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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Enviro-Events Calendar for August 7-31, 2013

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

August 7, 2013
Green Drinks Networking Party 
Transitioning To Green and Sustainable Morristown invite you to celebrate Summer
Green Drinks Networking Party on the Patio and at the bar
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hyatt Morristown 

August 8, 2013

Alternative Fuel Workshop
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lock Haven University’s Clearfield Campus

Attendees will learn the benefits of operating fleet vehicles using alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane (LPG).  Speakers will provide information on the growing natural gas fueling infrastructure in Pennsylvania, and how to apply for Alternative Fuel Incentive and Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle grants. Several alternative fuel vehicles and school buses will be available for viewing.Registration is required, and can be completed by contacting Teresa Willey at DEP’s Meadville Regional Office, 814-332-6816, or by email – twilley@pa.govFor information on natural gas vehicles, visit and click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button.

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August 8, 2013

August 10, 2013
Weed Patrol
9:30 a.m.  to 12 noon
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Visitor Center
1635 River Road
New Hope, Pa.
Join Grounds Manager Sebastian Brown and the Preserve’s Weed Patrol volunteers to learn about and remove invasive plant species. Your efforts will contribute to our goal of controlling invasive plant species on our grounds. Tools and supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is suggested. For more information about programs at the Preserve, call (215) 862-2924, visit, or email

August 13, 2013
Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Technology Workshop 

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Henry Student Center of Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pa.
The state Department of Environmental Protection, along with its partners at Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities, will hold a free workshop  for government, private and public fleet managers, municipalities, colleges, universities and other parties interested in learning more about alternative fuel vehicles and related technology.  Attendees will learn how natural gas technologies are helping to move Pennsylvania away from the use of imported petroleum fuels toward home-grown, environmentally friendly alternatives.  Attendees will be able to view natural gas vehicles following the workshop and networking luncheon. The deadline to register for this workshop is Aug. 6.  Registration information is available on the DEP website. and click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button. 
Patrons requesting accommodations or services at Wilkes University or Wilkes University-sponsored events in accordance with The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III: Public Accommodations are asked to contact the University at 1-800-Wilkes-U to request such services/accommodations. It is recommended that requests be made at least 48 hours prior to any event.

August 14, 2013

Transitioning to Green Careers™ World of Possibilities Forum
9 a.m. -5 p.m.     
Hartman Lounge

Hennessy Hall, 
Fairleigh Dickinson University's Madison Campus
Register Here 

August 15, 2013
PADEP Public Hearing on Coal Waste Impoundment Closure Plan

6 p.m. - Open House
7 p.m. - Public Hearing
Hookstown Volunteer Fire Department Hall
120 Silver Slipper Road

Hookstown, Pa
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will hold an open house and public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 15, to answer questions and accept testimony regarding a proposal for the closure of the Little Blue Run Impoundment in Greene Township, Beaver County. First Energy Generation LLC is proposing to revise its Solid Waste Management permit for the facility. The 976-acre Little Blue Run Impoundment is located south of the Ohio River on the Pennsylvania/West Virginia border and is used for the disposal of coal combustion waste from the Bruce Mansfield power plant operated by First Energy. More information here  

August 15, 2013

GMO Free NJ Meeting 
7 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
CollingswoodNJ 08108
Enjoy a screening of the beautifully filmed documentary Deconstructing Supper, directed by Marianne Kaplan. In under an hour this little gem of a film takes us from a five star gourmet restaurant in Canada, to genetic engineering labs, down supermarket aisles, to farms across North America and India and back again. This thought provoking look at food production in the age of GMOs and industrial agriculture is informative and startling. Free organic popcorn. After the movie GMO free NJ members will be on hand to answer questions and lead discussion. Film is 47 minutes long and is appropriate for children. Bring a friend. Learn more at or call 856-869-3592

