Saturday, February 18, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for February 18 - 25, 2012

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

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February 18, 2012
Whole Foods' Electronic Waste Pickup Event in Philadelphia

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2001 Pennsylvania Avenue and 929 South Street
Whole Food Market, in partnership with eForce Compliance, is offering a FREE “anything with a plug” recycling event to be held from 9 to 2 at their Callowhill store located at 2001 Pennsylvania Avenue and their 929 South Street store. All types of electronics will be accepted for FREE including computers, monitors, printers, computer accessories and household appliances. All material collected will be responsibly recycled by eForce Compliance, who maintains a zero landfill policy and zero export of hazardous e-waste to developing countries. eForce is Pennsylvania’s only multi-certified electronic recycling company (R2, e-Stewards, ISO 14011) and assures all data media will be destroyed or wiped at their facility.

February 19, 2012

Workshop - The Power's Out Again - Hooray! 
2:30 to 5:30

Unitarian Fellowship

One West Nelson St.

Newton, NJ

If this wasn't how you or family members responded with the recent power outages, then please join Transition Newton for an emergency preparedness course. The series of classes will begin with an overview and discussion about how to prepare for a week without power. The suggested donation is $10 and pre-registration is necessary. The initial class will focus on what to do the next time you become 'unplugged'. Topics to be covered will include food storage & cooking, water storage & purification techniques, safe operating practices for your home related to utilities & energy, and preparation for infants, the elderly and your pets. Helpful handouts will also be provided. Future classes will include preparing a grab & go bag, long term food storage, growing, preserving and fermenting food, gathering wild, edible plants, long term water storage strategies, pandemic preparation, barter and gift economies.

February 19, 2012
Wind and Water Turbines: What is Their Energy Potential for New York City?

12:15 .m. - 2:45 p.m.
Cathedral House of the Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine
Amsterdam Avenue @110th Street, New York City
A Panel Discussion. Moderator: Dr. Lisa DiCaprio, NYU: Panelists: Dean Whatmoor, Verdant Power and Mateo Chaskel, Urban Green. Rooftop wind? Water turbines in the East River?What are some of the new technologies being developed now? How much electricity could they supply to the city power grid? What are the pros and cons of these turbines, and what are some appropriate installation sites? An overview of key issues. Refreshments served. Suggested $5-10 donation. Scholarships available. Series Co-Sponsors: The Environmental Task Force of The Congregation of Saint Saviour; The Green Sanctuary Committee of the Community Church of New York, UU; NYC Friends of Clearwater; Tri-State Food Not Lawns/Neighborhood Energy Network; NY Climate Action Group; Sane Energy Project; United for Action; WBAI's Eco-logic 

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February 21-March 27
2012 Tilling the Soil of Opportunity
Have you ever dreamed of owning a small farm operation but wondered how you gain the financial capital needed to access land, resources for equipment, develop crop planning, financial management, and get a strategic marketing  plan all pulled together? Start with a smart business plan and a network to community farming mentors. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey’s (NOFA-NJ)  is now accepting registration for their Business Planning course for beginning farmers: Tilling the Soil of Opportunity. This course will guide aspiring beginning farmers through the business plan creation process, with expert speakers answering your questions about market research, resources, the legal aspects of running a business, government regulations and how to analyze and create financial statements. The course is every Tuesday and Thursday evening from February 21 to March 27 (with the exception of March 8). Visit NOFA-NJ's website or call the office  at 908-371-1111 to learn more about the classroom sessions, and Beginning Farmer (someone who has operated a farm or ranch for 10 years or less) scholarship opportunities made possible with support from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. 

February 22, 201
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Energy 40/40: Looking Back 40 Years and Looking Forward 40 Years
Energy Symposium at  Richard Stockton College
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson will address energy industry leaders and advocates during her morning address. Jackson was commissioner of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection when President Obama appointed her to head the Environmental Protection Agency after his election in 2008. Jackson had previously worked as a scientist in the EPA Region 2 New York office. Participants on other panels will cover topics ranging from fracking to fission, including nuclear power, alternative energy, and energy issues in building construction. An interactive session will explore energy decision making.The registration fee of $40 per person and $10 for senior citizens includes continental breakfast and lunch and provides access to all symposium sessions. For registration, visit For further information or registration help, call the Hughes Center at (609) 626-3542 or e-mail at

