Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for February 18, 2014

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

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February 19, 2014
SWEP of Greater Philadelphia Technical Program:
Light Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids (LNAPL) Misconceptions

11:30 a.m. Registration
Noon to 1 p.m.: Program
AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc.   
Conference Room A
Hillcrest II Building, 
721 Arbor Way
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Please pre-register, make payment, and indicate your lunch selection on-line at: www.sewpweb.com . Walk-ins are welcome, but will not be guaranteed availability of a boxed lunch. Program Lunch Fee: $10/person member; $15/person non-member. Program Topics: Misconceptions about the behavior of LNAPL in the subsurface; Conceptual models and the importance of their use; State law and regulations on cleanup; Characterization of LNAPL; Remedial technology overview. Presenter: Pam Trowbridge, P.G., Environmental Clean Up and Brownfields Redevelopment Program, PADEP, Central Office, Harrisburg, PA 
Program Contacts: Donna Suevo, PADEP, SERO, Safe Drinking Water Program; Office: 484-250-5105 / Email: dsuevo@pa.gov  Eileen Snyder, Alpha Analytical Inc., MidAtlantic Region Mobile: 610-585-3420 / Email: esnyder@alphalab.com


February 19, 2014  (Date changed due to weather)
Starting Seeds Indoors
2014 Homeowners’ Series - Rutgers Master Gardener Association of Camden County
6:30 p.m. Sign-in
7 p.m. - Lecture
Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center
420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road North
BlackwoodNJ 08012—in the Lakeland Complex
Speaker: Nelson Valentine, Master Gardener. Save money while having fun and the satisfaction of starting plants from seeds. Learn planning, timing and planting with a demonstration. Discuss using lights to encourage plant growth, and learn when and how to transplant seedlings outdoors. Nelson Valentine, a Rutgers Master Gardener of Camden County, is an avid long-time vegetable gardener who has started seeds indoors for years. Fee: $10. Advance registration requested. Visit website; click “lawn and garden”

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February 19, 2014
LSRP Exam Preparation Course 
7:30 a.m. 
National Conference Center - Holiday Inn
399 Monmouth Street
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Cost: $155 for LSRPA members, $225 for non-LSRPA members
The course will cover time frames, fees, forms, guidance documents, general technical information, RAOs, RAPs, linear construction, statutes, regulations and standards. LSRPA trained over 600 people in 2013 to positive reviews.Breakfast and lunch will be included. Details and registration here

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February 20, 2014
PA Recycling Market Development Summit: Spotlight on Organics 
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City 
1100 Arch Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19107 
Keynote Address by Shawn M. Garvin, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator. Markets development programming from organics industry experts blended with peer networking. Presentation Topics: Organics Management Initiatives in EPA Region III (Mid-Atlantic); Update of Food Waste Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Capacity in PA; Waste Reduction, Job Creation and Environmental Protection Through Organics Management; Food Waste Diversion Models for Urban Settings; Organics Management Equipment and Technology Session. Download Agenda  Download Registration Form Questions:  Email info@parmc.org or call us at 717-948-6660.    

February 20, 2014
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve' Land Ethics Symposium:
Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping   
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Fee: $129 Early Bird (submitted by January 22); $149 ( between January 23 and February 12); $99 full time students. Registration with payment required by February 12. This informative conference will focus on ways to create low-maintenance, economical, and ecologically balanced landscapes using native plants and restoration techniques. Participants will have opportunities to network and share their experiences with peers at this professional program. The Symposium is geared toward professionals, including landscape architects, designers, contractors and the green industry, environmental consultants, land planners, managers and developers, and state/municipal officials. Continuing education credits are available. The fee is $129 early bird (submitted by January 22); $149 regular ( between Jan. 23 and Feb. 12); and $99 full-time students. The fee includes continental breakfast, break, and lunch. Pre-registration with payment is required by February 12. For a brochure, visit http://www.bhwp.org/education/Land-Ethics-Symposium.htm, call (215) 862-2924 or email LES@bhwp.org. 

February 20, 2014
New Jersey Highlands Council

4 p.m.  

