Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for March 14-21, 2012

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

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March 14, 2012
Community Green presents movie nights
One Main Street, Mendham, NJ
Join us for Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-energize America. This powerful film brings home the impact of our energy use, asking the question, "Do you know where your electricity com...
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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

Lead Certified Renovator - Initial Course for Renovation, Repair and Painting
8:30 - 5 p.m. 
Accredited Environmental Technologies, Inc. 
Staybridge Suites
400 Evergreen Drive
Glenn Mills, PA
In April of 2010 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the final rule in Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting, which requires contractors to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices. This regulation requires contractors working in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities to take the proper precautions to work lead-safe, including minimizing dust, containing the work area and conducting a thorough cleanup to reduce the potential exposure associated with disturbing lead-based paint.
Course cost: $225. Pre-registration required. Contact Kris Smith ( at Accredited Environmental Technologies, Inc Phone: 610-891-0114

March 16, 2012

Blue Infrastructure: Mitigating and Managing When There Is Too Much Water

Sponsored by the Sustainable Raritan River Engineering Council
9 a.m. - Noon (followed by lunch)
Middlesex County Fire Academy
1001 Fire Academy Drive
Sayreville, NJ
There is no charge to attend this event
Please join the Sustainable Raritan River Regional Engineering Council and the business leaders from the area to talk about how we reduce flood hazards, effectively apply low-cost management practices and adapt engineering approaches to save our towns, our highways and our economy. 2.0 CEUs will be available for engineers, landscape architects, planners and public works directors. RSVP to: (Indicate if you plan to stay for lunch in your reply)

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

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March 18, 2012
Volunteer Cleanup & Enhancement at Loantaka Brook Reservation

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
South St. Recreation Area
434 South St., Morristown, NJ
Great Swamp Watershed Association will hold its annual stream cleanup and enhancement in Loantaka Brook Reservation on March 18, 2012. Activities along the banks of Loantaka Brook will include invasive plant removal, planting native plants, and trash cleanup. Volunteers ages 15 and above should wear long pants, long sleeves, and shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. Participants should gather at the South Street Recreation Area located at 434 South St., Morristown, NJ. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

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

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 20, 2012
A cocktail reception and oyster tasting followed by a discussion on the role of oysters in NY-NJ Harbor
6:30 - 9:00pm
200 Hudson St (at Canal)
New York City
Why: To support Hudson - Raritan Estuary stewardship and oyster reef research. Who: A panel of experts on the history and future of oysters in NY-NJ Harbor, moderated by Debbie Mans, Baykeeper and Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper. Panelists:  Paul Greenberg, author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller 'Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food'; John Waldman, author of 'Heartbeats in the Muck: A Dramatic Look at the History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor',and  Chef David Pasternack, James Beard award winning chef and co - founder of ESCA, known as the "fish whisperer."  For tickets and various levels of sponsorship, please visit or contact or 732-888-9870, ext. 6 for more information.  NY/NJ Baykeeper is the citizen guardian of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Since 1989, we've worked to protect, preserve, and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth - benefiting its natural and human communities. Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on the water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

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March 21, 2012

“Baseline Hydrogeologic Conceptual Modeling and Geochemical Considerations for Evaluating Groundwater Flow and Gas Drilling Impacts Throughout Susquehanna County, PA: A Focus Area of Marcellus Shale Gas Development”

AEG-NY-Philadelphia social hour and dinner meeting
6 to 9 p.m.
La Quinta Inn, Somerset (formerly Ramada)
60 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
$30 for members, $35 for non-members and $5 for students.
RSVP by EOB Mar. 19 to Curt Schmidt or Rose DeLorenzo  No shows will be charged.

March 21, 2012
Northeast Organic Farming Association Meetup
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Neptune Farm
723 Harmersville-Canton Road
(or Williamson Road for a GPS locator)
Salem, NJ
Camille Miller, the new Executive Director of NOFA-NJ (Northeast Organic Farming Association), will meet local farmers and members of the food system and lead an informal discussion on how NOFA-NJ can better serve the population in our southern region.  Ms. Miller wants to learn how NOFA-NJ can help, and what are some pressing issues of the region. You can learn some of the new things happening with the organization including the launch of its new incubator farm and mentoring program.  All are welcome. If you know someone who might like to come, feel free to bring them with you. RSVP at (908) 397-1111 ext. 1 or

March 21, 2012
Green Career Networking Event

6 p.m. -8:30 p.m.    
Hyatt Regency
3 Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
Cash Bar, Drink specials till 7 p.m. Dress Code - Business Casual.  No charge for event
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March 21, 2012
Green Fire!
6:30 p.m. Refreshments
7:30 p.m. Screening
Shawnee High School Auditorium
600 Tabernacle Road
Medford, NJ
The Rancocas Conservancy presents a free, public screening of the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land.

