Friday, November 8, 2013

Enviro-Events Calendar for November 8, 2013

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

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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 10, 2013

Celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of
12 noon to 2 p.m.
Minisink Battleground
Off Scenic Byway Rt.97 on County Road 168
Barryville, NY
Sullivan Trailkeeper is an online resource outlet for hiking trails and public lands in Sullivan County with easy-to-read, easy-to-access maps and facilities information and guides to hiking safety. In celebration of its one year anniversary, the partners are pleased to announce an educational walk through the Minisink BattlegroundSullivan County Historian John Conway will lead a short stroll and guided talk through the wooded paths of the Battleground, site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in the Upper Delaware Region. The Woodland Trail is a short, mildly challenging trail featuring informative signage, wetlands, a rock quarry, and a wide variety of wildlife, eventually looping around to the Minisink Battle Monument. The Minisink Battleground Trails are featured on the website, an online outlet for hiking trails and public lands in Sullivan County, NY with easy-to-read maps and trail information that matches hiker to trail. also links hikers to nearby dining, lodging and attractions and offers hiking safety informationA great event for all ages -- join the partners for this mid-afternoon meander followed by local, hot apple cider and fall harvest treats. Participation is free but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The public can register with Catskill Mountainkeeper by calling Erin Burch at 845-707-1326. Please register by November 8th, 2013. Visit to learn more about the trail, view a map, and print directions. 

November 10, 2013
Legendary Locals of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey
Book Signing
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance Headquarters 
Directions to PPA can be found here.Legendary Locals of the Pine Barrens of New Jersey was written by Andrew Gioulis and the late Karen F. Riley.  Andrew will be on hand to sign copies and talk about this amazing new book.

November 10, 2013

Free Lecture on Plastic Bag Pollution and Legislation 

3 p.m.

River Vale Community Center
628 River Vale Road
River Vale, NJ

The non-profit Pascack Sustainability Group invites members of the community to join a free talk and discussion about single use disposable bags and a proposed bill in the New Jersey legislature to curb plastic bag pollution. 
Guest speaker Noemi de La Puente, leader of the NJ Bag Coalition will present, “What’s the Bag Deal? A Discussion about Plastic Bag Pollution and Solutions.” Offering perspectives from the "trenches" of a coalition building grass roots support, Noemi will explain:  What is going on in NJ with a possible five cent fee on all plastic and paper shopping bags in the state? What are the bills before the Senate and Assembly, and how far have they gotten? What can you do personally to help spread the word and "be the change"? Admission is free and new members are welcome. The mission of Pascack Sustainability Group is to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainable practices in the homes, schools, businesses and towns of the Pascack Valley, Northern New Jersey.

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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.

November 14, 21 and December 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 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.

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 15, 2013
NJ Builders Association Legislative & Regulatory Update
9 a.m. to Noon
Woodard & Curran Auditorium, Building 100
East Windsor, NJ
Moderated by: Robert M. Washburn, Esq., Professor of Law at Rutgers-Camden School of Law, Of Counsel with Flaster/Greenberg PC and General Counsel to the NJBA. Speakers & Topics: Thomas F. Carroll, III, Esq., Hill Wallack LLP and NJBA Land Use Counsel - NJ Supreme Court Invalidates COAH's Third Round Rules; Ted Zangari, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross, P.C. and NJBA Mixed Use Affiliate General Counsel - Economic Opportunity Act of 2013. Environmental Regulatory Updates Ray Cantor, Esq., Chief Advisor to DEP Commissioner Bob Martin - Updates from DEP; Raymond S. Papperman, Esq., Deputy Advisor to the DEP Commissioner & Director, Office of Dispute Resolution - Overview of Dispute Resolution Programs; Michael Gross, Esq., Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C.and NJBA Environmental Counsel - Water Quality Management Plan Legislative Status Update; NJDEP Waiver Rule and Supreme Court's Denial of Petition for Certification; Invalidation of Nonstructural Strategies Point System; Tony DiLodovico, Omland Engineering Associates - Wastewater Management Plans Administrative Framework and Status; Preliminary FEMA Maps and Andrew Robins, Esq., Sills Cummis & Gross, P.C. - Site Remediation Updates. Continuing Education Credits will be available for New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorneys and NJ engineers.$50 for members/$65 for non-members Information and registration here

November 15, 2013 

Monmouth County Greentable Program - Conservation Easement Amendments
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Deep Cut Gardens Horticultural Center
152 Red Hill Road Middletown, NJ 07748 
Does your county, your municipality or your non-profit hold a conservation easement? Are you having encroachment or violation issues? Are you contemplating an easement amendment to solve an issue? Then this program is for you! Learn the good, bad and the ugly about conservation easement amendments with other land trusts and a knowledgeable, experienced panel. Sylvia Bates, Director of Standards and Research from the Land Trust Alliance, will discuss the issues and challenges of easement amendments from a nationwide perspective. She will also outline the requirements and expectations of the Land Trust Commission accreditation process. James Wyse, an attorney with Coughlin Duffy LLP, will discuss the process of amending easements and share tips on how to avoid them. Judeth Yeany, an attorney with the Green Acres Program, will discuss the role of the State of New Jersey in the easement amendment process. This program is co-hosted by the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and the New Jersey LandTrust Network Lunch will providedYou must RSVP! We expect this to be a popular program and space is limited to 45 persons. Please let Bill Kastning, Executive Director, Monmouth Conservation Foundation know if you plan to attend the program. 732-671-7000;

November 15, 2013
Are Greener Cars in NJ's Future? An NJ Spotlight Roundtable 

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rider University, the Mercer Room (Daly Dining Hall)

2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrence TownshipNJ 08648 Cleaning the air in the Garden State means using cleaner fuels for transportation. While motor vehicle manufacturers are developing more low-emission vehicles, the real question is, how will these be powered? Will they be plug-in electric vehicles, compressed natural gas vehicles, or something else all together? Should private entities be building the these non-gasoline fueling stations of the future? Should ratepayers be shouldering the cost? What role should the government play? We consider these questions at our latest NJ Spotlight Roundtable. Our panel will include representatives from state government, clean energy advocacy groups and private industry, namely: Robert Marshall, Assistant Commissioner NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection; Chuck Feinberg, Chairman & President, NJ Clean Cities Coalition; Mary Barber, Director Smart Power Initiatives, Environmental DefenseFund; Robert Gibbs, Manager, Market Strategy & Development, PSE&G, and Joseph Rende, Regional Director, TrilliumCNG. Lunch will be served. Click here to register


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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
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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

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 ( Contact number is 212 505 6050

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!

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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: or 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 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— Bring food to share. Free and open to the publi

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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