Highlands Council Offices
100 North Road
Chester, NJ. 

February 20, 2014
GMO Free NJ will explore the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ

Come find out what it is, why it matters and what you can do about it--before it's too late. Free and open to the public. RSVP: GMOfreeNJ@gmail.com More at: gmofreenj.com 

February 20, 2014

Recent Trends in LNAPL Assessment, Analysis, and Remediation
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Quinta Inn, Somerset (formerly Ramada)
60 Cottontail Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
Social hour and dinner meeting. $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, Monday, February 17, 2014 at noon to Curt Schmidt at schmidtcas@aol.com or Rose DeLorenzo at rdelorenzo@matrixneworld.com.  No shows will be charged. 

February 20, 2014
America’s Future: Communicating with Our Neighbors on Climate Change 
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Metropolitan Campus
Dickinson Hall, Wilson Auditorium
140 University Plaza Drive
Hackensack, NJ 07601
An interactive discussion with Geoffrey Feinberg of Yale University’s Project on Climate Change Communication and the staff at Climate Nexus. Presented by North Jersey Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Institute of Sustainable Enterprise at FDU.  Free and open to the public; reservations suggested by Feb. 7. RSVP:  Registration FLYER   PRESS RELEASE

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February 24, 2014 
PADEP's Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
St. Vincent College Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
744 Walzer Way
Latrobe, Pa.
The Department of Environmental Protection invites middle school teachers, administrators and building managers to a  training workshop in Latrobe, Westmoreland County on the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes. The workshop is offered free of charge and will be from . Please register in advance. The deadline to register is February 17th . KEEP is geared to teachers of grades 4 through 8, administrators and building maintenance managers. 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. Participants 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 EPA’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. Register by contacting the KEEP Coordinator Susan Gove at 412-431-1010 or at 

February 24, 2014
Go Green Galloway Presents: Queen of the Sun 
7 p.m.
Atlantic County Library
Galloway, NJ
Go Green Galloway continues their ongoing Environmental Movie Series with a screening of the award-winning  film Queen of the Sun:  What are the Bees Telling Us? This film is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis.  Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world. This spellbinding film explores the long-term causes that have led to one of our most urgent global food crises;  illuminating the deep link between humans and bees.  Inspiring and entertaining, QUEEN OF THE SUN uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. We invite the public to join us for this FREE event.  There will be light refreshments, including Fair Trade coffee donated from Starbucks. Go Green Galloway would like to thank the Atlantic County Library System for their continued support of our programs. For more information, please contact Barbara Fiedler, Chair of Go Green Galloway, at 652-3700 x209 or bfiedler@gtnj.org.  


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February 26, 2014

New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals New Member Breakfast 


For New and Old Members!  
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Americana Diner
359 Route 130 
East Windsor, NJ 
Come join us as we welcome this year’s new members. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet as we get to know each other. Find out what is happening in NJSWEP this year. The program is free. Please RSVP by Sunday, February 23, 2014 to Jeena Sheppard at jsheppard@geiconsultants.com  or online There is parking in the Diner and it is close to the NJ Turnpike. Driving directions 

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February 26, 2014
Site Remediation Practitioners' Forum
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Hosted by Accutest 
2235 Route 130
Dayton, NJ
Featuring an in-depth discussion with Senator Linda Greenstein, Vice Chair of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. This is a must attend event if you are a practicing LSRP, attorney or Responsible Party Register here

February 27, 2014
CIANJ Winter Networking Reception

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Upper Montclair Country Club
177 Hepburn Road
Clifton, NJ

Join the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey for a relaxed evening  while exploring the opportunity to build new business relationships. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served
(cash bar will be available). 
Register here

March 1, 2013

Inspire, Organize, Energize: Clean Water Action’s 28th Annual Conference
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ
The event features:  Keynote speaker Dan Fagin, author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation and Associate Professor of journalism and the Director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at NYU.  Environmental workshops and speakers on topics including sustainable water and green infrastructure, children’s health, nuclear energy, environmental justice, the climate crisis, drinking water, and social media, technology and organizing training. Environmental achievement award to Georgina Shanley of the Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE) for her work to help stop the Pinelands Pipeline. Breakfast, lunch, and a networking wine and cheese reception with key political and environmental leaders. Registration is only $15 for students, $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Please RSVP by Feb. 24  or call 732-963-9714, or email: njcwa@cleanwater.org

