Sunday, February 26, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for Feb. 27 - Mar. 5, 2012

Environmental seminars, forums, education, social and networking opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York & Delaware

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February 27, 2012
NJDEP Quarterly Brownfield Roundtable

NJDEP Headquarters
401 East State Street, Trenton, NJ
10 a.m to Noon - Workshops for municipal, county, state, federal and non-profit communities only
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Forum open to all interested in New Jersey brownfields redevelopment. 
Campbell Field in Camden, NJ,
a former Brownfield site
NJDEP strongly encourages Brownfield Development Area communities, EPA grant recipient communities, municipalities, counties and other public entities to attend the morning workshop.  There are a lot of changes coming about as a result of the Site Remediation Reform Act.  The morning session is a forum to share experiences, solutions and strategies. In the afternoon,you willl hear from George Vallone of the Hoboken Brownstone Company.  George is an experienced brownfield developer who has completed many successful brownfield projects in New Jersey. You will also hear from Michael Kenney of DEP's (Site Remediation) Compliance Assistance unit.  Mike will go over the mandatory deadlines included in the Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) and provide background behind the recent mass mailing of letters to those remediating contaminated sites in New Jersey.

February 28, 2012
ITRC Internet-Based Training Course:  Phytotechnologies

2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time

No fee. Agenda and registration - 

March 3, 2012
Community Gardens Conference

9 a.m.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Ave.

Morris Township, NJ
In the past five years, interest in and demand for Community Gardens has exploded. With the help and guidance of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the impressive list of speakers makes this an event not to be missed. Register here

March 3, 2012

ANJEC Environmental Commission Training
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Metuchen, NJ
The Association of NJ Environmental Commissions' annual training course on effective operations and activities is a must for new commissioners and a good refresher for more experienced members. Repeated on Monday, March 19, from 5 - 8:30 p.m. in Evesham, NJ and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in Denville, NJ.  Check or call (973) 539-7547 for details.

March 3, 2012
Solar PV Technical Sales – NABCEP Tech Sales Exam Prep
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Covers topics such as: the concepts of PV systems, inverter and PV combinations, site analysis and where to tie in, permitting and inspections, safety, check lists, configuring the project, and operation and maintenance. 
Visit or call (856) 802-0991 for further details.

March 5, 2012
Solar PV Conductor Sizing
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mt Laurel, NJ. 
Learn how to correctly size conductors in a PV system.  The tables from the NEC will be used along with exercises.  Grid Interconnected PV system design will be emphasized.  DC & AC conductor sizing, conditions of use, grounding, and shortcuts will be covered as well.  Photographs and real world examples, along with group exercises will help students learn how to size a conductor from a power source and how to determine which power source can be installed with a given conductor.  Ambient temperature data for all different locations will be used.
Visit or call (856) 802-0991 for further details.

March 5, 2012
Is Beekeeping for You?
Northeast Organic Farming Association
334 River Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Perhaps you would like to harvest honey or beeswax, pollinate your plantings, help the plight of the honey bee, or experience the pure satisfaction and pleasure of raising bees. NOW is your chance to order bees for the season. The Beginner Beekeeping Series is led by local beekeeper, Debbie Demmer. Through research, innovation, experimentation, observation, and care, Debbie has become a beekeeper of happy, healthy bees. She pursues bio-dynamic, chemical-free beekeeping and is currently developing an all-natural line of skin and hair care products. Her teaching is thought provoking, practical and fun. Register here

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March 6, 2012
PADEP's ISO 50001 energy management systems workshop
9 a.m to Noon

PADEP South Central Regional Office
909 Elmerton Ave.
Harrisburg, PA
he free ISO 50001 workshop is being offered as part of DEP's state energy plan initiatives through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. All workshop details can be found here. Those who plan to attend should register by visiting the website or by calling 814-332-6681. For more information, visit

March 6, 2012

Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  (Check-in time: 8:00am) Fee charged
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulates Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) and requires the professionals who work on them to be trained, certified and recertified every three (3) years. Whether you are becoming certified for the first time or just need to recertify, this one-day course will give you the regulatory information you need to stay current with New Jerseys UST requirements.