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

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
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 EIA 2012 Registration Brochure!

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March 22, 2012
Movie Night: A Civil Action with special guest Jan Schlichtmann
6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Morris County Cultural Center
300 Mendham Rd., Morris Twp., NJ
Join us for movie night and meet renowned personal injury attorney Jan Schlichtmann. Schlichtmann’s chemical contamination lawsuit against a chemical manufacturer and tannery in Woburn, Massachusetts, inspired the 1998 film A Civil Action, starring John Travolta, which we will screen this evening. Following the film, Mr. Schlichtmann will answer questions about his life and his ongoing environmental work in the field of law. Refreshments will be available. Suggested donation: $10/person. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

March 23, 2012
TEDxNJIT Sustainability
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
NJ Institute of Technology's Jim Wise Theatre
Newark, NJ  (Campus map)
Tickets $30  /  Students $15
A TEDxNJIT event will take place in the Jim Wise Theatre on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus in Newark, NJ and also via an accompanying live simulcast broadcast available to viewers worldwide.  The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will focus on sustainability and will feature leaders in the field.  It will bring together faculty and students to share their passion for innovation and sustainability.  NJIT’s inaugural TEDx event took place last November.  To purchase tickets, register online at One hundred tickets have been made available. Food and drinks will be available and is included in the ticket fee. TEDxNJIT follows other TEDx university events, such as those at Harvard and Princeton universities earlier this year. TEDxNJIT not only targets the NJIT community, but those at surrounding colleges and universities in Newark including: Rutgers, Essex County College and University of Medicine and Dentistry. Confirmed speakers include NJIT Associate Professor Richard Garber, an architect known for designing sustainable structures; NJIT Senior Vice President of Research and Development Donald H. Sebastian; NJIT student Tony Sorgi, who has been doing a project related to books everyone should read to make the world a better place; small business owner David Rosenberg, who previously ran a firm that made sustainable concrete and now runs a technology company that builds advanced farms in urban environments using aeroponics; Florence Hudson, Energy and Environment Executive,  IBM and energy blogger Peter Spitz (  For an up-to-date listing of the speakers, see For any additional information: Contact:

March 23, 2012
7 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m. - Noon  Course Session
12:30 p.m. Exam
PART A: SUSTAINABILITY: Why Green Building? Climate Change: Causes & Impact Our Natural Resources: Sustainability Challenge The History of Environmental Protection Continuing the Road to Sustainability  PART B: GREEN BUILDING How Do We Know It's Green? Codes and Standards: Ensuring Performance Applying Sustainability:  Using LEED® Credits PART C: YOUR ROLE IN BUILDING GREEN Construction Activity Pollution Prevention Construction Waste Management
Construction Indoor Air Quality Commissioning. This course satisfies the requirements to sit for the LEED® Green Associate exam. GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green $235 Register Online Through USGBC NY Upstate Here! Fundamentals is a prerequisite course for all GPRO modules see other modules and more information at

March 23, 2012

1 to 5 p.m. (Registration opens at 12:30 p.m.)
See flyer for full details Cracking the Code $85    
Register & Pay Online Through NYSERDA Here! 
The 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS-2010), effective December 28, 2010, is now mandatory throughout New York State. The code regulates the design and construction of buildings for the effective use of energy. Urban Green Council and The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects have developed a four-hour course to familiarize architects and engineers with the ECCCNYS-2010, the fundamentals of low energy design, and the processes available to demonstrate compliance. This program is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The course will address commercial buildings, including residential buildings over three stories. It will also address the Energy Conservation Code of New York City (Local Law 1 - 2011), which is more stringent than the State code. ANSI/ ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 √Ę€" 2007, an alternative compliance pathway for meeting the requirements of ECCCNYS - 2010, will be referenced, but not covered in detail. Credits: AIA HSW/SD: 4.0 (AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors); GBCI: 4.0 (GBCI credits are for LEED Professionals participating in the Credential Maintenance Program.) Learning Objectives:
1- Participants will learn about the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State and the Energy conservation Code of New York City LL 1-2011;
2- Participants will learn about the fundamentals of low energy design;
3- Participants will learn about the processes available to demonstrate compliance;
4-Participants will learn about how the new code addresses commercial buildings, including residential buildings over three stories.

