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Enviro-Events Calendar for November 18, 2013





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


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November 18, 2013 
New Jersey Governor's 14th Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ
The Christie Administration and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin will recognize recipients of the 14th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards. Former Governor Jim Florio will be a guest speaker at the event. The awards are co-sponsored by the DEP and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Contest categories and winners are: Clean Air: Raritan Valley Community College - Branchburg, Somerset County; Water Resources: Whippany River Watershed Action Committee,  Morristown, Morris County; Healthy Ecosystems: Atlantic County Department of Regional Planning and Development, Northfield, Atlantic County; Innovative Technology: Barnegat Township School District - Barnegat, Ocean County; Land Conservation: Salem County; Healthy & Sustainable Businesses: Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, Essex County; Healthy & Sustainable Communities: Montgomery Township Environmental Commission, Montgomery, Somerset; Environmental Education: New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Middlesex County and Environmentalist of the Year: Eric H. Fuchs-Stengel, Mahwah, Bergen County. For more information about the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards/

        


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



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November 19-21, 2103

98th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

 See our list of Energy and Environment sessions






November 20, 2013
Public Private Partnerships (P3s) 
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.  
Room 314  - Atlantic City Convention Center 

Presented by the Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Convention. In today's economy and with government budgets stretched to their limits, private developers and public agencies are more frequently turning to each other for assistance in completing critical projects. The Public/Private Partnership has become a necessary and common way of doing business. Whether in the form of pure joint ventures or partnerships, or in the form of public financial incentives or assistance, cooperation and coordination between the public and private sectors are vital to a successful project. James Rhatican, Esq., of Wolff & Samson will lead a lively panel discussion exploring means available to public agencies and private firms to coordinate such efforts, and the incentive programs available to assist. Among other things, the panel will address the Economic Opportunity Act and the Grow NJ and ERG programs, and will examine successful case studies using public/private partnerships. This presentation proves to be illuminating for both the private development and business community and the government representatives who work with them. Convention information


November 20, 2013
EBC Roundtable
 
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
PSE&G Training & Development Center 
234 Pierson Ave., Edison, NJ
The EBC Environmental Roundtable meets the last Wednesday of every other month to discuss relevant environmental issues, regulatory changes and new developments that may impact our members provided by our sub-committees which focus on: Regulatory Affairs, Brownfields & Site Remediation, Natural Resource Damages, Water, Air, Environmental Technology, International Trade, Sustainability, Energy, Enforcement & OSHA News and Regulations. Lanny Kurzweil, McCarter & English, LLP, Moderator ; Tracy Straka, Creamer Environmental, EBC Chair. No reservations or cancellations can be accepted after 11/19/13 Due to security procedures at PSE&G, please no walk-ins. Roundtables are complimentary to CIANJ members.
Register here



November 20, 2013
Reducing the Cost of Capital for Renewables: Tax Credits, MLPs and REITs

8 a.m. -9 a.m.
New York University School of Law
Faculty Club, D'Agostino Hall 108 W 3rd St., New York, NY FREE  RSVP  CLE Available. Breakfast Provided. Panelists: John Rhodes, President, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Eli Katz, Partner, Chadbourne & Park LLP. Moderated by Paul Francis, Distinguished Senior Fellow, NYU Guarini Center. The primary mode of federal fiscal incentives for renewable power is through the Production and Investment Tax Credits. However, many renewable energy developers are not fully able to utilize these credits by themselves and so use tax equity to raise capital, thus increasing the cost of capital for their projects. There has been considerable discussion recently about using corporate structures (Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)) that pay no federal tax as a way to decrease the cost, and increase the accessibility of capital for renewable projects. This panel will examine these multiple possibilities for renewable finance and discuss which might be the most effective method to decrease the cost of capital. For building security purposes, please RSVP here. If you have questions, please email fgcelul@law.nyu.edu.



November 20, 2013 
The Other Debt Ceiling: Using Finance to Balance Our Environmental Budget 
Presented by Solar One and NYC ACRE
7 p.m. -9 p.m. (Doors at 6:30),
The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street, New York City
As weather events become more extreme, water shortages threaten, and human sprawl leads to biodiversity loss, there is a new focus on the global economic impact of environmental degradation. Studies from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Harvard School of Public Health, and others assert that our active growth and inactive conservation efforts have left us with a trillion-dollar bill. So how do we pay down this debt? In recent years, innovators in  policy and finance have started to answer that question by creatively using the tools of debt, capital, and ownership to clean up our lands, preserve our national treasures, and accelerate clean energy adoption. For this event, we look at both sides of environmental debt. We will discuss the policies and ideologies that led us to this level of environmental debt, and then debate what financial and regulatory solutions exist to enrich both the environment and the economy. The discussion is a featured event of Solar One and NYC ACRE’s cleantech panel discussion series, Clean Energy Connections. Event Coordinator is Sara Jayanthi (Sara@solar1.org) Contact number is 212 505 6050.

