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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for June 24-30, 2012

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

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June 26, 2012
Commerce and Industry Association's
Manufacturing Roundtable Meeting
Registration 5:00-5:30pm Event 5:30-7 pmWine & Cheese Networking Reception 7:00-7:30pm
The Industry Institute at Union County College
40 West Jersey Street, Elizabeth, NJ
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June 26, 2012
Clean Energy Alternatives & Sustainable Business Practices
A green seminar for commercial building owners and small business presented by Middlesex County, NJ.
George Bush Center
(Municipal Complex)
One Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ
Learn how you can save money, lower your operating costs and receive financial support for making energy efficient improvements to your buildings and businesses. Join state and local officials who will discuss incentive programs, resources, and financing opportunities to help you make your business sustainable and reduce your buildings’ energy costs. Find out how energy saving improvements will affect your bottom line. Preregistration required by June 15, 2012. Contact: Gail Lemaldi, Executive Director, Old Bridge Economic Development Corporation, One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, New Jersey 08857, (732) 607-7920, Fax: (732) 607-7957, Email: 

June 26, 2012
Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health

7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Wilkes University, Stark Learning Center, William B. Schaeffer Hall (Room 101) The program will discuss the phases of unconventional drilling, why animals make good sentinels for human health, exposure path-ways, several case studies with natural control groups, food safety and policy recommendations. Need more information? Contact Erich.Schramm at or (570) 408-5543

June 27, 2012
Litter, Illegal Dumping and Enforcement: A Stakeholder Discussion
8:30 - 11:00 a.m. 
The Center for Architecture   
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 
Cost is free, but registration is required.
Space is limited. Register online Litter is a problem in Philadelphia. It harms the environment, affects our economy and damages neighborhoods. Join community and government stakeholders to discuss litter and illegal dumping, current enforcement policies and how we can best support enforcement agencies at a time when the city's resources are stretched thin. Hear from:
*  Councilman Bobby Henon, developer of the Bad Neighbor Initiative;
*  Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, recently held hearings in City Council on illegal dumping and enforcement;
*  Katherine Gajewski, director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability;
*  Shannon Reiter, President, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful;
*  Phoebe Coles, executive director, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful;
*  Andrew Sharp, Philadelphia outreach coordinator, PennFuture, Next Great City;
*  Representatives from several enforcement agencies including the Streets Department, the Managing Director's office and the Philadelphia Water Department;
*  Represenatives from community groups and business districts tackling this issue head-on in Philadephia's neighborhoods.  Why we need to meet now because City Council recently held hearings on litter enforcement and illegal dumping in May and is considering new and innovative ways to curb illegal dumping and littering. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is releasing a statewide survey in conjunction with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful on illegal dumping this month; we'll unveil the Philadelphia portion of the survey at this event.

June 27, 2012
Transitioning to Green
9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Lenfell Hall (The Mansion)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ 

Information and Registration here

June 27, 2012

Sustainable Cherry Hill Summer Book Club

5 Wednesdays, 6/27 - 8/1 (except 7/4)
7 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Yoga for Living in Cherry Hill, NJ
Have you ever wanted to hang out and talk in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with people who want to learn more about green living?  If so, please join us for this summer's Green Health Task Force Book Club!  We will be meeting over the course of 5 weeks and will only be reading a few chapters a week. Our book for this summer is Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Homemade Life...a light and funny autobiographical look at a typical suburban working woman who decides she wants to "take more control" of her life in the areas of food, clothing, and entertainment.  There is no charge to participate and don't worry if you can't make all the meetings.  For more information and registration, please click here

