Jon A. Carnegie is Executive Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.
Jon serves as the principal investigator for a variety of research and planning projects involving a range of land use, transportation and environmental policy topics. His expertise includes: transportation, land use and environmental planning and policy; community development; public engagement; vulnerability/risk assessment; emergency management and evacuation; community impact analysis; sustainability; environmental justice; and equity issues related to traditionally underserved populations.
Jon is the Project Director for Together North Jersey, a HUD-funded Sustainable Communities Regional Planning initiative led by the Bloustein School at Rutgers University. This three-year project includes extensive public outreach and community engagement and will result in the development of a long-range Regional Plan for Sustainable Development for 13 north New Jersey counties. In addition to outreach, the planning process also includes scenario planning and a fair housing and equity assessment that is examining how historic, current and future policies and public infrastructure investment decisions have or may impact traditionally underserved populations in the region.
Jon holds a B.A. and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University.
Jeanne Herb is the Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University where she oversees projects related to environmental policy and sustainability.
Jeanne’s projects include analyzing public policy outcomes of Hurricane Sandy, providing support to a diverse range of community and state level recovery and policy efforts post-Hurricane Sandy, developing sustainability, vulnerability, and resiliency planning guidance for communities in New Jersey and New York, assessing effective online strategies and mapping of environmental health data to support community level planning and decision-making in New Jersey, and engaging stakeholders and state level policy makers to support efforts in the Mid-Atlantic for coordinated coastal and ocean planning.
Jeanne worked more than 20 years for the State of New Jersey, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner of Policy, Planning and Science for the Department of Environmental Protection. She oversaw the agency’s science support programs including work related to environmental health and implementation of the federal Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. She oversaw multidisciplinary efforts related to Environmental Justice, climate change mitigation and adaptation policy, smart growth including state planning efforts, coastal management and environmental aspects of statewide energy policy. Jeanne was the founding director of the New Jersey Office of Pollution Prevention and has worked closely with statewide coalitions to craft statutes and regulations related to industrial toxins, climate change, and protection of the New Jersey Highlands.
Robert Laumbach MD, MPH, CIH
Robert Laumback is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.Robert is both a board-certified Family Physician and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Physician with a research program focused on cumulative impacts of chemical and nonchemical stressors of health in communities in New Jersey. He is currently leading an EPA STAR project with the Ironbound Community Corporation to evaluate the combined effects of traffic-related air pollution and psychosocial stress on childhood asthma in Newark and Elizabeth, two NJ communities directly impacted by diesel truck traffic related to the Port of Newark and Elizabeth. The overall goal is to apply scientific principles and methods to improve environmental health for residents in vulnerable, underserved, urban communities. He has worked closely with community and environmental justice groups to educate members of these communities and to seek solutions to environmental health problems.Robert serves on the NJ DEP Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Council, and he is interested in learning how to comprehensively assess the impacts of transportation and energy systems on human health in order to improve health outcomes.
Karen Lowrie, Ph.D.
Karen Lowrie is an Associate Director for the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and a Facilitator of the Planning Healthy Communities Intiative.
Karen conducts research, outreach and education in the fields of urban land use, risk analysis and communication and environmental health. Among many grant-funded projects, she has studied health needs in Elizabeth, NJ, leading to the creation of a new pediatric asthma case management program. She also assisted in building capacity for neighborhood revitalization in Plainfield, NJ, including supporting the creation of a new community organization and leading the development of a revitalization plan. Most recently, Karen co-led four Health Impact Assessment studies in New Jersey, and is supporting Lifelong Elizabeth, an age-friendly initiative. She also serves on the Editorial Board for the Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment.
Karen received her PH.D in urban planning from Rutgers University. She has taugh graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental planning, transportation security, and urban policy, and co-leads a continuing education training class on Health Impact Assessment. Dr. Lowrie has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and authored many research reports.
Jennifer Senick is the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University and an adjunct lecturer in the department. Jennifer oversees a variety of grant-funded research on topics in applied green building including the intersection of green building and public health. She is a frequent speaker and has produced numerous articles, book chapters and papers on sustainable development and green building, especially in the area of evaluation methods.
Dr. Senick recently or currently is an investigator on grant-funded research from the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Planning Association with the American Public Health Association, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency, the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and other state and private organizations. Among similar initiatives, the Center recently completed a 3-year community based collaborative research study supported by the HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control which focused on improving building operations, design and occupant behaviors toward better indoor air quality and occupant health outcomes for lowest income vulnerable residents of the South Bronx. A follow-on 3-year grant extends this work in the direction of new cost-effective methods for health and safety hazard detection in residential buildings.
Dr. Senick received her Ph.D. in planning and public policy from Rutgers, her M.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and her A.B. in Government from Bowdoin College. She furthermore completed an area studies program at the Rand Corporation, where she worked for 7 years. Current service includes: Board Member of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), co-chair of the EDRA Sustainable Planning Design and Behavior Network, the American Planning Association’s Coordinator of International Health Planning and Impact Assessment Initiatives, editorial board member of Brownfield Renewal, and Advisor to the New Jersey Chapter of the US Green Building Council.
Ms. Von Hagen is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Leigh Ann is a licensed professional planner, both nationally and in New Jersey.
Leigh Ann manages the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Resource Center which specializes in initiatives that address pedestrian and bicycle access and safety through research, training, education, community engagement, and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design. She was instrumental in launching several statewide health initiatives including Safe Routes to School, Sustainable Jersey, Mayors Wellness Campaign, and Shaping NJ. Through these and similar initiatives, Leigh Ann has been a leader in bringing health considerations into non-health sector decisions. Her goal is to help make the healthy choice the easy choice through changes to the built environment and by creating a culture of healthy, active living.
For over fifteen years, Leigh Ann’s work has focused on addressing health and socio-economic disparities by developing sustainable transportation and land use solutions for communities. As a veteran bicycle and pedestrian planner, she is a leader in creating multi-disciplined approaches to environmental and policy change through community-based initiatives and partnership building.
Leigh Ann also worked for several private engineering firms on a variety of comprehensive planning projects and as a risk communication researcher for the Center for Environmental Communication and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.