Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for February 4, 2014

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

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February 4-29, 2014 
Rutgers Master Gardener Course
9 a.m. to Noon (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Camden County Environmental Center 1301 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

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February 4, 2014
Creating Sustainable Businesses in New Jersey
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
NJDEP Headquarters
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ

The Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) was created three years ago to raise awareness, educate and motivate companies to pursue sustainability as a competitive business strategy. The SBI’s February 4th meeting will focus on what some NJ businesses are doing to become sustainable. Jeana Wirtenberg, author of Building a Culture for Sustainability - People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy, will summarize never-before-published stories and lessons learned from nine successful global companies that have headquarters or major operations in NJ. In addition, Robert Coleman, Senior Manager of the Office of 
Sustainable Development, from Church & Dwight and Barry Dambach, Sr. Director of  Sustainability and EHS, from Alcatel-Lucent will share their best practices. To register for the meeting by emailing Athena Sarafides at athena.sarafides@dep.state.nj.us

February 4, 2014
Green Drinks at Flying Fish Brewery 
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Flying Fish Brewery 

900 Kennedy Blvd

Somerdale, NJ 08083 

Some highlights of this FREE event include: 
Inspiration by Flying Fish Founder, Gene Mueller as he shares his experience of owning a sustainable business; Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting; Food & Drink; Sustainable Jersey Representative and Regional Sustainability "Ambassadors" to help introduce you around! Learn more about Flying Fish Brewery's sustainability initiatives hereAlthough this event is FREE, space is limited and registration is required! 

February 8, 2014
9th Annual Seed Celebration & Swap 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.        
The Old Stone House
5th Ave & 4th St, Park Slope 
Brooklyn, NY (R,F,G trains B63 bus)
We have many seeds to swap and you bring some too. This is a social and informational event. Seeds to buy from: Hudson Valley Art Packs and Fedco organic seed. Seed raffle of Fruition Seed - new! NY only seeds. Also, design examples, books, demonstrations, catalogs. Ask the Gardener: Questions about compost, planting & design. Seed art: Displays & mosaic making. Bring the whole family. Absolutely free! Contact: permie@earthlink.net

February 8, 2014
Is That An Igloo? Survival Shelters 
If you have ever wanted to learn some skills that will help to keep you alive in a survival situation, then this is your chance.   During our class we will make a snow shelter and have some fun in the snow.  Note this class is weather dependent.Welcome to the New Jersey Audubon’s Family Nature Programs.  Each program is designed to explore nature through a theme.  A portion of each program may be spent outdoors building a deeper connection to the natural world through fun and informative activities.  We provide a highly trained environmental educator for each of our programs.  Join us and create memories that will last a lifetime.  Educational and fun, these Family Nature Programs are perfect for beginning naturalists and their families ages 6 to adult.  Cost: members, $5 per person; non-members, $7 per person (unless otherwise noted).  Pre-registration is encouraged.  (609) 897-9400

February 8-9, 2014  
Urban Agriculture-Focused Carpentry
Offered by KCC Urban Farm at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Conducted by EcoStation: NY  
325 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206.Course fee: $100; Materials: $25 
Carpentry is not only for men. Now everyone can learn the basics of carpentry as it relates to farm and garden structures, and in a unique class environment. Prepare for the spring without fear of structural obstacles while empowering yourself to use new tools. This course will be geared towards those who have no experience but it is also recommended for people who want to brush up on techniques and brainstorm ideas with us.


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February 9, 2014

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and the 350.org Global Divestment Movement
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
River Vale Community Center
628 River Vale Road
River Vale, New Jersey
The non-profit Pascack Sustainability Group invites members of the community to join a free talk and discussion about Socially Responsible Investments (SRI) and the global fossil free divestment movement. Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)--also known as sustainable, “green” or ethical investing--directs funds into companies that promote environmental stewardship, human rights, and public health. Guest speaker, Robert Goellner, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, is a financial planner with Common Interests, a family wealth management firm specializing in SRI.  Adding to the discussion, Pascack Sustainability Chair and 350NJ Organizer, Rosemary Dreger Carey, will provide an overview of the 350.org global divestment campaign calling on learning institutions, pension funds, faith groups and other institutional investors to remove fossil fuels from their portfolio because it is morally wrong to profit from wrecking the planet. 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. More at: www.pascacksustainabilitygroup.org

February 10, 2014
Aspiring LSRP Networking Event
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pizzeria Uno
61 Route 1
Metuchen, NJ
Casual, come as you are networking event for aspiring LSRPs sponsored by the NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association.  Individuals working in the environmental field:  field engineers, scientists, drafters, project managers, field technicians, contractors, vendors, etc. are invited to attend.  Join us  over appetizers and beverages to learn more about becoming an LSRP  and the LSRPA. Registration:   $15 For more information and to register for this event, please go to the LSRPA's website www.lsrpa.org

February 11, 2014

Aquaponics: Modern Farming's Return to Nature

7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Alex Kosis will present the program at the monthly Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Alex will share what he has learned when he turned his part-time love of gardening into a top priority aquaponic gardening venture. The program will cover what aquaponics is, how it can be used to solve some of today's food problems, and a case study about his own aquaponics farm. The space, time, and energy-saving aspects of aquaponics, when compared to traditional farming and garden methods, have been a perfect fit into Alex's new rural, sustainable life that he continues to build in South Jersey.  Free and open to the public. For more information visit the website-www.HSSJ.org

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February 18, 2014
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. For information, call 856-216-7130, njgarden@camdencounty.com or visit the website and click “lawn and garden”. 

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 of the seminar and registration can be found on the LSRPA website at www.lsrpa.org

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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 explored the TPP--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:  enviro@njppn.org

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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 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 

February 26, 2014Site Remediation Practitioners' Forum
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.Hosted by Accutest 
2235 Route 130, Dayton, NJ
This is a must attend event if you are a practicing LSRP, attorney or Responsible Party.  Register here

March 7, 2014 
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. Register by January 31st and take advantage of early bird pricing!  More information here

March 11, 2014
Ikebana demonstration by Anna Nakada
7 p.m.Carmen Tilelli Community Center820 Mercer StreetCherry HillNJ 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, visit www.njconservation.org/rally.


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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

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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