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November 21, 2013
GMO’s Should be Fictional
6:30 pm
Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
CollingswoodNJ.
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 GMOFreeNJ.com.  First come, first served. Please arrive early!



NJ Chamber Roundtable Breakfast
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November 23, 2013
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. A Transition Reskilling turns back the clock to reclaim, demonstrate/exhibit skills and “slow” technologies prevalent generations ago, and fuse these with modern know-how to protect the environment in the future. Speakers include: Vermont Sail Freight Project Founder Erik Andrus, Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay, Ann Loeding of the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Empire State Maritime Alliance, Clearwater Environmental Director, Manna Jo Green, NY/NJ Baykeeper Founder, Andrew Willner and Radix Center Executive Director Scott Kellog. Contact: transitionmidatlantic.pbs@gmail.com or
transitionmidatlantic.org(646) 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 re-certify, 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 here


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.  http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0404ca.html
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December 9, 2013

EBC Roundtable -Members Only Breakfast 
Mark Pedersen
9:00 am - 10:30 am
McCarter & English Offices 
Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ   

The Environmental Business Council of CIANJ is proud to welcome NJDEP Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Pedersen to our exclusive series of Members Only Meetings. Mr. Pedersen will update members on the latest within the Site Remediation Program including the upcoming May 2014 deadline for certain cases failing to complete remedial investigations. This will be a great opportunity to raise significant issues and to engage in a dialogue with the top manager in the Site Remediation Program. Seating is limited - don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Due to security procedures, please no walk-ins. Cost is $35 for attendees - Must be paid prior to meeting. Parking is included in registration fee and located right behind the office building, office is within walking distance of Newark Penn Station.  Register here



December 10, 2013

An Election Retrospective and Look Ahead to 2014Presented by PENPAC (Private Enterprise Political Action Committee)
CIANJ Headquarters
61 South Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(registration starts at 8 a.m.) Now that the elections have come and gone, come hear from the legislative leaders on what is at stake for New Jersey's future as the new Legislature is sworn in next January.  What were the lessons learned from this year's campaign?  What were the surprises and the disappointments?  Who are the up and coming leaders? What issues will drive the political agenda in 2014.  The experts will share their views and insights on the politics of New Jersey and what it means to business and industry and to New Jersey as a whole. Guest speakers: Senate GOP Minority Leader Tom Kean, Republican Assemblyman David P. Rible, Democrat Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula and Democrat Senator Nellie Pou (invited) Register


December 10, 2013
Creating a Wreath or Arrangement for All Occasions
Monthly meeting of the Horticultural Society of South Jersey
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Community Center820 Mercer StreetCherry HillNJ 08002This is a hands-on program presented by Elsie Scharf. Elsie will share her creative talents including making bows. It will also be the holiday party. Enjoy good food and good company. For a list of what to bring to make your wreath or arrangement, visit the website—www.HSSJ.org. Bring food to share. Free and open to the public. 


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. http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0510ca.html


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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 time frames established in ARRCS and the Tech Rules. More information here



January 24 & 25, 2014
Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) Annual Conference  
Crowne Plaza Princeton Hotel and Conference Center
Plainsboro, NJ
Online registration is now OPEN for the 2014 ANJEE Conference taking place Friday and Saturday, January 24 & 25, 2014 – one of New Jersey’s top conference venues featuring professional service in a most comfortable atmosphere. The theme of the upcoming event is Cultivating Environmental Citizenship and will feature keynote addresses by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and best-selling author of The China Study and Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition; and Merry Brennan, author of Peace Pilgrim: Walking her Talk Against Hate. The two-day conference will also feature a complete schedule of workshops and plenary sessions; exhibitors with info regarding products, programs and services of interest to the EE and nonprofit communities; and networking opportunities sure to benefit both classroom teachers and nonformal educators of all description. Another highlight will be the 2013 Environmental Educator of the Year Awards Dinner, which takes place on the Friday evening with after-party to follow. Special hotel rates are available for ALL conference participants. Early Bird conference registration rates are in effect until December 24, 2013 in ALL categories: Presenter, Exhibitor, Attendee. Visit the ANJEE Conference Website for full conference info including the Calls for Presenters and Exhibitors; and Invitations to Sponsor and Advertise. Or simply CLICK HERE to register. Founded in 1985, ANJEE is New Jersey’s statewide association of environmental educators, and is the state’s representative to the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The annual conference is one that should not be missed by anyone involved with EE at any level.


April 9-11, 2014
Utility Analytics Summit 2014
RALEIGH, NC
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