Saturday, October 12, 2013

Enviro-Events Calendar for October 12, 2013

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

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October 12, 2013

NOFA-NJ Open House at Incubator Farm
10 a.m. to  4 p.m.
Duke Farms

1112 Duke Parkway West

Hillsborough, NJ 
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) hosts it’s Second Annual OPEN HOUSE at The Center for Working Lands Beginner Farmer Incubator, a farm training program for new farmers. NOFA-NJ is opening its doors to the public to host a farm education day on our farm! 
The OPEN HOUSE will cover many components of gardening and farming for beginner gardeners, homesteaders and farmers including seed starting, poultry processing, food preservation, Permaculture design, quail raising, making your own herb salves and more!! Classes will be held every half hour and will include some farm animals, field walks, and a tour of the farm. The event will be held at Duke Farms, 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ -  the location of new incubator farm. The event is free and open to the public. Please park in designated areas. Leave time to visit Duke Farms and have lunch at the Garden Café at the Duke Farms Orientation Center! For more information on the Beginner Farmer Program, along with other NOFA NJ programs and events, please visit the NOFA-NJ Website at Incubator Farm is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30739.

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 12, 2013
International Observe the Moon Night
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
ChesLen Preserve

1199 Cannery Road
Unionville, PA 
Join Delaware Astronomical Society and Natural Lands Trust for International Observe the Moon Night! Get to know our nearest celestial neighbor through presentations on the moon’s origin, phases, and surface. Then head outdoors to observe the moon’s most fascinating features with Delaware Astronomical Society’s expert astronomers. You’ll discover features of the moon including globular clusters, nebulae, supernova remnants and more. 
This event is FREE and pre-registration is not required. Learn more... 


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October 15, 2013

Celebrating 30th Anniversary of NJ's Farmland Preservation Program


Urban Farm
221 Ogden Station Road
West Deptford, NJ 08086 

Senate President Stephen Sweeney will join NJ Keep It Green, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the New Jersey Farm Bureau in celebrating the 30th anniversary of New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation program at a special event at Urban Farm in West Deptford, Gloucester County. New Jersey’s highly successful Farmland Preservation Program, administered by the State Agricultural Development Committee, has permanently protected more than 200,000 acres since 1983. The event will celebrate the state’s legacy of farmland preservation, highlight the additional needs for farmland preservation to maintain a viable agricultural industry in the Garden State and discuss the need to establish a sustainable source of funding for farmland and other preservation efforts. NJ Keep It Green is a coalition of more than 185 park and conservation advocates working to create a long-term, dedicated source of funding for the preservation and stewardship of New Jersey’s natural areas, waterways, parks, farmland and historic sites. NJ Keep It Green led successful campaigns to pass statewide ballot measures in 2006, 2007, and 2009 generating $600 million for state open space, farmland and historic preservation programs. 

October 16, 2013
Green Fence: Obstacles and Opportunities
ANJR's 33rd Recycling Symposium & Awards Luncheon  
Jumping Brook Country Club
Neptune, NJ

October 16, 2013
Chevron Supplier Forum
Noon to 4 p.m

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 
New Jersey Solar Market Update 
8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. -- Registration and networking breakfast 
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. -- Presentation 
The Venetian
546 River Drive
Garfield, NJ 07026  (click here for directions)

Thanks to aggressive new legislation, New Jersey's SREC market has stabilized and New Jersey continues to be one of the most dynamic and fastest growing solar markets in the country. New legislation and subsequent regulatory actions have resulted in significant improvements to New Jersey's solar landscape. 
Please join our solar industry leaders for an interactive discussion and analysis of the current solar energy market in New Jersey. This enlightening program will assist owners, developers, lenders and investors in navigating New Jersey\'s ever-changing solar marketplace. 
Keynote Presentation by Senator Bob Smith. Panelists includeScott Hunter, Renewable Energy Program Administrator, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Stephen Kisker, Chair, Wolff & Samson Renewable Energy and Sustainability Group, and George Livanos, Practice Leader, Sax Macy Fromm & Co. Renewable Energy Industry Service Group. Moderator: Fred DeSanti, President, mc2 Public Affairs LLC

October 17, 2013

New Pig Energy Open House Event
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
New Pig Energy Sales Offices
Tyrone, PA Located in the heart of Marcellus Shale country, come see how our secondary containment products can help keep your worksite incident-free. Event Highlights: Regulatory Overview — SPCC, PPC, Spill Policy, and PA Act 13 information; PIG Well Pad Liner Classroom — Instruction on best practices for seaming, patching, and berming, and Test Pad Site Visit –  Live demonstrations on recycling and new product introductions. Who is New Pig Energy? New Pig Energy (NPE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Pig Corporation, the world leader in liquid containment for more than 27 years. NPE was created to focus resources on providing the best and safest secondary containment for drilling and hydraulic fracturing throughout the United States. 
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

Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council
Meeting Agenda 
5 p.m.
100 North Road (Route 513)
Chester, New Jersey 07930-2322
(908) 879-6737
More information available at the Council's website

October 17, 2013

The Effects of Geologic Conditions of Geothermal Heat Pump Systems in New York City
Presented by Alex Posner, Project Director and Brett Miller, PE
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Quinta Inn, Somerset (formerly Ramada)
60 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Fee: $30 for AEG or SAME members, $35 for non-members and $5 for students with RSVP.  Cash or check (payable to AEG) only, payment at the door. Please RSVP, End of Business Monday, October 14, 2013 to Curt Schmidt at or Rose DeLorenzo at  No shows will be charged. One professional development hour (pdh) for continuing education credit (CEC) will be awarded for attending the presentation.  Please request certificate when you RSVP

