Saturday, July 26, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for July 26, 2014

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

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July 26, 2014
Sustainable Cherry Hill's Liney Ditch Park Cleanup 
Camden NJ
Meet in the parking lot of Camden County Municipal Utility Authority
1645 Ferry Ave
Sustainable Cherry HillCamden, NJ 08104. 
Register Here  FREE but pre-registration is required. Join Sustainable Cherry Hill and its partners, NJ Tree Foundation,  Center for Environmental Transformation, and Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) to spruce up the 5-acre public Liney Ditch Park in Camden’s Waterfront South community. Our volunteers will help maintain (prune, mulch, stake if needed) the beautiful shelter-belt of 80+ trees at the park while also helping spruce up the park in general, focusing on areas of overgrowth, trash clean up, and much more! Members of the community will be recruited to join our volunteers in their efforts to help the park.We’ll work hard, have fun and will be serving refreshments. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Tools, gloves, water, and planting instructions are provided by the NJ Tree Foundation staff. We can accommodate individuals or groups. Children 4+ are welcome with supervision. Read more about the shelter-belt project here.

PPA's Bishop Farmstead
July 26, 2014
Pinelands Preservation Alliance's 25th Anniversary Celebration
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PPA Headquarters
17 Pemberton Road
Southampton, NJ 08088
The evening's festivities include the opening of aphotography exhibit by photographer and conservationist Michael Neuhaus, local beer and wine and a sneak peek at a new short movie about the Pinelands that will leave you breathless. In addition to viewing and purchasing art you should wear your dancing shoes and join the Contra dance on the front lawn of our historic farmstead! Contra dances were some of the most popular social dances in the United States during the late 18th Century, a fitting activity for our 1753 farmhouse. Live fiddle music and instruction provided. You can also sample local wine from Sharrott Winery and beer from Pinelands Brewing Company (or try their homemade soda!). Sharrott Winery is a family-owned winery in Blue Anchor and they have had several winning wines in the New Jersey State Wine Competition. Pinelands Brewing Company is a new nano-brewery in Little Egg Harbor becoming known for their brews and their homemade soda. In celebration of our 25 years we will show a new short film about the Pinelands with footage so amazing you will swear that you can smell the pine needles. This event is FREE but you must purchase a ticket for the tasting of wine, beer and appetizers. Tasting tickets are $20/person and must be purchased by 5 p.m. Friday July 25th. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door for $25 each. To purchase tickets online click here To purchase tickets by phone call Tom at 609-859-8860 ext. 14. You must be 21 years old to purchase tickets and identification is required in order to check in. Thanks!

July 30, 2014

CIANJ's Environmental Business Council Roundtable
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
PSE&G Training & Development Center
234 Pierson Ave., Edison, NJ
The EBC Environmental Roundtable meets the last Wednesday of every other month to discuss relevant environmental issues, regulatory changes and new developments that may impact our members provided by our sub-committees which focus on: Regulatory Affairs, Brownfields & Site Remediation, Natural Resource Damages, Water, Air, Environmental Technology, Sustainability, Energy, Enforcement & OSHA News and Regulations. Moderator: Lanny Kurzweil, McCarter & English LLP. EBC Chair: Tracy Straka, Creamer Environmental. Register here

July 30, 2014

Water and Wastewater Operator Licensing Public Meeting 
9:30 a.m.
401 East State Street, 4th floor Conf. Room
Trenton, NJ

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August 3, 2014
Second Annual Garden Day at Rancocas Nature Center
Noon to 4 p.m.
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060 (Exit 45A off Rt. 295) 

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

August 21, 2014
GMO Free NJ Summer Film Fest      
6:30 p.m. -8 p.m.

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Ave. 
Collingswood, NJ
Leave the hazy summer heat outside--retreat inside to enjoy a trip down the Mississippi River with GMO Free NJ for the final offering of the summer film festival, Big River, sequel to King Corn. Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to Iowa to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has had on the people and places downstream. Big River grows to ask is industrial agriculture worth its hidden costs? Refreshments and door prize. Free and open to the public. RSVP: Learn more:

September 8-9, 2014
Wetland Construction: Planning and Functional Design
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bordentown, NJ
As state and federal wetland mitigation standards evolve away from an acre-for-acre approach to a focus on replacing wetland functions, your understanding of the wetland's "wet part" has never been more critical.
Building on your understanding of wetland functions, this course will guide you on the many factors required to plan and design a functional wetland with an emphasis on two key components that drive success: DDT (depth, duration & timing) of site hydrology and the landscape position. More information here.