March 6, 2012

US and EU Perspectives on Green and Sustainable Remediation, Part 4
10 a.m.-12 noon
NJDEP 5th Floor Large Conference Room
No Fee This seminar is a continuation in the series on international green and sustainable remediation efforts (additional information on prior internet seminars can be found at This two-hour seminar will: (1) present the final case studies of the internet seminar series on how green and sustainable remediation efforts are being implemented in the US and Europe; (2) discuss Austrias new tool for performing a cost-effective analysis; (3) provide an update on EPAs draft environmental footprint methodology for estimating or quantifying a remediation sites footprint ( and on the ASTM International effort to develop a voluntary consensus-based standard for greener cleanups (; (4) present updates on international green and sustainable remediation efforts; and (5) provide information on 2012 green and sustainable remediation internet seminars and conferences. An open forum will be held throughout the seminar to respond to participant questions. For more information and to register, see

March 6, 2012
Solar PV Electrical Design Seminar

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
This course introduces students to the concepts of PV and how they are different from typical electrical installations with regards to the 2008 & 2011 National Electric Code.  We will explain how temperature and sunlight can make PV perform beyond its rated voltage and current on a regular basis and how to safely account for these and other aspects of PV design.  This course will also teach students the common mistakes to avoid when configuring a Solar PV Electric System.
Visit or call (856) 802-0991 for further details.

March 7, 2012

Occupational Health & Safety Virtual Event 2012

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March 8, 2012
NJ Technology Council's Clean Tech Video Conference

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
The New Jersey Technology Council is developing a pilot Video Conference to explore potential collaborations between US and EU Environmental/Energy companies who are interested in developing sales, partnership, licenses, joint ventures and other collaborations with companies and academic research activities in these regions.
Presentations accepted will be presented via a video conference scheduled for the afternoon of March 8 at the offices of Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia with connections to Aalborg University in Denmark and Data, Inc's offices outside of Reading, UK.  Specific products or services are sought in the following areas:  Biomass, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Modern Power Systems, PV Systems, Solar, Smart Grid/Micro Grid, Sustainable Products/Services, Waste Storage, Water Technologies, Wave Energy and Wind.  Invited audience members will include representatives of these organizations and others.  
Submissions selected for presentation must be a Power Point presentation no longer than 6 minutes in length.   An equal number of submissions from US and EU companies will be presented. Deadline for submissions is February 21.  For more information on completing a simple submission form, click HERE.
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March 9, 2012

NJ Future's Redevelopment Forum 2012
Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center
2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ  
NJ Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and land use strategist Chris Leinberger featured speakers. Join experienced local leaders and professionals as they explain, step-by-step how to achieve innovative, high-quality, financially successful redevelopment that fosters community and protects critical resources. Workshops are structured in a hands-on, case-study format, featuring speakers who have faced the challenges of redevelopment in communities throughout New Jersey. Read more

March 9, 2012

  4th Annual Women in Municipal Government Day
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Registration Form (Word / PDF)
The Annual Women in Government Celebration Day honors the contributions of women in public service. This year we are honoring women and organizations who demonstrate a commitment to advancing women’s active participation in government
For more information on the Women in Municipal Government Committee please contact Lori Buckelew at 609-695-3481 x112 or e-mail  In case of inclement weather, we will announce emergency seminar cancellations via recorded announcement on our Weather Hotline: 609-695-3481 ext. 200 and post announcements on our website after 6:00am on the morning of the meeting.

