Michael Greenberg studies environmental health and risk analysis. He is professor and associate dean of the faculty of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. He has written 30 books and more than 300 articles. His two most recent books are The Environmental Impact Statement After Two Generations: Managing Environmental Power, New York: Routledge (2011), and Nuclear Waste Management, Nuclear Power and Energy Choices: Public Preferences, Perceptions, and Trust, London: Springer (2012). Currently, professor Greenberg is writing Protecting Seniors Against Environmental Disasters: From Hazards and Vulnerability to Prevention and Resilience. He has been a member of National Research Council Committees that focus on the destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile and nuclear weapons; chemical waste management; and the degradation of the U.S. government physical infrastructure. Dr. Greenberg has received awards from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Society for Professional Journalists, the Public Health Association, the Association of American Geographers, and Society for Risk Analysis. He served as area editor for social sciences and then editor-in-chief of Risk Analysis: An International Journal during the period 2002-2103, and continues as associate editor for environmental health for the American Journal of Public Health.
Henry J. Mayer, Ph.D., Executive Director
Henry Mayer has extensive experience in the corporate, academic, and government arenas, with a focus over the past ten years on the large and complex environmental, infrastructure, and capital financing issues associated with the redevelopment of many of the country’s older cities and towns. His recent work has included using GIS based modeling tools to estimate the environmental, transportation and economic impacts of alternative land-use decisions at the county, region and state level; assisting economically distressed communities in Plainfield, Franklin and New Brunswick in visioning and developing neighborhood revitalization plans; and examining the causes and long-term impacts of poorly planned and managed large government funded environmental cleanup efforts.
Dr. Shaw conducts research related to various aspects of regional environmental planning, including her most recent work with FEMA and flood mitigation in the Raritan Valley. Since she joined the University in 2008, she has worked on a wide variety of research projects including brownfield redevelopment (Building Capacity for Brownfields Redevelopment in Community-Based Organizations and Measuring Brownfield Success in New Jersey: How Data Increases Our Competitive Edge). She managed the New Jersey Guide to Green Building for the Rutgers Center for Green Building, and has worked on multiple projects with the Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk. She also works on lead poisoning prevention and currently manages the Center’s Healthy Homes project with the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Shaw joined the Center after a career in public service with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Community Affairs. While there she rose from her role as a researcher in risk communication, urban environmental planning and public participation to become the Department’s Urban Coordinator and later Administrator of the newly formed Office of Brownfield Reuse, which she oversaw for two years. She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment for the Department of Community Affairs from 1996-1998. Prior to coming to the Bloustein School, she led the Office of Community Relations and chaired the Public Participation in Site Remediation Task Force. A certified planner, Dr. Shaw is active in the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves on the Burlington County Agricultural Development Board. Judy was the recipient of the 2011 Elwood “Woody” Jarmer Award for Environmental Achievement. This award is given to a professional planner, elected official or citizen planner that has demonstrated exceptional creativity in balancing environmental concerns with the realities of real estate development.
Jennifer Rovito, GISP, GIS Manager
Jennifer Rovito has experience in Geographic Information Systems, distributed GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, risk assessment modeling, and database management. She has worked in the fields of maritime safety, environmental policy and planning, and environmental engineering. Since joining the Center in 2009, she has worked on a wide variety of research projects involving spatial analyses and mapping, including web-based applications. She is the Project Manager of the NJ Healthy Homes Project as well as the FEMA mapping project. She also works on several other environmental health and planning projects. Jennifer received a Master of Science Degree in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Political Science from Albright College. She is also an active member of MACURISA, on the Executive Committee of the NJ Geospatial Forum, and a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
Karen Lowrie, Ph.D., Associate Director
Karen Lowrie supervises and carries out research projects for the Center. Her current focus is the Coastal Marine and Spatial Planning project, where she will assist with the stakeholder process and analysis of preferences for coastal planning. Since the late 1990′s, she has managed projects associated with revitalizing urban neighborhoods and environments, including building local capacity through neighborhood planning, addressing health and risk issues with community-based health interventions, and developing brownfields training for community-based organizations. Dr. Lowrie also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, where she oversees development of policy research and training products. She is the Managing Editor of the international journal Risk Analysis. She also teaches traditional and online classes in urban neighborhood redevelopment, environmental planning, and transportation security, and has published numerous articles in popular and peer-reviewed publications.