September 10, 2014

The Evolving Financial Landscape for Renewable Energy
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New York University School of Law
Lipton Hall, D'Agostino Hall
108 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
Please RSVPCLE credit available.
Leading experts from industry, finance, and government will provide insights into the current financing landscape for renewable energy. What new structures are emerging to support renewable energy development? What financing barriers remain? What changes in tax policy are anticipated? These questions and more will be explored. Sponsored by Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
Opening remarks by:
George E. Pataki, former Governor of the State of the New York; Chairman of the Pataki-Cahill Group
Speakers include:Neil Auerbach (LLM ’84), CEO, Hudson Clean Energy Partners; Steve Corneli, SVP, Policy & Strategy at NRG Energy, and Eli Katz (LLM ’04), Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP. 
Please RSVP. If you have questions, please email

September 18-19, 2014
Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation – South
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Millville, NJ
Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species.This is a field-based course, so please dress for the outdoors. More information 

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:


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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:

October 7-8, 2014
Sustainable Property Transactions: Closing Deals, Capturing Market Opportunities
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
One Dock Street
2nd and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
This RTM conference zeroes in on deal flow of  corporate and local government property types, business tactics and strategies for reducing the uncertainty caused by environmental risk and closing the deals employing creative environmental risk management approaches. The Conference will also delve into facilitating dynamic energy transactions and sustainable brownfield redevelopments that include the siting and financing of renewable energy/clean technology, the business, regulatory and environmental risk management issues pertinent to hydraulic fracturing and shale gas production and the opportunities and risks of performing sustainable/green remediation at complex sites including former manufacturing sites, defense sites and port terminals. If there is only one conference you can attend this year this is the ONE that will allow practitioners to capitalize on business strategies and tactics for closing corporate real estate transactions where environmental risk gets properly managed. More information

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October 8-10, 2014

October 9-10, 2014
Passaic River Symposium VI 
Organized by the Passaic River Institute of Montclair State University
Montclair State University Conference Center
1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ
The sixth Passaic River Symposium will be an event featuring environmental management, watershed science, and the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project.  The symposium will include invited keynote speakers and plenary sessions/presentations on all aspects of environmental management challenges relevant to the Passaic River Basin and other regional watersheds.  This conference year will focus on sediment remediation, environmental monitoring results, flooding, ecosystem restoration, and environmental advocacy and public outreach efforts.  Projects in the upper River and tributary watersheds will also play a prominent role in this conference.  On-line registration and mail-in registration forms are now available here. Mail registrations must be postmarked by September 26, 2014. On-line registrations will be accepted until September 28, 2014.  Payment by credit card, check, or purchase order only.  Registration fees (includes continental breakfast, lunch and book of abstracts). Abstracts are sought for platform (oral) presentations and posters on any studies relevant to environmental management, urban sustainability, the Passaic River Basin and regional watershed environments.  Abstracts will be selected for presentation based on their scientific, technical and policy merit and relevance to the Symposium topic. Platform presentation length will be 20 minutes.  A book of abstracts will be distributed at the conference and placed on the conference website following the conference.  All symposium presenters are required to register for the conference.  Instructions for submitting an abstract can be found on the Symposium websiteAbstract submittal deadline EXTENSION: July 15, 2014 Notification of acceptance:  August 1, 2014 Direct any inquires or questions to Dr. Meiyin Wu, Director of the Passaic River Institute and chair of the Symposium or 973-655-5423.

October 14-16, 2014
NJ Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) Annual Conference

Bally's Atlantic City
The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) annual conference is the premier floodplain management conference in the Northeast. With more than 40 speakers and several hundred participants, this is the conference that regional floodplain managers from the public and private sector plan to attend. In addition, many consulting firms and product vendors associated with floodplain management attend as well. The annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, geology, planning, code enforcement, floodplain management and emergency management to participate in Plenary Sessions and concurrent technical sessions on a broad range of relevant topics. The conference also includes a number of training opportunities and networking events. The conference includes a moderated Cracker Barrel session on a wide array of topics on the evening of October 14; a full conference program on October 15; a half-day program on October 16; and a proctored Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam on the afternoon of October 16. In addition, we are fortunate to have David Miller, Associate Administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, as the Keynote Speaker on October 15. Over the past 10 years, NJAFM has worked diligently to train and educate municipal officials and residents, to advocate for sound floodplain management policy, and to mitigate the adverse impacts of storms and floods. While we have made significant contributions to improved floodplain management over the past decade, much work remains to be done. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to review the progress we have made, identify the ongoing challenges we face, and to focus on the important work at hand. The conference will feature a wide range of presentations and information regarding the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, as well as a host of technical presentations regarding pre-and post-storm planning, flood mapping, regulations, code enforcement, flood insurance and hazard mitigation. Check the NJFAM conference web site at for information on abstract submissions, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities and more!

October 14-17, 2014
Methodology for Delineating Wetlands
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Basking Ridge, NJ
Learn the methods of the experts! This four-day course will introduce you to delineating wetlands using the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which is required for use in New Jersey. Techniques taught will also be applicable to individuals interested in using the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual. Learn how to recognize key indicators of wetlands (hydrophytic vegetation, hydric soils and other signs of wetland hydrology) and how to use them to follow the delineation methods outlined in the manual.  Immediately apply criteria learned in the classroom while performing wetland determinations during team field exercises. More information 

October 15,  2014
Introduction to Wetland Identification
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Basking Ridge, NJ
In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn: Why wetlands are important; How they differ; What indicators are used for wetland identification, and About the current regulations in New Jersey.You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You will also get a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day! More information here.

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:

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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:

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