Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Enviro-Events Calendar for December 31, 2013

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

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January 1, 2014

New Year’s Day Snow Shoe Outing          

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walnut Mountain Park
Liberty, NY
Start your New Year exploring Walnut Mountain Park with a guided snowshoe hike through the beautiful 265 acre park, You’ll receive a Walnut Mountain packet from the Liberty Parks and Recreation with a map of the trails and some great historical facts! -- Did you know Walnut Mountain used to be a ski slope? Bring the family and enjoy this free late-morning adventure followed by hot chocolate and treats by the fire at Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast, located just around the corner on Old Loomis Road. For those of you who’d like a shorter outing, there will be a 30-minute beginner snowshoe on level terrain. And for those who want more, bundle up because we’re going to the top! To register and for more information, call Erin at Catskill Mountainkeeper at (845) 707-1326 or Morgan Outdoors at (845) 439-5507 by December 31st. Snowshoe rentals are available through Morgan Outdoors. Call (845) 439-5507 to reserve in advance. Sponsored by Trailkeeper.org, with experienced staff from Trailkeeper partner groups: Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors, Erin Burch of Catskill MountainKeeper, and Heather Jacksy of SC Division of Planning. Co-sponsored by Lazy Pond B&B and Liberty Parks and Recreation.

January 5, 2013

Rancocas Nature Center's 1st Anniversary Community Meeting
2:30 p.m. (Interpretive Hike from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
Rancocas Nature Center (RNC)
794 Rancocas Rd
Westampton, NJ 08060
(Exit 45A off Rt. 295)
Rancocas Nature Center will hold its 1st Anniversary of the Community Meeting that arose from the unexpected closure announcement by NJ Audubon. Sponsored by Friends of Rancocas Nature Center, this celebration & meeting invites the general public, environmental groups, volunteers, history buffs, scouts, teachers, parents & kids, birders, community leaders, sponsors, donors & partners to hear the RNC’s 2013 progress report; to get updates on current, future goals and financial needs; to engage additional memberships, interns, volunteers & contributions; and to enlist public input on future plans for RNC. Accomplishment Highlights include Partnerships with state, county, local & private entities; Continued science-based programming; Whole Foods Fundraiser on March 5 benchmark; Tree Planting on May 5 celebrating Rancocas Nature Center’s official independence from NJ Audubon; Summer Camp; Garden Day on August 4; Rancocas Park Day on October 13 which revealed many historical features of RNC; Education Grant from Willingboro Rotary Club; Fundraising days at Iron Hill Brewery and PJ Whelihan’s; Ongoing hikes, programs and activities throughout the year. More at www.RancocasNatureCenter.org.

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January 7, 2014
PADEP Webinar on Permit Revision for Temporary Road Crossings
2:30 p.m.
The Department of Environmental Protection is holding the webinar to discuss proposed revisions on a permit used for temporary road crossings. The webinar will focus on a DEP proposal to modify a permit for temporary road crossings which allows for the construction, operation, maintenance and removal of various types of temporary crossings through bodies of water and wetlands. The proposed permit includes a standardized format of definitions of terms, instructions, forms, examples and sample drawings. The proposal also revises the scope of the permit for temporary activities, such as a pipeline, electric transmission line, telephone or water line; and environmental testing or monitoring activities, such as temporary soil sampling and seismic testing lines. The activities covered under the permit proposal will be held to the specific permit conditions provided when the proposed permit modifications become final. Public comments on the proposed permit revisions are welcome. The public comment period runs until Jan. 10, 2014. Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands, Division of Wetlands, Encroachments and Training, P. O. Box 8460, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8460 or emailed to RA-GP8Comments@pa.gov. A copy of the draft modified permit is available at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Proposals Currently Open for Comment. Once the webpage is accessed, the section titled ''Proposed Reissuance of General Permit BWEW-GP-8: Temporary Road Crossings and Associated 401 Water Quality Certification” will contain the information. For more information or to register for the webinars, visit the above website link and click the “Public Participation Center” button, then select “Webinars.” After registration, an email will be sent containing a link to the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the webinars webpage for future viewing. For more information, call 717-787-3411

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January 8, 2014
Environmental Stewards Program Begins. Register Now!
Davidson's Mill Pond Park
42 Riva Avenue
South Brunswick, NJ

