Sunday, August 25, 2013

Enviro-Events Calendar for Aug. 25-31, 2013

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

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August 28, 2013
Site Remediation Practitioner's Forum
CIANJ's Environmental Business Council
Whitman7 Pleasant Hill Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512
The Practitioners' Forum is an opportunity for a small group of New Jersey site remediation practitioners to meet on a bi-monthly basis and discuss topics of interest, practice pointers, and other technical and regulatory issues as identified by the attendees. Meetings will be held at different locations throughout the state and capped at 25 attendees, in order to make it valuable for all those in attendance. **Only one attendee per company.** ModeratorsJeffery Cappola, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.  and Neil Rivers, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services.

August 28, 2013

GRI G4 Materiality Aligns Sustainability Reporting and Strategy
2 p.m.- 3  p.m.
Free Webinar! All are welcome
The recently released GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines emphasize the importance of the Materiality Principle. A key goal of these GRI Guidelines is to make sustainability reports more meaningful and more relevant, with a greater focus on materiality - those issues or aspects that are really important to the organization, valued by stakeholders, and reflecting the organization’s economic, environmental and social impacts. In this free webinar, we'll present an overview of the GRI G4 Guidelines, describe the Materiality Principle in detail and explore the process with actual organizational case studies. How do you identify your organization’s Material Aspects?  Ideally, the selection of Material Aspects for reporting requires a collaborative discussion among different individuals that possess deep knowledge of these areas. Ultimately what an organization reports should align with its strategy, performance metrics and goals. Our presenter will be Danny Wong, DrPH, is a Sr. Program Director with Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc and leader of our Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability practice; he is located in our Los Angeles, CA, office. Danny will describe Avery Dennison’s sustainability program and reporting process, and also compare the journey of two other STC clients toward material sustainability reporting. Learn more about our presenter here.
Registration details are available on STC’s website

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September 3, 2913

Sustainable Jersey City Experts Talk Series
Water and the Urban Landscape: Greener, Energy Efficient Buildings and Water With Kai Olsen Sawyer of the GRACE Communications Foundation 
6:30 p.m.
Indiegrove Coworking Space
121 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302Register here.
More information here.

September 6, 2013
Marcellus and Natural Gas End Use Planning and Implementation Summit
PA Association of Environmental Professionals
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For more information, contact: Eric Rosina, Manager - Environmental Services, ACT Engineers, Inc. WBE, 1 Washington Blvd. Suite 3, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 T: 609-918-0200 x 230

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September 7, 2013
Hike the Red Trail at the Franklin Parker Preserve

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Join Russell Juelg of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation for a hike on the 6-mile Red Trail at the Franklin Parker Preserve. It provides access to Cedar Swamps and Hardwood Swamps, and traverses Pitch Pine Lowlands and Pine/Scrub Oak Forests. The pace will be leisurely, with plenty of stops along the way. Pack a lunch and plenty of water. A joint program between the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the NJ Conservation Foundation. Cost is $15/person.  Registration required, call Tom at 609-859-8860 x14 or register online here.

September 8, 2013

Greenfest Philly
10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Headhouse Square
2nd and South Streets
Philadelphia, Pa
Greenfest Philly is the largest, free environmental festival in the Philadelphia area.  With over 100 exhibitors and vendors, Greenfest is the place to learn about living sustainably while having fun!  This event has something for everyone: Local green wares, green food trucks (see, sustainable beer garden, live local music, eco-demonstrations, kid-friendly activities…AND MORE! Check our website for our ever-updated exhibitor list.

