Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Enviro-Events Calendar for October 7, 2014

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

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October 7, 2014 
Tackling the Skilled Workers Shortage in Manufacturing
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Bergen Community College

400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652 
Can't find machinists, plumbers or welders? One of New Jersey's core strengths as a place to do business is our well educated workforce. Manufacturers throughout New Jersey say there is a "talent deficit" and it is fast becoming one of the biggest issues in the industry across the nation. By developing effective strategies to fill these positions today and feed into a pipeline for tomorrow, we will once again uncover a key advantage of choosing New Jersey. Join the CIANJ Manufacturing Roundtable as we explore immediate steps and long-term solutions to recruit these hard to find workers. Officials from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development will delve into the resources they can provide, such as on-the-job-training grants. This roundtable aims to be a springboard to a new relationship between educators and employers that will produce a better workforce and make students and their families aware of the good careers in trades. Register here

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 8, 15, 22, 2014
Combining Engineered Contaminant Source Area Treatment Technologies
and MNA for Site Cleanup Under the LSRP Program *New Course*
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University  
If you are an LSRP and desire practical solutions to common technical issues facing environmental professionals under SRRA/ARRCs, this course is for you! This newly developed three-day program provides practical guidance on integrating source area controls with monitored natural attenuation (MNA) of impacted groundwater and relevant NJDEP Guidance. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0517ca.html

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October  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 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.

Penn's Landing - Photo:Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

October 9, 2014

Experience the Estuary Celebration
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
Independence Seaport Museum
Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia. Pa.
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, 2014

A Green Town Meeting: Corbett, Wolf, and the Environment
7:30 p .m. - Free
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

(t) 215.482.7300 x. 118
This fall, Pennsylvania voters will choose between Toms, the incumbent Corbett and the challenging Wolf. Will the environment play a role in the election? Is fracking an issue? Clean water? Trail networks? Green energy? Over Yards’ beer, our panel roams the election’s environmental landscape, trying to answer these—and your!—questions. Panelists (at press time) include Michael Krancer, Governor Corbett’s first DEP chief, environmental attorney Robert Fox, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Sarah Clark Stuart. Check our website for the final listing of panelists, and enjoy an evening of beer and politics.  Co-sponsored by Yards Brewing Company.

October 10, 2014
Policy Briefing: The Future of Preservation Funding
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
D&R Greenway Land Trust
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
The referendum for a stable source of open space funding barely made it onto the November ballot. Tom Gilbert, Keep It Green will describe what the referendum means and what needs to be done to ensure its passage. Other speakers will discuss the importance of open space for healthy communities and the status of Green and Blue Acres funding. The second panel will discuss surprising incentives for land owners to preserve land as well as measures that can be taken to encourage land owners to preserve land. Issues around the challenges and opportunities in preserving urban lands will also be highlighted.

October 14, 2014
PADEP's Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DEP Northcentral Regional Office
208 W. 3rd St., Williamsport, Pa.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with partners at Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT), invites fleet managers, municipalities and business owners to a natural gas vehicle workshop.
Attendees will hear from industry experts how natural gas is helping Pennsylvania move away from imported petroleum fuels to this homegrown, cleaner-burning, affordable alternative. DEP staff will also provide information on the financial incentives available to help make the switch to compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the agency’s Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicle Program.  There is no charge for this workshop, and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required. The Act 13 Natural Gas Vehicles Program is funded by impact fees paid by natural gas operators. Act 13 authorized DEP to develop and implement the Natural Gas Energy Development program, offering $20 million in grants over three years. The third round of this program will offer an estimated $6 million to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles. Grant applications are due Nov. 14 and grants will be awarded this winter. EP-ACT, formerly the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program, has been assisting fleets with their transition to alternative fuels for more than 20 years. The organization now assists fleets and municipalities work to displace petroleum in central and eastern Pennsylvania. To register for this workshop, or learn more about the Act 13 grant program, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the “Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program” button on the homepage.

October 14, 2014

NJ Clean Cities General Meeting 
8:30 to 12:00. National Conference Center
East Windsor, NJ.
Join us for a highly visible and informative morning of networking, panel discussions and hands-on displays regarding alternative fuel infrastructure and vehicles, as well presentations on NJ Perspectives and on the latest fuel and money saving fleet management practices.  Exhibit and vehicle space is available for sponsors. Participation in the event is free, but advanced registration is requested.  Please register here
Contact chuck.feinberg@gmail.com if interested in exhibiting, displaying a vehicle or becoming a sponsor. Current sponsors include: Renewable Energy Group (REG); Eastern Propane; Verizon Network Fleet; Clean Energy; Mobile Fueling Solutions; Hudson Toyota; Fuji Electric; Landi Renzo; Air & Gas Technologies and Greener by Design

October 14, 2014
Integrating ISCO and Bioremediation Technologies for Groundwater and Soil
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Our social hour and dinner meeting will be held at the La Quinta Inn, Somerset (formerly Ramada), 60 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873; $30 for AEG and SAME members, $35 for non-members and $5 for students with RSVP.  Cash or check (payable to AEG) only, payment at the door. Please RSVP, Friday, October 10, 2014 at noon to Amanda Forsburg at aforsburg@langan.com. No shows will be charged. LSRP credits pending

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


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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 17, 2014

