Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for July 31 - Aug. 31, 2012

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

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Barnegat Bay and Seagull
July 31, 2012
Barnegat Bay Listening Session
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Mancini Hall, Toms River Branch Ocean County Library
Barnegat Bay is dying. Years of stormwater runoff pollution from development and too little fresh water flow to the Bay have caused a condition known as "eutrophication". This excessive fertilization of the water, caused by pollutant levels above the Bay's natural and healthy carrying capacity creates a cascade of impacts on the life of the Bay, including too much algae, destruction of seagrass beds and stinging jellyfish - all of which harm our enjoyment of the Bay and our region's economy. The health of the Bay is crucial to a 3.4 billion dollar shore economy including tourism, boating, fishing and real estate values. The Bay has experienced a reduction of fin fish and shellfish from loss of sea grass habitat. These crashing numbers impact industry and sport. The good news is that there are solutions and the cycle of decline can be reversed. Please attend this free event to share your ideas, voice your concerns, hear about solutions and learn more about how we can work together to restore the Bay. RSVP Appreciated: Helen@littoralsociety.org or 732.291-0055 Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by: American Littoral Society, Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Clean Ocean Action, Environment New Jersey, GreenFaith. League of Women Voters of Ocean County, New Jersey Environmental Federation, New Jersey Environmental Lobby, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, New Jersey Sierra Club, Save Barnegat Bay and the Sierra Club of Ocean County 

July 31, 2012
Electronic Waste Recycling in West Harlem  
West 145th Street and Edgecombe Avenue
New York, NY 10031  
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is holding two electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events on West 145th Street and Edgecombe Avenue in West Harlem to help you responsibly recycle all of your unwanted or broken gadgets. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors!  A list of acceptable materials can be found here and we accept electronics from households, not-for-profit organizations, and small businesses (less than 50 employees, please call ahead). We do not accept home appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, or air conditioners. This event will be held rain or shine  

August 1, 2012 

Kids Nature Program at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance
17 Pemberton Road
Southampton Township, NJ  (Directions)
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.  Cost: $5 (adult or child). Register online  or call 609 859-8860 x14or emailtomdunn@pinelandsalliance.org

August 2, 2012
I AM:  The shift is about to hit the fan 
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Croft Farm Arts Center 
100 Borton Mill-Evans Mill Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 (856-488-7868) I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what's wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker is Tom Shadyac, the creative force behind such blockbusters as "Liar Liar," "The Nutty Professor," and "Bruce Almighty."   However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world. Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Shadyac set out on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment.  Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers-remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith-including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu-Shadyac appears on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit. More info and Registration HERE. Sponsored by Sustainable Cherry Hill.

August 4, 2012
Birding By Bicycle
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Duke Farms
1112 Duke Parkway West
Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Phone (908) 722-3700 Join us for a special program that combines two or our most popular activities - watching birds and bicycling! We will visit several different habitats, including forests, meadows and lakes, which will provide us with plentiful opportunities to see various species of birds. This program is open to anyone, ages 12 to adult, interested in learning about birds. Participants are required to bring their own mountain bikes and protective headgear for this ride, which includes both paved and gravel roads and does include some inclines. Cost: $15 per person; $10 for members of N.J. Audubon.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. More information here

August 4, 2012
Native Plants and Pollinators
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Duke Farms
1112 Duke Parkway West
Hillsborough, N.J. 08844

Phone (908) 722-3700 
When most people think of pollinators, the honey bee comes to mind.  However, native plants have a huge variety of structures and pollination strategies and, in many cases, honey bees are not the best means of distributing pollen. In this illustrated lecture program, a New Jersey Audubon naturalist will discuss the variety of pollinators required for the successful maintenance of natural ecosystems. This program is designed for adults and focused teens. A visit to a native wildflower meadow will follow the lecture, weather permitting. Cost: $15 per person; $10 for members of N.J. Audubon.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. More information here

August 7, 2012 
August Green Careers Transitions Meet-up
6:30 p.m.
Steven Winter Associates, 307 Seventh Avenue, NYC, 19th floor 
RSVP required: Please click here to RSVP. The Green Careers monthly meet-up is hosted by energy efficiency veteran and GreenHomeNYC board member Andy Padian. Connect with others who are going through a green career transition as well as with people who have already made one, and meet long-time experts in the field. We always end the evening with a couple of drinks at a neighborhood bar to make connections and get to know one another.

