Climate Safe Elizabeth

Groundwork Elizabeth is launching a Climate Safe Elizabeth Task Force to bring the community together to learn about the effects of climate change, specifically flooding and heat islands. The Climate Safe Elizabeth Task Force will work with community stakeholders to mobilize our Elizabeth neighborhoods as we participate in creating awareness for climate resiliency policies and programs.

Get Involved

Learn to advocate for a Climate Safe Elizabeth by joining the Climate Safe Elizabeth Task Force in three pilot neighborhoods (schedules to follow):

  • Bayway Family Success Center, 688 Maple Avenue
  • E’Port Community Center, 254 Second Street, Elizabeth
  • Elmora MicroFarm, Elmora Branch of the Elizabeth Public Library, 740 West Grand Street, Elizabeth

Did you know?

  • Researchers know that urban floods disproportionately hurt lower-income communities that have the least resources.
  • The nation’s leading cause of weather-related death is heat risk in urban areas.

Why does climate matter?

As an older urban center and the State’s fourth largest municipality, the City of Elizabeth faces many challenges due to generations of dense development and population growth. The City has made numerous improvements over the years to address hot spot areas, and to address the challenges of stormwater management in our aging urban environment. An example of a proactive step to mitigate these challenges, the Mayor and City of Elizabeth are actively increasing the tree canopy to decrease temperatures and partner to educate  the community about the dangers of heat risk.

How does Groundwork Elizabeth fit in?

Groundwork Elizabeth is participating in a program through Groundwork USA through pilot funding from the Kresge Foundation and has mapped the historic origins of heat and flooding related vulnerability through five pilot communities in the United States.  Groundwork Elizabeth focuses on neighborhoods which were decided by the “redlining” maps produced by the Federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation in the 1930’s. Over 250 maps were created across the United States. Learn more online at climatesafeelizabeth.org (website coming soon).

Climate Safe Neighborhoods Partnership

The Climate Safe Neighborhoods partnership brings together five Groundwork Trusts:
Groundwork Denver, CO • Groundwork Elizabeth, NJ • Groundwork Rhode Island • Groundwork Richmond, CA • Groundwork RVA, Richmond, VA.

Trusts are working closely with residents and stakeholders in their areas to organize, mobilize, and effect systems change to make communities more resilient to extreme heat and flooding. For more information about the Climate Safe Neighborhoods Partnership visit groundworkusa.org/climate-safe-neighborhoods.