Sunday, December 9, 2012

Enviro-Events Calendar for December 9-31, 2012

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

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December 9, 2012
Schuylkill Center’s Winterfest Offers “Green” Holiday Shopping 
2 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19128 Celebrate the holiday season in tune with nature at the Schuylkill Center’s Winterfest.  Enjoy winter walks, holiday shopping from local eco-artists, craft workshops, stargazing and WXPN’s “Kids Corner” guests. Shop for unique gifts from over 25 local eco-artists and crafters, or make your own at one of several craft workshops.  Meet “Kids Corner” host Kathy O’Connell and naturalist and author Jane Kirkland.  Practice some kitchen chemistry with Dr. Lisa Chirlian, take a winter walk in the woods, or learn about the night sky from the Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts.  Grab a warm drink or delicious treat from Ants Pants Café and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, or roast your own marshmallows on the campfire. There’s something for all ages, so dress warmly, grab your holiday gift list, and come celebrate the season and the beauty of nature at the Schuylkill Center. Cost: $5.00 suggested donation; individual craft workshops may have an additional materials fee. About the Schuylkill Center Founded in 1965, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country.  It encompasses over 340 acres of privately held land in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia.  SCEE’s mission is to promote the preservation and improvement of our natural environment through education, outreach and the conservation of its land. 


New Jersey Audubon’s Plainsboro Preserve

Welcome to the New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Field Trips for interested learners. Each Field Trip is designed for adults and focused family members to explore one of the natural areas of New Jersey. We provide a highly trained environmental educator for each of our field trips. Join us and build memories that will last a lifetime while exploring a deeper connection with the natural world. All the trips involve moderate exercise and each participant should bring basic necessities such as water, sunscreen, snack and appropriate clothing. We prefer ten-day pre-registration and advanced payment of $10 for NJA members or $15 for nonmembers for all trips (unless otherwise noted). No refunds are made unless we cancel the trip. Field trips meet at or near the trip locations; directions and information are available at: size is limited and a minimum number of participants are necessary. To register call (609) 897-9400 E-mail:

December  10-12, 2012
Marketplace Meets Brownfields
Doubletree Hotel
Monroeville, Pa

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, invites community leaders, industry professionals and other interested stakeholders to a statewide brownfields conference. The event was originally scheduled for Oct. 29-31, but was postponed because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy. DEP’s Deputy Secretary for Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation, Vince Brisini, will serve as master of ceremonies. Alisa Harris, DEP’s Special Deputy Secretary for External Affairs, will moderate a brownfields best practices panel. Previously, DEP and the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania held separate statewide conferences that appealed to the same audience. This is the first year the organizations have worked together on the conference, which uses an advisory panel of industry experts to develop conference content. They plan to hold the event in a different region of the state each year. The theme of this year’s conference, “Marketplace Meets Brownfields,” will highlight current redevelopment topics, including the popular Extreme Makeover competition; mobile workshops; a video showcase of success stories; and technical updates on market trends and treatment options. There will be a tiered track of courses available to provide continuing education credits for economic development agency personnel, local government organizations, planners, real estate professionals and engineering professionals. Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment or re-use are jeopardized because of the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Pennsylvania’s approach to brownfields redevelopment has proven to be a national model for transforming abandoned, idled properties into places of economic opportunity. For more information and to register or display an exhibit, contact the conference manager at 412-261-0710, ext. 11, or via email

December 11, 2012
Pennsylvania DEP's Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board 
10 a.m.
Conference Room 5ABC
Forum Place
555 Walnut St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101 (formal notice)
Questions concerning the meeting can be directed to Kurt Klapkowski, (717) 772-2199 or This schedule, agenda for the meeting and notices of meeting changes will be available through the Public Participation Center on the Department of Environmental Protection's web site 

December 12, 2012

The Winds of Change
6: 30 p.m.
McCosh Hall - Room 46
Princeton University
How can we curb climate change and avoid destructive weather events like Hurricane Sandy in the future? Join the Sierra Club and Princeton University's SURGE to answer those pressing questions and more. We'll begin with a screening of the riveting documentary Cape Spin, about the trials and tribulations of the Massachusetts offshore wind project. Following the film will be a panel discussion featuring leaders in our clean energy future. Featured panelists are: Former Gov. James Florio, Research Meteorologist Tom Knutson, Offshore MW CEO, Peter Giller, Cape Spin filmmaker, Robbie Gemmel, Former Sierra Club president, Robin Mann. Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief.


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December 14, 2012
Susquehanna River Basin Commission 
8:30 a.m.
Lowe House Office Building,
House of Delegates, Annapolis, MD.   (formal notice) 
The business meeting will include actions or presentations on the following items: (1) presentation on eel collection, stocking and research by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (2) presentation recognizing former alternate Commissioner Herbert Sachs; (3) resolution concerning Fiscal Year 2014 Federal funding of the Susquehanna Flood Forecast and Warning System and National Stream flow Information Program; (4) Low Flow Protection Policy; (5) proposed rule-making  (6) ratification/approval of grants; (7) administrative appeal filed by East Hempfield Township Municipal Authority; and (8) Regulatory Program projects. Projects listed for Commission action are those that were the subject of a public hearing conducted by the Commission on November 15, 2012, and identified in the notice for the hearing, which was published in 77 FR 64576, October 22, 2012.

