James Hughes: By inhibiting future congestion, by preserving open space land and inhibiting over-development, New Jersey becomes a much more attractive place to live.
Economist James Hughes of Rutgers University studies regional economics and has extensive knowledge of the economy of his home state of New Jersey. EarthSky spoke to him in October 2009 about a ballot measure there – scheduled for November 3, 2009 – called the Green Acres Bond Act. It would offer 400 million dollars in bonds to support land and historic preservation efforts in New Jersey. Dr. Hughes supports the measure. He explained why land conservation is profitable for states, and becoming more so.
To find out more, visit Garden State Preservation Trust.
Beth Lebwohl researches, writes and helps produce science content in audio and video formats for EarthSky. She is one of the authors on EarthSky.org, a script-writer for our podcasts, and helps host our English science podcasts in 90-second, 8-minute and 22-minute formats. Beth came to EarthSky in 2006 from the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Astrophysics, where she was surrounded by some of the greatest telescope-building, equation-wielding, code-writing physicists of our time. And they made her think . . . this science thing . . . it's pretty cool.