March 10, 2012
Moonlight Walk at Historic Whitesbog Village

7 p.m.
Mile marker 13, County Route 530
Browns Mills, NJ
By the soft glow of moonlight, walk through the dark, mysterious pines, along white sugar sand roads, to the shimmering cranberry bogs. With the wind whispering in the pines, the tiny sounds of reawakening may be heard. The leader will offer stories of the people who built Whitesbog, the local “Piney” folk, and the more recent American immigrants, all of whom worked here to make it one of the most successful agricultural enterprises in New Jersey. The Whitesbog Preservation Trust's  Moonlight Walks were featured as one of the “Best of South Jersey” attractions by SJ Magazine, and have been referred to as “almost magical” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Meet at the General Store at 7 PM.  Guests should be prepared for a relatively vigorous walk, are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring everything that may be needed for a winter hike: sturdy shoes, extra scarf, and a flashlight.  Light refreshments will be served after the walk.  Inclement weather cancels. Fee is $5 per person.  Reservations by Friday, March 9 are required:  leave name, telephone number and number of people attending on voice mail, (609) 893-4646, or email Visit for more information about moonlight walks and other upcoming events. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in its tireless efforts to restore and protect Historic Whitesbog Village and its surrounding lands.

March 10, 2012
Dash for the Trash: Delaware River Cleanup Blitz
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cooper River Park
450 South Park Drive
Collingswood, NJ 08108
AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors and Sustainable Cherry Hill are partnering to do a clean up around Cooper River. The loop will be from S. Park Drive to 130, to N. Park Drive, down Cuthbert and back to your car! Great for families, scout/school groups and anyone interested in keeping our waterways clean, safe and healthy!  Learn more here

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March 10, 2012
New Jersey Land Conservation Rally
Brookdale Community College
Lincroft, NJ
This annual full-day conference brings together land conservation leaders, professionals, students and volunteers from across the state. Attend a pre-Rally field trip, listen to keynote speaker Larry Selzer from the Conservation Fund, learn from a variety of engaging presenters, and network with your colleagues. To learn more, visit

March 15, 2012

Assessing Development Impacts: Regulatory Tools to Protect Water in Your Town
7: p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Lawrence Township Town Hall

Lower Level Meeting Room
2207 Lawrence Road
Lawrence Township, NJ

No resource is more fundamental to public health, quality of life and economic vitality than clean water. Recent changes in the state regulatory landscape have made environmental protection all the more critical at the local level.Municipalities are in a unique position to safeguard water resources by ensuring compliance with state and local stormwater, wastewater, wetlands and floodplains regulations and permit requirements during site plan review. Program includes: How to assess environmental impacts of proposed development; How to identify conditions affected by state environmental regulations, and How to work with state permit requirements during site plan review. Speakers include: Barry Chalofsky, P.P., Barry Chalofsky & Assoc, Environmental and Land Use Planning Consultants; Peggy Snyder, P.E. Principal, Emerald Environmental Solutions, and Sandy Batty, Executive Director, ANJEC

March 15-17, 2012
BST Safety in Action 2012 Conference

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 E. Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

March 16, 2012
Meet NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin

Noon to 2 p.m.
Pines Manor, Edison, NJ

For the third year in a row, NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin has agreed to join the members of the Environmental Business Council for lunch to discuss the state of environmental affairs in New Jersey. Commissioner Martin and his staff have made great strides in demonstrating that the need for a favorable economic climate and a commitment to environmental protection need not be mutually exclusive. Luncheon attendees will have the chance to hear first hand where the department is headed in the coming year. Don't miss this great opportunity to interact with Commissioner Martin. Register here.

March 16-17, 2012
Marcellus Shale Exposed Symposium

Northampton Community College
Bethlehem, PA 

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea
The natural gas industry has spent millions of dollars promoting natural gas drilling as a safe process that has been around for decades. In Pennsylvania, the industry has promised that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created and that drilling will bring much-needed revenue to the state. Environmental and social organizations throughout the state have been fighting their misleading claims with the facts. Those organizations are joining forces to bring an important symposium to Eastern Pennsylvania called Marcellus Shale Exposed this March featuring a virtual appearance by Gasland director Josh Fox and a keynote address by Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University fracking expert and outspoken critic of drilling. The event is open to the public free of charge, but registration is required at the event’s website

March 19-21, 2012

3rd Annual Marcellus Midstream Conference & Exhibition
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