December 18, 212
Dirt! The Movie                

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard
Cherry Hill, NJ

Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.  One teaspoon of dirt contains a billion organisms working in remarkable balance to maintain and sustain a series of complex, thriving communities that impact our daily lives. The film takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to, An eclectic group of participants ranging from biologists to prisoners incarcerated on Rikers Island offer answers to problems and inspire us to clean up the mess that we created.  Following the film, an informal discussion will be lead by Master Gardeners, Beth Glenn and Gwenne Baile, along with members of the SCH Garden Task Force. This event is FREE but registration is required here.  Hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill's Garden Task Force and Camden County 

December 19, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Recover and Rebuild Seminar
Sponsored by the American Littoral Society
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brick Township Municipal Courtroom
Main Level
401 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, NJ 08723
Get up-to-date information about how to navigate the recovery process for your business, municipality, or home and how to be better prepared in the future. Visitor parking available - light refreshments will be served. This event is free but registration is required. Register  Download Itinerary

December 19, 2012
Keys for Optimizing Large Scale Solar Thermal Systems

Monthly Meeting of thee New Jersey Association of Energy Engineers
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Metuchen Country Club
244 Plainfield Road, Edison, NJ 08820
Presenter: Michael DiPaolo, President Ritter Group USA         
The presentation will begin with a brief update on where we are today with Solar PV but the main focus will be on Solar Thermal. Renewable energy – energy from wind, sun and geothermal – has received a lot of attention as of late. There is another value to solar energy other than electricity – thermal. Solar thermal energy has a broader application than just in sunny regions, only in the summer or at low temperatures. 
Mr. DiPaolo will discuss the science of solar thermal energy; review the power performance of solar collectors; discuss design techniques of solar thermal systems and applications and explain the economics of solar thermal energy. More information here

December 19, 2012
Moonlight Walk in the Pines

7 p.m.
General Store
Whitesbog, NJ
Whitesbog Preservation Trust (WPT) will host a moonlight walk at Historic Whitesbog on Saturday, December 19, at 7 PM.  By the soft glow of moonlight, walk through the dark, mysterious pines, along white sugar sand roads, to the shimmering cranberry bogs. Except for the wind whispering in the pines, winter is very quiet and serene. The leader will offer stories of the people who built Whitesbog, the local “Piney” folk, and the more recent American immigrants, all of whom worked here to make it one of the most successful agricultural enterprises in New Jersey. The Moonlight Walks were featured as one of the “Best of South Jersey” attractions by SJ Magazine, and have been referred to as “almost magical” in the Philadelphia InquirerGuests should be prepared for a relatively vigorous walk, are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring everything that may be needed for a winter hike: sturdy shoes, extra scarf, and a flashlight.  Light refreshments will be served after the walk.  Inclement weather cancels.  Fee is $5 per person.  Reservations by Friday, December 18 are required:  leave name, telephone number and number of people attending on main voicemail, (609) 893-4646, or email to  Visit for more information about moonlight walks and other upcoming events. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in its tireless efforts to restore and protect Historic Whitesbog Village and its surrounding lands. Whitesbog Village is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530 in Browns Mills (Pemberton Township), NJ.  To find out information and directions: telephone (609) 893-4646, email or visit website

December 20, 2012
Creating a GMO-Free Holiday 
6:30 p,.m. (Cookie Exchange)
7 p.m. (Discussion)
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Ave,
Collingswood, NJ
A coalition of GMO awareness-action groups meets to explore ways to avoid the genetically modified organisms that are in our food supply. Participation in the cookie swap is optional--bring a batch of your favorite non-GMO cookies to share and leave with a variety pack!  From 7-8pm we'll discuss  creating a GMO free holiday, the latest on GMO labeling legislation and other projects. There will be plenty of time to mix and mingle.  Free and open to the public.  RSVP:  Learn more: and 

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December 28, 2012
EPA Lead RRP Lead Safe Course

8 11 a.m. (PST)
Environmental Solutions Association
428 Pine St
Williamsport, PA 17701

Fee: $250 
Information and Registration

January 4, 2013
New Jersey Chapter of Professional Women in Construction 
Contact Exchange Forum

Uno Chicago Grill
Clifton Riverfront Center
426 Rt. 3 West
Clifton, NJ 07014

Our last meeting launched some new strategic alliances and we look forward to sharing these success stories with the members in the near future.  Please contact Dawn Johnson with any questions at 
862-228-8272 or email her at

January 17, 2012

GMO action-awareness meeting 
7-8 p.m.
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ
Restore food choice freedom!Join us as sustainable living and local food writer Allie Pope Burger discusses sourcing fresh, organic foods throughout the season.
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January 26-27, 2013

January 30, 2013

Rutgers University Course - Environmental Funding
Course Code: EN0502CA13
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick
More information here 
This one-day seminar will introduce strategies to fund environmental remediation, economic development and renewable energy projects. Funding opportunity mechanisms to be discussed include: state and federal grants, private financing resources, PILOTs, and incentives for solar projects. Participants will have ample opportunity to present specific concerns to speakers throughout the day.
Seminar Topics:
  • Financing Deals: Public-Private Partnerships
  • The State of Environmental Lending
  • In-Kind Services
  • Federal Funds for Economic Development and Federal Interagency Cooperation
  • NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust
  • UST Petroleum Closure, Upgrade and Remediation Fund
  • Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund
  • Remediation Trusts
  • NJEDA Financing Programs
  • Brownfield Coalition

March 24-27, 2013
EIA 2013 National Conference & Exhibition
Compliance + Enforcement = Prevention: A Capital IdeaHyatt Regency
Crystal City (Washington, D.C.)
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