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August 17, 2013
Forum on Northeast New Jersey Environmental Sustainability
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ramapough Lenape Nation Community Center
189 Stag Hill Road, Mahwah NJ 07430.
The Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc. (MEVO) will host a forum for representatives from various environmental groups in Northeast New Jersey that have a focus on local volunteer work to meet, collaborate with, and develop long-term, inter-organizational partnerships! This collaboration will enable us to more effectively achieve our goals and to create a larger environmental movement in Northeast New Jersey! The event was previously planned for July 28, but has been postponed to August 17 to publicize it even more and to get even more organizations attending! Representatives of organizations who attend will collaborate with one another on how their organizations can work together on future projects by sharing resources such as specific skills or knowledge, contact information of individuals or organizations that may want to provide assistance, strategies in getting more people engaged, their own ability to volunteer, and everything else! Please come prepared to talk about your organization's mission and talk to other organizations about how you can work with them collaboratively in the future. Light refreshments will be provided by local food organizations from the Bergen County area. Please RSVP to Kyle Van Dyke at 201-312-7053 or by email at for your organization to attend. Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization, Inc. (MEVO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental volunteer organization based in Mahwah, New Jersey that is organized around the goals of service, sustainability, and environment. MEVO carries out volunteer events that engage local high school and college students to clean up trash, plant trees, restore and manage hiking trails, and build and maintain community gardens. More information about MEVO can be found at

August 17, 2013
Your Plant Deserves a Chance, Ask a Master Gardener
Master Gardeners of Camden County 2013 Plant Clinics
9 a.m. - Noon
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard

Cherry Hill, NJ

Residents are invited to stop by with garden questions, sick plants, bug-eaten leaves and flowers, insects and for some friendly and helpful conversation.

August  20, 2013
Webinar: Aerated Static Pile Composting
Sponsored by Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Presenter: Peter Moon, P.E., President/Principal Engineer, Price-Moon Enterprises, Inc./02 Compost Systems. This webinar focuses on expanding beyond the basics of leaf and yard waste composting into food residuals, manures, biosolids and other challenging materials.  It will also discuss how a turned windrow system is converted to an aerated static pile system to improve operating efficiencies, reduce off-site impacts from odors and dramatically increase processing capacity.  In addition, this webinar provides an excellent opportunity to better understand ASP Composting as an emerging technology to decrease emissions of volatile organic compounds, ammonia and greenhouse gases. Learn more about our presenter here REGISTER NOW! Click Here. 


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August 20-22, 2013

Eastern Regional Meeting - Society for Petroleum Engineers of PA
Pittsburgh, Pa
Over the past 5 years since the last ERM was held in Pittsburgh the basin has grown considerably to accommodate the explosion of the Marcellus shale and more recently, its older brother, the Utica shale. The result of this is the rich legacy of experience that was already present in the basin is now armed with access to and the application for the latest technology for oil and gas field development. This has shifted our basin from being a mere ‘user’ of technology to being a true ‘developer’ of technology. We have also seen the industry embrace the added environmental challenges of the area and work through solutions that benefit the communities in which we operate. The theme of the 2013 Eastern Regional Meeting is appropriately named “Bridging Experience with Technology” and Pittsburgh will be the perfect venue to share these realized successes to others in the basin and to showcase them to those operating in similar unconventional basins outside of the area. More information

August 22, 2013
Extending the Growing Season
Rutgers Master Gardener Association of 
Camden County 2013 Homeowners’ Series
6:30 p.m. - Sign-in
7 p.m. - Program starts promptly
Camden County Environmental Center
1301 Park Boulevard
Cherry HillNJ 08003
Speaker Jan Zientek will address: How to Get a Longer Growing Season; Increase Your Harvest of Vegetables and Herbs; Use of Late Seed Planting, Cold Frames and Hoops, and Which Vegetables and Herbs “Winter-Over.” Zientak is the Senior Program Coordinator of Rutgers Urban Gardening Program, Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County and Acting Agricultural Agent. Advance registration requested. For more information, call 856-216-7130, email or go to the website: Click on “lawn and garden”

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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

September 8, 2013Nature 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.

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 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 16-17, 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 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 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"s 11th Annual Awards Dinner & Gala

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ
Keynote Speaker & Honoree: Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker

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 

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October  18, 2013

EIA 2013 Fall Technical Seminar
Hyatt 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.

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 here.
Click 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. 
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