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The Task Force has established eight topical working groups. Each group is chaired by 1-2 Task Force members, and includes Task Force members, additional staff and faculty experts, and students.

The Working Groups are:

  1. Energy and Buildings 
  2. Transportation
  3. Food and Water Systems
  4. General Supply Chain and Waste Management
  5. Land Use and Offsets
  6. Climate Preparedness
  7. Climate-Positive Economic Development
  8. Governance and Financing

Each sectoral Working Group’s remit includes relevant aspects of both climate mitigation and adaptation. Each Working Group is also considering cross-cutting themes, related to teaching; research; campus culture, engagement, and behavior; and climate-positive economic development.

Working groups are examining topics including:

  • Compelling and impactful approaches Rutgers could pursue, along with their associated greenhouse gas emissions reductions, resilience improvements, financial costs and savings, and co-benefits
  • Implementation pathways, timescales, and progress metrics
  • Roles of different parts of the University, including approaches to overcoming institutional, organizational and cultural challenges
  • Strategies for ensuring participation and accountability of the full university community and, as appropriate, external stakeholders
  • Nexus to catalyzing broader, climate-positive economic development in New Jersey and incorporating equity considerations
  • Key unknowns and gaps that require more analysis.