Greening Northern NJ with Meadowlands Commission’s Debbie Lawlor
November 26, 2010
Debbie Lawlor, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Chief Sustainability Officer, helps to control the zoning and planning of the Meadowlands region of northern New Jersey, less than 10 miles west of New York City. Lawlor’s background is in sustainable regional planning. In 2006, she helped to implement green-building guidelines with incentivized zoning. “The Meadowlands likes to lead by example,” Lawlor proclaims. “You really get into ‘green’ when you tour people around [the Meadlowlands’] facilities.” Lawlor cites all sorts of energy-efficient building elements, from strategically placed skylights to water-reducing faucets, as exciting elements that are putting the Meadowlands region on the green-building map.