June 27, 2012
American Littoral Society's Presentation and Book Signing 
7:30 p.m.
Monmouth Beach Cultural Center
128 Ocean Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ.
The American Littoral Society will host a presentation and book signing featuring noted underwater photographer and resident of Brick, NJ, Herb Segars, who will introduce his new book, Beneath the Garden State – Exploring Aquatic New Jersey. It is Segars' first book, although his work has appeared in GeoBBC WildlifeNational GeographicNational Geographic WorldNatural History, National Wildlife, Newsweek, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, The World and I, Outdoor America and many other national and international publications.Segars will share images of the many strange and beautiful creatures and habitats found in New Jersey waters including the one-half-inch long naked sea butterfly or the fascinating blue shark, sandbar shark and sand tiger shark. Images also include a goosefish (monkfish) devouring a black sea bass or see a sea star growing new arms. All will be peppered with the author's personal accounts from his thirty years of scuba diving and photographing in New Jersey. The program and the book will appeal to fishermen, scuba divers, surfers, beach lovers, environmentalists and just about anyone who loves the ocean.After the presentation, the author will sign copies of his book, which can be purchased at the event for $29.99 with cash, credit card, or check.

June 28, 2012
Recycling in Urban Communities  

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NJDEP Public Hearing Room
401 E. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08625
New Jersey’s urban areas face unique challenges in maximizing their recycling while holding down associated costs. The Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council are hosting a workshop to identify those challenges, exchange experiences in implementing recycling programs (both good and bad), and to develop best practices in recycling designed specifically for urban areas. In order to facilitate this exchange, please identify what you feel are the three biggest obstacles to maximizing recycling in your community. Additionally, if you are unable to attend or send a representative, please indicate why you are unable to attend. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Recommended attendees: Mayors, Recycling Coordinators, DPW Managers

June 29, 2012
Hydric Soils- The Field Indicators and More 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The course is an introduction to describing hydric soils and the use and meaning of the regional field indicators for hydric soils. The course is designed for the licensed profession (engineer, surveyor, geologist), soil scientist, and wetland scientist. This class will teach you how to effectively describe soils, interpret soil reports, and who use the Hydric Soil Indicators in the Regional Supplements to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. You will learn the basic processes that take place in saturated soil and how to “read the story” in a soil profile. The training includes a field introduction to identifying layers, distinguishing concentrations and depletions, and preparing hydric soil descriptions from soil profiles. Each student will have a chance to describe and interpret a series of soils profiles and hydrological systems.. This workshop is 50/50 lecture/field. Instructor: Brian Oram. Cost: $310, PDH Hours: 8. Registration Deadline: June 25, 2012.  For more information, call 570-335-1947.  

June 30, 2012
The Ecology of Fire in the Pinelands
9 a.m. to Noon

We'll explore a Pinelands site that recently burned in a wildfire to observe the effects of this fire on the biological community, look for plant species that might have been stimulated by the fire, and talk about the importance of fire in the Pinelands. The pace will be leisurely, with frequent stopping for up-close observation.  We may walk off-trail so it is especially important to wear protective clothing and consider using an insect repellent to deter ticks. Pack a lunch and plenty of water. Cost: $15  Register online

Kids nature program
July 3, 2012
Kids Nature Program at Pinelands Preservation Alliance

10:00am - Noon
17 Pemberton Road, Southampton Twp., New Jersey
Join PPA staff for a fun tour of the Bishop Farmstead and learn about birds, insects, animals, plants, rocks, water and other natural wonders that you probably have in your own backyard. The morning will conclude with lunch at our picnic tables. Children (ages 4-12 years old please) must be accompanied by an adult. Please pack a lunch. 
$5 (adult or child) Register online or call 609 859-8860 x14 or email  

July 8, 2012
NY/NJ Baykeeper Staten Island Eco-Cruise
aboard the Captain John 

Boat boards at 3:30 pm and returns to dock around 6:45 pm
Circumnavigate Staten Island, through the waters of Raritan Bay, the Arthur Kill and the Kill van Kull.
Join the Baykeeper as your guide while enjoying the beauty and wildlife on the Hudson/Raritan Estuary.  Tickets $50 Per Person ($25 Per Child under 12). Ticket price includes light refreshments and beverages. Contact Amy Testa at or 732-888-9870, ext 6 for more information or to purchase tickets. Or visit to buy tickets online.