March 3, 2014

The Utility Industry of the Future
Keynote: Audrey Zibelman, Chair, New York State Public Service Commission
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall
Greenberg Lounge, 1st Floor
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY
This symposium will examine potential futures for the U.S. electric utility industry. The emergence of cost-competitive distributed energy resources, the application of information technologies, and the curtailment of customer demand for electricity have led regulators and industry experts to call for new business and regulatory models for the electric distribution utility. Across the United States, state Public Service Commissions are reviewing existing incentives to attract stable investment and increase innovation. While in the Northeast, regulatory processes are examining how utilities can prepare for future natural disaster and cyber threats. Although there is widespread agreement that the electricity industry is entering a period of change, the shape of those changes in New York, the Northeast, and the United States is not clear. Four panels will discuss aspects of the utility industry of the future: Potential Business Models; New Regulatory Models to Drive Innovation; Financial Implications of the Utility Transformation, and Transformations in New York's Utility Regulatory Environment: Then and Now. Panelists will include legal practitioners, academics, policymakers, and other major figures in the field of electricity regulation. Organized by the Environmental Law Society, the Environmental Law Journal, and the Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law.

March 6, 2014
International Energy Conservation Code Workshop

Presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4700 E. Street Road

Feasterville, Pa
The one-day program will focus on energy code compliance for residential buildings. Participants will learn about performing a thorough plan review, proper air sealing and insulation inspection items, the process for completing a thorough energy inspection and accurately assessing every item in a provided plan review and insulation checklist. The IECC is updated every three years by the International Code Council. In Pennsylvania, it is considered part of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), according to Act 49.
Registration fee is $40 and includes a training manual, breakfast and lunch. Six UCC continuing education hours will be awarded to attendees. Registration is available online on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins may be accepted if space and materials are available. Funding for the workshop is provided by the department through a U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program grant. More information here or here or call 717-763-0930.

March 7, 2013
2014 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Temple University Performing Arts Center
Philadelphia, Pa
Now in its fourth year, this event brings together industry, university and community leaders to share best practices, ask challenging questions, and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Tri-State region. This event, to be held at Temple University, will draw over 800 attendees and will feature sessions covering diverse topics such as green technology, business and sustainability, commercial real estate owners and tenants, renewable energy, LEED v4, and more. More information here

March 7, 2013
Forum on Sustainability with PA Candidates for Governor
3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Temple Performing Arts Center  Immediately following the 2014 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium (see above), join DVGBC and Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates for a forum on sustainability. Come get to know the candidates and learn more about their positions on green building in Pennsylvania and on our green building agenda. Register for free today (separate from Symposium registration) and view sponsorship benefits and opportunities for the PA Gubernatorial Forum. 

March 11, 2014
A Discussion on New Jersey's Economic Growth
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
CIANJ Headquarters
61 South Paramus Road, Paramus NJ
With the distraction of the gubernatorial and legislative elections out of the way, a primary
focus of this year's legislative agenda will undoubtedly be on growing New Jersey's
economy. What legislation is needed to spur private sector job growth and private investment? How will the budget battle end with revenue projections falling short? 
Please join us for this special roundtable discussion on economic growth as we hear 
from lawmakers serving on the Senate Economic Growth & Commerce Committees, as 
well as the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. They will give their insights on this vital topic and answer questions from the attendees.  Register here

March 11, 2014
Strengthening New Jersey's Economy
Presented by the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Trenton Country Club
West Trenton, NJ  

Join three of the most influential individuals in New Jersey, Tom Bracken (NJ Chamber of Commerce), Bernie Flynn (NJM Insurance Group), and Wayne Hasenbalg (NJ Sports & Exposition Authority), as they discuss the current economic climate and future growth in the state. Register here

March 11, 2014

Ikebana demonstration by Anna Nakada
7 p.m.
 Tilelli Community Center

820 Mercer Street

Cherry Hill
NJ 08002
A Master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana will be  featured at the monthly Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Ikebana is a 550 year old Japanese tradition of flower arranging.  It emphasizes making flowers come alive in a natural way such as combining materials in a natural balance of their weights rather than fastening down the materials by artificial means. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website-www.HSSJ.org.

