The Center for Regenerative Community Solutions (CRCS) is a vehicle for community engagement, education, and advocacy for the sustainable development of New Jersey communities, especially at this time the Shore communities most impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
After being joined by an approaching nor’easter, Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey coast on October 29, 2012, and its storm surges and high winds caused damage along the entire U.S. eastern seabord, with especially severe impacts in New Jersey and New York, including the massive flooding of lower Manhattan. In New Jersey, 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Nearly 7 million people and 1,000 schools had their power knocked out. 116,000 New Jerseyans were evacuated or displaced from their homes. As of January 8, 2013, some 41,000 families were still displaced from their homes. (Source: Chris Christie’s 2013 State of the State address, http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/full_text_of_chris_christies_2.html.)
Representing more than ten years of extensive community involvement, the CRCS is an outgrowth of our work with two previous nonprofits, the Center for Leadership in Sustainability, and the Center for Business Excellence, whose archived sites can be found here and here.