September 8, 2013

Nature Uncorked!  A River Again: A Riverside Discussion
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
7:30 p.m.
(Special location: 3 River Road, Roxborough, Philadelphia
Enjoy an evening of wine and cheese and great conversation.  The Schuylkill River was once the nation's dirtiest river, writes Chari Towne in her new book, A River Again. Philadelphians mockingly dismissed their drinking water as "Schuylkill punch."  Well, the river may have the last laugh, as it is now much cleaner than it was only 50 years ago.  In a lovely outdoor riverside setting, Chari, a Schuylkill watershed specialist with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, shares the story of the pioneering effort begun in 1948 to change the course of the river's ecology.  Chari's book will be available for sale.  Cost: $18 (Schuylkill Center members receive discounted admission)  Registration required. Call 215-482-7300 x 110.


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September 10, 2013

Nature’s Palette for Papermaking

7 p.m.
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill
NJ 08002

Winnie Radolan will be the presenter at the Horticultural Society of South Jersey monthly meeting which is free and open to the public. At the end of the growing season, our gardens provide us with a wealth of plant materials which can be processed into papermaking fibers, useful for creating beautiful handmade papers. Iris and day lily leaves and other plant materials can be made into beautifully textured and colored papers. Winnie started her career in papermaking in 1989 at the site of America’s first paper mill, RittenhouseTown back in 1989.  She teaches at the University of the Arts in Pa.  Her works are exhibited and in private collections around the world.  For more information, go to the  website.  

September 10, 2013 
Legal and Insurance Lessons Learned From Major Catastrophic Events
8 a.m.
TKP Conference Center
109 West 39th Street (Between 6th and Broadway)
New York, NY 
Hosted by Marsh and K&L Gates. Join Marsh and K&L Gates for a complimentary one-day seminar at which our experts will discuss important topics from both a legal and risk management perspective to better prepare you for managing the risks associated with catastrophic events. We will cover: Lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy and the World Trade Center Disaster; Contractor default insurance and claim management techniques; Optimizing post-disaster claim recovery. and project risk management techniques to reduce the likelihood and impact of cost overruns and schedule delays. Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Sessions: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Cocktail Reception: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. A complimentary lunch and cocktail reception will be included with your registration.  *Important Note -- Due to construction taking place next to the TKP New York Conference Center, the entrance to 109 West 39th Street is not easily visible. An alternate entrance is 104 West 40th Street (between 6th & Broadway). Once inside the main lobby, take the elevators to the 2nd floor. Registration check-in will be to your right. To RSVP, please click here for registration form, contact Ale Muzika or visit our event page

September 10, 2013
Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
New Brunswick, NJ
If You Work on USTs, You Need This Course! Whether you are becoming certified for the first time or just need to recertify, you will get the regulatory information you need to stay current with New Jersey’s UST requirements and help your clients or employer avoid potential penalty liability. More information

September 12, 2013
NJ's LSRP Program - A Year Later
PlanSmart NJ Continental Breakfast and Policy Briefing
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
The full Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program has just past its one year anniversary. The program was purported by the NJDEP to streamline the remediation of contaminated sitesy. What has it accomplished? What are the impacts on redeveloping the urban areas of New Jersey? What are the pros and cons of the program? What does the future hold? Join PlanSmart NJ for a Policy Briefing to learn more. PlanSmart NJ Member: $45; Non-profit/Government: $55; Non-member $65. Register here. Contact Ann Brady, or 609-393-9434 with any questions. Sponsorship Opportunities    

September 12-13, 2013
YOUNG 2013 Conference & Expo
The third annual Youngstown, Ohio Utica and Natural Gas Conference & Expo, or YOUNG — Ohio’s premier B2B Utica Shale forum — will be held in Youngstown Sept. 12 and 13. Building on the growth and high standards of our first two conferences, YOUNG 2013 will be an interactive forum where your company can meet with the industry leaders and businesses that are developing and processing the rich Utica Shale gases and liquids. As the Mahoning Valley is the supply chain hub for both the Utica and Marcellus plays, YOUNG exhibition space is going fast. Be sure to reserve your exhibit space and make your reservations quickly More information here

