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Enviro-Events Calendar for March 27, 2014





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


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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


March 27, 2014
"Can We Balance Environmental Goals with Promoting Competitive Markets 
and Maintaining Reliability? Developments in Federal Electricity Regulation." 
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
NYU School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall
Snow Dining Room, 4th Floor       

40 Washington Square South
New York, NY
RSVP 
The Guarini Center for Environmental and Land Use Law at NYU Law is sponsor of this event that will examine the future of electric utility regulation. The speaker will be Richard B. Miller, Director of the Energy Markets Policy Group at Con Edison. Miller is responsible for federal energy policy issues, particularly as they relate to the operation of wholesale markets and the bulk electric transmission system. 



March 27-28, 2014

12th Annual New York State Green Building Conference 
The Oncenter,Syracuse, NY  Register Now!   

The New York State Green Building Conference is hosted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE). Tedd Benson and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea will be keynote speakers. Benson is the founder of Bensonwood which is recognized as a designer and builder of energy-efficient timber frame and hybrid high-performance homes and commercial buildings. Dr. Ingraffea, professor at Cornell University, will focus on the feasibility of converting New York State's current energy infrastructure to one that utilizes wind, water, and sunlight. This conference will feature exciting sessions on: LEED v4, Building Science, Material Science, Biomimicry & Resiliency, Living Infrastructure, High Performance Commercial, High Performance Residential, & More! This program is approved for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for engineers, Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for landscape architects, and Learning Units (LUs) for architects. A participant can earn a maximum of 9.0 PDHs, 7.0 CECs, and 10.5 LUs by attending the full conference.  LEED Professionals can earn up to 13 GBCI CE Hours by attending the full conference. You may now self-report unlimited education hours toward your credential maintenance! Full Agenda Details Here
  

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March 28, 2014

Green New Jersey Productions Reception and Screening 
Hosted by Adrienne & Dillard Kirby 
Morris Museum
Morristown, NJ  
Last year, GNJP filmed at parks, a wildlife refuge, trails and historic places in Morris County, NJ, to produce a half-hour program that will inspire you to get out and stroll, hike or bike. Come with us to explore some very special places in the first episode of  GNJP's Open Spaces & Historic Places series. There is no fee to attend, but we ask that you please register by March 26. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help handling registration. Please email gnj@greenernewjersey.org or call 609-397-2138.  We're looking for three more volunteers. 


March 28, 2014
REsiliency NYC: "Off-Grid Lighting & Renewable Energy Policy"
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
John Haynes Holmes House - the "Gallery" 
28 East 35th Street 

Manhattan
 
Luke Clause, Senior Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) graduate of the Columbia University School of International Affairs, Luke Clause earned a BS in Environmental Studies and Political Science at Santa Clara University. Luke will provide an overview of the current strategy for developing renewable resources in NYC, and discuss specific pilot projects in both the public and private sectors. http://www.nycedc.com/industry/clean-technology-energy Tyler Adkins, Urban Green Energy Tyler Adkins, a graduate of Lund University's Sustainability Science Masters Program, directs Urban Green Energy's Outdoor Lighting Group, engaging government, institutional, and commercial clients on the energy security and cost-saving benefits of off-grid wind and solar-powered lighting. UGE develops and markets off-grid wind and solar-powered lighting solutions throughout the NYC area. http://www.urbangreenenergy.com Please register at www.nyses.org Suggested Donation: $20 - $10 Cash at the door or charge with PayPal on the NYSES website. (No one turned away) Refreshments served. 



March 31, 2014

Go Green Galloway Presents: TRUCK FARM
7 p.m.
Atlantic County Library/Galloway, NJ
Go Green Galloway continues their ongoing Environmental Movie Series with a screening of the film TRUCK FARM.  From the co-creators of KING CORN, and BIG RIVER, TRUCK FARM tells the story of a new generation of American farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he's got: his Granddad's old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city's funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America's largest city can learn to feed itself. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, TRUCK FARM entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable. Featuring nutritionist Marion Nestle, chef Dan Barber, explorer Henry Hudson and a very lonely seagull. Following the movie, there will be a short discussion and presentation by Jennifer Lamonaca of our local Sea Salt CSA. We invite the public to join us for this FREE event.  There will be light refreshments, including Fair Trade coffee donated from Starbucks. For more information, please contact Barbara Fiedler, Chair of Go Green Galloway, at 652-3700 x209 or bfiedler@gtnj.org. 