The proliferation of shale-gas production is causing a race to build the needed infrastructure to support production. As a result, producers, investors and capital providers like what they see. The ability to separate high-risk, high-reward, high-margin E&P activity from the less risky, but far more predictable, midstream business is attracting new capital expenditures.The Conference & Exhibition will focus on the opportunities surrounding the building out of the infrastructure needed in non-traditional petroleum-producing regions. As capital is becoming easier to obtain, and operators are exploring their options in shale-gas recovery, your company will want to exhibit at the one conference designed to bring the latest information to the industry.
Network with CEOs, CFOs, COOs, E&P and pipeline operators, pipeline schedulers and others from the gas storage, processing, and pipeline industries alongside capital providers and deal-makers. More than 1,400 attendees registered in 2011! Mark your calendar and plan to attend the largest Marcellus networking event of the year!  Conference Agenda

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March 19-21, 2012
ANJEC Environmental Commission Training
5 - 8:30 p.m.
Evesham, NJ
The Association of NJ Environmental Commissions' annual training course on effective operations and activities is a must for new commissioners and a good refresher for more experienced members. Check or call (973) 539-7547 for details.

March 20-21, 2012

Ecological Risk Assessment: Practice and Protocols
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Check-in time: 8:30am) Fee charged
Assessing the ecological risk at a site is paramount to the remedial decision-making process. By understanding regional, state, and federal risk-based standards you can be responsible for the economic gains and environmental restoration of your clients next project. You will increase your ability to evaluate risk and determine the response of biological systems to environmental pollutants. This two-day program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of regulatory expectations of ecological risk assessments from both federal and state perspectives.  More information at Rutgers' website 

March 21-24, 2012
Environmental Information Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition 

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Click here for the
 EIA 2012 Registration Brochure!

March 24, 2012
ANJEC Environmental Commission Training

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Denville, NJ. 

The Association of NJ Environmental Commissions' annual training course on effective operations and activities is a must for new commissioners and a good refresher for more experienced members.
Check or call (973) 539-7547 for details.

March 27-30, 2012
International Symposium on the Redevelopment of MGP Sites
(MGP 2012)
Chicago, IL
Information & Registration
Inter Expo Center, Sofia
Andrew Sidamon-EristoffMarch 28, 2012
NJ Chamber of Commerce presents:
A Roundtable Breakfast with
NJ Treasurer
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ
Member price $65; non-member price $110
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March 28, 2012

Updating the Suburban Lawn for Sustainability and Health
7 to 9 p.m.
Cherry Hill Library
1100 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Join us for an evening of ideas and practical information on how to reduce the size of your lawn and increase the beauty of the remaining lawn by caring for it without the use of hazardous chemicals. We will discuss design ideas and plant selections that will assist you in changing your resource-hungry lawn into a healthier, more sustainable yard. Sponsored by The Cherry Hill Library and Sustainable Cherry Hill's Green Health/Garden Task Forces.
Register now

March 29, 2012
The PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium 2012 at The Franklin Institute
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast/Registration

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Program Now in its second year, the PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium brings together industry, university and community leaders to share best practices, ask challenging questions and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Delaware Valley. Fifteen panelists will cover such topics energy management systems, community engagement, building retrofits, starting a sustainable business, electric cars, LEED/Energy Star issues and more. More event information here

March 29, 2012
1 Day Solar PV Introduction and Market Overview

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
This seven hour seminar provides a thorough introduction to solar Photovoltaic technology, applications and the local market.  It teaches participants about the fast-growing PV industry, how to enter the market and the benefits of solar.  It covers system cost, government incentives, and the nature of renewable energy investments.  It is geared towards general contractors and professionals with a strong interest in solar PV.  It is also suitable for building-owners and homeowners who are considering adding solar PV.
Visit or call (856) 802-0991 for further details.