August 9, 2012
White Lake
Bats at White Lake
7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Nature Conservancy's White Lake Natural Resource Area 
Hardwick Township, NJ 

Following a free presentation about the biology and ecology of bats, step outdoors to view and listen to bats as they patrol the fields by White Lake in search of insects. Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey 

August 11, 2012
Butterflies of White Lake 

10 a.m.- Noon
The Nature Conservancy's White Lake Natural Resource Area,
Hardwick Township, Warren County, NJ
White Lake has over 60 species of butterflies documented, some of them rare. Enjoy a leisurely walk along mowed trails. Bring binoculars and a camera! Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey

August 14, 2012

Professional Women in Construction Monthly Membership Meeting
"Great Contacts Lead to Great Contracts"
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Tyco International
9 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Come meet Eileen Della Volle, Vice President, Business Development NJ, NY, PA, for KS Engineers, P.C. Eileen attributes her success to developing relationships (contacts) with state, local and private agencies, with community and business leaders. Her ability to developing strategic partnerships in the AEC industry and securing work in the private, K-12, Higher Education and S & T sectors has lead to many successful projects. Eileen maintains a high level network with business leaders, government officials, non-profit agencies and trade organizations in NJ, NY and PA. Additionally, Eileen is also active in a range of industry related organizations including SMPS, NY Building Congress, NJAPPA, ACEC, NJ Alliance for Action, NJBIA, NJ ICREW (Industrial Commercial Real Estate Women) and PWC NJ. Learn About the Past, Present, and Future Contracts Eileen has Negotiated by using her PWC NJ Contacts.  Learn Eileen's Secrets to her Success and how you can become one of Eileen's Contacts to Close your next Great Contract! 

August 14-16, 2012
Solid Waste Association of North America’s WASTECON 2012 
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Washington, DC

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 Camden.njaes.rutgers.edu 

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 Testa@nynjbaykeeper.org or 732-888-9870, ext 6 for information or to purchase tickets. Visit www.nynjbaykeeper.org to buy tickets online. 

August 25, 2012

Paddling Around Cape May
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Fishermen’s Memorial Beach, Cape May, NJ

On a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, paddle along the Cape May Cove and 

gain a unique perspective on the NJ Nature Conservancy’s marine conservation plans. 

After paddling with the group for an hour, spend time in conversation with 

staff members. 
Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey

September 10-13, 2012

Solar Power International
Orange County Convention Center 
Solar Power International (SPI) is North America’s premier business-to-business event for professionals in solar energy and related fields. All proceeds from Solar Power International are used to further the associations' mission: to support and advance U.S. solar markets through market-building and educational initiatives.
In Orlando, show participants will gain exposure to a new market for solar, new products, service providers and professionals. Registration packages 

September 12, 2012 (Deadline)
Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Trenton, New Jersey
The application for the NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is now available and completed applications are due by September 12. The NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is the State's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. The program is sponsored by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the NJ Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the NJ State League of Municipalities. Information can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards. Questions can be forwarded to (609) 984-9802 or Tanya.Oznowich@dep.state.nj.us.
Nature, Waiver RuleSeptember 13, 2012
Exploring NJDEP's Waiver Rule
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The College of New Jersey

Ewing, NJ
Join PlanSmart NJ, APA NJ and The Sustainability Institute for a Policy Briefing exploring the Waive Rule which took effect on August, 1, 2012. Hear 
speakers representing different perspectives discuss the rule's implications and opportunities. PlanSmart Member: $45. Non-Profit/ Government: $55. Non-Member: $65. (Registration fee includes continental breakfast.) Sponsorship Opportunities Contact Ann Brady, abrady@plansmartnj.org or 609-393-9434 with any questions. PlanSmart NJ is an independent, non-profit planning, education, and research organization committed to improving the quality of community life through the advancement of sound land use planning and regional cooperation. Register here

