Friday, April 27, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for May 4-18, 2012

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

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April 27, 2012
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snyder Research & Extension Farm
Pittstown, NJ
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Rutgers University, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are pleased to announce an upcoming Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course in New Jersey. This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects. Thanks to Dr. Rachael Winfree and USDA-NRCS for making this course affordable to the public. Registration is $45 per person and includes lunch and refreshments. Click here for more information and to register online. For questions, please contact Ashley Minnerath, Pollinator Program Assistant, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, at or (855) 232-6639 ext. 102.

April 28, 2012
Rutgers Day  - Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fair

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine
Rutgers University Busch Campus
Lot #59 in front of the CAIT Building
100 Brett Rd, Piscataway NJ

There are lots of new options when it comes to powering a car or truck: electricity, hydrogen,  natural gas, propane, used cooking oil, and of course many more. But which of these is likely to take off in the future and what's on the road right now? Come see a variety of vehicles—from luxury sports cars to garbage trucks—that you might be driving tomorrow. Rutgers Day is just about two weeks away and we are compiling our list of vehicles to be included in the CAIT Alt Fuel Vehicle exhibit. Please let Allison Thomas know as soon as possible if you are able to bring a vehicle to this important showcase ( For those of you who have already committed, thank you! We want the Rutgers CAIT-Clean Cities Coalition Alternative Fuel Vehicles Exhibit to be bigger and better than ever this year. In 2011, Rutgers Day drew an estimated 75,000 people. We think it’s great opportunity to spread the word about these important technologies and the environment. Rutgers now has two ChargePoint EV charge stations (Level 1 and Level 2, 100% solar/cogen electrons!) right in the CAIT parking lot. For those of you who had range issues last year, that problem is solved!  Thanks in advance for your support of this important event. Also, please feel free to forward this invitation to others you feel may be interested.  Hope to see you there! 

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May 1, 2012
Greening Your Bottom Line

Business Breakfast at
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
7:45 a.m.-9:30am
Program begins at 8:15am
Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for breakfast, along with the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn and sponsoring businesses to understand the no cost, low cost and high impact opportunities that can get you started greening your bottom line! More information and registration here. 

May 2, 2012
NJTC-Rutgers University Entrepreneur Bootcamp
Technology and Entrepreneurship Talent Network
Rutgers University
Busch Campus Center 
604 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Want to start and grow your business?

The New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) and Rutgers University present an Entrepreneur Bootcamp - an intense day long conference of speakers and panel discussions for pre-seed and early stage entrepreneurs.The Conference is a "must attend" for early stage entrepreneurs, individuals seeking to start a technology company, pharma and IT professionals contemplating a transition and others. Conference attendees will be introduced to expert speakers and a support network of service providers that will continue to serve as potential resources for the entrepreneur.Topics to be covered include: the elements of a winning business plan/executive summary, the ABC's of Raising Capital and recruiting/retaining/rewarding a winning management team. The Conference agenda includes a series of roundtable discussions with experts and CEO success stories REGISTER 

May 2, 2012
Roundtable Breakfast with
New Jersey's Top Transportation Officials

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Forsgate Country Club
Monroe, New Jersey
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce hosts NJ Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson and David Samson, chairman of the NY/NY Port Authority in a discussion of  Transportation Funding Protects in the FY 2013 State Budget, Bayonne Bridge, Road and Bridge Projects, Port Update and additional priorities.
Member price $65; non-member price $110. Click here to register.

May 3, 2012
NJ League of Municipalities Presents:
Partnering for Economic Development
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Monroe
390 Forsgate Drive
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831
The seminar explores how the public sector can help the private sector navigate the development process to achieve the mutually desirable outcomes of new construction, new economic activity and new jobs as quickly as possible. Topics to be discussed include the legal process of rehabilitation and redevelopment, building public support for economic development and a look at state resources such as Choose NJ and the Business Action Center. The presiding mayor will be Jim Maley, Mayor of Collingswood, and Chair of the League Economic Development Task Force. Member Rate: $75 per registrant Non-Member: $100 per registrant Information and registration

May 7, 2012

Power Production from Sustainable Biomass-Innovative Technology Workshop
8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Rutgers EcoComplex
1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
Presentations, panel discussions, trade show and networking.
The purpose of this Workshop is to promote the development of biopower in NJ by bringing together existing and emerging innovative sustainable biomass-to-energy technology companies with targeted project developers and investors as well as the government agencies that will incentivize and regulate these projects. Agenda and registration here