March 30, 2012
1 Day Solar PV Site Assessment Seminar

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Laurel, NJ
This course is intended to introduce a potential PV installer to the important aspects of selecting a good site for a PV system and the basics of PV system components.  This class will touch on battery based (stand alone) systems but will focus primarily on utility-interactive (grid tied) systems.  By the end of this class, one should feel comfortable conducting a comprehensive site evaluation, collect and interpret customer data, understand how to make component selections, understand how to size the major components of a PV system and provide clients with basic information on the size and type of system they require.
Visit or call (856) 802-0991 for further details.

March 31, 2012
Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop 

9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
Kingsford Community Room
31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534
Learn how installing rain barrels under your home’s downspouts can save you money and help protect the environment!  Presented by: AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador; Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association & Sourland Planning Council. Registration is required. Call 609-737-7592 or  Space is limited.$45 fee includes material, hardware and instruction. Couples and individuals welcome. Contact Christian Rathbone to make a reservation today!

April 18, 2012
Mastering RADIUS
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
New Brunswick, NJ
This one-day program has been designed to provide you with the necessary tools to prepare effective permit applications correctly and efficiently.  Through hands-on use of the RADIUS application and the DEP-Online web site, in combination with expert instruction, visual presentations and handouts, students will learn both the basic and advanced features of these tools.  The course will use an extensive array of case studies to illustrate various permitting scenarios. For fees, registration and more information, please visit or call 732-932-9271

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April 21, 2012 

5K Run & 3K Walk for Clean Air
Philadelphia's largest Earth Day Event

Hosted by the Clean Air Council
Martin Luther King Drive next to the Art Museum
About the Run - The course starts at the Philadelphia Art Museum and runs along Martin Luther King Drive. Arriving back at the finish line, the Clean Air Council has invited its partners and sponsors to participate in the Earth Day Celebration, providing an opportunity for community participants to hear about the latest Green event news, resources, and trends. The 5K Run for Clean Air is a community effort to decrease the air pollution that triggers asthma and other respiratory problems in our families, as well as support programs that reduce waste in favor of increased recycling and composting and slow down global warming. About the Walk - New for 2012, a 3K Walk event has been added so that *everyone* can participate in Philadelphia's largest Earth Day event! People young and old are encourage to come out. Families can enjoy fun walker award categories, so come in costume, deck out the family dog or come up with a cool Earth Day cheer. Information and Registration

May 1-3, 2012

Sustainable Property Transactions:
Business Strategies for Distressed Assets and Dynamic Energy Opportunities

Royal Sonesta Hotel - Boston, Cambridge, MA.
2.5 days of 50-plus speakers opining on all aspects of business transactions related to redeveloping distressed properties for and with energy alternatives.  More online at  or call 1-800-9-NO RISK or 800-966-7475.  Cost $425.00 – $725.00.

April 24-26, 2012

Advanced Aquifer Testing Techniques Featuring AQTESOLV:
New Concepts, Field Methods and Data Analysis Procedures
8:00am to 4:00pm daily
Baltimore, Maryland; Camden Yards Conference Event Center
Instructors:  Jim Butler, PhD, Glenn Duffield, and Shlomo Neuman, PhD
Even when you are confident of the geologic conditions, you may have difficulty designing effective aquifer tests, running field equipment or selecting the best available model to analyze the test data. We have designed a powerful three-day training course on advanced-level aquifer testing design, field methods and data analysis techniques featuring AQTESOLV. This course provides you with the knowledge to master aquifer testing from beginning to end. Midwest GeoSciences Group:

June 7,  2012

      Fourth Annual Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop
John Jay College, New York, NY
This workshop will not simply add 'sustainability' to the list of issues related to Brownfields but will look deeply at the interconnections and confluences that make for creating sustainable communities through Brownfields redevelopment. The program for this workshop is one day of intensive, high energy exchanges between stakeholders sharing varied perspectives on the issues surrounding Brownfields and sustainability. Stakeholder perspectives that include real estate finance, government at all levels, corporations, community representatives, NGOs and consultants who provide a range of technical expertise will be invited to participate in interactive sessions that focus on best practices and the challenges to their implementation. For more information:

October 19-22, 2012
Low Carbon Earth Summit 2012
Click here for details

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