September 13, 2013

Mercer Employer Legislative Committee
Noon to 1 p.m.
Marsilio's Kitchen
Ewing, NJ
Our featured speaker will be Assemblyman Dan Benson, 14th District. Christine Stearns from  NJBIA will also give an update on Legislative happenings in Trenton. Luncheon cost: $35. If you make a reservation and are then unable to attend, please call (609)689-9960 ext. 11, 48 hours in advance in order to avoid being charged. RSVP by email;, or call (609) 689-9960 ext. 11,  by September 5 so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Checks should be made payable to "MERCER ELC" and sent to : Liz Tindall, Mercer ELC Vice Chair, c/o MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce, 1A Quakerbridge Plaza Drive, Suite 2, Hamilton, NJ  08619 

September 16, 2013

CIANJ’s Fall Environmental Conference
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Pines Manor
Edison NJ. 
Meet the incoming and current leadership at the Department of Environmental Protection.  They will discuss the departments programs, including site remediation, water quality, air quality and enforcement, to name a few.  Participants will learn about upcoming rules and initiatives impacting the regulated community.  This conference will be a must attend for all environmental professionals!  Sponsorship opportunities available for this event! To view the day’s tentative agenda please click here. To register for this event please click here.  

September 16-17, 2013
Rutgers University
Bordentown, NJ
$695.00  Register
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Check-in time first day: 8a.m.)
Calculation of the amount, depth, duration, and timing of water anticipated in a constructed wetland is an essential element for preparing functional wetland designs. The single biggest mistake in botched wetland construction projects is failure to understand the amount and seasonal distribution of water over time. Learn about depth, duration and timing of water, and how to calculate and anticipate hydrologic patterns before your wetland is constructed! More information

September 22, 2013
USGBC NJ’s 1st Annual Tour de Farm NJ

Ride with Us: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Springs Country Club, 3621 State Rt. 94, Hamburg, NJ
(to Fair Acres / Kittatinny Mountain Farm, Sussex, NJ)
Eat with Us: 12:00 noon- 5:00 p.m.
Fair Acres / Kittatinny Mountain Farm, 1339 State Rt. 23, Sussex, NJ.
The 1st annual Tour de Farm, NJ is a 5-day, 400 mile, cycling tour of New Jersey’s farms. A dozen passionate cyclists will zigzag the Garden State from Cape May to High Point stopping at 20 farms throughout their journey. These cyclists will be sustained solely by the food grown on the farms. The final day of the Tour is for public participation as hundreds of cyclists join the ride ($25 registration). This final leg of the Tour de Farm NJ concludes with a fabulous Farm-to-Fork Celebration at the finish line. Ride with us, eat with us, or both. Early registration for the Farm-to-Fork is $50 a person until 8/15/2013. Farm-to-Fork is $100 per person from 8/16/2013-9/22/2013. (The fee to join the last leg of the Ride is $25, regardless of date.), or call (973) 290-0013.

September 23-24. 2013

Rutgers: Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation – Southern NJ
Millville and Waretown, NJ
Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species. This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors. 

September 28, 2013

Fall Bird Seed and Native Plant Sale
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128Plant sale runs 9:00 am – 2:00 pm; Seed sale runs 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Replenish your garden with berry-producing trees and shrubs and fall-blooming wildflowers—all perfect for migrating birds and insects.  Save on quality bird seed, seed mixes and suet.  Members receive 20% off seed and 10% off plants; non-members receive 10% off seed.  Ensure you get the quantity of bird seed you need: order in advance.  Email or call 215-482-7300 x 127 by Sep, 20. Free

September 29, 2013

Blue Banyan Yoga Retreat
9 a.m. – 12:00 pm 
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
The change in seasons can produce profound effects on our bodies and psyches.  Tune into nature's flow and rebalance your body and mind with this special yoga retreat.  Sophie Simpson, founder of Blue Banyan Yoga in Mt. Airy, guides you through three hours of Asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (breath work) and mental quieting—all outdoors amid the beauty of nature.  Cost: $40 (Schuylkill Center members receive discounted admission)  Registration required. Call 215-482-7300 x 110.