April 1, 2014

"Sustainable Electronics and the Bottom Line" 
6 p.m.– 9 p.m.
Columbia University Club of NY
15 West 43 Street
New York, NY
The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of NYC is the sponsor of this event.  Our expert panel will discuss sustainability issues surrounding conflict minerals, labor conditions and e-waste, as well as illustrate business cases for electronics companies leading the way in sustainable practices.  The discussion will also highlight business opportunities to close the gap in achieving an ethical electronics life cycle. Register Now


April 3, 2014

SWEP Presents: Technical Program and Facility Tour: Waste Disposal 
and Beneficial Use for Site Remediation Projects 
Classroom Presentation at Keystone Industrial Port Complex (KIPC)
Facility Tour at Clean Earth of Southeast Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Society of Women Environmental Professionals
11:30 a.m. - Check-in
12 noon - 3 p.m. - Program
All are welcome. Pre-registration required$15/person member; $20/person non-member
Please RSVP by April 1, 2014. Pre-register, make payment, and indicate your lunch selection on-line at: www.swepweb.com   Note: Walk-ins are not possible since a gate code is needed to enter KIPC.  
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm  Classroom Presentation: Waste disposal can be one of the most difficult steps in successfully completing a remediation project. During this program Clean Earth will discuss: Project set-up considerations; Development and implementation of a successful waste characterization plan; Sample collection methods and spatial layout; Waste Disposal vs. Beneficial Use options; Regulatory compliance considerations; Generator responsibility and liability;  Waste management and processing considerations; Documentation requirements; Identification of potential roadblocks and pitfalls with associated risks; Additional steps and guidance to minimize project challenges and maintain project schedules, budgets, and environmental regulatory requirements. 2-3 p.m.: Facility Tour:  A facility tour of Clean Earth of Southeast Pennsylvania (located in Morrisville, PA), including: Basic understanding of low temperature thermal desorption process; Understanding of how soil conditions effect treatment (e.g., excess debris, high moisture, clay content, odors, additives, etc); and Tour of the operating plant.Dress Requirements for Facility TourJeans, steel-toed work boots or work shoes for tour participation.  Clean Earth will provide: Safety hats, vests, and glasses for the tour.  Program Presenters: Karen Hartley, CHMM, Senior Environmental Project Manager, Clean Earth, Inc.; Cheryl Coffee, Corporate EH&S Manager, Clean Earth, Inc.;          Joseph Siravo, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Clean Earth of Southeast PA, and  Michael Kelly, General Manager, Clean Earth of Southeast PA, Clean Earth Philadelphia Program Location:  Presentation and Lunch at KIPC, followed by Facility Tour: USS Real Estate Conference Room at Keystone Industrial Port Complex (KIPC), One Ben Fairless Drive, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 Clean Earth of Southeast Pennsylvania, 7 Steel Road East, Morrisville, PA 19067 Program Contacts: Eileen Snyder, Alpha Analytical Inc., MidAtlantic Region. Email:  esnyder@alphalab.com. Sonyya Ward, H2M architects + engineers, Parsippany, NJ  Email:  sward@h2m.com


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April 4,  2014
EBC Spring Conference

"Using Professional Judgment as a Site Remediation Tool"
7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Pines Manor
2085 Route 27
Edison, NJ 08817
As the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) enters its 5th year and Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) become more accustomed to processing cases each day, it will be important to understand how LSRPs apply their judgment to the cleanups for which they are responsible. With numerous guidance documents and policies in existence combined with the complexity of remediating a site, the reliance on professional judgment to move cleanups along will no doubt increase. Come hear from LSRPs, attorneys and other professionals on how professional judgement should be applied to expedite cleanups. **4 Technical LSRP CEC Credits Available** CLE Credits available pending approval. Click here to view the registration flyer.  Click here to view the agenda.



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 8, 2014
Annual Isles Garden Plow Event
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
Garden of Three Points
81 Chestnut Ave. 
Trenton, NJJoin Isles as we celebrate the return of spring with our annual community garden plow  Our friends from Howell Living History Farm will show us how to prepare the land for planting the old-fashioned way using an animal-drawn plow. Try your hand at the plow, learn about composting, and just enjoy the day! This annual event has become a much anticipated way to welcome spring.  Please stop by. All are welcome.

