What is the Camden SMART Initiative ?
The objective of the Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) Initiative is to develop a comprehensive network of green infrastructure programs and projects for the City of Camden. The Initiative is a collaboration between the City of Camden, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, New Jersey Tree Foundation, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, our public-private partners, community organizations, and most importantly, Camden residents to restore and revitalize our neighborhoods. The Initiative includes neighborhood green infrastructure projects, stormwater management policy development, and green infrastructure training programs.
A Sustainable, SMART Vision for Camden
The future of Camden is inextricably tied to the future environmental and economic health of the region. A green stormwater infrastructure approach is the most environmentally beneficial and economically favorable way to remediate the effects of urbanization on the region’s waterways. Sustainability must be a fundamental component of the revitalization strategy for the City of Camden because it generates economic development, improves the lives and health of Camden residents, and improves the quality of the water and air. The Camden SMART Initiative will benefit the City of Camden by:
- Preventing neighborhood flooding
- Reducing combined sewer overflows
- Creating sustainable green jobs
- Improving air, water and climate quality
- Developing environmental policy
- Increasing property values
- Providing economic development opportunities
- Adding recreational amenities and open space
- Beautifying neighborhoods