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New Songdo City, a master-planned metropolis rising on the outskirts of Seoul, Korea, set out to become a new destination city for global business and a showcase for green urbanism. Developers Gale International enlisted The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG) to turn New Songdo City into a greener, more livable, and more sustainable city than any in modern history.

As a result of WSG’s efforts, numerous elements of sustainable development were incorporated into the project, including smart-growth principles relating to transit-proximity, environmental preservation, and pedestrian-friendly design. At the same time, every element of the built environment—from offices and schools to houses and hospitals—was designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize the city’s carbon footprint. The project also incorporated efficient use of wastewater, use of local and sustainable materials, and effective management of waste streams. Today, New Songdo is hailed as the “city of the future” and a model for sustainable, high-tech living. WSG advised on the project for almost 6 years.

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WSG President Christie Whitman co-chaired the CASEnergy Coalition from 2006 to 2017. The coalition, founded by the Nuclear Energy Institute, was designed to lead a public dialogue on the role that nuclear energy should have in meeting our nation’s future electricity needs and the role it can play in addressing clean air and climate change. Christie Whitman and WSG partners provided strategic advice and direction to the coalition and participated in member recruitment, and Gov. Whitman traveled to targeted states to give speeches, hold events, and meet with community leaders. She did numerous media interviews and authored op-eds to help raise awareness, with a particular focus on gaining non-traditional support from minorities, women, and young people. Over 4000 organizations and individuals from different sectors – including health care, academia, minority groups, women’s groups, religious groups, and labor unions – joined the CASEnergy Coalition and supported nuclear energy as a critical component in achieving carbon reduction and clean air goals.


Jersey Water Works is a collaborative effort of many diverse organizations and individuals who embrace the common purpose of transforming New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure by investing in sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities with clean water and waterways; healthier, safer neighborhoods; local jobs; flood and climate resilience; and economic growth.

Christie Whitman serves as honorary co-chair of the Jersey Water Works collaborative along with former Gov. James Florio. Her early leadership in shaping the guiding principles for the Agenda for Change set the groundwork for the formation of the Jersey Water Works collaborative.

Jane Kenny serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee along with Mark Mauriello of Edgewood Properties, which leads the Jersey Water Works collaborative. New Jersey Future provides administrative support.

For more information about Jersey Water Works, visit JerseyWaterWorks.org.

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