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Enviro-Events Calendar for September 5-30, 2012







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


 

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September 5, 2012

Pemberton and The Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Burlington County Library - Pemberton Branch

16 Broadway, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

Come to learn about the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, what it means for Pemberton and other Pinelands towns, and ways that the public can help ensure that it is followed. You will also learn the tools and techniques to become effective and engaged local advocates for Pinelands preservation in your community. Topics to be covered will include: Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan; water quality and conservation; habitat conservation; innovative new design and stewardship techniques; and monitoring public agencies, especially the Pinelands Commission and local planning boards. Participants will also learn how to advocate for sustainable communities as a citizen journalist, appointed official, or citizen legislator. FREE. Light refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by  The Citizens Campaign and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Mike at mikeh@pinelandsalliance.org or 609 859-8860 x24.

September 6, 2012
Life is a Highway…So be Efficient!
11a.m. -3 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
The New Jersey Green Association and Ford Motor Company will introduce members to Ford’s new electric and hybrid vehicles -- the CMAX Hybrid and CMAX Plug-In Hybrid.  In addition to learning about Ford’s commitment to green technology, NJGA members and attendees will be able to experience these vehicles first hand.  Two vehicles will be available for test drive: the100% electric vehicle and
a hybrid vehicle. In addition to the test drive, the event will feature a couple of digital interactives. Limited seating is available so RSVP today-nstanlick@nj-green.org Lunch will be provided. $25 for NJGA members. $40 for non-members


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 6, 2012

Hearing on coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania

10 a.m.
Fred M. Rodgers Building
Saint Vincent College
Westmoreland County, Pa.
Pennsylvania 
House Republican Policy Committee hearing on coal-fired power plants,
the coal industry and environmental regulations.  



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 DelawareEstuary.org for details. Brought to you by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.


September 8, 2012

10th Anniversary Of Acopian Center At Hawk Mountain 

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

410 Summer Valley Road along Route 895 

Orwigsburg, Pa
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary hosts a 10th anniversary open house at its Acopian Center for Conservation Learning
The Acopian Center is a biological field station and training site and is headquarters for the conservation science program at Hawk Mountain.  The Center is located two miles from the Sanctuary’s mountaintop Visitor Center. The Acopian Center opened September 7, 2002. The three-building facility is normally closed to the public, so this is a unique chance to tour the grounds and see the buildings. Visitors are invited to stop in and meet Sanctuary scientists and international interns, and to see the Scientist Residence, Intern Residence and Research Center, as well as the impressive library, reading room, teaching lab, GIS mapping lab and conference space. The 43-acre site is surrounded by open meadows and so also offers great bird watching and a scenic view looking up at the Hawk Mountain ridge.







September 9, 2012
GreenFest Philly 

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Headhouse Square
(2nd Street between South & Pine)

Philadelphia, Pa.  
Full information here







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 11, 2012
Movie: The Koch Brothers Exposed

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Westwood Public Library
49 Park Avenue, Westwood, NJ
Sponsored by the Pascack Sustainability Group, Moving Toward Sustainability, and North Jersey Public Policy Network. Koch Brothers Exposed is a full-length documentary film about Charles and David Koch—two of the world’s richest and most powerful men--who financially support a vast network of organizations that, the film asserts, undermine public institutions such as public education and Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film points the way to how Americans can get money out of politics and reclaim their democracy. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, email: info@pascacksustainabilitygroup.org.


September 12, 2012

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Meeting and Public Hearing 

11 a.m.
25 State Police Drive
West Trenton, NJ
The Delaware River Basin Commission will hold an informal conference followed by a public hearing.  The hearing will be part of the Commission's regularly scheduled business meeting. The conference session and business meeting both are open to the public and will be held at the Commission's office buildingThe morning conference session will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will include updates by DRBC staff on the Nutrient Strategy for the Delaware Estuary and Implementation of the Basin Plan and a Resolution honoring John Plonski for his service to the Commission and the Delaware River Basin.  Full Agenda 


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.

 
September 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, 2012
PPA celebrates John McPhee's "The Pine Barrens"

7 p.m.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
17 Pemberton Road

Southampton, NJ
This year marks the 45th anniversary since John McPhee first wrote about the Pine Barrens in the New Yorker magazine. The following year, The Pine Barrens was published in book form, and still serves as a classic on life in the pines. Join PPA staff as we embark on a journey recounting the past 45 years of Pinelands protection, using McPhee's book as a guide. We will discuss the people and places referenced in the book, and the events that ultimately led to State and Federal legislation to protect this special place. Cost: FREE (donations are welcome). Please be prepared to discuss the book! Registration: Call  609 859-8860 x14 or email tomdunn@pinelandsalliance.org


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 14, 2012

USGBC-NJ South Branch Presents: "Show Me The Money"
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, Register by September 10
Salem Community College, Davidow Hall Theater
460 Hollywood Ave, Carney's Point, NJ
Park in Lot A and follow signs to Davidow Hall
This event is FREE for members and non-members, but you must register by September 10, 2012. To register or for more information, CLICK HERE.
Topics Include:
• Green Schools: USGBC’s national Green Schools programs, Green Ribbon Schools and more.
• New Jersey Clean Energy ESIP (Energy Savings Improvement Program) plan and the Pay for Performance plan.
• Solar/Wind/Geothermal Incentives
• USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Programs provide loans, grants and loan guarantees. 
• Reducing Home Energy Costs and Habitat for Humanity of Salem County’s work.
• Energy efficiency, solar, ESIP, LEED- to reduce operating costs and operate more sustainably.


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
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: www.njfishandwildlife.com/expo.htm. If questions, email Michelle.Smith@dep.state.nj.us.


September
 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 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.  NoGmoNJ@gmail.com or NoGmoNJ@weebly.com.  
 

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.


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 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 mlong@saul.com


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 http://www.bhwp.org/psi/2012-PSI-Workshops.htm 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 www.njafm.org or email secretary@njafm.org.  


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 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 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 tour@pinelandsalliance.org, 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 KForst@DelawareEstuary.org for details


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 Katie.Barnett@dep.state.nj.us.


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 
Creek
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


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 nature.org/newjersey 


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