May 8, 2012

PADEP Treatment Plant Energy Conference
8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Room 128
Science and Technology Building
Penn State - Harrisburg
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, Dauphin County
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal authorities, local governments and businesses to attend a May 8 conference focused on making water and wastewater treatment plants more energy efficient. The roundtable conference will offer real-world examples, tools and financing options to assist water and wastewater treatment plants. Presenters will also go into detail about measuring existing plant performance, evaluating options for improvement, implementing appropriate measures to optimize plant performance, securing upper-management support and identifying and securing potential financing options.
Because of DEP’s leadership in energy management issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected DEP to organize this first-of-its-kind event. Other states in EPA Region III may develop similar conferences in the future. Speakers at the conference will include environmental science professionals as well as experts in the facility and project management fields, sewage treatment and sustainable engineering.
Certified treatment plant operators who attend the conference will earn two contact hours toward their continuing education requirements, and professional engineers will earn seven professional development hours. The deadline to register is May 1. The workshop is being funded by a U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program grant. The $60 registration fee goes directly to Penn State - Harrisburg. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, visit or call 717-948-6388

May 8, 2012
Underground Storage Tank Corrective Action in Pennsylvania

10 a.m. Free Webinar. Register here

August Mack Environmental presents a review of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) closure and corrective action requirements in Pennsylvania. The requirements related to sampling and reporting during UST removals and other releases will be covered, including the requirements for reporting a release to both the UST Indemnification Fund and the state regulatory agency. In addition the regulatory requirements for corrective action following a release will be discussed. Register here. For information, call 1.800.579.0770

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 8-9, 2012
NJ SEED 25th Annual Congressional Briefing
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.
Register here

May 9, 2012
What's Next in Micro and Smart Grids
Bergen Community College 
Room A-113
Paramus, NJ

The term “microgrid” may conjure up images of self-sufficient military bases and remote outposts, generating and consuming power without any connections to the larger electricity grid. Such stand-alone microgrids now add up to about 450 megawatts of commercial and industrial capacity, and another 322 megawatts in the campus and institutional sector, in the U.S., according to Pike Research.  Join the New Jersey Technology Council as we present selections from a "Call for Presentations" that will discuss these future and potentials and what they can mean to our region. If you would be interested in submitting a Call for Presentation, visit here  REGISTER

May 10, 2012
Real Property Roundtable:
Creating New Opportunities from Troubled Real Estate
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Saddle Brook Marriott
138 Pehle Avenue

Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Presented by Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey


May 10, 2012
Low Impact Development
Presented by Halfmoon Seminars, LLC
Doubletree by Hilton
363 Maine Mall Road
Portland, Maine 04106         
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May 12, 2012
New Jersey Audubon’s 29th Annual World Series of Birding 
Midnight to Midnight (or anywhere in between)
Anywhere within the state of New Jersey
New Jersey becomes the arena for a 24-hour environmental treasure hunt where everybody wins and nobody loses - and it helps save the environment!  The challenge is to identify (by sight or sound) as many species of birds as possible while having fun and raising money for the conservation cause of your choice.  Registration is required.  Contact Marleen or Sheila at 609-884-2736 or e-mail to find out how you can participate.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Visit for details and registration material.

May 12, 2012
NJ Environmental Federation Conference
Recharge the Economy, Invest in the Environment!
8 a.m, – 5 p,m,
Rutgers University Law School
Newark, NJ
Register for our annual conference today!  We will be celebrating 40 years of action for clean water, including the founding of Clean Water Action and the historic signing of the Clean Water Act. You are invited to be an integral part of the event. Agenda/Info/Registration

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 16, 2012

Association of Energy Engineers 2012 Energy Forum
Center Hall, Rutgers University Busch Student Center 604
Bartholomew Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854
This 1-day seminar provides a unique opportunity to understand the direction of energy policy, support programs and future energy supply in New Jersey as well as providing a review of current energy technology developments including building energy efficiency. Portions will likely qualify for LEED and/or NJ Professional Engineering Continuing Education credits.
Keynote: Robert Hanna, President NJ BPU Agenda: 8 AM - Registration/Breakfast;9-12 NJ Energy Policy, Programs & Supply;12-1 Lunch;1-3 Energy Technology & Building Efficiency. Don't miss the year's most comprehensive seminar on New Jersey energy issues including speakers from the NJ Board of Public Utilities, Federal Dept. of Energy, Economic Development Authority, PSEG and others.

