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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.

HOBOKEN RENTAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS REGULATED BY THE CITY

Where are the affordable Hoboken apartments located?

There are 5 low- and moderate-income apartments are located at 600 Harrison, Harrison Street. These 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments were first occupied in 2017. Rents range from $600 to $1,035.

There are 4 moderate-income apartments at Edge Adams, Adams Street.The rents for the studio, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments will range from $933 to $1,344.The apartments will be ready for occupancy beginning in October 2019.

There are 46 moderate-income apartments at 7 Seventy House, 770 Jackson Street. The rents for the studio, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments will range from $1,158 to $1,657. The first apartments will be ready for occupancy beginning in October 2019.

THE PROCESS: THE HOBOKEN RENTAL WAITING LIST

When was the waiting list opened? Applicants were first able to join the Hoboken rental waiting list in the beginning of 2019. The City advertised in newspapers, and flyers were distributed throughout Hoboken and the housing region to get the “word” out to as many qualified and interested persons as possible. Applicants who joined the waiting list before May 8, 2019, were assigned a random (or lottery) number which is used to establish waiting list priority.  

How many people are on the waiting list to rent an apartment in Hoboken? 7,629 applicants are on the waiting list to rent an affordable apartment in Hoboken.  

How does the local preference work? In August 2019, Hoboken passed an ordinance which gives waiting list preference to Hoboken residents. Applicants who live in Hoboken will be contacted for available apartments before non-residents.  

Is the waiting list still open? How does an interested person apply? The waiting list is still open. Applicants can apply on-line at AffordableHomesNewJersey.com which is operated by Community Grants, Planning & Housing (CGP&H). Applicants who do not have a computer and/or email address may call 609-664-2769 extension 5.

How can applicants check their waiting list status or submit updates? All applicants can visit their personalized Affordable Homes New Jersey Profile to view their waiting list status and submit updates. Every applicant is provided with a profile link at:  AffordableHomesNewJersey.com.

What is required while the applicant is waiting for an affordable apartment? All applicants must submit an update at least once a year toremain on the Hoboken rental waiting list. This annual update requirement ensures that CGP&H has current information on-file when there is a vacancy.Applicants with an email address are emailed links to update their information.Applicants without an email address are mailed a flyer which they must mail back.  

Who is contacted for vacancies? When there is a vacancy, CGP&H will contact the next applicant on the waiting list whose household size,income, and residency matches the unit type. The applicants must be under the maximum income limit for the apartment. Likewise, while there is no set minimum income level, there are limits on how much of the household’s income can be spent on housing expenses. (Maximum income limits and minimum income requirements can be found at AffordableHomesNewJersey.com.) In addition, whenever possible,the household must include at least one person for each bedroom in the affordable apartment.

THE PROCESS: WHAT SHOULD AN APPLICANT EXPECT IF CONTACTED?

How is an applicant be contacted? Eligible households with the highest lottery number will be contacted via email and given 24 hours to respond. If they do not want the apartment or fail to respond within the 24 hours, they will not be removed from the waiting list and will be notified of the next available vacancy.  

What happens after an applicant expresses interest in an affordable apartment?  CGP&H will review the applicant’s updated information and if it determines that the applicant is eligible, the applicant then is referred to the landlord to discuss the opportunity and pay the landlord’s application fee. The landlord is permitted to establish its own non-discriminatory criteria for tenant selection. However, such tenant selection criteria are permitted only to the extent allowed by State and Federal law, and must be the same for both affordable and market-rate rental units. Applicants are to notify CGP&H immediately if they are quoted a different rent amount or experience housing discrimination.

The next applicant on the waiting list passes the landlord credit and background checks. What happens next?  CGP&H will conduct a formal application process and “income certify” the applicant. This involves a review of the total gross income for the upcoming 12-month period of all adult household members who will reside in the affordable unit. Gross income includes, but is not limited to: pre-tax wages, salaries, tips,commissions, alimony, overtime, pensions, social security, unemployment compensation, TANF, child support, disability, interest and dividends from assets. Child support & alimony will be calculated from the court decree stating amounts due and whether the payee is current or in arrears. All income information will be verified during this process. Applicants have one week to submit the completed application and must respond promptly for requests to provide additional documentation. An eligibility determination is generally made by CGP&H within one week of the application submission.  

After that? Once the applicant is fully income certified, the landlord is notified that it may execute a lease with the new tenant. CGP&H, as the Administrative Agent, will calculate the maximum rent allowable as permitted by the State, including lease renewals. Applicants are removed from the Hoboken waiting list after they are income certified. There is no annual re-certification requirement.

QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS?

