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Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
April 12 , 2006

Contact: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
                West Windsor Township
    (609) 799-2400

West Windsor Environmental Commission to Host
Presentation of Rutgers University West Windsor Sustainability Study

Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh is pleased to announce that the West Windsor Environmental Commission will be holding a special meeting on April 27, 2006 at 8:00 PM in Meeting Room A of the West Windsor Township Municipal Building, 271 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, New Jersey.  A presentation will be made by a Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning, Graduate Planning Studio on the work they have been conducting in support of the Environmental Commission’s Sustainable West Windsor 2006 Plan development.  The West Windsor community is invited and encouraged to offer their thoughts on the direction of this environmental planning effort.

With Mayor Hsueh’s full support and endorsement, the Environmental Commission has made the identification of cost-effective and pragmatic sustainability practices for Township consideration a 2006 priority.  Sustainability, or sustainable development, has been typically defined as development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  A sustainable community is one that manages and stewards its natural resources and environmental assets such that their value is preserved, restored, and enhanced for present and future generations.  Such stewardship complements the community’s efforts to foster economic and social health.  The ultimate goal of this effort is to make West Windsor a more sustainable community overall.

Under the supervision of Professors Clint Andrews, Jennifer Senick, and Randy Solomon, a Rutgers graduate urban planning class has been working with the Environmental Commission since January 2006.  Using the Sustainability Planning Framework document prepared by the Environmental Commission as a starting point, the class members have been expanding its breadth and detail in the specific areas of land use, circulation, society, natural resources, and government, as well as developing objectives, proposing indicators (or measures) for tracking progress, and offering recommendations for possible actions.  This extensive and valuable work will be contained in a report to the Environmental Commission.  The class will present their major findings at the April 27 meeting.

This meeting is the second in a series of public meetings the Environmental Commission is sponsoring to inform West Windsor residents and businesses about sustainability and related municipal planning efforts.  The project is being partially funded by grants from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Office of Smart Growth.

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