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 19, 2012
Wind and Wildlife Festival
4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
The Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
4 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055
This year’s Celebrity Guest hostess is Carol Erickson CBS Philly News Weather Anchor. Come support the largest multi-species wildlife rehabilitator in New Jersey. You will sample the best wines of the world, delight in gourmet food prepared by world renowned wine chef Tony Lawrence, browse incredible auction items, meet our animal ambassadors and back by popular demand… beer tasting! Musical entertainment provided.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 after May 1st. All proceeds benefit the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge environmental education programs, wildlife rehabilitation hospital, and the wildlife of New Jersey. Tickets available at Canal’s Wines Unlimited in Medford or at the Refuge. Please call 856-983-3329, X100 for more information.  Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge sits on 174 wooded acres on the edge of the New Jersey Pinelands. The Refuge includes the Woodford Nature Center, an outdoor housing area with more than 60 native residents, and a wildlife rehabilitation hospital. The overall mission of the Refuge is to serve as a community resource on the importance of protecting and enhancing healthy ecosystems for all.  To that end, Cedar Run engages in: ecologically based land management; the operation of a Federally and NJ State licensed hospital facility that cares for nearly 4,000 injured, orphaned or displaced native wild animals each year; the education of over 19,000 students annually through our various on-site and outreach programs; and serves as an active resource to the greater New Jersey community on all wildlife and habitat related questions and issues.  For More information call 856-983-3329 or visit

May 20-24, 2012
2012 EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 
“Crossing Boundaries”
Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 27 - June 1, 2012
21st Century Watershed Technology Conference & Workshop
Improving Water Quality and the Environment

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

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

Pennsylvania Contaminated Property Management: Land Recycling Program
10:00 a.m. EST
This free webinar by the Pennsylvania’s office of August Mack Environmental, Inc. will be review of the Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program, more commonly referred to as Act 2, which allows the voluntary cleanup and reuse of contaminated residential, industrial, and commercial properties. The Land Recycling Program is based on a handful of principals that guide the cleanup of contaminated properties. This webinar will present the four main principals of the ACT program and discuss how taking a site through the Act 2 Land Recycling Program affords stakeholders with a greater degree of cleanup flexibility.
Register hereFor more details, call 317.916.3113

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 7-8, 2012
2012 Ohio Stormwater Conference
Ohio Stormwater Association
Toledo, Ohio 

June 12-13, 2012Waste Conversion Congress
Philadelphia, Pa. Why is waste conversion such big news throughout the global waste and energy markets?  Waste conversion is becoming the only viable answer to the waste problem spreading over the US. With landfills posing greater challenges and conventional incineration being hindered by increasingly tough regulations on emissions; technologies such as gasification, AD, landfill gas and waste to biofuels are the future of the waste to energy industry. The global waste conversion market, which is expanding at a huge rate, is expected to reach a value of $26 billion in 2016, whilst it is reported that the US market alone has the potential to reach a market value of $120 billion in the future. Despite these greatly encouraging forecasts, there are a number of challenges facing the Waste Conversion industry. Public opinion plagues permitting; The risk profiles of all waste conversion technologies can be high meaning project implementation is extremely hard and as such, very few waste conversion technologies reach full scale commercial viability.Thankfully the Waste Conversion Congress is perfectly placed to answer any and all issues on waste conversion. You can’t afford to miss this conference as we will bring together the leaders in finance, regulations, legislation and operations to give your project the greatest chance of succeeding. We are proud to welcome as speakers: Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, the Energy Recovery Council, the US EPA, Cleveland Public Power, Enerkem, Waste Management Inc Download the free brochure here

June 12-14, 2012
Renewable Energy World Conference and Exposition Europe 

Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
Renewable Energy World Europe, co-located with POWER-GEN Europe, offers the largest and most comprehensive conference and exhibition for the European electricity and power technology sector. The combination of conferences and exhibitions across the entire spectrum of power generation is unique and is serving the vital move towards integrating the traditional fossil fuel and fast-growing renewable generation sectors
More information here

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.

July 30, 2012
US Green Building Council NJ's 9th Annual Golf Outing

NJ National Golf Club
579 Allen Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

October 19, 2012
Passaic River Symposium V   

Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey
The fifth Passaic River Symposium will be a day-long event featuring the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project.  The symposium will include invited keynote speakers and plenary sessions/presentations on all aspects of environmental management challenges relevant to the Passaic River Basin.  This conference year will focus on sediment remediation as part of the Lower Passaic Interim Remedial Measure, the release of the Focused Feasibility Study, ecosystem restoration and environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts.  Projects in the upper river and tributary watersheds will also play a prominent role in this conference.   Call for abstracts and registration information will soon be posted on the symposium website at  We invite government agencies, corporate and consulting firms, non-profit organizations and academic organizations to become a symposium sponsor and/or exhibit at the conference.  Please direct any inquires or questions to the symposium chair, Dr. Meiyin Wu, at or 973-655-5423

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

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