July 12, 2012
The Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles: Public and Private Fleet Workshop

8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The National Conference Center
Holiday Inn of East Windsor NJ
399 Monmouth Street, East Windsor, NJ 08520
Register here Curriculum Presenter/Moderator: Stephe Yborra, Director of Market Analysis, Education & Communications Clean Vehicle Education FoundationThe program includes an optional end-of-day site visit to a nearby CNG station. Registration Fee: $55 (until 7/10/12) $65 (after 7/10/12) Fee covers course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and facility tour transportation. Lodging: Attendees arriving Wednesday evening (7/11) are encouraged to book lodging by 6/11 at the Holiday Inn East Windsor at a discounted “CVE” rate of just $119. Call 609-448-7000. For more Information, contact: New Jersey Clean Cities Chuck Feinberg at 973-886-1655 or

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 19-21 (and August 9-12, 2012)

Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course
Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Offered over Two Long Weekends: July 19-22 and August 9-12, 2012

Permaculture has expanded its purview to include economic and social structures that support the evolution and development of more permanent communities, such as co-housing and eco-villages.
As such, Permaculture design concepts are applicable to urban as well as rural settings, and are appropriate for single households as well as whole farms and villages.  From households to bioregional planning, Permaculture is about whole systems, not about separate components.  Because each element in a landscape or the built environment affects every other element at a site, a complete, comprehensive assessment is tantamount to develop healthy, productive, energy efficient relationships between elements for the benefit of everyone and everything involved in day to day operations and life. By paying attention to all details: topography, climate, water, wind, sun, activity nodes and corridors, buildings, machinery and tools, the waste stream, plants and animals, it enables us to make best use of what is already on the ground, and what we intend to put there. With a dynamic interaction of elements in process, and an assessment of both spatial and temporal attributes, organized around sound ecological principles, we can maximize yields and balance the landscape. This course is very intensive and will run from 8 am—6 pm each day.  The course will delivered at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ..  The first four days will focus more on the planning components and the second four days will include some implementation at the Permaculture Display Garden at Duke Farms.   For more information about the course content, please visit: www.permacultureproject.comWayne Weiseman is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects. Wayne has taught and featured internationally for many years. Wayne is the Director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a full service, international consulting and educational business promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods. The cost of the course is $1,300 per person, $1,200 for NOFA-NJ members.  Discounts are offered for early registration and for multiple family member/farm registrations.  For more information about lodging, meals and services and to register for this course, go online to:  NOFA-NJ |Permaculture Program  or you can call the NOFA-NJ office at 908-371-1111.

July 21, 2012
Master Gardeners of Camden County Plant Clinic
9 a.m. to Noon
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Residents are invited to stop by with garden questions, sick plants, bug-eaten leaves and flowers, insects and gardening conversation. For more information, call 856-216-7130 or visit

July 25, 2012
Environmental Business Council Roundtable
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
PSE&G Training Center - 234 Pierson Ave.Edison, NJn NJ
The EBC Environmental Roundtable meets the last Wednesday of every other month to discuss relevant environmental issues, regulatory changes and new developments that may impact our members provided by our sub-committees which focus on: Regulatory Affairs, Brownfields & Site Remediation, Natural Resource Damages, Water and Land Use, Air, Environmental Technology, Sustainability, Energy, Enforcement & OSHA News and Regulations. This meeting features an added 45 minute discuss on the final ARRCS rule. Click Here to Register

July 28, 2012
Certified Water Sampler Program  
Cleveland, OH ( location to be determined)

Cost: $175 per person. Reservations required. 
Due to events like the shale natural gas drilling, new water well development and overall water quality awareness; the need for certified water sample collectors is growing by leaps and bounds to help keep up with the demand for compliant and regulatory water testing. National Testing Laboratories in conjunction with Wilkes University and B.F. Environmental is offering a Certified Sampler Program to individuals interested in learning about proper sample collection techniques and chain of custody. There will be approximately 4 hours of classroom instruction as well as hands on field instruction. Seating is limited and reservations will be taken on a first come-first serve basis. Reservations must be made by no later than June 29th or until capacity is reached. For reservations or if you have questions about this class, please contact Marianne Metzger at 800-458-3330 x223 or email at At the successful completion of this program, you will receive WQA continuing education credits; a Certificate of Completion from Wilkes University and a Certification of Completion from B.F. Environmental on Proper Chain of Custody. The Certified Sampler Program was developed to address specific collection issues and testing requirements associated with New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. We are also gathering additional testing information necessary for testing in Wyoming and Colorado as well. Certified sample collectors are required for any type of water sampling that needs to be collected for regulatory/compliance testing or testing that may have litigation implications.

