Saturday, September 15, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for September 15-30, 2012

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


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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 19, 2012
CIANJ Fall Business & Networking Conference
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pines Manor

2085 Route 27
Edison, NJ 
See who's coming!

September 19, 2012

The Environmental Council's Roundtable Meeting
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Pines Manor
Edison, NJ 
The 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, Air, Environmental Technology, International Trade, Sustainability, Energy, Enforcement & OSHA News and Regulations. No reservations or cancellations can be accepted after 9/17/12.Roundtables are complimentary for Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey members. Non-Members must call to register at 201-368-2100.  

September 20, 2012
NoGmoNJ monthly meeting
7 p.m.
Collingswood Library,
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ
This is a local grassroots group whose mission is to educate consumers about health and environmental risks of genetically modified food.  The group meets the 3rd Thursday through June, 2013.  RSVP 856-236-5973. or  

September 20-21, 2012
SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 Conference 
Philadelphia Convention Center 
Following the success of the inaugural SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ conference – at which 1,800 attendees, more than 180 exhibitors, and leading CEOs, technical experts, and policymakers representing 37 states met in Philadelphia for the industry’s premier event – the Marcellus Shale Coalition will return to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center to host the SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 Conference, September 20-21. It promises to be an Invigorating, Insightful, and Innovative event once again. 
Join industry and policy experts from top producing, midstream, and supply chain firms; academia; government; and the NGO community for the latest insights and analysis on state and federal policies, technological advancements in the industry, and much more. Continuing the momentum of the 2011 event, SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 will provide those in attendance an opportunity to:
  • Hear from policymakers and advisors who will discuss the shale gas revolution in the context of the 2012 presidential campaign;
  • Network with high-powered corporate executives and decision-makers who will arrive in Philadelphia prepared to establish new and strengthen existing relationships with their colleagues in the industry; and
  • See firsthand the technologies that are shining a spotlight on responsible shale gas production as one of the cleanest, most sophisticated energy industries in the world.
If you would like to be added to the email alerts with details of the SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 Conference, please Click Here.  Online registration

September 21, 2012
Symposium on the HealthEffects Of Hydraulic Fracturing  
8:30 a.m.
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
The program will feature a presentation by Robert E. Oswald, PhD and Michelle Bamberger, DVM, on their recently published article, "Impacts of Gas Drilling on Animal and Human Health,” as well as a panel discussion with Raina Rippel of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project and David Carey, PhD, Director of Geisinger Health System's Weis Center for Research. Ms. Rippel will offer perspectives on what the project has learned so far about the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania, while Dr. Carey will discuss how Geisinger is using data to help understand the health effects of these activities in the communities it serves. Additional presenters to be announced. For more information and to register, visit the Symposium webpage.

Roundtable Breakfast with DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, September 26, 2012 at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe | 8:30a.m. to 10 a.m.

September 21, 2012

Sustainable Development on the Global Stage
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Breakfast and discussion)
10 a.m. to noon (Informal meeting)
Hartman Lounge of Hennessy Hall (The Mansion)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, NJ
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) and The Center for Human Resource Management Studies (CHRMS) invite you to attend a breakfast panel discussion addressing Sustainable Development on the global stage. The event is open to the public.   Sustainable Development means planning for economic growth in ways that meet society's needs today and for future generations, while preserving the environment. Panelists are: Tim Wall, Strategic Communication Consultant, UN Global Compact; Amanda Nesheiwat, UN Youth Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development and Director, NJ Sustainable Collegiate Partners; and Ashwani Vasishth, Director of the Center for Sustainability, and Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Ramapo College. The panel will identify and explore responses to the United Nations' June 2012 Rio+20 meeting on Sustainable Development and outcomes from the Corporate Sustainability Forum for business and partnerships. They will also discuss where global Sustainable Development goals stand today and efforts to foster positive outcomes and youth participation. Please register online by Sept. 17  or by calling 973/443-8577. Admittance is $40 and $25 for attendees from non-profits and people “in transition” and includes a hot breakfast. The seminar is free for FDU faculty, administration, matriculated students, and current employees of ISE/CHRMS Corporate Partner companies or ISE/CHRMS Breakfast Partners.

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 23, 2012
NY/NJ Baykeeper's 16th Annual Clambake

Fort Hancock Chapel on Sandy Hook, NJ

The clambake is a fun-filled day at the beach with delicious food, live entertainment, drinks, dancing and more. All proceeds benefit the NY/NJ Baykeeper and the mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hudson - Raritan Estuary. Since 1989, Baykeeper has been working to protect, preserve and restore the Hudson Raritan Estuary. Buy tickets hereClambake honorees.