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 24, 2012
Volunteer Workday: Great Swamp Watershed Association’s Conservation Management Area
9: a.m. to 1 p.m.
1 Tiger Lily Rd., Morristown, NJ
Please join GSWA's Dir. of Outreach and Education and Land Steward Hazel England for a spring cleanup at our 53-acre Conservation Management Area in Harding, NJ. GSWA relies on the support and work of volunteers as we maintain and restore this important open space to become a functional floodplain forest again. Work on March 24 will focus preparing the property for springtime visitors. Tasks will include chipping, mulching and edging trails, cleaning nest boxes so they are ready for spring residents, and carrying lumber to help build boardwalks over the wettest portions. All tools and supplies will be provided. Show up with energy and enthusiasm, and we will handle the rest. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

March 25-28, 2012
Energy Independence Summit 2012

Washington, D.C.
Organized by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), the Summit will bring together the nation’s clean transportation leaders to share best practices and educate federal policy makers about the benefits of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and the need for additional tools and resources to overcome barriers to the widespread use of clean vehicles and fuels. The 2012 Summit will feature educational sessions and presentations from the nation’s leading clean transportation experts on:
 Federal funding and incentives to promote alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure;
 Successful alternative fuels and vehicle projects across the country; and
 Innovative state and local policies and programs that are advancing markets for cleaner fuels and vehicles.
The Summit will also include a day of briefings and meetings on Capitol Hill where stakeholders and industry partners will spend time talking with Congressional and federal agency officials about the many clean fuel and vehicle projects, and other successes achieved with support of government leaders and industry. Register


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 March 27-30, 2012
International Symposium on the Redevelopment of MGP Sites
(MGP 2012)
Chicago, IL
Information & Registration
Inter Expo Center, Sofia
Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff
March 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.
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March 29, 2012
The PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium 2012  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
Vernal Pool Exploration
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Great Swamp Watershed Association Conservation Management Area
1 Tiger Lily Ln., Morristown, NJ
Pull on your rubber boots, grab a flashlight, and prepare to get a little wet as you join GSWA on Friday, March 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a Spring Peeper Party in the vernal pools of our 53-acre Conservation Management Area. This large tract of forested wetland contains many vernal pools that will be jumping with breeding spring peepers, chorus frogs, wood frogs, and lots of other amphibians. It's fun for the whole family! Limited to the first 25 registrants. Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

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

Restorations Around the State: What is Being Done and What You Can Do
Clematis Virginiana fruit
Native Plant Society of NJ Annual Meeting
9 a.m.
D&R Greenway Landtrust
Johnson Education Center
Princeton, NJ
Join us as speakers representing organizations from around the state guides us through their restoration projects and let us know how we can help preserve the native habitats of New Jersey's many species of flora and fauna. For more details visit

March 31, 2012
Stream Quality Assessment Training for Volunteer Citizen-Scientists
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Swamp Watershed Association
568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ
Want to get outside and help GSWA? We are looking for a few good volunteers to conduct visual assessments of streams in our watershed. Visual assessments are conducted at stream reaches throughout the region twice per year, and they help us to know what’s happening along our streams. During an assessment, volunteers record information about the amount of canopy cover over the stream, nearby land uses, the clarity of the water, and more. Before you are ready to conduct an assessment, you will need to attend our training session. Our next training session takes place on March 31, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will also cover macroinvertebrate assessments. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

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 10, 2012

Why is New Jersey’s Weather Changing?
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Great Swamp Watershed Association
568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ
Hurricanes, freak snowstorms, 100-year flood events –what’s coming next? If you’ve worried about our weather over the last twelve months, or the overall effects of climate change on your life here in New Jersey, you need to join us for this presentation by Anthony Broccoli, director of the Rutgers Center for Environmental Predication. Professor Broccoli will tell us what to expect of the changing weather in our state, and he also will explain how study of the causes of climate change might help us better prepare for what is coming. Climate change will have profound effects on our environment and our society. Use this opportunity to inform yourself about the local consequences. Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Register at www.GreatSwamp.orgor call 973-538-3500.