We encourage all applicants to visit the Hoboken webpage and FAQ at AffordableHomesNewJersey.com. If they still have questions, they may email homes@cgph.net or leave a message at 609-664-2769 extension 5.    

Did you know?

It is legal to hail in Hoboken. 

Contrary to popular belief or common local practice, it is legal to hail a licensed yellow cab (although not limousines) anywhere in Hoboken, not just at the train terminal. There are 65 authorized taxis. Before you enter a cab, make sure you see the circular Hoboken logo and number.

Only one fare per taxi. 

Taxis may accept only one fare – a person or group of persons going to the same location – per ride. With the permission of the first fare, a second fare may join, but no more. The first rider must be taken to his or her destination first. This rule has been laxly enforced and widely violated in the past, but that is no excuse for continued violations, and the Administration will investigate and take action against all reported violations.

The local fare for yellow cabs is $8.00 or $7.00 from the PATH taxi stand, plus additional fees. 

The local fare is $8.00, except it is $7.00 for rides originating from the NJ Transit/PATH station taxi stand, regardless of weather or shortage of drivers. Additional fees are permitted for extra passengers and baggage (see below for details). In the past, it has been common for residents and visitors to be grossly overcharged by taxi drivers during inclement weather or high demand. Please report any violations.

Call if you see a violation. 

Residents who believe there is a violation should immediately contact Monique Campbell at the Division of Taxi & Limousine Licensing by calling 201-725-7885 or emailing taxi@hobokennj.gov and providing the time of the incident, the taxi number (or driver’s license number or vehicle plate number), and a description of what happened. Residents are the City’s eyes and ears, and we can only take action if we know there is a problem.

Complaint Forms

Complaint Form

Complaints Enforcement Policy

In addition to active surveillance and enforcement of taxi and limousine regulations on the street, The City of Hoboken Division of Taxis and Limousines carefully monitors and acts on complaints from the community regarding licensed taxis and limousines in accordance with the following policy:

Anonymous Complaints: 

Complaints submitted anonymously are reviewed and added to the individual driver/owner file. The Division always asks the complainant if they would like to prepare an affidavit to allow the Division to broaden actions taken at this level (see next section). Driver/owner are also given an opportunity to submit their recollection of the events. After a review of all materials, the Division typically issues a warning to the driver/owner and tracks the frequency of complaints regarding the individual driver/owner. If multiple complaints are collected on an individual driver/owner (typically three or more), the Division may choose to issue a summons, suspend, or revoke the active license, depending on the severity and/or details of the complaints.

Affidavit Complaints: 

All individuals submitting a complaint are offered the opportunity to complete an affidavit expressing a willingness, if required, to testify in court on the issue. In most cases, court appearance is not likely; however, individuals who choose this option make it more appropriate for the Division to take immediate action on the grounds that the complaint represents a major concern and should be resolved more swiftly than via the anonymous method described above. Driver/owner are also given an opportunity to submit their recollection of the events. After a review of all materials, the Division may choose to immediately issue a summons, suspend, or revoke the active license, depending on the severity and/or details of the complaints.

In all instances, disciplinary actions are conducted in accordance with the authority bestowed upon the Division via the Hoboken City Code.

Municipal Code

If you have any questions about our municipal code, please view it directly online. 179A 180A

Did You Know Documents

List of licensed taxi and limousine companies

Rules and Regulations for drivers

Future Inclement Weather and Holiday Enforcement

Taxi Enforcement

Senior Shuttle

Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm. The driver will begin the route from the Multi-Service Center :10 minutes after every hour and finish the route back at the Multi-Service Center approximately :55 minutes after the hour. The driver will then park at the Multi-Service Center until :10 minutes after the next hour, when he/she will begin the route again.

The Senior Shuttle will be out of service daily from noon-1:00pm.

Special Trips

Newport Mall
The Senior Shuttle will go to Newport Mall every Wednesday and on alternating Saturdays. On Wednesday, the Senior Shuttle will depart from the Multi-Service Center at 12:00pm to pick up from senior buildings and return from Newport Mall at 3:00pm. On alternating Saturdays, the Senior Shuttle will make two trips to Newport Mall. For the first trip, the Senior Shuttle will depart from the Multi-Service Center at 11:00am and pick up from Newport Mall around 1:30pm. The second trip will depart from the Multi-Service Center at 1:00pm and pick up from Newport Mall around 3:30pm.

Secaucus/WalMart
The Senior Shuttle will go to the Secaucus WalMart on alternating Saturday afternoons (except holidays). The Senior Shuttle will depart from the Multi-Service Center at 11:00am and return at 3:00pm.

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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