Registration is now open for the January to May, 2014 Environmental Stewards Program conducted by Rutgers at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, South Brunswick, NJ. 
The program also is offered in Atlantic County (Egg Harbor Township), at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, and in Warren County & Passaic County. Anyone interested in learning more about the science behind environmental issues is an excellent candidate for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program. The goal of the Program is for graduates to expand their awareness of science based information on environmental issues and to facilitate positive change in their community.  Graduates become versed in the basic processes of earth, air, water, and biological systems. They will be educated on the techniques and tools used to monitor the health of our environment. They will also gain an understanding of the regulatory infrastructure of state and federal agencies operating in New Jersey.  Communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills are also taught in this program to enable Stewards to be effective in community action and political discourse, where most environmental issues play out.  To read more about the Rutgers Environmental Steward program visit http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/ Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center.  Classes take place on Wednesday evenings starting January 8 until May 14, 2014. To register or for further information contact Meredith Jacob via email or at (732) 398-5275. Click here to download a program application. Class size is limited, so register early. 

January 8, 2014
Green Drinks Delaware Valley  

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

PJ Whelihans

Rt. 70, Cherry Hill, NJ   

Join us for our monthly free (buy your own drink) networking event that brings together like minded people and businesses to socialize, share ideas and work together towards a sustainable South Jersey Community!

January 8, 2014
Renewable Energy Resiliency for NYC
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Community Church of New York Assembly Hall    
40 East 35th Street, Manhattan
Presenters: Joshua Lipsman, MD, JD, MPH, Principal Consultant, JBL Health Systems.  Joshua Lipsman, MD, JD, MPH is a practicing medical doctor, lawyer and public health expert who has helped communities adapt, mitigate and be educated about the health effects of global climate change. He has been doing this work recently through the NYC Bar Association Task Force on Legal Issues of Climate Adaptation and, in the past, through the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Westchester County Health Department, where he was the Health Commissioner from 2000-2009. He is principal at his management consulting firm, JBL Health Systems, LLC. Laurence Mackler, CEO, Solaire Generation  Mr. Mackler founded Solaire Generation in 2008 with a vision and passion to design and develop economical, scalable, and aesthetically pleasing solar energy structures. Under his leadership Solaire has successfully built 35+ MW of solar parking projects. Mr. Mackler has successfully created a company culture committed to providing the solar industry the best in design, innovation, service, and quality. Mr. Mackler and his team are driven to making a significant and enduring contribution to the development of renewable energy. Dan Connors, CEO, Aris Wind Mr. Connors, a seasoned renewable energy entrepreneur, co-founded Aris Wind, LLC, (www.ariswind.com) to introduce new patented wind turbine technology to the US and Caribbean markets.  His background includes both technology and management roles across a range of technology sectors including Small Wind, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Fuel Cells, and Hydrokinetic Energy. Lyle Rawlings, President, Advanced Solar Products Mr. Rawlings will present the need for a "Smart" Feed in Tariff for easy financing of renewable energy as the number one financing mechanism for 90% of the world's photovoltaic installations. As president of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association he is well positioned to understand the growth and success of utility connected installations in neighboring states. He'll explain the huge success of solar when Sandy hit. All of the presentations will introduce innovative technology.  However, the Q&A discussion will outline both the challenges and the opportunities for renewable energy in both its big and small distributed format to contribute to the solutions required to provide New York State and the downstate region with sustainable, cost-effective and storm resilient sources of energy. Please register at www.nyses.org Suggested Donation Sliding Scale $20 - $10 Refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm Sponsors: New York Solar Energy Society    www.nyses.org The Green Sanctuary Committee, CCNY, UU www.ccny.org

January 16, 2013
GMO Free NJ - GMO free a budget.
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ
Organic?  Non-GMO?  Safe eating without taking out a 2nd mortgage?  Feeling lucky? SPECIAL BONUS to brighten up midwinter--there will be a door prize!  Free and open to the public. RSVP: GMOfreeNJ@gmail.com.  Learn more: gmofreenj.com

January 19, 2014

Rain Barrel Workshop at Echo Hill Park
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Echo Hill Park

Lauren Theis of Raritan Headwaters Association will lead participants in creating a rain barrel.  She will demonstrate the importance of these barrels in saving water, and will teach participants how to use them effectively.  Cost includes materials.  Pre-registration required; contact Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation at (908) 782-1158 or visit our website (click on “Parks & Recreation”) for more information.


