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Enviro-Events Calendar for November 6 2014



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




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November 6, 2014
New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council
4 p.m.
Galloway Township Branch - Atlantic County Library
306 E. Jimmy Leed Road
Contact:  
609/292-7794



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. 
Free
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 7, 2014
Permaculture Social
The Old Stone House                                     
336 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY
7 p.m. till we get tired
Please join the Park Slope Permaculture Guild for food, drink, conviviality, and cross-pollination. Bring friends, neighbors, partners. We welcome the perma-blitzed, the perma-smitten, the perma-oblivious, and the perma-curious. Join us to connect, reconnect, and have a rollicking good time! Food and drink will be potluck, so please bring an item to share. We appreciate all offerings - and we'd be especially delighted to try your latest batch of home brew, foods you've grown or gathered, dishes you've made yourself, something that holds special meaning for you or comes with a story. 
Also: We have exciting news to share about recent developments within our regional network. This is a great moment to come together to cultivate and celebrate our expanding mycelium. To make this event trash-less, bring your own plate, utensils and cup.


November 8 and 9, 2014
Climate Leadership Summit.
Saturday, November 8, 1-6 p.m.
Sunday, November 9, 1-6 p.m.
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Ave (between Hoyt and Bond)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Today, the climate movement is full of unprecedented energy and momentum. Together, we're marching in the streets and working to shift our institutions away from fossil fuels. We're fighting coal exports, fracking, oil trains, and dirty energy in our communities. And, of course, we're ready to engage in civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL pipeline if and when that time comes. All of these fights are indispensable to shifting our society off carbon and creating the renewable energy economy. But, with so much of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, it can be hard to find the time to ask one very important question: is what we're doing enough-is it enough to change the course of history and prevent the worst? And how can we know if it's enough, unless we start from a shared vision of what's necessary and work backwards from it? Help us build a vision of a climate-stable world! For information on where other Climate Leadership Summits are happening, visit: ran.org/changethecourse


November 10, 2014
PADEP Public Hearing on Proposed Easton Compressor Station

5 p.m.
Easton Area Middle School
1010 Echo Trail
Easton, Pa.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold an informal meeting, followed by a public hearing to discuss an air quality plan approval submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. to make modifications to its existing Easton Compressor Station. Residents will be given the opportunity to direct questions to both DEP and Columbia Gas at the meeting, beginning at 5 p.m. The public hearing will immediately follow, beginning at 6 p.m. “This is an opportunity for DEP to hear what the public has to say about the application and the process,” DEP Northeast Regional Director Mike Bedrin said. The company is proposing to replace its two existing turbines with two new natural gas-fired compressor turbines, an emergency generator and ancillary heating sources.
Residents who wish to present testimony will have the opportunity to register at the meeting, prior to the hearing. Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Colleen Connolly at 570-826-2511 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).
Residents who cannot attend the hearing should send written comments to Mark Wejkszner, Air Quality Program Manager, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.  Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. The plan approval is available for review by the public at DEP’s Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre and Bethlehem District Office until Nov. 21. To make an appointment, residents should contact the Northeast Regional Office at 570-826-2523, or the Bethlehem District Office at 610-861-2070. For more information, call 570-826-2511 or visit www.dep.state.pa.us



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November 11, 2014

The Fanwood/Scotch Plains Recycling Center Dedication
10 a.m.North Avenue 
Fanwood, NJ 



November 11, 2014
NJ Clean Water Council

Main Conference Room
NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust

3131 Princeton Pike
Office Building 4
Site 216

Lawrenceville, NJ 609/292-8961



November 12, 2014

NJ Clean Air Council Meeting
9 a.m. - Noon
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State Street - 5th Floor
609/292-8961


November 12, 2014
NJ Fish and Game Council Meeting

10 a.m.
Central Region Office
DEP Fish and Wildlife
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Robbinsville, NJ
Contact: 609/292-9410


November 12, 2014
Delaware Bay Shellfisheries Council Meeting
6 p.m.
Haskin Shellfish Research Lab
6959 Miller Avenue
Port Norris, NJ
Contact: 856/785-0730


November 12, 2014
Aspiring Professionals Networking Event
Sponsored by the LSRPA/AEG-NYP and AHMP
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
The Office Beer Bar and Grill
728 Thompson Avenue
Bridgewater, NJ  08805
Light refreshments will be served.  $10 registration payable online by November 6, 2014 at www.AHMPNJ.org.  Additional information can be found in the flyer at Official Flier.pdf dropbox.com Please contact Caryn Barnes of the LSRPA at 215-446-2921 with questions.

