Friday, October 25, 2013

Enviro-Events Calendar for October 25, 2013

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

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October 25, 2013
Sandy Roundtable: How to fund disaster relief and preparedness
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Light Breakfast
8:30 - 10:30 - Discussion.
Ocean County College Arts and Community Center 

Join a thoughtful discussion with Sandy-affected residents, businesses, organizations, local elected officials and thought leaders to discuss the true financial impact of extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy. Many elected officials are now saying what shore residents know – we are not ready for the next storm. We haven’t even recovered from Sandy.  Knowing what we know now about the huge personal and financial toll that Sandy caused, how can we protect our communities? How can we ensure federal emergency relief and storm preparedness programs are funded? With the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather across the nation, US Strong, a nonpartisan national campaign, has launched an effort to call on Congress to create a federal dedicated extreme weather relief and protection fund to help communities before and after the extreme weather event. Read US Strong just released report. We hope you can join Ocean County State Senator Robert Singer, representatives of US Strong and other special guests including business leaders, homeowners and local government officials. RSVP now. Space is limited.

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 25, 2013

Reinventing Fire:  Energy Abundance by Design- a Talk by Amory Lovins
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Room I202
Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street 
New York, NY 10011  
Details here To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Amory B. Lovins, one of the world's leading experts on energy systems, will give a talk on how to imagine a world without fossil fuels, without climate change, and with safe, affordable energy for all. He will demonstrate how smart businesses are creating an explosively growing movement to defossilize fuels, and how the US can get completely off oil and coal by 2050. Amory B. Lovins, a consultant physicist and innovator in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment, has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the "Alternative Nobel," Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Time Hero for the Planet, National Design, and World Technology Awards. Cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute-an independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank that drives the efficient and restorative use of resources-his work as its Chief Scientist has lately included leading the superefficient redesigns of numerous buildings, several vehicles, and $30+ billion worth of industrial facilities in 29 sectors. His latest books with various coauthors include Natural Capitalism, Small Is Profitable, The Essential Amory Lovins, and Reinventing Fire.  In 2009, Time named him one of the world's 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers. This event is sponsored by the Parsons Deans Office in collaboration with the Center for NYC Affairs at Milano.  

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October 27, 2013

Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA's FallFest
Chili-Cook Off, and 5K/10K "Run for the Kids" Trail Runs
Dingmans Ferry, PA  
Come join us at  and support our Campership Fund - the fund that sends kids who could not ordinarily afford to attend summer sleepaway camp. Enjoy all our outdoor environmental and outdoor programs - a 5K or (tough) 10K trail run that does not travel the same path twice on our 1,100 acre wooded Pocono property.  Enjoy our pristine 42-acre Lake Nichecronk; take a nature walk through our preserved bog where you will pass endangered insect-eating pitcher plants; enjoy our 12+ miles of trails with boots or mountain bike; take out a canoe or come take a tour of our facilities. More information. CSEY is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and the nation's first racially integrated Y camp. We remain committed to our mission of helping build strong and independent kids.

October 28-29, 2013

Accelerating Action – The Delaware River Watershed Forum
Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia, PA
The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed invites you to join us for a FREE forum on critical issues affecting conservation and restoration work in the Delaware River Watershed.  Learn about initiatives that are re-shaping efforts in the watershed, and contribute your insights on how to move collaborative approaches from concept to reality. Select from a series of facilitated discussions that best match your interests and needs. While there is no charge to attend the Forum, registration is required.  For more information about the Forum and to register, visit, or contact Kim Beidler at, 609-392-1182.

October 28, 2013
Ninth Annual Champions of the Ocean Awards Dinner
6 p.m.
Wilson Hall
Monmouth University
The theme of this year’s awards is Storm Smart=Storm Ready. The Urban Coastal Institute will present the National Ocean Champion award to Admiral Thad Allen (USCG-ret.) who directed the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Coastal and Ocean Leadership Award will be presented to the American Red Cross, South Jersey Region, and the Volunteer of the Year Award will be given to Waves of Action for the ShoreClean Ocean ActionThe Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy was the biggest U.S. disaster response by the American Red Cross in more than five years – supported by generous donations from people and businesses across the nation. Red Cross disaster response operations spanned 11 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Before and after the storm hit, the Red Cross was there with shelter as well as millions of meals and snacks and relief items, and emotional support for tens of thousands of people affected by this huge storm. The Red Cross response in just the first six months included: 17.5 million meals and snacks to those affected up and down the East Coast; distributing more than 7 million relief items; more than 74,000 shelter stays, nearly half of all shelter stays provided by a range of groups; and emotional support and health contacts for more than 110,000 people in needClean Ocean Action (COA) was uniquely qualified for the challenges that resulted from Superstorm Sandy.  For nearly 30 years, COA has built strong, long-standing relationships with coastal communities, citizens, businesses, groups, and elected leaders along the New Jersey and New York shore, and beyond.  In the past year, some communities needed help digging out, others needed help designing a greener future, and others needed help bringing back coastal economies. COA’s 2013 “Waves of Action” program supports these needs with volunteers and resources to help improve and protect the marine environment. Throughout 2013, COA is engaging its network of organizations, businesses, citizens, and municipalities to help coastal communities.  To date, nearly 14,000 volunteers have been connected with nearly 300 project sites. More information here