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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, 2013
NJBIA presents: Meet the NEW Decision Makers
Democratic and Republican Executive Directors
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Twp.  
$79 per person for NJBIA members, $129 for nonmembers (Includes buffet breakfast) 
At this briefing breakfast, hear from the executive directors of the four legislative offices that support the lawmakers of both parties in Trenton. These top staffers are critical decision makers in setting and shaping the laws that impact New Jersey businesses on a daily basis. Learn their priorities for next year, what they think will be considered next year, their political insights on the 2014-15 legislative session, and how they see the Legislature interacting with the Christie Administration on key issues. Ask questions. Get answers. Make contacts. Register now or download the registration form. For more information, contact Katie Wittkamp at 609-393-7707, ext. 9481. Contact Sherry Esteves at ext. 9484, to become a high visibility exhibitor

January 24-25, 2014
Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) Annual Conference  
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 non-formal 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.
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February 1- April 29, 2014
Rutgers Master Gardener Course
9 a.m. to Noon (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Camden County Environmental Center1301 Park Blvd.Cherry HillNJ.
Become a Rutgers Master Gardener of Camden County.   Do you want to increase your knowledge of the garden?  Are you a novice gardener who wants to learn more?   The Rutgers Master Gardener Course runs from February 4 through April 29 from 9 am until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is now open and runs through January 31 The fee is $250 which includes a Master Gardener Handbook and supplemental class material.  Register today!!!! Email: njgarden@camdencounty.com or phone 856-216-7130. Contact person:  Becki Szkotak   email szkotak@AESOP.Rutgers.edu  phone 856-216-7130 Website: Camden.njaes.rutgers.edu

March 1, 2014

Clean Water Action's 28th Annual Conference
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ.
The annual event brings together citizens, organizations, students, scientists, and policymakers to discuss the most important environmental issues facing New Jersey. We are very excited to announce that Dan Fagin, author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, will be our keynote speaker. The day will also feature dozens of environmental workshops, speakers, vendors, and grassroots awards, along with a continental breakfast, lunch, and networking reception. Interested in sponsoring or know someone or an organization/business that might be? All sponsors will benefit from extended exposure through outreach and promotional efforts directed toward the supporters of Clean Water Action Jersey. Please contact us to get involved!


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April 7-8, 2014
Green Tourism Conference
Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center
Callicoon, NY 12723
The Green Tourism Conference will be a first-of-its-kind opportunity to unite food service and lodging facilities, tourism agencies, “eco” product suppliers and recreational activity businesses from the Catskills to the Poconos around the common cause of promoting eco-tourism. The region’s proximity to two major metropolitan areas positions it as the #1 up and coming destination for tourists seeking 'green' travel and outdoor recreational opportunities.  The main goal of the conference is to increase tourism revenue by facilitating collaboration and fostering sustainable tourism initiatives throughout the region, spanning Delaware, Greene, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties of New York; and Wayne, Monroe, Pike and Carbon counties of Pennsylvania.  The conference will kick off April 7th with a “Taste of the Region” reception showcasing regionally produced foods and beverages, coupled with a silent auction of local artworks. Tuesday April 8th will be packed with presentations of green initiatives from throughout the region, expert advice on activity packaging and marketing, various green training programs, networking opportunities in the vendor exhibition area and a luncheon sourced from local ingredients during which businesses demonstrating exceptional sustainable practices will be honored. Attendees will be able to choose from multiple educational forums designed for tourism agencies, lodging and food service facilities and recreational activity businesses, including a newly developed Green Ambassador Certification. A “Green Ambassador” is an existing employee of a lodging, food service or retail facility trained in customer service, to locate events and activities in the region, and convey this information to guests. HospitalityGreen’s Green Lodger’s Training, which provides the necessary staff training requirement for TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Certification, will be offered.  Traveling to and from the conference will provide another avenue to showcase the region. Each attendee will be given a custom coupon package for regional products and services, plus an information packet of events, sites, tours and fun stops to explore en route to or from the Villa Roma. The Green Tourism Working Group is a public-private sector collaboration chaired by Sue Currier, Executive Director of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Evadne Giannini, founder of HospitalityGreen LLC. The partners are:  Catskill Association of Tourism Services, Delaware County Chamber, Greene County Chamber, National Parks Service, Orange County Tourism, Orange County Citizens Foundation, Orange County Partnership, Pocono Lake Region Chamber, Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, Sullivan County Visitor's AssociationSullivan RenaissanceSullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wayne County Commissioners Office and Ulster County Tourism. Contact: Adrianne Picciano, GT Working Group Coordinator, c/o HospitalityGreen LLC,  (845) 798-9468. go.green@hospitalitygreen.com  Register: www.delawarehighlands.org/greentourism

April 9-11, 2014
Utility Analytics Summit 2014

August 3-7, 2014
Stormwater Conference and Expo 
The Oregon Convention Center 

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