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November 13, 2014

PADEP-Stormwater Management Control for Permitted Activities

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holiday Inn Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, Pa. 
The Pa Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites county and city planners, engineers, developers, redevelopment authorities and community leaders to attend a training session about stormwater management control for permitted activities. The cost to attend is $150 per person. Lunch and training materials are included in the cost. The training will focus on explaining the state’s Chapter 102 environmental regulation, specifically the post-construction stormwater management requirements. The training will teach attendees how to identify the appropriate permits for construction and design activities, and how DEP reviews applications for those permits. Participants will also learn about Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory searches and how to consider stormwater management when looking at a site. No prior knowledge or experience working with the Chapter 102 regulation is needed to attend this training. The training will also include a question and answer session. To submit anonymous questions in advance of the training, participants should contact Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Director of Public Affairs and Education for the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD), at the email address below. PACD is working in partnership with DEP’s South-central Regional’s Office’s Waterways and Wetlands Program to provide the training. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online in advance of the training at http://bit.ly/Ch102RegCommFor more information on the training, interested persons should contact DEP Waterways and Wetlands Permits Section Chief Nathan Crawford at 717-705-4798. Interested persons with questions regarding registration should contact Brandi at 717-238-7223 orbrandi-davenport@pacd.org.


November 13, 2014

NJ Tech Council's Energy Storage Products/Services Showcase 
JCP&L/First Energy, Morristown, NJ
Call for Submissions - Deadline:  Oct. 28 at 9 PM  
Energy storage technologies are an important part of the solution to efficiently manage the area’s electricity demands. The goal of this program is to bring together key stakeholders, technology providers, commercial energy users and to provide them with useful information about the available technologies in a showcase and presentation format. Don’t miss out on this exciting event! For on-line submission form, CLICK 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 draw down; optimize pumping well extraction rates; determine groundwater flow paths, velocities, and residence times; estimate system capture zone extent; create graphics with groundwater contours and path lines; 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 here.  


November 17, 2014
“More Than Data Collectors: Augmenting Our Skills
and Roles as Engineering Geologists in the Workplace”
Presented by Paul Santi, AEG Vice President/President Elect and Department Chair of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines
6 p..m. to 9 p.m.
La Quinta Inn Somerset
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 Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:00 p,m, to Amanda Forsburg: aforsburg@langan.com. No shows will be charged. 1 PDH will be awarded; LSRP credits pending


November 17, 2014
Transition Neighborhoods Workshop
7 p.m. - 9 p,m. 
Neighborhood organizing for resilient green cities
Friends Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place
15th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, NY, NY 10003
No charge to attend, donate what you wish. 
 
Two days after the Climate March in September, the beta launch of Transition Neighborhoods took place in NYC. Riding the crest of a wave of climate change activism, many New Yorkers came to explore how to keep the momentum going. 19 attendees, almost half of the 45 people in the room, expressed an interest in initiating a Transition project in their neighborhood. Transition is a global community organizing response to climate change, resource depletion and financial instability. There are 1,100 plus Transition groups in 44 countries with 16 national hubs that have emerged to serve these groups. In the U.S. 151 Transition initiatives have formed with 100 more in formation. It's time for New York City to tap into the power, creativity, and collective genius of this global grassroots network. It starts with a series of small group meetings in which friends and neighbors go through chapters of a guidebook. They strengthen their sense of place and neighborhood culture while building relationships, promoting local food, and mapping their neighborhood's current state of resiliency. The Transition Neighborhoods Prequel shows how to coalesce a group of friends and neighbors, and get a resilience initiative up and running in your community. In this highly interactive workshop, we'll walk through the Prequel using small group scenarios and role playing, and explore the first chapters of the guidebook. We'll work through NYC-specific challenges, with lots of time for questions and answers. Facilitated by Pamela Boyce Simms, Lead Trainer, Transition US and the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub. www.transitionnyc.org  www.transitionus.org/stories/taking-resilience-streets  Contact NYC Transition Hub at transition.nyc.hub@gmail.com.




