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Monday, May 11, 2015

Enviro-Events Calendar for May 11, 201

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

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May 11-12, 2015
What it Takes: Achieving Net-Zero Energy in New Buildings 
8:30 am to 5:00 pm (each day) 

215 Rachel Carson Way 
Song Common House
EcovVillage Ithaca
Ithaca, NY
This two day training will focus on design and construction details to achieve net-zero energy use in new buildings. Join Ian Shapiro, founder of Taitem Engineering and co-author of the book Green Building Illustrated (Wiley, 2014) and Liz Walker, Learn@Ecovillage, co-founder of EcoVillage Ithaca, and Executive Director of its educational arm,  as they address fundamentals and strategies for zero energy design. Ecovillage and cohousing concepts will be covered as well as site visits to homes and community buildings at Ecovillage's three cohousing neighborhoods, emphasizing different green building approaches, styles and details, culminating in the newest neighborhood called TREE, the largest Passivhaus development in North America, which includes a number of net zero homes. Please fill out the online form at and enter "Net Zero Energy Training."  We'll be back in touch with specifics. For more information contact Liz Walker at 866-529-4465 or

May 13-15, 2015
Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference
Erie Bayfront Convention Center 
Hundreds of redevelopment and remediation experts from across the northeast will gather for the 2015 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference.  Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), the 10th annual conference features more than 20 educational and plenary sessions led by brownfields experts and practitioners from both the private and public sectors. DEP Acting Secretary John Quigley will deliver the keynote address at 9 AM, Thursday, May 14, following a welcome message by Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott.
This year’s conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of the signing of Acts 2, 3 and 4, the cornerstone statutes of Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program. The conference features a look back at 20 years of successful brownfields redevelopment in Pennsylvania with a session led by former DEP Secretary James Seif, who will reflect on the development of the landmark brownfield statues and the bipartisan effort to get the bills passed.  Other speakers include Evans Paull of Redevelopment Economics, a nationally recognized leader on brownfields issues and Cecil Rodrigues, director of EPA Region 3’s Hazardous Site Cleanup Division.  The story of the redevelopment of Erie’s bayfront is highlighted in a new video produced by DEP and Commonwealth Media Services. The video shows the remarkable transformation of the city’s bayfront and the boost the redevelopment projects have given to the region’s economy and way of life. The video is available here on DEP’s YouTube channel. Another highlight of this year’s conference is the “Best of Act 2” contest. Dozens of successful brownfield redevelopment projects from across Pennsylvania will be showcased in a contest where attendees will vote for the best project in each category. Registration for the conference is available on ESWP’s website. To stay up-to-date on conference happenings, follow @PA_DEP or @EngSocWestPA on Twitter.

May 13, 2015

Confirmation Hearing in Harrisburg today for Cynthia Dunn
to become Secretary of the Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

May 13, 2015
SWEP's Networking Lunch and Business Card Exchange
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Bahama Breeze                         

320 Goddard Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Registration: 11:30 AM
Luncheon: 12:00 noon
Cost: $20 for members and non-members (includes lunch menu).  The Bahama Breeze menu is here. Registration and payment: on-line (coming soon), or on-site by check or cash. Registration deadline will be May 11. Contact Eileen Snyder at or Christina Ruble at with any questions.

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May 14 and 21, 2015 - Optional Lab Day - May 28, 2015

Practical Applications in Hydrogeology
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ralph Geiger Turf grass  Education
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. 
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May 14, 2015
Applications of Thermal Remediation in New Jersey 
Approved for 3.5 Technical CECs
National Conference Center at the Holiday Inn
399 Monmouth Street
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Registration 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Course from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LSRPA Members: $155; Non Members: $225
This 4-hour course will guide attendees through the application of thermal remediation in New Jersey. Proposed by TerraTherm and approved as course 2015-009, this course describes In Situ Thermal Remediation (ISTR) as comprised of several robust technologies that have been proven to be able to clean up Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) and other organic compound-contaminated source zones in a wide range of subsurface settings, including all soil types both above and below the water table, and in fractured rock. The course will begin with a basic overview of ISTR and evaluation of the pros and cons of Electrical Resistive Heating (ERH) and Thermal Conductive Heating (TCH) and show how thermal treatment can be used to treat bedroc
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May 27, 2015
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Technical Program 
Environmental Standards office
1140 Valley Forge Road
Valley Forge, PA.

Check-in 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Followed by a catered boxed lunch.Join SWEP for a comprehensive look at the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Process – in the field, in the laboratory and at data verification and validation. Cost to attend is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration details: coming soon. Registration deadline will be May 24th. Plant the Seed… in the field How do you plan a successful project in the field, so that you can ensure data usability? What Quality Assurance Measures need to be considered in designing the Conceptual Site Model? Learn from a tenured field expert on how to set-up, plan, schedule and perform successful field operations. Also hear tales of actual issues encountered so you can avoid some of the common (or not so common) mistakes. Watch it Grow… in the laboratory What happens with quality when your samples arrive at the laboratory? How are Data Quality Objectives monitored and assured? What are some typical pitfalls with laboratory analysis and how can they be avoided? Hear from a laboratory Technical Director with over 35 years of testing experience. Harvest the Crop…and use your data Now that the data is generated, how do you determine that it is usable? What are some data validation techniques for reviewing your data? Examine some data disasters and learn how to overcome them and avoid issues by listening to a senior-level Quality Assurance Officer. 

June 2, 2015

Confirmation Hearing in Harrisburg today for John Quigley
to become Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection

June 5, 2015
Plan Smart's 2015 NJ Regional Planning Summit:
Stranded Suburban Real Estate Assets: Changing Economy, Changing Land Use
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The War Memorial
Trenton, NJ
Registration Sponsorship/Exhibitor Information 

June 17, 2015
PADEP Regional Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ferguson Township Elementary School
215 West Pine St. 
Pine Grove Mills, Centre County The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites middle school teachers, administrators, and building managers  training workshop on the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes. The workshop is offered free of charge. Pre-registration is required. KEEP is primarily for teachers of grades 4 through 8, administrators, and building maintenance managers. Workshop participants will explore energy conservation, efficiency, energy basics, student energy teams, and benchmarking the school building using the free Energy Star Portfolio Manager program through presentations, tours, and hands-on activities. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register by online by visiting DEP’s website and clicking on the KEEP Workshop button.

June 23, 2015

Golf Outing
Mountain View Golf Course
850 Bear Tavern Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08628
11:30 a.m. - Registration
Noon - Luncheon
1 p.m. - Shotgun Start
Four- Person Scramble
For Sponsorships, Prize donations and registrations:
Contact ANJR at (908-922-7575) or 

November 12, 2015
PlanSmart NJ 47th Annual Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

201 Village Boulevard

New Jersey08540

October 23, 2015
Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey
CEC Credits Available!The NJDEP requires professionals who work on USTs to be trained, certified/re-certified every three (3) years. This NJDEP approved 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. To register or for more information, please visit:


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