October 3, 2013

8th Annual Meigs Awards: Celebrating Leadership
7:30 p.m.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
Join us for a special evening celebrating our present success and future promise.  Over a coffee and dessert reception, we'll present the 2013 Henry Meigs Awards for Environmental Leadership and our annual Volunteer Service Awards.  Then, Executive Director Mike Weilbacher will unveil our new Master Plan, highlighting our exciting goals for the future as we look toward our 50th anniversary in 2015. FreeFor information or to register, call 215-482-7300 x 110.

October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2013 (4 consecutive Thursday evenings)
ArcGIS: IntroductionRutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Test out your GIS knowledge and skill with hands-on GIS software application! With a focus on layout and core functionality, this 12-hour evening course offers an overview of ArcGIS components, basic display and map querying functions, metadata browsing and file management, basic analysis techniques, and map layout. Increase your software proficiency with practical, in-class exercises!  

October 5, 2013
A Writing Retreat in the Woods
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
Let nature be your muse.  Gather inspiration along our trails while you hone your craft with workshops presented by experienced, published teachers from Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts.  Explore nature journaling, outdoor flash fiction, poetry, bookmaking with branches, and more.  Novice and experienced writers welcome. Cost:  $50 Register by Sept. 5 to receive $5 off! (Schuylkill Center members receive discounted admission)  Registration required.Call 215-482-7300 x 110.

October 9, 2013
US Green Building Council – NJ Chapter's 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner

5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
The USGBC NJ’s Annual Gala is the networking event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals in the tri-state area.  Each year USGBC NJ recognizes and presents Gala Awards to companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in green building and sustainability. The award categories are: Suburban Green Project; Urban Green Project; Not for Profit Green Project; and Student Project. In addition, the USGBC NJ Award Committee will also select a Municipal Honoree and a Corporate Honoree. (Nomination forms are due Aug. 15th.) Visit our website for information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities. Gala Award Guidelines and Nomination Application can also be found online:, or call (973) 290-0013.

October 12, 2013

Artist Reception — Sarah Kaizar: In Danger and Stacy Levy: Rain Yard
4 p.m.– 6 p.m.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
Stacy Levy's Rain Yard is an interactive artwork and rain garden now on permanent display in the Schuylkill Center’s Discovery Garden.  This innovative artwork serves both a practical function—mitigating stormwater runoff from our building—and an interpretive function—highlighting the critical role that soil and plants play in the water cycle. There are currently 454 animal species on the U.S. endangered species list.  Artist Sarah Kaizar showcases many of them with In Danger, a stunning collection of pen and ink drawings.  Her delicate renderings capture the animals' wide range of forms, patterns, textures and personalities, highlighting both their beauty and vulnerability. In Danger will be on view in the Schuylkill Center’s gallery October 3 –January 4. Free admission

October 16, 2013
ANJR Annual Recycling Symposium & Luncheon
Jumping Brook Country Club
Neptune, NJ

October 16-17, 2013

New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management annual conference 
The Revel

Atlantic City
It's the premier floodplain management conference in the Northeast. With more than 40 speakers and several hundred participants, this is the conference that regional floodplain managers from the public and private sector plan to attend. In addition, many consulting firms and product vendors associated with floodplain management attend as well.The annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, geology, planning, code enforcement, floodplain management and emergency management to participate in Plenary Sessions and concurrent sessions on a broad range of relevant topics. The NJAFM conference also includes a number of training opportunities and networking events. Visit the NJAFM Annual Conference webpage for more information on conference registration, abstract submissions, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, Local Official and Student scholarships, and more! To register for the conference, click here. Register by July 31 to get the early-bird discount!!

