Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for October 10-31, 2012

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


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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

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

Cities Make the Difference through Energy & Environmental Innovation
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ
Hosting over one half of the world's population, cities account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions and consume two thirds of the world's energy. Cities and regional municipalities can also serve as a valuable test bed for mayors, authorities and others pushing ahead innovative technologies to reduce energy usage and environmental risks. Join New Jersey Technology Council as we explore building design, promotion of low carbon vehicles, waste to energy systems and comprehensive and standardized building codes. These efforts and others in New Jersey and the region can prove successful and continue to provide a more sustainable path to the future. This program is designed for representatives of Energy and Environmental companies, elected officials and government employees and all interested in continuing to increase NJ and the region's environmental/energy footprint. Panelists include:
Building and Infrastructure For information on panelists and to register, CLICK HERE

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 12, 2012
Movie Night at PPA: Winged Migration

7 p.m.Pinelands Preservation Alliance 
17 Pemberton Road, Southampton Twp. NJ (Directions)
Open your eyes to the wonders of the natural world as you fly along with the world's most gorgeous birds through areas as remote as the Arctic and the Amazon and as populated as Paris and New York City. See why USA Today found it to be "one of the most beautiful films to come out this year!" Rolling Stone raved that Winged Migration, the critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring documentary, is "A movie miracle! It soars! You feel privileged!" FREE. Donations welcome. Registration required. To register, contact Tom at tomdunn@pinelandsalliance.org or 609 859-8860 ext 14.  

October 15, 2012

Innovative Environmental 
Technology Conference

Presented by The Environmental Business Council

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pines Manor
2085 Route 27 (Lincoln Highway)
Edison, NJ
The theme of this year's event is "evaluating, selecting, deploying and signing off on innovative technologies in the LSRP era". Our opening presentation will feature a panel discussion including an LSRP, an attorney, a responsible party and the DEP discussing what will make them consider, or not consider using an innovative technology on a cleanup site. This should make for very interesting dialogue. The remainder of the day will feature technical presentations on new technologies for soil, sediment and groundwater remediation as well as VI mitigation. Each session will have a wrap up commentary by an LSRP describing when/how they would consider the technologies presented in that session. There is also a poster session and an exhibit hall where you can learn about the latest remediation technologies. Registration

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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
Emerging Roles and Challenges for the State Licensed Site Professionals 

1:30 p.m. to 3: p.m.
RTM Communications, Inc. and Bloomberg BNA invite you to join a distinguished panel to :

  • Unlock the changing regulatory culture, roles and responsibilities of the LSPs
  • Gain insight about the challenges and different approaches LSP programs are taking at sites
  • Determine the extent of authority and liability for remedial investigations, deed restrictions, release reporting and property transfers
  • Learn about how LSPs are dealing with site reopeners and vapor intrusion issues
  • Hear lessons learned from practitioners with boots on the ground 
    Speakers include LSP, LEP LSRP from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. Sign up 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 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

October 23, 2012

Sustainable Jersey Fall Networking event
6:30 pm
Careme's Restaurant
Atlantic Cape Community College Campus
5100 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
For more information: www.acua.com/oct23  or call 609.272.6950

October 25, 2012
Southern New Jersey Development Council Open House Reception
Hosted by Fox Rothschild
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2000 Market Street (20th Floor)
Philadelphia, PA
Registration required. Register here or call 856-228-7500

October 28, 2012
PBCCG CAFO and Hydraulic Fracturing Conference -- Democracy Fractured12
Noon – 6:30 PM (Includes meal)
Holland Union Building (HUB)
28 N. College Street
Carlisle, PA.
Join us as keynote speakers and community leaders address the challenges to PA’s agricultural heritage, from factory farms to Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction and biosolids. We will examine the economics, public health, animal health, environmental impacts, food safety and the influence of powerful well lobbied industries on our farms, economic policy, regulation and democracy. How do we protect ourselves? What happens when state agencies and government fail to protect us? How do we invest in policies that benefit our independent farms and rural communities? How do we sustain our environment and keep local independent farms viable? Participants and topics: Patrick Baron, Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Public Health Implications and Industrialized Animal Production/ Antibiotics and MRSA; Kathy Martin, Environmental Specialist - Community and Environmental Impact of CAFOs and Hydraulic Fracturing of Marcellus Shale; Craig Watts, North Carolina Poultry Contract Farmer - What goes on behind those steel doors? See industrialized animal production through the eyes of a contract farmer; Terry Spence, Missouri Beef Cattle farmer/SRAP Consultant –What is preventing progressive changes to our food system? Subsidies and influence in agribusiness; Charlie Speer, Speer Law Firm – What happens when federal, state and local governments are not doing enough to regulate pollution from industry; Julie Huntsman, Veterinarian and NY Council Woman – Effects on livestock near hydraulic fracturing. What about animal health and food safety;Ron Gulla, Ron tirelessly educates about the effects of industrial gas development on his 141 acre farm in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Marcellus Man of the Year; Terry Greenwood, Beef Cattle farmer in SW PA who will talk about his experience with gas drilling, loss of water source and cattle, and Carol French and Carolyn Knapp, PA dairy farmers and co-founders of Pennsylvania Landowner Group for Awareness and Solutions - How drilling has impacted their family, farms and livestock.  Sponsored by Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens and Socially Responsible Agriculture Project. Please contact Maria Payan by Oct. 21  to reserve a seat - 717 456 5800 payans@zoominternet.net Or mail check to: PBCCG, P.O. Box 307 Delta PA 17314. Student - Requested Donation $10  General Public - Requested Donation $20.

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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
NJ 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 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

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. 

November 15, 2012

GMO Foods--What You Can Do About It
6:30 p.m.
Collingswood Library (Directions)
771 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ
A gathering of citizens interested in initiating action in the community with a goal of restoring our food choice freedom. Together we study the impact of the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are in our food supply, learn how to avoid them, and explore ways to increase awareness about this serious global crisis.
Come join us at the for a GMO-free finger food potluck and recipe swap.  Bringing a dish is optional, but if you do, make sure it is non-GMO and bring copies of the recipe to share!  We will munch and mingle and then move on to our monthly GMO awareness meeting which will feature video maker Dana Master who will present our community video project.  Yes!  We are making a video that will help people see how easy it is to take positive actions towards healthier living, so come with your ideas for becoming more GMO free!
RSVP:  gmofreenj@gmail.com or (856) 869-3592  Learn more:  gmofreenj.com  nogmonj.weebly.com

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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