Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for September 9, 2014

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

For free publication, send your event information to: editor@enviropolitics.com

September 9, 2014
Horticultural Society of South Jersey      
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Community Center

820 Mercer StreetCherry HillNJ 08002 
A Harvest Auction and Tomato and Green Pepper Tasting and Competition will be the program at the monthly Horticultural Society of South Jersey meeting. September is local harvest celebration at HSSJ!  Members will bring in either items they have made or bought at local farmers’ markets—all local or Jersey Fresh to be auctioned. Tickets will be sold to participate in the auction. Visitors can join at the September meeting, pay their dues and be included in the harvest auction as well as the tomato and green pepper tasting and contest. For more information and rules regarding the tasting, visit the website-www.HSSJ.org. 

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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 New York; Chairman of the Pataki-Cahill Group; Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP. Speakers include: Neil Auerbach (LLM ’84), CEO, Hudson Clean Energy Partners; Steve Corneli, SVP, Policy & Strategy, NRG Energy; Eli Katz (LLM ’04), Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Dana Sands, Managing Director, TAG Energy Partners; Jason Segal, Managing Director, Aldwych Capital Partners and Managing Partner, Environment and Renewables Group Please RSVP. Questions? Please email law.guarini@nyu.edu

September 11-12, 2014

E-Scrap Recycling Markets Development Summit - CRTs and CDRA 

Best Western Premier Hotel & Conference Center 
800 E Park Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17111 
September 12, 2014
Discovering Meadows: The Story of Meadows
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Duke Farms is proud to offer the second annual Discovering Meadows for Professionals program. This year’s program, “The Story of Meadows”, is designed to walk you through the development of a meadow from site preparation through post-planting maintenance while explaining the ecology of meadows in this region. Neil Diboll will present this year’s keynote, ”Five Steps to Successful Meadow Establishment”. Neil is the President of Prairie Nursery and is recognized internationally as an expert in native community ecology. Neil’s keynote will highlight successful techniques in site selection, plant selection, site preparation, planting time & methods and post-planting management and we’ll benefit from his decades of acquired knowledge and experience. FIND OUT MORE

September 13-14, 2014

WILD Outdoor Expo 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
299 East Colliers Mill Road, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533. Directions                                             
The event is free and will take place rain or shine. 
This annual event celebrates the State's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage. The Expo is intended to help people connect with the natural world by providing a unique blend of conservation information, education and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills. Numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, demonstrations and seminars are planned for the weekend. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities including fishing, hiking, shooting sports, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching and much more. The event is hosted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation and sponsors. More information here     

September 16, 2014
Bill McKibben on man-made climate change and the reliance on fossil fuels
2:30 p.m. 
PAC Main Theater
University of Albany
Free and open to the public. Parking is $5 and will be available at the Collins circle, or Indian quad visitors' lots. Bill McKibben, a former writer for The New York Times, has written books, articles, and has been invited for interviews by some of the most respected newsrooms in the industry. His 1989 book titled The End of Nature, has been regarded as "…the first book for a general audience on climate change" according to his website. He has been vocal about his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, and what he calls our "fossil fuel addiction. The speech leads up to "The People's Climate March" set to take place on Sunday, September 21 in New York City. 

September 17, 2014
American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 

The American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit will bring together leaders and perspectives from industry, government, academia, national laboratories, labor, and policy organizations dedicated to increasing U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy products, and increasing U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing across the board with energy productivity measures. This one-day event will feature thought-leading speakers, announcements, and exhibits providing a glimpse at the future of clean energy manufacturing. Confirmed speakers include Mr. Charles Holliday, Chairman of the Board of Bank of America, Dr. Mark Little, CTO of GE, Dr. Charles Kahle II, CTO of PPG. Information. Registration. Username: aemcsummit Password: aemcsummit