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November 25, 2014

LSRP Obligations, Requirements and use of Professional Judgment
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Eco Complex- Bordentown, NJ
6.5 Regulatory LSRP CECs | 6.5 NJ PE CPCs
This Montclair State University program will examine legal and regulatory requirements, the opportunities to use professional judgment, and examine cases where professional judgment was employed. A panel of LSRPs, attorneys, and NJDEP representatives will give their views on the appropriate use of professional judgment.  For more information and to register, visit: http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep


December 2, 2014

Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
8:30 a,m,- 4:30 p.m.
Cook Student Center
59 Biel Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Whether you are becoming certified for the first time or just need to recertify, you will get the regulatory information you need to stay current with New Jersey's UST requirements and help your clients or employer avoid potential penalty liability. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0201cb.html


December 3-5, 2014
HEC-RAS: 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 here


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December 10, 2014

Innovative Technologies for Site Remediation9 a.m, - 4:30 p.m. 
Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center
100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 0890
This one-day program will provide you with the basics of performing successful remediation using a variety of innovative in situ technologies as well as present "real" site data derived from actual innovative technologies projects. The course will focus on choosing the "right" technology or combination of technologies, as well as delivery methods for given site conditions. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0510ca.html


December 10, 2014

PADEP  Public Meeting, Hearing on Falls Township Waste Facility

7 p.m.
Falls Township Municipal Building
188 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills, Pa..
The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public meeting and hearing regarding the proposed Elcon Recycling Services liquid hazardous waste treatment facility for a site in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex in Falls Township, Bucks County. The 7 p.m. public information meeting will be immediately followed by a hearing. The DEP is conducting a Phase I siting review for an application submitted by Elcon to construct and operate a commercial hazardous waste treatment facility, to treat liquid waste from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. “The purpose of a Phase I siting review is to determine whether the proposed location complies with Pennsylvania’s exclusionary siting criteria for such operations,” DEP Southeast Regional Director Cosmo Servidio said. “This review happens prior to the company submitting a full operation and design permit application for any other environmental permits that would be needed.” During the meeting, DEP will explain the application review process, the Phase I siting criteria, which are in place to prohibit the location of hazardous waste treatment facilities under certain criteria, and opportunities for future public participation. Elcon representatives will also be at the meeting to outline their proposal and answer questions. A stenographer will record and transcribe the hearing testimony into a written document.  Those who prefer to present their comments in writing or are unable to attend the hearing, may submit written testimony by Dec. 26 to Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Team Leader, DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 E. Main St., Norristown, PA 19401.
Copies of the application are available for review by appointment at DEP’s Southeast Regional Office by calling 484-250-5910, and at the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg by calling 717-787-6239.  To learn more about DEP’s Waste Program, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Waste Management. 


January 13, 2015
Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ
6.5 Technical NJ LSRP CECs –Pending | 6.5 NJ PE CPCs
If you are becoming UST certified for the first time or if your certification is in need of renewal, this class is for you! The NJDEP requires professionals who work on USTs to be trained, certified/ recertified every three (3) years. This course fulfills the NJDEP course requirements for regulatory training and must be taken within one year prior to renewal. Professional engineers and plumbing contractors, exempt from the certification examination, must attend the course within one year of certification. For more information and to register, visit http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep


January 20, 2015
NJDEP Case Study Training for LSRPs
8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. 
Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University
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. The participants will use the various tools, guidance and resources provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to ensure all forms, and documents are properly prepared and submitted within the applicable timeframes established in ARRCS and the Tech Rules. Note: This course will satisfy the pre-requisite course requirement in order to take the LSRP Licensing Exam on March 18, 2015 (or future exams) OR will qualify for 7 Regulatory LSRP Continuing Education Credits. It will not count for both. There will be a special attendance record for those intending to take the March 18th, 2015 exam. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/en0514cb.html


January 23-24, 2015

Alliance for NJ Environmental Education  
30th Annual ANJEE Conference
The Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550
ANJEE 3.0: E-STEM ~ Indoors and Out
Making connections between STEM education and the natural world Join environmental educators of every description and discipline from across New Jersey and beyond to learn and share innovative ways to connect students of all ages with the natural world – and help them be better equipped to defend it. This year, conference presentations and workshops investigate ways that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) can be integrated with environmental education to help us better understand our planet and its systems, and explore how STEM subjects can be utilized in the quest for a truly sustainable future. The conference is an invaluable professional development opportunity for any and all educators. Presentations and workshops will feature EE in elementary, secondary, higher and adult education, green school practices and model programs, natural history interpretation, community-based environmental projects, issue-based outreach and more. Plus, the 2-day conference is a lot of FUN! Early Bird registration rates are available through December 24. Registration closes January 15. For more info or to register online, CLICK HERE.


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February 25, 2015

Environmental Law for LSRPs and Attorneys
8:30 a.m, - 4:30 p.m.
Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center
100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
This program will provide LSRPs and attorneys alike with the latest information on the current environmental landscape and opportunities as they relate to site remediation. LSRPs and attorneys will walk away from this course with better understandings of their roles under NJ's legal framework, which is so much more than the Site Remediation Reform Act. Redesigned with relevant topics for practicing LSRPs and attorneys of any and all specialties, this interactive course is "TEAM" taught by NJ's top environmental attorneys, LSRPs and regulators so that all parties to a project understand the perspectives, roles and responsibilities of the other project members. Featured Topics: Spill Act; Industrial Site Recovery Act/UST Act; LSRP/SRRA; Hot Topics - Legal Court & Licensing Board Decisions. More information 


March 17-18, 2015Ecological Risk Assessment: Practice and Protocols
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center
100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Help your client understand how the ecological risk assessment process aids in developing realistic approaches to remediating sites. For LSRP's, understand the role that ecological risk assessment plays in developing clean-up goals for your site. This two-day program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of regulatory expectations of ecological risk assessments from both federal and state perspectives. On Day One, learn about methodologies and innovative approaches being employed to conduct ecological risk evaluations and assessments of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems under CERCLA, RCRA, and various state mandates. On Day Two, NJDEP representatives will take you through the new NJ guidance document for the completion of ecological risk assessments under the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Program. More information


March 31, 2015
Groundwater in Fractured Bedrock
9 a,m, - 4:30 p.m. 
Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center
100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
This one-day course focuses on practical aspects of groundwater in the fractured sedimentary bedrock of the Newark Group (Brunswick Aquifer), where thousands of sites have been impacted by industrial contaminants. Remedial activities at such sites are usually impaired by oversimplified notions regarding groundwater flow and contaminant migration, as well as by the use of inadequate hydrogeologic characterization methods. The course is intended for geologists, hydrogeologists, environmental professionals, licensed site remediation professionals (LSRPs), remediation engineers, regulators, and corporate site managers responsible for the investigation and remediation of complex bedrock sites. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their understanding of the hydrogeologic framework best used to represent sedimentary bedrock sites. More information: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0108ca.html


May 7, 14 and 21, 2015 - Optional Lab Day - May 28, 2015
Practical Applications in Hydrogeology
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ralph Geiger Turfgrass  Education Center
20 Indyk-Engel Way
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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. Gain Hands-on Experience! Students have the opportunity to sign up for an optional 4th day of class (May 28, 2015 - additional fee of $225 required) where they will receive personalized instruction devoted to well design and aquifer pumping tests. More information


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