July 20, 2012

Soil Morphology/Stormwater and Wastewater Management
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Introduction to Soil Science and Soil Morphology for Engineers, PA Sewage Enforcement Officers, Geologists, and other Professionals. The course will provide an introduction into the environmental applications of soil science and soil morphology. During the presentation portion of the course, we will discuss the properties and characteristics of a soil, soil formation/ transformation, and soil hydrology. During the field portion of the course, we will be learning how to describe some of the physical properties of a soil (soil texture, structure, consistency, color), identifying soil horizons, and make interpretations related to the movement of water through the soil profile as it relates to on-site wastewater disposal and stormwater management. Instructor: Brian Oram. Cost: $310, PDH Hours: 8 Registration Deadline: July 16, 2012
For more information, call 570-335-1947.

July 30, 2012

US Green Building Council NJ's 9th Annual Golf Outing 
NJ National Golf Club
579 Allen Road

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

July 30-31, 2012

AESP Summer Conference
Exploring the Next Generation of EE Programs -- A North American Perspective
Toronto, ON, Canada
Come see the shape of things to come for energy efficiency in North America. We'll cover what’s new in technology, marketing, implementation, evaluation and policy so you'll be ready for the future. This one-and-a-half day conference will draw utility professionals and thought leaders from Canada and the United States – opening up a broader perspective in idea-sharing and discussions! See conference agenda

August 18, 2012
Master Gardeners of Camden County Plant Clinic
9 a.m. to Noon
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Residents are invited to stop by with garden questions, sick plants, bug-eaten leaves and flowers, insects and gardening conversation. For more information, call 856-216-7130 or visit 

August 19, 2012
NY/NJ Baykeeper New York Harbor Lighthouse Tour Eco-Cruise 
Aboard the Captain John
Boat boards at 3:30 pm and returns to the dock around 6:45 pm.Visit Old Orchard, West Bank, Romer Shoal, Coney Island, and Sandy Hook Lighthouses, most of which can only be seen by boat. This tour gives passengers a chance to see them up close.  Tickets $50 Per Person ($25 Per Child under 12).  Ticket price includes light refreshments and beverages. Contact Amy Testa at or 732-888-9870, ext 6 for information or to purchase tickets. Visit to buy tickets online. 

September 13-14, 2012
PennFuture 2012 Clean Energy Conference
DoubleTree Hotel
Broad and Locust Streets
Philadelphia, Pa.
The event will focus on making the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions America's Clean Energy Hub. What does that mean? We are talking about leveraging the significant market opportunities on the horizon for renewables and efficiency in the region. These opportunities will be driven in part by existing state laws including portfolio standards and efficiency requirements that will be ramping up in the near future. These expanding markets will make the region, you guessed it, a hub of activity for project and business development, positioning us as a national leader in clean energy growth. Conference sessions will discuss strategies to help sustain and prepare clean energy businesses for upcoming opportunities while exploring policies that will maintain healthy clean energy markets. There will also be ample time for one-on-one conversations with those who can help your business most. Agenda and registration.

September 15, 2012
Master Gardeners of Camden County Plant Clinic
9 a.m. to Noon
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Residents are invited to stop by with garden questions, sick plants, bug-eaten leaves and flowers, insects and gardening conversation. For more information, call 856-216-7130 or visit  

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

September 23-25 C&D Recycling Forum
Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center
Long Beach, Calif.
After two successful shows in the Baltimore area, organizers Recycling Today Media Group, publishers of Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine, have changed locations to give C&D recyclers and demolition contractors an opportunity to see what other efforts are being done nationally in C&D recycling.

October 11, 2012
Experience the Estuary Celebration
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bellevue State Park's Figure-8 Barn 
Wilmington, Delaware

An annual dinner and auction hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to raise funds in support of the PDE's work to protect and restore the Delaware River and Bay. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Karen Johnson Forst at for details

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

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