The environment in Middlesex County takes many forms. Through a variety of programs, the County works to conserve the vitality and continued enjoyment of natural resources and outdoor areas. In rural communities, the preservation of open space prevents sprawling development from overtaking natural lands. In suburban and urban areas, protection from flooding and clean-up of polluted sites improves the health of residents and local ecosystems. In addition, sustainable practices, such as developing clean energy sources, applying green building techniques and limiting waste, reduce the effects of pollution, habitat destruction, and fossil fuel emissions.
This chapter of the Destination 2040 Master Plan will explore ways the County can prepare for and adapt to climate change and other hazards. It will also look at methods to decrease and manage waste, protect the environment and natural resources, and reduce the County's environmental footprint. The long term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will be considered in the development of this chapter.
Topics within Sustainability and Community Resilience include:
Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
Energy Efficiency, Renewable and Carbon-Free Energy
Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Natural Features, Water Resources, Habitat and Ecology
Solid Waste Management and Waste Reduction
Storm Water Management and Green Infrastructure
Wastewater and Perth Amboy CSO