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Enviro-Events Calendar for April 9, 2014




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

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
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 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. 

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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 10, 2014

PADEP webinar on Chapter 105 Proposed Technical Guidance Documents
2:30 p.m.
The webinar will provide an overview of the four proposed technical guidance documents and discuss the need, benefits and purpose of the documents. A technical guidance document provides information to the regulated community about how to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Information concerning the proposed in lieu fee program, that involves the restoration, establishment, enhancement and/or preservation of aquatic resources, will also be provided. The webinar is geared toward, but not limited to, homeowners, developers, transportation engineers, mining operators and oil and gas operators. Three of the proposed technical guidance documents establish the basis for evaluating water resources and dictate the parameters used to assign the condition of water resources. The fourth proposed technical guidance standardizes the process to determine the amount of replacement resources needed to offset a project’s impacts to water resources. Public comments on the proposed technical guidance documents are encouraged. The public comment period began on March 8 and continues until May 7. Written comments should be submitted to Kenneth Murin, P. O. Box 8460, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8460. Copied, duplicated comments will not be accepted. Comments submitted by email must include the originator's name and address and sent to the respective email addresses below:
• Pennsylvania Lacustrine Condition Level 2 Rapid Assessment Protocol (DEP ID: 310-2137-004) RA-EPTG04L2LACUSTRI@pa.gov
• Pennsylvania Riverine Condition Level 2 Rapid Assessment Protocol (DEP ID: 310-2137-003) RA-EPTG03L2RIVERINEC@pa.gov
• Pennsylvania Wetland Condition Level 2 Rapid Assessment Protocol (DEP ID: 310-2137-002) RA-EPTG02L2WETLDCOM@pa.gov
• Pennsylvania Function Based Aquatic Resource Compensation Protocol (DEP ID: 310-2137-001) RA-EPTG01COMPCOMENTS@pa.gov
Copies of the proposed technical guidance documents are available at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword:” Proposals Currently Open for Comment”.  Preregistration is required to participate in the webinar. To register, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the webinar button. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the DEP website for future viewing. For more information, call 717-787-3411.





















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.

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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, 2014
Pond Design, Management and Maintenance
Hillsborough, 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
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/orcmazauskas@edisonnj.org (E-mail)


April 30, 2014
Leadership Training for Sustainable School Stakeholders      
'Creating a Culture of Sustainability'
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Continental breakfast & lunch provided
Burlington County College
Pemberton, NJ 
Three-part daytime series (select any combo of the following)
9 -11 Sustainable Policy Development; Where are you now and where do you need to go?
11:30-1:30 Developing a Sustainability Action Plan; How to get from here to there.
2–4 Implementation, Tracking, and Evaluating Sustainability Action Plans: Are we there?
School Personnel: School Board Members, School Staff, including Facilities Staff - $75.00 Professional Service Provider: $100.00 CEUs: This course may be used for self-reporting to GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute). Each of these workshops would likely qualify for 2 self-reported GBCI credential maintenance units. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION.


April 30, 2014

Alternative Funding – Sustainable Schools.                     
Stay Out of the Red by Operating in the Green
Evening Session for School Board Members
6: p.m. - 9 p.m. – Dinner provided
Burlington County College
Pemberton, NJ
This workshop will provide an overview of sustainability and why it’s so important for the leadership of any school to understand how strategic actions can result in a high performing school that will save money and benefit the entire community. One focus of this workshop will be on how to utilize Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Ribbon Schools, Sustainable Jersey for Schools and other successful programs as a framework for planning, implementing and monitoring financial, environmental and academic connections for sustainability. A tour will be available for BCC's state of the art sustainability labs at the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION.


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 7, 2014
2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium|

Ramada Inn Conference Center
State College, Pa.

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension’s Master Well Owner Network, the Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Ground Water Association along with numerous other sponsors are organizing the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater SymposiumThe Symposium theme: Building Groundwater Knowledge through Monitoring will provide a forum for researchers, students, professionals and educators working in the groundwater field to exchange information and promote protection of groundwater resources.Thanks to generous support from sponsors, the daylong symposium including refreshments and lunch will only cost $30!  We hope you can join us for this event showcasing Pennsylvania’s valuable groundwater resource! Learn more at the Conference website.