Jeanne Herb, Associate Director
Jeanne Herb leads a variety of projects and programs related to environmental policy and sustainability. Her work includes:
Co-facilitating the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance (http://climatechange.rutgers.edu/njadapt) which is a public-private partnership in New Jersey that is building capacity in New Jersey to prepare for climate change impacts and to develop public policies that promote resilience;
Supporting the Transportation and Climate Initiative a 12-state effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center (www.georgetownclimate.org);
Developing guidance on land use and other strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and increase capacity to promote resilience for more than 100 communities in New York State;
Engaging a five state regional stakeholder process to develop a transparent and public portal to support regional ocean planning, including engagement of citizens in participatory and consensus-based processes geospatial processes;
Incorporating health in all policies (HIAP) approaches into the North Jersey Sustainable Communities Consortium (http://www.policy.rutgers.edu/njscc/), including organization of a Health in all Policies conference in spring 2013;Read More
Development of capacity in New Jersey for Health Impact Assessments and enhancement of capacity to apply integrated environmental public health data.
Prior to joining the Bloustein School, Jeanne was Assistant Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Science at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. While at NJDEP, she oversaw programs related to climate change, environmental justice, sustainable development and “green” design, state planning, environmental health tracking, smart growth, and coastal and ocean policy. Jeanne began her career at NJDEP in the mid 1980’s through the late 1990’s when she was engaged in the state’s landmark Worker and Community Right to Know and Pollution Prevention Acts. In between her two “tours of duty” at NJDEP, Jeanne spent six years as the Manager of the public policy program at Tellus Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit consulting “think-do” tank which focuses on environmental policy, sustainable development, corporate governance and energy planning. She holds a BA degree from Rutgers University and an MA from New York University.
Stacy Perrine, AICP/PP, Senior Research Specialist
Stacy Perrine began her planning career with the NJ Office of Smart Growth where she administered the Plan Endorsement Program and assisted in the update to the NJ State Development and Redevelopment Plan. More recently, she worked as a Senior Planner for Ocean County, NJ where she managed many projects including the County Water Quality Management Planning Program and the Joint Land Use Military Study Initiatives with the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment. At EAC, Ms. Perrine conducts research on health policy as part of NJ’s Healthy Homes Program, as well as flood hazard mitigation and federal disaster assistance grant programs for the FEMA project. She also conducts research in the area of sustainable planning and local “green” planning and land use ordinances. She received a B.A. from Rutgers University with a double major in Political Science and Urban Studies and a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with a concentration in Community Development. Ms. Perrine is a licensed professional planner for the State of New Jersey and also certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a member of the American Planning Association.
Veda Truesdale, Senior Research Specialist
Ms. Truesdale has worked on land-use planning and climate change issues at the state and local level. Prior to joining the Center she worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where her work included climate change mitigation and adaption planning, smart growth, public access planning, and sustainable land-use research. Her professional experience also includes working for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and in the nonprofit sector. Veda received a BA in Geography from Vassar College and a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Matt Campo, Senior Research Specialist
Mr. Campo has experience in transportation planning and modeling, business strategy, real estate investment and market analysis, and risk assessment modeling. Matt’s current research is focused on understanding tools and methods to assess the resilience and security of infrastructure systems and supply chains. He has also worked for Ernst & Young and TranSystems on the behalf of public agencies and private companies to develop growth and consolidation strategies for commercial, residential and industrial real estate assets. Matt received a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. Matt has been invited to give presentations for the Transportation Research Board and other institutions.