NJ’s Complicated Affordable Housing Policies: Considering the Alternatives
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State Street
Prudence Hall
Trenton, NJ 08608
COAH is in the midst of its third attempt at making rules for the “third round,” which began in 1999! The two previous attempts (in 2004 and 2008) were overturned by the courts. The Supreme Court has already been requested to short-circuit the current rule proposal before COAH even adopts it. Given the quagmire of this recent history of COAH proposals and litigation in NJ, maybe it’s time to review how other states are facilitating affordable housing production and to consider how their experiences could reshape New Jersey’s approach. Leading the discussion is Rachel Bratt, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, and author or co-author of many articles, reports, and chapters in books on housing policy. She will highlight affordable housing strategies from other states and assess their applicability in New Jersey. Two response panels will follow her remarks. The first panel, consisting of planners and housing advocates, will discuss key trends, policy principles, and what could work in New Jersey. The second panel will feature housing developers and a local official to ground the discussion in real world experiences. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

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

October 18, 2014
Unlocking the Mysteries of Mushrooms
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(t) 215.482.7300 x. 118
Celebrated, coveted, feared, misunderstood; the relationship between mankind and fungi is as complex as it is ancient.  As we unravel their mysteries, mushrooms can teach us about both ourselves and the ecosystems around us.  The Mycopolitan Mushroom Company will explore the role of fungi in the forest and on the farm, offering tastings of the unique flavors and textures of the forest, and providing a look at native fungi in their habitat.  Participants will take home living mycelium to grow mushrooms. More information available here

October 21-22, 2014 

Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed's 2nd Annual Forum
Historic Hotel Bethlehem Bethlehem, Pa.

Discuss key issues in protecting and restoring water quality. Get an update on collaborative efforts underway around the Watershed, including the William Penn Foundation's Delaware River Watershed Initiative. Contribute your insights on basin-wide issues. Visit area sites that highlight efforts to protect and improve water resources, and hear public and private perspectives on opportunities and challenges in conservation and restoration work. There will be ample networking opportunities as well, including an evening reception at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.There is no fee to attend the Forum, but registration is required; visit http://bit.ly/DelawareWatershedForum to learn more about the Forum and to register online. For more information, contact Kim Beidler at 609-392-1182 of send email to kim.beidler@njaudubon.org.

October 27, 2014

Celebrate New Jerseys Contributions to the World at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner, October 27, 2014 at the Palace at Somerset.

October 28, 2014

Technical Program on Stormwater Management at PA Brownfield Sites
12 noon – 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is required  
PADEP Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Check in begins at 11:30 am.  
Please pre-register and make payment on-line at: www.swepweb.com    
$15/person member; $25 person non-member; No charge for students. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP by: Friday, October 24, 2014 at http://swep.wildapricot.org/event-1765960
Please join us for a PA DEP Southeast Region educational program to help consultants and project managers plan accordingly for stormwater management at Brownfield remediation and development sites.  Presenters for this program include Stephan Sinding, DEP Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields Manager, and Domenic Rocco, DEP Waterways & Wetlands Manager. Steve and Dom will share tools and tips on what is required, and items to consider when beginning a brownfield project. ContactSonya Ward, H2M architects + engineers, Parsippany, NJ  215-375-8234 / Email:  sward@h2m.com

October 29-30, 2014
Environmental Audits & Site Assessments
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University 
This two-day course will help you navigate the legal and regulatory maze that surrounds industrial and commercial site assessments and property transactions. This class is particularly relevant to practicing LSRPs. Discover how to conduct successful - and legally viable - assessments that are consistent with ASTM Standards and other applicable Federal and State regulations. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/el0102ca.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

November 6, 2014
Nature Preschool Open House
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(t) 215.482.7300 x. 118
Find out more about the Schuylkill Center’s unique Nature Preschool for children ages 3 – 5.  Visit preschool classrooms, meet the preschool’s director, learn about our curriculum and schedule, ask questions, and pick up a registration packet.  Bring your children – we’ll have activities to engage them.More information available here

November 13, 2014

Rapid Design and Analysis of Groundwater Remediation Systems *New Course*
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University Human Resources Training Center
27 Road 1, Piscataway, NJ 08854
This new one-day, "hands-on" computer workshop will appeal to LSRPs planning groundwater remedies and to engineers and environmental professionals who need an easy "non-modeling" way to calculate groundwater flow and aquifer response for a variety of common engineered systems, including extraction wells, collector trenches, slurry or sheet pile walls, permeable reactive barriers, and funnel and gate remedies. Attendees will receive instruction, and participate in a series of hands-on exercises, in which they will evaluate aquifer drawdown; optimize pumping well extraction rates; determine groundwater flow paths, velocities, and residence times; estimate system capture zone extent; create graphics with groundwater contours and pathlines; and examine other aspects that should be considered when designing, evaluating and optimizing groundwater remediation systems. Attendees will be introduced to a set of "calculators" that, with simplified site conditions, can serve as a screening tool to produce preliminary remediation designs. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0110ca.html

December 3-5, 2014
HEC-RAS: An Intensive 3-Day Workshop
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University
There's no question that HEC-RAS is an incredibly powerful tool but it's also no secret that it can be overwhelming, challenging and, in the hands of an inexperienced user, the end result could be numerical instability and severely flawed analyses. Can you afford that outcome on your projects? To make sense of this program, we've recruited Joe Skupien, one of the most highly rated instructors in hydrology and hydraulics, to teach this 3-day hands-on training class. In this intensive three-day workshop, led by Joseph Skupien (an expert with more than 25 years of NJ stormwater management experience), you will get a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V4.1) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program (HEC-RAS). More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0401ca.html

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