May 8, 15, 22, 2014

Practical Applications in Hydrogeology
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Ralph Geiger Education Center) 
This informative program will familiarize you with the theory and practice of hydrogeology, including guiding principles, basic mathematical principles, the identification of problems, the application of different groundwater models, and the limitations of those models. The structure of the course allows you to analyze assigned problems during the week between lecture sessions. More information 


May 13, 2014

OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Training
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Newton, NJ  (Sussex County Public Safety Training Academy) 
If you’re covered by OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Regulation, this program will help you meet the 8-hour annual refresher training requirements.  


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 .


May 15, 2014

Leadership Training for Sustainable School Stakeholders
'Creating a Culture of Sustainability'
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Continental breakfast & lunch provided
Stockton College
Galloway, NJ
Three-part daytime series (select any combo of the following)
9 -11 Sustainable Policy Development; Where are you now and where do you need to go?
11:30-1:30 Developing a Sustainability Action Plan; How to get from here to there.
2–4 Implementation, Tracking, and Evaluating Sustainability Action Plans: Are we there?
School Personnel: School Board Members, School Staff, including Facilities Staff - $75.00 Professional Service Provider: $100.00 CEUs: This course may be used for self-reporting to GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute). Each of these workshops would likely qualify for 2 self-reported GBCI credential maintenance units. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION.


May 15, 2014

Alternative Funding – Sustainable Schools                       
Stay Out of the Red by Operating in the Green
Evening Session for School Board Members
6: p.m. - 9 p.m. – Dinner provided
Stockton College
Galloway, NJ
This workshop will provide an overview of sustainability and why it’s so important for the leadership of any school to understand how strategic actions can result in a high performing school that will save money and benefit the entire community. One focus of this workshop will be on how to utilize Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Ribbon Schools, Sustainable Jersey for Schools and other successful programs as a framework for planning, implementing and monitoring financial, environmental and academic connections for sustainability. A tour will be available for BCC's state of the art sustainability labs at the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy. MORE INFO & REGISTRATION.


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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May 20, 2014

Alternative Energy for Water and Wastewater Operations
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Ralph Geiger Education Center)
Learn about materials and devices used in alternative energy systems, conversion, storage and generation, from photovoltaics and fuel cells to super capacitors, in this introductory course. More information 


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

June 10-11, 2014

NJDEP Air Quality Permitting Seminar
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Cook Campus Center)
All industry, consultant and municipal staff responsible for writing Air Permits should attend this workshop to stay current with new regulations and maintain compliance with all of the NJ's air permitting regulations. You'll learn what permits you need, how to get them and what to do after you have them. You'll also get an "insider's guide" to the NJDEP website and how to streamline the permit application process online. More 


June 25-26, 2014

Septic Inspections in New Jersey
Day 1: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Day 2: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Ralph Geiger Education Center)
Assessing “out-of-sight” and “out-of-mind” septic systems can be a daunting task when an inspection is called for. Based on NJDEP’s published guidelines on septic inspections, you'll learn the steps of the inspection sequence, step-by-step report writing, the pros and cons of various test methods the related science and research on the individual components. A visit to an active septic system will be included.  More information


August 3-7, 2014
StormCon
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
Website: http://www.Climateride.org


October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014

ArcGIS Introduction – Hands-on Mapping Course
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Env & Natural Resource Center Lab)
With a focus on layout and core functionality, this 12-hour evening program offers an overview of ArcGIS components, basic display and map querying functions, metadata browsing, file management, basic analysis techniques and map layout through practical, in-class exercises. Includes a one-year free trial of ArcGIS 10 software. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/eg0914ca.html


October 21, 2014
NJDEP Case Study Training for LSRPs
8:30 a.m/ - 4:30 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Douglass Campus Center)
This interactive one-day workshop will engage Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) and other environmental professionals to work through a typical Site Remediation Program (SRP) Case starting with an ISRA triggering event, through all the phases of remediation (PA/SI/RI and RA), including applying for and implementing a remedial action permit and culminating in the issuance of an RAO. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0514ca.html


November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 2014
ArcGIS Edition & Data Development
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New Brunswick, NJ  (Rutgers University – Env & Natural Resource Center Lab)
For those familiar with ArcGIS mapping software, including its toolbars and functions of Arc Map and Arc Catalog, this 12-hour evening program will guide you through real world editing and data management processes that are vital for intermediate GIS users to know. Includes a one-year free trial of ArcGIS 10 software. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/eg0915ca.html

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