver Certification in 2017.

Hoboken is currently pursuing the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy as outlined in the Climate Action Plan.

Hoboken is a Member of Jersey Water Works

Member organizations embrace the common purpose of transforming New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure by supporting Jersey Water Works’ shared purpose and goals; championing Jersey Water Works’ initiatives; and implementing water infrastructure best practices in their organizations or communities.

Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan

The Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan discusses issues for the City of Hoboken outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient City. These include:

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-13, the Planning Board of the City of Hoboken held a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, the Board recommended some changes and adopted the Sustainability Element. The adopting resolution notes the changes.

Planning Board resolution adopting the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element

Summary Presentation about the Sustainability Element

Plans and Policy Guidance Documents

The City’s strategic approach to sustainability and resiliency is outlined in the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element  (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan. Additional policy guidance documents include Hoboken's Climate Action Plan, Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines, and Rebuild by Design - Hudson River Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement.

Climate Action Plan

The earth’s climate is changing because of increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. The Hoboken Climate Action Plan provides a baseline carbon footprint for GHG emissions, sets achievable goals and targets for GHG emissions reductions, and identifies actions required to achieve those goals.

Net Zero Energy: The City will be net zero by 2030, and municipal government operations will be net zero by 2025. The City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities in 2019. Net Zero Energy means to produce or purchase as much energy as is consumed from secure, affordable and clean energy sources.

Carbon Neutral: Hoboken will be carbon neutral by 2050, and municipal government operations will be carbon neutral by 2035. Carbon neutral means to reduce or offset all inventoried sources of carbon emissions.

Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s GHG emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

These goals and actions will be re-evaluated every five years, in order to ensure that the City is taking an ambitious yet achievable path toward carbon neutrality.

Resilient Building Design Guidelines

The Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines provide an overview of the laws and regulations governing construction within Hoboken’s flood-prone areas, as well as the approval process for repairs, improvements, and new construction. They also provide flood resilience strategies for residents, property and building owners, developers, and businesses. These design guidelines should be used by designers and builders as a guide for making post-mitigation buildings relate well to one another while preserving connectivity with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape and enhancing the character of Hoboken’s neighborhoods.

Rebuild by Design - Hudson River

Years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the City along with state and federal partners have made significant resiliency investments to ensure the future sustainability of our City.

A comprehensive water management strategy was developed for the Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken area through the Rebuild by Design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2013. “Rebuild by Design - Hudson River: Delay, Store, Discharge” was selected as a winner of the RBD competition, and HUD subsequently awarded the State of New Jersey $230 million for the implementation of the “Resist” portion of the project.

The Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were produced in 2017, followed by a Record of Decision. The NJDEP is advancing the Resist alignment, while the City is advancing the Delay, Store, Discharge (DSD) elements with other partners through projects such as the Northwest Resiliency Park.

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering to make Hoboken a more sustainable City? Join the Green Team or volunteer for community clean-up events.

knowledge base: faqs



Does the Shade Tree Commission have a list of trees that they recommend for planting? View the approved list of tree species.

Who should trim the tree in front of my house? Please contact David Calamoneri.

I know of a tree that I believe is dying or is dangerous, who should I contact? Please contact David Calamoneri.

How do I become a volunteer for the Shade Tree Commission? Please contact Peter Bakarich III.

How do I apply to be a commissioner on the Shade Tree Commission? Submit an application for appointment to citizen advisory boards and commissions.

When does the Hoboken Shade Tree commission meet? Click here to view the meeting dates for 2015.

What are the benefits and reasons for planting trees in Hoboken? Read about 13 Reasons to plant trees.

How can I find out info on the tree(s) on my Street? View the Hoboken Tree Inventory.

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