September 24, 2012
New Jersey Paper Recycling Association's Quarterly Meeting

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails
6:00 p.m. - Meeting
Il Villaggio restaurant
Carlstadt, N.J. 
Guest speaker Tim Child, director of inside sales and exempt commodities for shipping company Maersk Line, will discuss current challenges facing the shipping industry. Maersk Line is the global containerized division of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Its fleet comprises more than 600 vessels and a number of containers corresponding to more than 3,800,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU), the company says.  Those wishing to attend are asked to confirm attendance as soon as possible with NJPRA President George Chen, at (973) 340-8003 or 

September 27, 2012

Smart Brownfields Development in Southeastern Pennsylvania
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Registration and Breakfast)
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (Program)

Saul Ewing's Philadelphia office
38th Floor, 
Centre Square West 1500 Market Street,
Philadelphia, PA

Need-to-know information on due diligence and Act 2 “Brownfields” projects in Pennsylvania. This program will be of interest to anyone who handles real estate transactions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and needs to understand the issues surrounding environmental due diligence, insurance and brownfields projects.
Carl B. Everett, a partner in Saul Ewing's Environment and Natural Resources Practice, will moderate a discussion that will include Eric Lindhult, Senior Project Manager, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., and Jack Palis, Vice President, Marsh USA. The seminar will provide practical information that will guide decision makers as they grapple with environmental issues associated with real estate transactions. Please RSVP to Mary Long at (215) 972-8442 or

September 27-28, 2012
Environmental Remediation Conference International 2012

Tobermory, Ontario
Terratechnik Environmental Ltd is proud to offer its 1st Remediation Conference 
to be held in Tobermory, Ontario which is one of the most beautiful and rugged waterscapes that you will find in the world. Tobermory is a haven for divers, hikers (top end of the Bruce Trail), boaters, photographers, birders and naturalists. The Tobermory is a unique location for a conference as it gives up the concrete, asphalt and 5 star hotels and offers 5 (possible 10) star scenery and 3 star accommodations. A good trade off in our estimation. The  Environmental Conference will deal with remediation technologies from a scientific aspect rather than the run of the mill infomercials that we have all endured. The speakers from the podiums are to deal with the issues  of present and past remediation challenges as well as the new and emerging technologies. There will also be three panel discussions with audience participation which will deal with specific issues that are problematic to the remediation processes we all have to deal with on a daily basis. The purpose of the conference is to gain knowledge of technologies and deal with problems that plague us on a daily basis and come away with answers through networking. Networking will be a key effort as well with this seminar and the Thursday evening will be reserved for this endeavor. Brochure

September 29, 2012 
Symposium on Sea Level Rise in NJ:
Causes, Effects and A Call to Action
8:30 am – 3:00 pm 

Brookdale Community College - Warner Student Life Center
Rooms:  Navesink I, II, and III
Spurred on by the March 14th New York Times article entitled “Sea Level Rise Is Seen as Threat to 3.7 Million” (see our website ), the Monmouth County Cool Cities Partnership (MCCCP) has planned a Symposium on Sea Level Rise in New Jersey to be held in cooperation with the Monmouth County Environmental Council, Brookdale Community College, American Littoral Society, Clean Ocean Action and New Jersey Environmental Federation. Agenda and registration.   

September 29, 2012

Conservative Plants in a Changing World: Recognizing Remnant Ecosystems 
2:00 p.m. – 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.

September 30, 2012
Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pine Barren's Golf Club

Jackson, NJ
There’s nothing better than sipping wine and tasting chocolate! Come celebrate all things fall and festive at our 3rd annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment wine and chocolate tasting and charity auction. The day will feature a wine tasting by Sommelier Louis Fontenelli, chocolate tasting by Chocolatier Gail Sturr of Hanna Krause Chocolates, delicious hors d’oevres, live music by Zara Phillips, and a charity auction. All proceeds benefit our campaigns to protect clean water and the environment! The auction includes a chance to win amazing items like a bicycle cruiser from Brielle Cyclery, tickets to Two River Theatre, the Garden State Film Festival, and the Opera Co. of Philadelphia, a round of golf at the Pine Barrens Golf Club, dinner gift certificates, gift baskets galore and so much more (click here to see a full list of prizes). 
Purchase Tickets Today
!  Tickets are $75 per person and $125 per couple. We also have a special "current" member rate of $50 per person and $100 per couple. To find out your membership status contact Jenny at 732-280-8988 or email.  
Purchase tickets onlinePay by phone. Call Jenny at 732-280-8988. Pay  by check. Make check payable to NJ Environmental Federation (for tax-deductible donation make payable to Clean Water Fund) and mail to: Clean Water Fund, Attn: Autumn Toast, 1002 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719.