March 12 and 22, 2014 

Starting Vegetables from Seed 
March 12 - 6 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
March 22 - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
KCC Urban Farm
Kingsborough Community College
Brooklyn, NY  
NHB08, $75 Learn the ins and outs of growing edible crops from seed. This two-day course will include seed science, pest management, equipment, and maintenance to successfully carry your crops through the process of  germination. At the end of this course, you will go home with seedlings for your own garden. Please reach out to  kccurbanfarm@kbcc.cuny.edu with any questions. Looking forward to a great season!

March 12, 2014
43rd Engineering Excellence Award Banquet

American Council of Engineering Companies
6 p.m. - Cocktails
7 p.m. - Dinner
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive
Jamesburg, NJ
Registration Form

March 17-18, 2014

Millersville University
It is back and will be bigger and better than ever. This year’s event will be held at Millersville University at Millersville, PA and will feature keynote presentations, exhibits, our annual meeting, and several hours of continuing education credits just like last year, and a few special additions. Millersville University is centrally located and offers exceptional accommodationsThis year’s Chair is Jan Russell. She is looking for individuals willing to help with the planning and management of the program and can be reached at jrussell@greenspringinstitute.com ; Tania Reinaman treinaman@reinaman.com, Josh Millmanjmillman@facplan.com,  and Scott Pusey scott@everydaygreendc.com are also on the committee. More information here.
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March 19, 2014

ANJHHWC Spring Meeting
The Association of NJ Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators spring meeting
10 a.m.
Rutgers Eco Complex, Environmental Research and Extension Center
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd.
Bordentown, NJ 08505-4200.
Please forward items for the agenda to JoAnn Gemenden at jgemenden@ucnj.org

March 20, 2014
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.  

Highlands Council Offices
100 North Road
Chester, NJ. 

March 22, 2014

18th Annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally
Busch Campus Student Center, Rutgers University
Piscataway, New Jersey
9 am - 5 pm
The NJ Land Conservation Rally is a one-day educational conference about preserving open space and farmland in New Jersey.  The event consists of 21 workshops about conservation finance, trail building, land stewardship, community conservation, economic growth and land preservation, healthy forests, and much more.  A special "lightning round" session will include a panel of state and community leaders telling personal stories about the importance of land preservation to New Jersey.  The event will conclude with a social to network with conservation colleagues.  For a full list of workshops and more information, and to register for the conference, click here

March 27, 2014
Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR) Annual Meeting
8:30 a.m.
NJ EcoComplex
Burlington County
Registration fee: ANJR Members: $65 if postmarked by 3/17/14; $70 if postmarked after 3/17/14. Non‐Members: $90 if postmarked by 3/17/14; $95 if postmarked after 3/17/14. For more information, call: 908‐722‐7575 fax 908‐722‐0280 or E‐mail: anjr@optimum.net
Exhibitors– Want to exhibit? Call 908‐722‐7575 for more information


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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 here  

April 9-11, 2014
Utility Analytics Summit 2014

April 19-26
South Plainfield (NJ) Seeks Volunteers for Litter Clean-up Week 
The South Plainfield Clean Communities Advisory Board will sponsor a Borough-wide cleanup the last week in April.  The main clean-up event will be on Saturday morning, April 19.  Volunteers will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Municipal Building at 2480 Plainfield Avenue, to collect equipment and clean-up assignments.  We will target roadsides, parks, streams and vacant lots.  Residents are welcome to organize a crew, or to come on their own.  All volunteers are invited back to Borough Hall at noon for a free Pickup Picnic. For more information, contact Clean Communities Coordinator Alice Tempel (908) 226-7621, or atempel@southplainfieldnj.com                            

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

April 17, 2014
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.  

Highlands Council Offices
100 North Road
Chester, NJ.


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