April 16-17, 2012
SWANA Annual Conference & Golf Tournament

Trump Taj Mahal

Atlantic City, New Jersey
Agenda, Registration & Details
The New Jersey Chapter of SWANA is made up of over 150 of the most diverse solid waste professionals in the nation from New Jersey. We host technical conferences every year, attracting speakers from across the country to discuss timely and upcoming issues. Our organization is made up of solid waste managers, regulators, engineers, consultants, operators, private haulers, and recyclers. Operations in our states include management of solid, hazardous, universal, and infectious waste; incinerators, landfills, transfer stations and recycling facilities. Current issues in the New Jersey Chapter include bioreactor landfills, international hauling, landfill gas management, maximizing disposal space, post-closure use, and gas to energy projects

April 18, 2012
Swamptails: Cocktails for the Environment
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
George & Martha’s American Grille
67 Morris St., Morristown, NJ
Please join the Great Swamp Watershed Association at George & Martha’s (67 Morris St., Morristown, NJ) for a cocktail social for people who love our environment. Sample two new cocktails created especially for this event by our bartenders, and have some fun with your neighbors as you play our top-secret water game. There might even be a prize in it for you! $20 at the door buys two cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Pre-register at or call 973-538-3500 x14 for details.

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

April 22, 2012
An Introduction To Geocaching
Great Swamp Watershed Association Conservation Management Area
1 Tiger Lily Ln., Morristown, NJ
Geocaching, a global game of treasure hunting using longitude and latitude coordinates, is a fun-filled adventure for all ages. With a GPS receiver, and Internet access, you are ready to explore and search for a geocache. Join GSWA and the Northern New Jersey Cachers (NNJC) as we present a special introduction to geocaching. This workshop will familiarize participants with geocaching basics and is a great chance to learn and experience this growing family, especially for who know nothing or little about this eco-friendly sport. You’ll learn about the equipment and all the different types of caches you can find. Experience the thrill of the hunt, and the fulfillment that comes from discovering countless locations of natural beauty and historical interest that you have never seen before! You need to get in this game! Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

April 23, 2012 (Begins)

Solar Professional Certification
Atlantic Cape Community College
Mays Landing Campus East
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $3,495 (Tuition $995, Materials $695, Lab $1,805)
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required in the area of photovoltaic installation on residential and commercial buildings. This program prepares you to sit for the NABCEP entry-level exam. This course also qualifies for Atlantic Cape Community College Certificate of Completion and 25.5 CEUs. Instruction will include the following courses: Green building Today, Intro to Windows XP, Internet, Word 10 and Excel 10, Professional Development, Basic Math for PV Installation and Design, Electricity Basics for Photovoltaic, OSHA Electrical Review, Introduction to National Electrical Code, Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep and a hands-on solar installation simulation lab. Please call Dharmesh Dave at 609-343-5658 to register or visit for prerequisite and more information. (NABCEP approved training provider)

April 24-26, 2012
Advanced Aquifer Testing Techniques Featuring AQTESOLV:
New Concepts, Field Methods and Data Analysis Procedures
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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:

April 26-27, 2012

Transport & Fate Modeling for Developing Site-Specific Soil Cleanup Levels
Rutgers Continuing Studies Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ
Instructors: Michael Barden, Robert Schneiker, Liliana Cecan & Paul Sanders
This two-day seminar provides a thorough examination of the SESOIL and AT123D models and their use in developing site-specific soil cleanup levels based on vadose zone leaching and groundwater contaminant migration. These models are widely used and accepted by state regulatory agencies. The course covers the appropriate use of SESOIL and AT123D as well as providing comparison with other approaches, methods and models, including MODFLOW/MT3D. Participants will gain an understanding of how the models work and how vadose zone and groundwater models can be combined to yield more realistic estimates for cleanup levels. Use of the models will be illustrated in the context of ESCI’s SEVIEW modeling software. The seminar provides background on developing leachate concentrations and dilution-attenuation factors for determining site-specific soil cleanup levels and examines different approaches such as soil-water partitioning, leaching tests (e.g., synthetic precipitation leaching procedure - SPLP) and transport and fate modeling. Important vadose zone and groundwater processes are reviewed. Considerations for site-specific model application are examined in the context of available site characterization information and alternative approaches. Participants are encouraged to bring their own site data to provide focused examples that will facilitate understanding of the material presented and ability to apply it. Cost -
The cost for this two-day seminar is $795. A printed course notebook as well as continental breakfast, lunch, and break snacks and refreshments for both days of the seminar are included. Continuing Education Credits - This two-day seminar provides 16 contact hours of technical continuing education (= 1.6 CEUs). A certificate of participation will be provided to all attendees.  This course is approved for New Jersey LSRPs (14 CECs), Massachusetts LSPs and Connecticut LEPs. For more information, and to register for the seminar, contact Liliana Cecan (; 609-462-0735)

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May 1-3, 2012
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.

May 8, 2012
The Future of New Jersey’s Forests with Author Leslie Sauer
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Great Swamp Watershed Association
568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ
What is going on with the woods? What threats do New Jersey’s forests face? Join Leslie Sauer, founder of the ecological restoration consultancy Andropogon Associates and author of The Once and Future Forest, as she speaks about the environmental and manmade threats facing New Jersey woodlands. Topics covered may include deer overpopulation, non-native invasive species introduction, forest fragmentation, and logging plans. What do we have to watch for in our state and protected forests next time we are out for a hike in the woods? Come to this talk and find out! Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

May 15, 2012
Green Solutions Conference for the Restaurant Industry
Atlantic Cape Community College (NABCEP approved training provider)]}
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mays Landing Campus
Fee: $29 (Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast served at 8 a.m.)
In partnership with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority and the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Join us for this informative conference where industry experts will discuss how to make sustainability a part of your culture, the cost of doing nothing, practical green solutions for small and large operations, and ho to implement a “buy local” produce plan and green-influenced kitchen design. Rick Dovey, president, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, will discuss how to get started with commercial recycling and Gary Conover, solid waste  director, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, will present a case study on how a wastes audit helps improve the bottom line. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience or business size. 3 CEUs and 3 HSW/LU/SD hours. Register with Dharmesh Dave 609-343-5658 or

May 17-18, 2012

Introduction to Green Facilities Management
Atlantic Cape Community College
Institute for Service Excellence at Hamilton Mall
Thursday & Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m
Fee: $499 (Includes the HG Tool Box: Online Resources, Guide Books, The Resource Tracking Tool, Assessment Forms and Checklists) Learn from industry professionals how to take advantage of cost-saving opportunities available through a greener, more sustainable business. This course supplies you with the resources and knowledge needed to complete a facility assessment, develop an improvement plan, and conduct a site assessment of your business. All participants are given online access to the course materials for personal use. Topics include green facility and LEED certification, green meeting standards, quantifying resource usage, green policy, purchasing, marketing, contracting, assessments and more. (1.5 CEUs).
Please call Dharmesh Dave at 609-343-5658 to register or visit for prerequisite and more information.

May 30, 2012
LEED-certified Green House Tour
9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Harding Township, NJ — Register for meeting location
Ever wondered what you could do to your home to make it a more environmentally friendly place to live? Join us for a unique tour highlighting the planning and implementation that goes into constructing a LEED-certified home. You don't know that LEED actually stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design? Don't worry, we'll teach you about it and other eco-friendly building terms when you join us on the tour! The property we will tour in Harding Township manages 100% of its roofline runoff from rainfall into a series of rain gardens, and has cisterns that store rain water for use in toilets and hose bibs throughout the main house. In May, the gardens will begin to show their beautiful spring colors, and we will discuss the design and construction that is involved in undertaking a LEED project. Group size is limited, so register early! Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