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 4, 2012
New Jersey's Solar Markets:
Understanding Changes, Preparing for Future

8 a.m. (Registration and Breakfast)

8:30 a.m. (Presentation)
The Venetian
546 River Drive
Garfield, NJ 07026
 Click here for directions

You are invited to join us for an overview and analysis of the solar energy market in New Jersey. The program will cover the legislative, regulatory, tax and accounting changes that are expected to significantly impact existing and future projects in the state. Property owners, developers, lenders and investors won't want to miss this opportunity to network and hear from industry insiders about the future of New Jersey's solar landscape. Speakers: Stephen Kisker, Esq., Wolff & Samson PC; George Livanos, CPA, Sax Macy Fromm & Co., PC, and Chris Savastano, NJR Clean Energy Ventures. Moderator: Jeffrey Milanaik, President, Heller Industrial Parks. Register here

October 4, 2012
PA Wilds' Third Annual Trails Conference
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh's Bradford Campus
The theme of this year's PA Wilds conference is Advancing Trails into PA Wilds. Learn about: the benefits of forming a regional trail group, trail start ups, advanced trail design, promotion and marketing your trail and mapping your trail.  Also meet members of the newly formed PA Trails Advisory Committee. Watch thePA Trails website for more information.

October 5, 2012

Clean Ocean Action Benefit--Seaside Sunset
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
McLoone’s Pier House
Long Branch, NJ
Vibrant music, dedicated coastal supporters, and delightful food and drink from area businesses and local restaurants will set the scene for the 14th Annual Sunset event, a benefit for Clean Ocean Action (COA).
The volunteers and coastal enthusiasts of Clean Ocean Action, a non-profit organization, have for more than 28 years helped protect the Atlantic coast from pollution, sea-borne trash and medical waste, and the risk of proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals. The Sunset event will attract hundreds of supporters of Clean Ocean Action, including ocean enthusiasts, corporate partners, and elected officials.  This event is a great opportunity for local businesses to demonstrate their support of a clean and healthy ocean.  For more information, including opportunities for sponsorship and to donate auction prizes, please contact COA at 732-872-0111, or visit them: The latest information about the Sunset event will also be posted at the organization’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

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

Environmental Requirements for Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale
10:00 a.m.
This free webinar by the Pennsylvania’s office of August Mack Environmental, Inc. will focus on the environmental regulations and associated requirements currently applicable to the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania. Requirements to be discussed will include those related to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) as well as air emissions, waste generation, wastewater, storm water, spill prevention, and reporting with emphasis on releases to the environment that would require corrective action. Register here or call 317.916.3113 for more details.

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 16, 2012
NJDEP Seminar: 

Idling Regulations, Landfill Permitting and Requirements, 
Diesel Risk Assessment and Enforcement Case Studies”
Morris County Public Safety Training Academy
West Hanover Avenue & Academy Driveway
Morristown, NJ  Directions
Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by completing registration 
Training will begin with the State of New Jersey’s Enforcement of Idling Regulations and then will progress to providing information on multiple air pollution topics. Landfill Air Permitting Applicability and requirements will also be explained. A representative from the Air Permitting group will explain Diesel Risk Assessment and 1st Level Screening Worksheet. A New segment to this event will cover select Enforcement Case Studies involving; Subchapter 5 - Prohibition of Air Pollution Compliance Issues, Denial of Entry cases, and Unhealthy Air Quality Forecast impacts. The day will conclude with a question and answer session to address questions, comments and concerns. More information here.

October 18, 2012

The Business Case for Sustainability
8:30 a.m. to Noon
The Enterprise Center
Burlington County College 3331 Route 38 – 300 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 See how “The Triple Bottom Line” can help your small business save money, gain customers, and improve the environment. Learn the “real” definition and economic benefits of sustainability for small businesses from experts in the NJDEP’s Sustainability and Green Energy (SAGE) Division, and hear from owners who are gaining efficiency, customers, profits, and competitive advantage from green practices.$20 per person, $25 after Oct 1st.  Continental Breakfast included Register here

October 18,  2012
Barnegat Bay Blitz
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, DEP staff members and thousands of volunteers from area schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government leaders will pick up litter and debris in various locations in the Barnegat Bay Watershed on  October 18. As an educational component of Governor Christie's 10-point plan to restore Barnegat Bay, the Blitz is aimed to engage community members in all 37 municipalities to take active stewardship measures to protect the water quality in the streams and rivers of the bay. To volunteer, go here or email Katie Barnett at

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 Meadows
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
The Nature Conservancy's South Cape May Meadows PreserveCape May County
Owl 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

November 8, 2012

Schuylkill Center Book Club Event
7 p.m.
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

The Schuylkill Center is hosting a "Book Club Event" to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Society of Women Environmental Professionals Board members Sonya Ward of H2M and Beth Hyde of Roux Associates will be part of a panel. Former PADEP Administrator Jim Seif is hoping to make the event as a special guest but his calendar is not yet set. Seif is from Pittsburgh and knew Ms Carson as a child. 

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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