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 Camden.njaes.rutgers.edu  

September 15, 2012 
Sunset Canoeing and Campfire 

4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Mashipacong Bogs Preserve
Montague Township Sussex County, NJ 
$50/person Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. Experience from your canoe the bogs that give the  preserve its name. Learn more about this best example of a Northern Boreal Bog ecosystem in New Jersey. S’mores and a campfire follow. Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey

September 15 – 16, 2012
NJ WILD Outdoor Expo
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
Jackson Township (Ocean County)
The NJ WILD Outdoor Expo celebrates the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday (rain or shine) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and is free of charge. The expo helps people connect with the natural world by providing conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills and activities. Numerous exhibits, demonstrations and seminars will be offered. Visitors can try fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and more. The Expo is hosted by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Divisions of Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Forestry, Green Acres Program and Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Additional information at: www.njfishandwildlife.com/expo.htm. If questions, email Michelle.Smith@dep.state.nj.us.

 19, 2012
Commerce & Industry NJ's Fall Business & Networking Conference
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pines Manor

Edison, NJ 
More information here 

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 2-3, 2012 
NJ Association for Floodplain Management Conference: “Breaking the Cycle” 
The Palace at Somerset, Somerset, NJ 
New Jersey continues to be impacted by storms and floods, with Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and other recent storm events providing a stark reminder of the significant flood vulnerability we face. Flood heights and inundation areas have increased throughout the state, and this trend is likely to continue with the prospect of more frequent extreme weather events in the future. Despite billions of dollars spent to "control" floods or reduce risk in the United States, statistics show that each decade since 1900 has witnessed more flood losses than the previous decade. Flood damages and associated recovery costs continue to increase, despite minimum Federal standards. NJAFM's eighth annual conference will highlight specific flood mitigation actions that can be implemented at the local level to “break the cycle” of repetitive flood damages and create more resilient communities. The NJAFM annual conference is the premier floodplain management conference in the northeast region, bringing together engineers, hydrologists, biologists, planners, code officials, emergency management officials and other professionals to share information and solutions to address New Jersey’s flood vulnerability. The conference will include plenary sessions, concurrent technical presentations, demonstration projects, networking events and exhibitors/vendors. Continuing education credits (PE, PP, CFM, PLS and Code Enforcement) will be provided to attendees. In addition, a number of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information or to register, log onto www.njafm.org or email secretary@njafm.org.  

October 6, 2012
Fall Forestry Festival
Forest Resource Education Center
370 East Veterans Highway
Jackson (Ocean County)
New Jersey’s annual Fall Forestry Festival offers free nature activities for families, scouts, youth groups and the public. The Festival will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine) and features dozens of activities, programs, exhibits and demonstrations. Participants can build a birdhouse, cut a tree cookie, take a hayride, learn about wildlife, tree identification and maple sugaring, observe chainsaw carving, basket making and wood carving, and more. To learn more, contact (732) 928-0987 or forestrycenter@gmail.com, or go to www.njforestrycenter.org

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 KForst@DelawareEstuary.org 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 www.csam.montclair.edu/pri/conferences.  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 pri@mail.montclair.edu or 973-655-5423

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

November 2, 2012

Sounds of the Night at the Meadows6 p.m.- 8 p.m.The Nature Conservancy's South Cape May Meadows PreserveCape May County, NJOwl bander Katy Duffy will guide us as we listen to the chorus of night sounds. If conditions are right, Katy may be able to share a newly banded owl with the group. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey 

November 3, 2012
The Nature Conservancy's 
Sunset Tour of Alloway 
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Alloway Creek Watershed Restoration SiteSalem County, NJVisit a portion of the 20,000+ acres of salt marsh and adjacent uplands PSEG has restored to vital, healthy habitat for fish and wildlife. Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey

November 3, 2012 

The Nature Conservancy's Surf-fishing Workshop
8 a.m. -11a.m.
Island Beach State Park, Berkeley, NJ
Join NJ Beach Buggy Association for a clinic on fishing basics and surf-fishing for striped bass and blue fish. Bring your own equipment, if possible; valid NJ fishing license required. Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey

December 8, 2012 

The Nature Conservancy's Annual Christmas Tree Hunt 
10 a.m. -2 p.m. 
Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve, Middle Township
Cape May County, NJ. 
Free.  Registration required. Call 908-955-0356 or visit nature.org/newjersey 

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