June 2,2012
Wildlife Photography Workshop
9 a.m. to Noon
Great Swamp Watershed Association
568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ
Have you ever wondered how wildlife photographers get all those amazing pictures of birds, bugs, and mammals that seem to live the majority of their lives out of good camera range? Join professional wildlife photographer Blaine Rothauser and amateur wildlife photographer Ari Kaufman for this hands-on workshop where we will work to improve your wildlife photography skills. We will answer all your burning wildlife photography questions, and show you how to capture striking images of animals seen in the wild. You also will learn more about photography blinds, infrared slaves, setup tanks, and other specialty field equipment. All secrets will be revealed during the first hour of class, then we will venture out as a group to see what the Great Swamp has to offer us as creative photographers. GSWA members: voluntary donation of $25/person. Non-members: voluntary donation of $40/person. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

June 5, 2012

Impact of International Green Construction Code (IgCC) on New Jersey
Atlantic Cape Community College, Worthington Atlantic City Campus
8:30am – 5:30pm
FEE: $249 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Over the last several years the International Code Council has been in the process of developing the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) which is intended to serve as a model for various state building codes. Prepared in collaboration with the USGBC, ASHRAE and AIA, the IgCC will become available in the Spring of 2012. This professional development seminar will address key features of the IgCC and its coordination with other sustainable development guideline, and its potential impact on green building and sustainable design in New Jersey. This seminar will also address issues concerning the professional standard of care, legal and contractual obligations, and incurability issue in light of the publication of the IgCC. Richard W. Gaeckle, LEED AP & Andrew J. Carlowicz, Jr. of Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, LLP.  701 Wiltsey’s Mill Road Hammonton, New Jersey 6 HSW/LU/SD Hours
Contact Dharmesh Dave 609/343-5658 or to register.

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:

June 16, 2012
Volunteer Workday at Great Swamp Watershed Association’s Conservation Management Area
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1 Tiger Lily Ln., Morristown, NJ
Please join GSWA's Dir. of Outreach and Education and Land Steward Hazel England for a late spring workday at our 53-acre Conservation Management Area (CMA) in Harding, NJ. GSWA relies on the support and work of volunteers as we maintain and restore this important open space to become a functional floodplain forest again.  Work on June 16 will likely focus on creating a seating and picnic area at the entrance to the property, removing invasive species invading the property, and replanting with native shrubs and perennials within our 28-acre deer exclosure. Register at or call 973-538-3500.

June 18, 2012 (Beginning)

Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep
Atlantic Cape Community College 
Mays Landing Campus East
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $725 (Tuition $225, Materials $200, Lab $300) 
The NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is based on a set of learning objectives developed by NABCEP Committee of PV subject matter experts. PV design and installation concepts will be reviewed. You will define, describe and apply the following core skill sets: PV markets and applications, safety basics, electricity basics, solar energy fundamentals, PV module fundamentals, system components, PV system sizing principles, PV system electrical design, PV system mechanical design, performance analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting. NABCEP exam at additional cost. Please call Dharmesh Dave at 609-343-5658 to register or visit for prerequisite and more information.
(NABCEP approved training provider)

June 18-21, 2012
Introduction to PV Design and Installation and Exam Prep
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Atlantic Cape Community College (NABCEP approved training provider)
Mays Landing Campus East
Fee: $725 (Tuition $225, Materials $200, Lab $300)
The NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is based on a set of learning objectives developed by NABCEP Committee of PV subject matter experts. PV design and installation concepts will be reviewed. You will define, describe and apply the following core skill sets: PV markets and applications, safety basics, electricity basics, solar energy fundamentals, PV module fundamentals, system components, PV system sizing principles, PV system electrical design, PV system mechanical design, performance analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting. NABCEP exam at additional cost. Please call Dharmesh Dave at 609-343-5658 to register or visit for prerequisite and more information.

July 16, 2012

NABCEP Sales Certification

Atlantic Cape Community College
Mays Landing Campus East
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm 
Fee: $1,299 (Tuition $499, Materials $250, Lab $550) -NABCEP approved training provider
The NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam is based on a set of learning objectives developed by NABCEP Committee of PV subject matter experts. Concepts will include: Qualify the Customer; Site Analysis; Conceptual Design; Financial Costs, Incentives and Savings; Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing; Nonfinancial Benefit Analysis; Performance Analysis; and Preparing Proposals. Please call Dharmesh Dave at 609-343-5658 to register or visit for prerequisite and more information.

October 19-22, 2012
Low Carbon Earth Summit 2012
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