"This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands" - President Barack Obama (2008)


Newark Environmental Sustainability Institute (NESI)

The very survival of the human species depends on creating and maintaining a sustainable environment. Sustainability encompasses, by definition, environmental, economic, political and social dimensions and is thus by its very nature an interdisciplinary endeavor. As climate change imposes a dynamically changing system on ecosystems, humans need to either mitigate the impacts or quickly acclimate to the effects. Located at the Newark Bay, Newark is the largest city in the most densely populated state in the nation with one of the longest legacies of human intervention in North America. As such, Newark is challenged not only by pollution, engineering intervention, and infrastructure, but also by increased risks associated with flooding, sea level rise, and saltwater intrusion into groundwater. In addition, Newark still suffers from historic events that left one-third of its population in poverty, the children in the public schools underachieving, and a legacy of industrial toxins and Superfund sites. Rutgers University Newark, as an anchor institution, serves as the hub of expertise, research, and educational intervention essential to making the greater Newark region more sustainable.