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 

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October 18, 2013
Field Trip to the Essex County (NJ) Environmental Center

621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068
See attached for Driving Directions
(Parking is located right in front of the building)
Montclair University's College of Science & Mathematics (CSAM) in conjunction with the Passaic River Institute (PRI) is hosting a Field Trip to the Essex County Environmental Center (ECEC). ECEC is a new partner of CSAM's PRI Join us to get a full tour of the facilities at ECEC followed by a discussion with CSAM faculty, ECEC Staff, Rutgers Extension agents on potential research, collaboration, education and outreach opportunities. Please RSVP by emailing Ms. Jasey Araque at 

October 18, 2013
Advanced Petroleum Forensics Geochemistry

Learn advanced forensics techniques for petroleum releases of gasoline and distillates.  Since so many oil impacted sites are old and comingled with other contaminants, this training program is particularly relevant for practicing LSRPs.

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 21, 2013

Pond Maintenance to Prevent Weeds and Algae
6:30 p.m. - 7:30  p.m.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County
291 Morton Ave.
Millville, NJ
What can be done to prevent the excessive weeds and algae that are often perennial problems in so many of our lakes and ponds? Does barley straw really work? And what can I do about Canada geese?
Details and contact information: Flyer  See other programs here

October 23, 2013
Pond Maintenance to Prevent Weeds and Algae 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Salem County 

51 Cheney Rd. 

Woodstown, NJ 

What can be done to prevent the excessive weeds and algae that are often perennial problems in so many of our lakes and ponds? Does barley straw really work? And what can I do about Canada geese? 
Details and contact information: Flyer 

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October 24, 2013
Geology of the Pine Barrens
7 p.m.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance

17 Pemberton Road, Southampton NJ,  08088
Come learn about the geology of the Pine Barrens and beyond. Join geologist and PPA staff member, Rich Bizub as he discusses approximately 150 million years of geologic history that shaped the area as we know it today. Topics will include the various geologic units, fossils, marine life, sea level changes, the Ice Age and glaciers. Cost is $10/person.  Registration required, call Tom at 609-859-8860 x14 or register  online here.

October 24, 2013
PADEP Regional Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop

: 8:15 a.m. 
Program: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s General Services Building
2245 Reach Road
Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa

Registration is free
The Department of Environmental Protection invites middle school teachers, administrators and building managers to a  training workshop  on the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes. KEEP is geared to middle school building teams, which includes three teachers of grades 5, 6 or 7, an administrator and a building maintenance manager. Workshop participants will learn about and explore energy issues, including fundamentals and impacts, electricity generation, transportation fuels, careers, energy conservation, student teams and school building energy benchmarking through presentations, tours and hands-on activities. Each team will have the opportunity to integrate high level, standards-based energy education into their formal curriculum. This could include lesson plans, curricular modules and ongoing benchmarking through DOE’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, resulting in energy efficiency assessments leading to improvements that reduce energy consumption.
The workshops are based on Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards and Assessment Anchors for Environment and Ecology, Science and Technology and Engineering Education. Participating teachers will receive background information, standards-based curricular materials and energy conservation material kits.
Participating teachers will be eligible for seven Act 48 credit hours. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to register is Oct. 11. For more information or registration materials, phone KEEP Coordinator Susan Gove: 412-431-1010 or email:

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.

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October 29- November 1, 2013
OSHA 40/24/8 Hour HAZWOPER Training

Federal regulations require all employees who work on sites that may expose them to hazardous substances or health hazards receive training allowing them to work safely, knowledgeably and effectively. Our classes meet all federal requirements for the initial 40-hour, 24-hour or the 8-hour annual refresher training set forth under OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Regulation [29 CFR 1910.120(e)] for public and private employees covered by these regulations.

October 29, 2013

Sandy RecoveryNew Jersey Future invites you to join us at Monmouth University in W. Long Branch for a day-long conference focused on the Sandy recovery process. Distinguished speakers, including former governors James Florio and Christine Todd Whitman and retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, will highlight the economic and planning impacts of Sandy and of potential future storms, and will discuss things New Jersey and its municipalities need to be doing in order to be better prepared for the next severe weather event. There is no charge to attend, but because space is limited, registration is required. More information and registration. 
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

December 3, 2013
Underground Storage Tanks 
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.

December 4 2013
NJDEP Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules
This one-day seminar is designed to present an overview of NJ's Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:13). Instructors will discuss these rules in detail, and will answer questions regarding the technical issues and regulatory requirements involved in obtaining flood hazard area permits. DEP staff will provide information on the recently adopted emergency rules aimed at promoting re-construction for Hurricane Sandy related projects. In addition, presenters will provide information on additional proposed changes to the Flood Hazard Regulations.

December 11, 2013
Innovative Technologies for Site Remediation 
This one-day program will provide you with the basics of performing successful remediation using a variety of innovative in situ technologies as well as present “real” site data derived from actual innovative technologies projects. The course will focus on choosing the “right” technology or combination of technologies, as well as delivery methods for given site conditions.

January 22, 2014
NJDEP Case Study Training for LSRPs
This interactive one-day workshop will engage Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) and other environmental professionals to work through a typical Site Remediation Program (SRP) Case starting with an ISRA triggering event, through all the phases of remediation (PA/SI/RI and RA), including applying for and implementing a remedial action permit and culminating in the issuance of an RAO. The participants will use the various tools, guidance and resources provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to ensure all forms, and documents are properly prepared and submitted within the applicable timeframes established in ARRCS and the Tech Rules.

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