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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
Managing Environmental Risk in Corporate and Real Estate Transactions - Webinar
1:30 p.m. 3 p.m. Online Webinar
$99.00. Webinar Platform by RTM Communications, Inc.
For more information or to register click here  
Managing environmental risk successfully in M&A deals, portfolio divestitures, or sites with complex legacy situations requires strategies and tactics that bring predictability, sustainability and ultimately success to the transaction in the form of earnings and cash flow. Creative funding, use of alternative due diligence techniques and deal structures, and bullet proof risk management strategies need to be employed along with redevelopment/reuse solutions to allow the transaction to provide a solid platform for pursuing growth.  Transactions involving corporate assets and distressed real estate for middle market deals are once again on the rise even in this slow economic recovery. We have 3 well known speakers who will take your questions.

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  19128
It'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. 215-482-7300 x 110.


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October 30, 2013

Regulating Climate Change:
 The Supreme Court, Clean Air Act and EPA's Upcoming Greenhouse Gas Rules
12 p.m. -1:15pm
Faculty Club, D’Agostino Hall
New York University School of Law
108 W 3rd St, New York, NY
Registration is free, but required: RSVP
On October 15, the Supreme Court, by deciding to review only a narrow issue in an expansive DC Circuit Court decision on greenhouse gas regulation, has upheld the EPA's authority to regulate climate-altering pollution from both stationary and mobile sources. This panel will discuss the decision, the implications and the EPA's options in regulating climate change in the coming years. PanelistsVickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund; Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, Air Resources, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Richard Revesz, Dean Emeritus and Professor; Director, Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law; Richard Stewart, University Professor; Director, Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law, NYU School of Law. For building security purposes, please RSVP here. If you have questions, please email

November 6, 2013
NY/NJ Baykeeper First Ever Wine Tasting Fall Fundraiser  
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Newark Museum Ballroom
Newark, NJ
Experience different wines from throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York State at our First Ever NY/NJ Baykeeper Wine Tasting at the beautiful Newark Museum Ballroom. Delicious hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent gift auction, access to the beautiful galleries the museum offers, and much more.

Tickets are available below for $90.For information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Sarah Costello at

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 9, 2013 
Tree and Shrub Planting Work Party at ChesLen Preserve
12 p.m.-4 p.m.
1199 Cannery Road
Unionville, PA
Celebrate fall by helping Natural Lands Trust plant 600 trees! The 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve features sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens. With your help, we will expand the riparian buffer zone—a planted area that helps to protect the preserve’s waterways. Bring family, friends, gloves and your water bottle, and be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots. We’ll provide breakfast and lunch. This event is free of charge (and we’re grateful for your help!) but please pre-register here.

November 12, 2013

Horticultural Society of South Jersey Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. 
Carman Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street

Cherry Hill
NJ 08002

Meeting will feature a silent auction featuring gardening and other interesting items. Reduce, reuse and repurpose!  For more information, go to the website. Free and open to the public.

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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

November 18, 2013
Commerce and Industry Association of NJ Member Reception
Non-Members Welcome!
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CIANJ Headquarters    
Mack-Cali IV - Lobby
61 South Paramus Road 

Paramus, NJ 07652
Registration and Information

November 21, 2013

GMO’s Should be Fictional
6:30 pm

 Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue

Monthly meeting of GMO Free NJ welcomes Jon McGoran, author of Drift, an ecological thriller. He will lead a special discussion about genetically engineered foods (GMOs). He is the editor in chief of Grid, a magazine covering issues of sustainability. Come and meet Jon and get your own signed copy of Drift! For more info, go to the website  First come, first served. Please arrive early!

November 23-24

Waterways Reskilling

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center

Co-Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) and SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force. Enjoy learning heirloom waterways-related skills, engaging demonstrations, exhibits, and information sessions about micro-hydropower, sail freight, sustainable fisheries, woodworking, boat-building, music, food and films. Share your materials and passion for our majestic waterways with colleagues and the public. Educate, advertise, exhibit, participate and consider Transitioning to a superb-quality, carbon neutral future among friends. Info: 241-8386.

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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