October 16- 18, 2013

2013 Paper Recycling Conference 
Chicago, Il
Check out the entire program by clicking here or by visiting

October 16-19, 2013
Rutgers: Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
Basking Ridge and Cream Ridge, NJ
Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.  More information:


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October 17, 2013

Rutgers: Environmental Forensics
Sayreville, NJ
Environmental forensics is a multidisciplinary field with the goal of understanding how and when contamination occurred, as well as who is responsible for the pollution. Environmental forensics investigations may involve identifying and apportioning responsibility among multiple parties, age-dating releases and/or determining exactly how a release occurred with reference to insurance or other contractual issues.

October 17, 2013

Rutgers: Introduction to Wetland Identification
Basking Ridge, NJ
In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn: Why wetlands are important; How they differ; What indicators are used for wetland identification, and What about current regulations in New Jersey 

October  18, 2013

EIA 2013 Fall Technical SeminarHyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
The Environmental Information Association is excited to be holding the 2013 Fall Technical Seminar in San Antonio! With a spectacular location directly on the River Walk that over looks the historic Alamo mission, the Hyatt Regency San Antonio offers luxurious accommodations at our special EIA conference rate! The downtown location features genuine Texas hospitality and a prime location in the heart of the River Walk, for our EIA San Antonio, TX adventure. Information and Registration

October 23, 2013 
An Evening with "Morning Joe" Scarborough
Pines Manor
Edison, NJ
See What Morning Joe Brews Up  
Reception and Hors d'oeuvres: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
"An evening with Morning Joe": 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. 
Special Sponsor Reception 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (invitation only)
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

October 25-26, 2013

Halloween Hikes & Hayrides
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128
Take a magical walk through woods aglow with jack-o-lanterns, where you'll meet friendly talking animals eager to share their nocturnal ways.  Enjoy a hayride along a woodland road, a campfire, s'mores, and pumpkin painting, too.  Don't miss this unique family-favorite—a Schuylkill Center tradition.  $10/person (Hayride included) $40 max per family (Schuylkill Center members receive discounted admission)
Best to reserve a hike time in advance: 215-482-7300 x110.

October 29, 2013

Nature Uncorked!  Strange and Scary Animals: A Halloween Special
7:30 p.m.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA  19128It's the season of all things ghoulish. We'll uncork a bottle of wine and share the weirdly wonderful stories of scary animals and plants: the lethal weed that killed Abe Lincoln's mother, the truth behind vampire bats, a massive wasp that feeds on—gulp!—tarantulas, and the world's deadliest animal.  You'll also meet two very Halloween-ish characters—a vulture and a great horned owl—live and in person.  It's a special adults-only celebration of that master of the macabre, Mother Nature. Cost: $18   (Schuylkill Center members receive discounted admission)  Registration required. Call 215-482-7300 x 110.

Nov 7, 14, 21 and Dec 5, 2013  (4 consecutive Thursday evenings)
ArcGIS: Editing and Data Development

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
If you have completed the ArcGIS: Introduction course or if you are familiar with the toolbars and basic functions of Arc Map and Arc Catalog, you are qualified to take this course. This course will guide you through real world editing tasks and data management processes that are vital for intermediate GIS users to know. More information:

November 14, 2013
PlanSmart NJ's 45th Annual Dinner and Awards
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Heldrich,
New Brunswick, NJ  

Please join us in congratulating this year's award recipients. For more information click hereClick here for Sponsorship Opportunities. 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. 

November 14-15, 2013
Rutgers: Lake Management
Nov 14-15, 2013
Hillsborough, NJ
Whether you are a lake manager or a lake resident, an ecologist or an engineer, this popular two-day course is for you. From small ponds to large lakes, drinking water reservoirs to fishing lakes, if you want your lake and watershed management efforts to be successful you need a technically sound foundation. This course will give you the training needed to properly investigate and diagnose lake quality problems and to develop and implement cost-effective, restoration measures. More information here 

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