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February 23, 2012

ITRC Internet-Based Training Course:

Decision Framework for Applying Attenuation Processes to Metals and Radionuclides
11 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time
No fee. Agenda and registration -

February 23, 2012

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
Urban Landslides - Challenges to Forensic Engineering Geologists
6 to 9 p.m. - Social hour and dinner meeting
La Quinta Inn (formerly Ramada)
60 Cottontail Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
Each year landslides cause 25-50 deaths and on the average $3.5 billion in damage in the United States. Many of these landslides occur in urban settings. Figuring out what caused these landslides and also how to prevent them in urban settings can be a challenge to forensic engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers. The talk will focus on lessons learned from case histories in urban settings, focusing on homes hit by landslides, homes that moved down the slope on landslides, reactivation of ancient landslides, triggers such as precipitation and earthquakes, and vacant lots. Development of susceptibility maps, especially using LiDAR imagery, will be included. Different mitigation methods including different types of dewatering devices,  walls, and freezing of the soil will be mentioned. In importance of lack of insurance for landslides on normal homeownerpolicies has great significance. Please RSVP, end of business, Monday, February 20, 2012 to Curt Schmidt or Rose DeLorenzo. No shows will be charged.

February 23, 2012
My Name is Allegany County
7 p.m.
Gallery room
John Haynes Holmes House
28 East 35th Street, Manhattan
(between Park and Madison Avenues)
Suggested donation: $10. My Name Is Allegany County tells the history of the successful direct action campaign waged by NYS residents in an effort protect their communities from nuclear waste dumping. Due to low budget, sound and picture are rough, but anyone actively opposing governmental collusion with industries using extreme and hazardous extraction technologies will become absorbed in this remarkable story of the people who stood together in non-violent resistance against the power of New York State's government...and won!

February 25, 2012
Just Food Conference 2012
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Food & Finance High School
525 West 50th St,
New York City
If you didn't already know, there is a wonderful organization called "Just Food". Just Food is the umbrella over all CSAs in NYC.  They help people like you and me find the CSA closest to them.  If there isn't one, they help people organize new CSAs and they connect farmers with CSAs and help them build those relationships. Just Food holds a food conference once a year.  This is when all CSA members from all over New York City get a chance to meet with other CSA members for a full day of workshops, lectures and delicious food. More here

February 25, 2012
Turning the Tide toward Environmental Education
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Officer’s Club in Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958
The Delaware Association for Environmental Education is pleased to announce its third annual conference. The 2012 conference theme is “Turning the Tide Toward Environmental Education.”  This one-day conference will be kicked-off by award winning environmental educator and writer, Tom Horton.  Mr. Horton is well known for writing about environmental issues for the Baltimore Sun and has penned several books on the Chesapeake Bay as well as articles for renowned magazines including National Geographic and Rolling Stone. The event brings together more than 100 formal and non-formal educators in the field of environmental education and will feature several strands of educational sessions, exhibits, and opportunities for networking and professional development.             Topics and programs  include Hawk Watch, outdoor woodland classrooms, Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, Green Eggs and Sand (horseshoe crabs and shorebird curriculum), exploring habitats, discovering Monarch butterflies, and more.  In addition, there are two field trip opportunities including a trip to University of Delaware’s Marine Research facility and a trip to the Marine Education, Research, and Rehabilitation Institute.  Register here.

February 26, 2012

Dynamic Sustainability:
The role of diversity in creating a sustainable world
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
UrbanPromise Sanctuary
3700 Rudderow Street
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill, NJ at this interactive event as we discuss the role of diversity in creating stronger communities, a more robust economy, and a healthy environment. Speakers at the event, ranging from community organizers to academics, will describe how our communities, workplaces, economies and planet benefit from diversity, using real-life examples to show how diverse systems interact to create a stronger whole. Following the presentations, stay for an interactive, small group discussion that will further examine the ideas of diversity and sustainability. Information about panelists and registration.

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

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

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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 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 7, 2012
Occupational Health & Safety Virtual Event 2012

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

forum bannerMarch 9, 2012
Redevelopment Forum 2012
Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center
2 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ  
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 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

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 15-17, 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 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

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 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. Cntact 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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