September 18, 2014

From Seed Saving to Seed Sovereignty 
6:30 p.m. -8 p.m.
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Learn more at: gmofreenj.com
GMO Free NJ is pleased to welcome farmers Dusty Hinz & Nate Kleinman, co-founders of the Experimental Farm Network based in ElmerNJ for a special talk about seeds. Topics will range from practical seed saving basics to current policy issues and how they impact our food choice freedom. Nate and Dusty will share advice on how to collect, store and start seeds as well as how to get involved in plant breeding projects and seed saving projects on their own heirloom farm. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear their thoughts on seed sovereignty and the movement towards a new paradigm of "Anti-Oppressive Agriculture". Find out how to help build a fair and sustainable agricultural future that will empower communities and create true food security for all, right in your own back yard. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

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, 2014
City Green 10th Anniversary Celebration!
5:30 p,m. -TBD
City Green Schultheis Farm Location
171 Grove Street-Clifton-NJ-07013
The event will start with a cocktail hour with live music in the Learning Farm. Explore the native flower gardens, and the whimsical features of this unique space that hosts school field trips, summer farm camp, preschool programs, environmental education workshops and more! A sunset Farm to Table Dinner will follow.  Local chefs will prepare a seasonal menu featuring City Green’s fresh-picked organic produce. Individual tickets to the event are $75. Table purchase (8 per table) is $500 Visit www.citygreenonline.org to purchase tickets. Questions?  Call City Green at 973.869.4086 or email info@city-green.org  City Green, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to enrich the lives of inner city residents, while cultivating education in public health, nutrition and the environment. City Green offers practical, technical and financial support to community members of all ages to design, create and manage these urban green spaces. City Green promotes social justice and environmental equality through these greening efforts.

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

September 28, 2014
Foxface_Logo_w_WoodfordHoot, Waddle & Stroll at Cedar Run              
10 a.m.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

4 Sawmill Road | Medford, NJ 08055 This is the date to save for all runners, families and lovers of wildlife and nature! At 10 a.m. our inaugural 5K Trail Run/Walk will kick off the day as runners lace up their sneaks and Hoot, Waddle & Stroll around our trails. You can register for this event here. Once the awards ceremony for the race concludes, we will move into our ever-growing Autumn with the Animals event, from Noon-4 p.m. More than 600 people attended this celebration in 2013. All ages will enjoy programs such as Hunters of the Sky, Naturalist Led Trail Hikes, Guided Tours of the Animals, and our Amazing Reptiles Show. Home Depot of Berlin will bring a nature-themed craft (available while supplies last) for children and Kathy Miller, author of the Chippy Chipmunk books, will lead story time and autograph books. Autumn with the Animals will include live music, make-it-and-take-it crafts, canoeing, and so much more! For information about Autumn with the Animals contact Denise Peters, 856.983.3329, x103 denise.peters@cedarrun.org. For information on becoming a sponsor of this extremely popular and lively event contact Elise Morgan at ext. 102 or elise.morgan@cedarrun.org.

September 30, 2014
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Roundtable Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Forsgate Country Club

Jamesburg, NJ
NJ Chamber Roundtable Breakfast - Register Now
Topics include: -- NJ Transit and Amtrak Priorities; Transportation Trust Fund;  Light Rail Initiatives; Northeast Corridor Update and Station Upgrades. Member price $70; Non-member price $115. For questions, contact Candise Tanner at candise@njchamber.com or (609) 989-7888 x121. Register now


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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: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/eg0914ca.html

October 7-9, 2014
RTM Communications, Inc. Philadelphia Conference
Sustainable Property Transactions: Closing Deals and Capturing Market Opportunities 
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
One Dock Street, (2nd and Walnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA
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. Click here to read more information

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October 8-10, 2014

October 9, 2014
Experience the Estuary Celebration
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Independence Seaport Museum
Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia. Pa.
Penn's Landing - Photo:Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s staff and Board of Directors invite you to the Experience the Estuary Celebration's reception, dinner and auction. Please join us to honor Carol Collier and Bob Tudor, who recently retired from the Delaware River Basin Commission. The PDE will honor both with its Delaware Estuary Jonathan Sharp Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award recognizes people for advancing science and management of the Delaware Estuary and River Basin.  Visit DelawareEstuary.org for tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and how to make an auction donation, or call
(800) 445-4935 Extension 120.

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 atpri@mail.montclair.edu 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 www.njafm.org 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: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0514ca.html

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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: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/eg0915ca.html

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