Wikis > National Solutions Sharing Platform

Are you ready to make an impact in your city? Our encyclopedia of solutions is a great place to start!

The Citizens Campaign and The Civic Trusts are dedicated to facilitating the efforts of leadership-ready citizens to make an impact in their community. The Trusts find solutions through evidence-based research and expert opinion. The culmination of this work is this Menu of Solutions. With support and coaching from The Citizens Campaign’s Law and Policy Task Force, many of these solutions have been developed and implemented in cities throughout New Jersey by citizens like you. Take a look at the variety of offerings below, which can be tailored to and established in your city to achieve positive results.




  • Storm Protection Planning Board Resolution: Recommend steps be taken to better plan for more intense storms and flooding, to effectively reduce the impact of such events in your community
  • Tree Fund: Establish a voluntary Tree Fund people can donate to that will go towards strategically planting more storm resilient trees in city parks and along the waterfront
  • Green Roofs: Help reduce storm water pollution and flooding by establishing “green roof” zoning requirements
  • Permeable Driveways: Create a site-plan requirement that minimizes off-site drainage, and is incentivized by an optional coverage bonus




  • Abandoned and Vacant Property Maintenance: List and register abandoned and vacant properties and require owners to pay a registration fee to motivate owners to properly maintain, or restore and reuse the properties
  • Municipal Arts Council: Establish a volunteer committee to support the arts in your city and seek grant opportunities
  • Mural Ordinance: Promote and foster cultural expression in your city and connect people through public art