 


April 8, 2014
Ergonomic Gardening
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street

Cherry Hill
NJ

Marilyn Fishman
 will be featured at the monthly Horticultural Society of South Jersey meeting. She will share her recent research on ergonomics for gardeners and gardening with arthritis.  Her focus will be on how you can protect against repetitive stress injuries while working in the garden.  “Ergonomic” has become common in the description of gardening tools, and she will share her ergonomic tools as well as discuss what to look for in buying a “true” ergonomic gardening tool.  Marilyn is a Rutgers Master Gardener of Burlington County who has worked over forty years in Informational Science and Technology.  She is an HSSJ member and is editor of the HSSJ newsletter. 
Free and open to the public. For more information visit the website 


April 8, 2014
Dr. David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist   
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cherry Hill Library
Cherry Hill, NJ
FREE program but registration is required.
On the heels of Sandy, New Jersey has been on the receiving end of a polar vortex of bitter cold and record snowfall totals. As March 2014 roars in like a lion, ever wonder what drives our changing seasons here in NJ? Beyond our current winter weather or individual storms, there is climate. Over time, our climate delivers bounty (YO, we are the 'garden state' after all...) while also baffling us with storms and special gifts such as this challenging winter. Is New Jersey's climate changing? Getting colder? Getting hotter? Getting wetter? Dr. David Robinson along with a panel discussion, will help you understand our NJ climate and changes that could lie ahead. This program is hosted by the Green Build/Biz Task Force of Sustainable Cherry Hill.

 




















April 11, 2014

The 26th Morris County Recycling Awards Dinner
6:30 p.m. - Cocktails
7:30 p.m. - Dinner and Awards
Hanover Manor
16 Eagle Rock Manor
East Hanover, NJ 07936
Information and Reservations - Previous Award Winners



April 14-15, 2014
SWANA NJ Annual Spring Conference
Tropicana, Atlantic City, NJ
This year conference speakers will focus on ethics in the Solid Waste Industry along with other current industry topics. Click here to see full agenda.  Attendees also will have the option to participate in a Green Tour at the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority to learn about their landfill gas to electric projects as well as the newly renovated single stream recycling facility.


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

Highlands Council Offices
100 North Road
Chester, NJ


April 17, 2014

GMO Free NJ's Spring Cleaning Pantry Makeover
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon AveCollingswood, NJ
Join GMO Free NJ to find out how to clear your pantry of GMOs and refill it with healthy non-GMO essentials. You'll even walk away with recipes . . . and possibly a door prize!
Free and open to the public.  RSVP: GMOfreeNJ@gmail.com  Learn more here 


April 19-26, 2014
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    

  







April 23, 2014

SWEP's Green Smarts Party 
Presented by the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) of Greater Philadelphia
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saul Ewing - 38th Floor Conference Room 38D
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102.
The event is held to recognize and celebrate the wonderful women and organizations selected for our graduate scholarships and community grants. Registration is free for SWEP members, and $15 for non-members. Online registration can be found at: http://swepweb.com/annual-green-smarts-party/

April 24, 2014

The Challenges of Reducing Groundwater Impacts from Radioactive Wastes Sites
6 to 9 p.m.
La Quinta Inn, Somerset (formerly Ramada)
60 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
Social hour and dinner meeting. $30 for AEG members, $35 for non-members and $5 for students with RSVP. Cash or check (payable to AEG) only, payment at the door. Please RSVP by Noon, April 21, 2014 to Curt Schmidt at schmidtcas@aol.com or Rose DeLorenzo: rdelorenzo@matrixneworld.com.  No shows will be charged. LSRP credits pending



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April 26, 2014
4
5th Cherry Hill Earth Festival  
More information to come



