Friday, August 10, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for August 18-31, 2012

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


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August 10, 2012
Tour for the Shore

Clean Ocean Action and other marine advocacy groups today will begin a two week adventure along the coast of Cape May, New Jersey, to Montauk, New York, to raise awareness of ocean pollution issues and the need for a Clean Ocean Zone. Facing threats from ocean blasting for oil and gas development, pollution, and reckless development, the Clean Ocean Zone initiative was created by concerned citizens along the New York and New Jersey coastlines to lock-out harmful pollution and industrial activities off the coast while locking-in permanent protection for future generations. The ultimate goal is for the citizen-drafted federal law to be enacted. “Tour for the Shore” will kick make its way up the coast, through New York City, and along the South Shore of Long Island. The Tour will conclude in Montauk, NY on Friday, August 24. To finish strong, there will be a 100-mile “Century Ride” from Babylon, NY to Montauk kicking off at the break of dawn at 6 A.M. on the 24 – bringing cyclists to Montauk at the same time as paddlers-at-sea. 
The Tour includes special events like; a bike cruiser ride through Fire Island, a town meeting-style environmental summit on the state of the Monmouth County Bayshore and to meet up with other advocates at “Blue Drinks” events.  Beach-goers can discuss the Clean Ocean Zone, ocean conservation, marine policy and renewable energy with ocean champions from NJ and NY at local restaurants along the Tour. 
Details at: or call 732-872-0111. 

August 10, 2012
Movies Under the Stars at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance

17 Pemberton Road, Southampton Twp., NJ
Come join PPA for a fun family night as we show a select environmental/nature film outside and under the stars. Chirping crickets and shooting stars will serve as our backdrop. Popcorn and refreshments provided. Please bring your own chair. From the moment David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he wanted to fight to preserve the American wilderness for future generations. The movie, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2009, is of how a 1930's rock climber became the greatest conservationist of the 20th Century. The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication and activism not only saved the Grand Canyon (among other accomplishments) but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement. Seen through Brower's own eyes - he was an accomplished filmmaker, and his stunning footage is included here - a 1956 raft trip down Glen Canyon, before its damming, evokes the awful sadness of losing public land we've failed to protect. And in period footage of Brower's early rock-climbs (done in sneakers, with hemp rope) and of his training in the 10th Mountain Division (who defeated the Nazis in the high Alps) Brower emerges as an unlikely and inspiring national hero. After leaving Sierra Club in 1969  Brower's dedication to protecting wild places never diminished. He went on to found the League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, and Earth Island Institute. He was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. FREE. Donations welcome. Registration required. To register, contact Tom at or 609 859-8860 ext 14. In the event of rain, the movie will be screened indoors.

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

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 

April 18-20, 2012

Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture    
9:00am - 4:00pm on the 18th and 19th
9:00am - 11:30am on the 20th
This two and a half-day program covers the basics of apiculture by providing comprehensive information and hands-on experience to help students start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony. The apiculture course concludes with a half day hands-on program that will include assembling hives, opening and examining colonies as well as honey tasting. From disease and mite prevention and hive management to honey production, this class will cover everything you need to know to further your hobby or get your business off the ground. For more information visit or call (732) 932-9271.  

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. 

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

September 6, 2012
Business-2-Business Trade Show in Southpointe, Pa 
Presented by the Southpointe Marcellus Shale Chamber of Commerce
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn,
Corporate Drive,

Southpointe, Pa.
What businesses will be in the show?  Marcellus Shale contractors, oil and gas contractors, hotels, printers, copy machine companies, financial institutions, flower shops, cosmetics, physicians, transportation, music, art and more. Register here

September 8, 2012
Pennsylvania Coast Day

Noon to 5 p.m.

Philadelphia, Pa.
Discover your connection to the coast at Pennsylvania Coast Day, now part of the WHYY Connections Festival on Saturday, September 8, from noon to 5 p.m.  Not only can visitors board the RiverLink Ferry for a free tour, but also they can set off in a kayak or swan boat for free.  And bring the kids.  They will love the outdoor exhibits, free face painting and prizes located on the doorstep of the Independence Seaport Museum (special $5 admission rate).  But why stop there?  Take a free shuttle to the historic Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, a hidden gem of a museum right on the banks of the Schuylkill River.  Log on to for details. Brought to you by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.

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 Questions can be forwarded to (609) 984-9802 or
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, 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  

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

September 15 – 16, 2012
J 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: If questions, email

 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.

September 29, 2012

Conservative Plants in a Changing World: Recognizing Remnant Ecosystems 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road, New Hope, PA
Niche plants are those species that require a very specific set of environmental conditions in order to grow and reproduce. This intolerance of environmental change is called species conservatism. Finding these “highly-conservative” species growing naturally on a site reveals much about that site’s geology, moisture conditions, and pattern of past disturbance. Jared Rosenbaum, Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator, will discuss the stories that these most conservative plant species tell about our region. For more information, visit or call 215-862-2924.

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 or email  

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, or go to

October 10-14, 2012

The Tour de Pines

The Tour de Pines will begin at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance's Bishop Farmstead in Southampton Township, NJ, traverse the length and breadth of the Pinelands National Reserve, and culminate at Historic Whitesbog Village on Sunday, October 14. Each day's tour will range from approximately 40 - 55 miles per day, with average speeds of 11-13 mph, and begin and end at the same location. The Tour de Pines is a voluntary, non-competitive, unsupported ride. Participants are required to provide their own transportation, food and lodging. Participants may elect to ride 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 days. For more information (including cue sheets for each ride and photos from last year) or to register go to the Tour de Pines web page, email, or call (609) 859-8860 x24.

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

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 

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

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

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 

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