Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for April 1, 2014

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

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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 


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April 2, 2014
April Green Drinks             
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!  

April 3, 2014

Mastering RADIUS
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Piscataway, NJ  (Rutgers University – UHR Training Center)
This one-day computer workshop will give you the tools to prepare permit applications correctly and efficiently. Through presentations and hands-on use of the RADIUS application and the DEP-Online web site, students will learn both the basic and advanced features of these tools. The course will use an extensive array of case studies to illustrate various permitting scenarios. 

April 3, 2014
SWEP's 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 PhiladelphiaProgram 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. Sonya 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 judgment 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 5, 2014
First Saturday drop-off at Somerset Recycling Center in Bridgewater, NJ
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Somerset County Recycling Center
Polhemus Lane
Bridgewater, NJ
Read news story for details

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, NJ
Join 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

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 8, 2014
Auditor’s Workshop: Managing Environmental Compliance -- Refocusing on Sustainability
9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Holly House) 
Gain a better understanding of how sustainability can improve your company's environmental, economic and social goals. Discover how other companies have benefited by implementing sustainability programs. Discover which sustainability ideas are easily implemented and which ones require long term commitments. 

April 10, 2014

NJDEP Vapor Intrusion Guidance
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Cook Campus Center)
Vapor intrusion (VI) is a potential exposure pathway of concern in the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. Vapors may migrate in the subsurface and along preferential pathways and potentially impact indoor air quality. This seminar presents the NJDEP's approach to Vapor Intrusion  investigations through their Technical Guidance document. More Information here

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


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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 Ave
Collingswood, 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 18, 2014Pond Design, Management and MaintenanceHillsborough, NJ  (Duke Farms)
Improve the appearance, function, up-keep and long-term maintenance of your pond. You’ll learn how to build a pond, create and maintain stable shorelines, aquascape littoral benches, control nuisance species and optimize habitat for fish and aquatic wildlife. More information 

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 oratempel@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
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/orcmazauskas@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 13, 2014

Herbal Tea Gardens—Therapeutic Teas from the Garden
Monthly Horticultural Society of South Jersey meeting
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Community Center
820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Elaine Shaughnessy has served as Director on the Board for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and as Vice Chairperson of the Herb Society of America—South Jersey Unit. Come and learn about the uses of various herbs that you can grow in your own garden. Herbal teas can cure your ills, warm or cool your body and soothe your soul. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website-www.HSSJ.org.

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  orkdickerson@lancasterfarmlandtrust.org

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

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