April 27, 2014
2014 Edison Earth Day Celebration
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Papaianni Park
100 Municipal Boulevard
Edison, NJ 08817Co-presented by the Township of Edison, Edison Township Environmental Commission (ETEC) and the Edison Sustainable Jersey Green Team (ESJGT), the annual green/sustainable, outdoor, day-event will include a number of presenters, exhibitors, vendors and speakers. Activities will include: Event Volunteer plantings, site cleaning and organic debris consolidation; ETEC environmental testing; Central Jersey Bicycle Association (CJBA) Bike Ride.  Food will be available to purchase on-site.  Since 2011 Edison Earth Day Celebrations have drawn approximately 1,500 visitors and participants, en total.  This year (4/27/14) 1,000+  event participants and visitors are anticipated, including more than sixty (60+) presenters and vendors.  As with prior Edison Earth Day Celebrations, the event shall be video-recorded, edited and broadcasted by award-winning Edison TV to 100,000 cable television-viewing households throughout the Edison/Greater Edison area.  Edison Clean Communities Program will provide free, re-usable water bottles, as well as sponsor the portable rest facilities at the event.  Additionally, volunteers will participate in clearing and cleaning the site, before and after the event, as well as a variety of other green/sustainable activities.  Ample free parking will be available for event participants and visitors. For more information as to event attendance, volunteer/vendor/presenter participation and/or sponsorship, please contact Chris Mazauskas, Resource Development Officer, Dept. of Administration, Township of Edison at 732-248-7356 (Office Telephone), 732-287-6679 (Office Fax) and/or cmazauskas@edisonnj.org (E-mail)


May 2, 2014

PADEP's Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Workshop
10:30 a.m. - Noon 
Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission office 
312 Main St. 
Towanda, Pa. 
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites fleet managers, school districts, municipalities, nonprofit entities, and for-profit businesses to an alternative fuels incentive grant (AFIG) workshop designed to assist potential applicants in learning more about AFIG grant program requirements. The presentation will include a demonstration of the online application process. DEP staff will then be available to provide one-on-one assistance to applicants. The workshop is free and open to eligible applicants only. Seating is limited and the registration deadline is April 28. Please provide attendee’s name and organization when registering by contacting North-central Energy Manager Michelle Ferguson, atmiferguson@pa.gov, or by calling 570-327-3783. 
To learn more about the AFIG grant program, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: AFIG.


May 17, 2014
Earth Day Celebration and Shredding Event
Sponsored by Sustainable Maple Shade
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Maple Shade Township Building
200 Stiles Ave.
Maple Shade, NJ
Join Sustainable Maple Shade as we celebrate the environment at our first ever Earth Day Celebration and Shredding Event. There will be food, fun, demonstrations and many different vendors talking about sustainability and teaching you how to help make the earth a better place to live. Residents can bring up to one box of items to be shredded; no businesses, plastic folders, carbon paper or photos, please. 
For more information, email htalarico115@yahoo.com or call 609-975-6260.


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June 7, 2014

Lancaster Farmland Trust's Pedal to Preserve 2014
Garden Spot Village
433 South Kinzer Avenue
New Holland, PA 17557

7 a.m. Registration 

8 a.m. Departure for 51 mile ride

9 a.m. Departure for 20 mile ride

9:30   a.m. Departure for 6 mile ride. 

Celebrate farmland preservation with 
Lancaster Farmland Trust's Pedal to Preserve 2014.  With distances of 6, 20, and 51 miles, these 3 leisure routes provide scenic views of more than 75 preserved farms in the heart of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For families, novice riders, and experienced cyclists, this event offers fun for all ages and abilities. Pedal to Preserve 2013 is a leisure ride, not a race. Marked routes, SAG support, breakfast snacks, rest stops, and lunch are included in your registration. Register Questions? Contact LFT at 717-687-8484  or kdickerson@lancasterfarmlandtrust.org

August 3-7, 2014
StormCon 
Stormwater Conference and Expo 
The Oregon Convention Center 
www.stormcon.com


September 20-24, 2014
Climate Ride NYC-DC
New York City, NY to Washington DC
Climate Ride NYC-DC is a grand cycling adventure that connects two of the nation’s most important cities – New York and Washington, DC – by bicycle. From the exciting departure by ferry in Manhattan to the hero’s welcome and rally at the steps of the US Capitol, the east-coast version of Climate Ride is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with 200 like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles - the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. On the NYC-DC ride, you’ll spend five days cycling through rich green countryside and historic towns. You’ll find out why they call New Jersey “The Garden State” as you cycle through the lush landscape. You’ll explore the historic Delaware River Valley, discover Pennsylvania’s Amish country, and pedal through horse country in Maryland before arriving at the Capitol in Washington DC. Evening programs and dynamic speakers combine with world-class riding to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun. Climate Ride takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 45-70 miles per day of carefully planned routes on back roads that meander through the countryside. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. The ride has followed the same route between the two cities since the first Climate Ride in 2008, although portions change from year to year. The Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. Registration: Open
Website: http://www.Climateride.org


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