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EnviroPolitics for December 5, 2015

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

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December 5, 2015
Holiday Open House at the Watershed Center  
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Watershed Center
31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association's Open House, a free community event, will have a variety of family friendly activities including games, sustainability tours, and nature hikes.  There will be live music and refreshments to enjoy while experiencing the wildlife exhibits, interactive displays, maps, and microscopes.  Visitors will also receive a 20% savings on all holiday nature shop purchases during open house hours. This will be the first holiday open house at the brand new Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education.  Complete with decorated trees, lights, and a holiday shop, the building will be a festive and cozy afternoon stop for the winter holidays this season. Free coffee, tea, and WiFi is available during all open building hours from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m-4 p.m.  The surrounding Watershed Reserve including 930 acres and over 10 miles of hiking trails is open daily from dawn to dusk. The eventter will play host to the annual Winter Bird Walk from 9-11 a.m. with Education Director, Jeff Hoagland.  Adults and children 15 years and older are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress for the weather in search for wintering birds.  The fee is $5 per person, co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.  Visit or call 609-737-7592 to register. To find the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association online, visit or call 609-737-3735 to find out about these events and many others.  The Watershed Association is a tax-exempt non-profit that works to protect and restore clean water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science and education.


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December 7, 2015
Policy Briefing: Regulatory Reform
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The College of New Jersey, Library Auditorium
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618
New Jersey, with its 566 municipalities and multiple layers of government has a complex regulatory system.  Developers find navigating this process time consuming and costly.  Local officials on the other hand want to have a level of assurance that the project they are approving will meet their needs and specifications.  This Policy Briefing is two-fold and will explore both multiple layers of government regulations and MLUL requirements for preliminary approval process.  Experts in the field will consider the merits of existing regulations and whether or not there are viable alternatives. The first of two panels will discuss overlapping regulatory oversight.  Do these multiple layers result in better outcomes or is there a way to consolidate similar requirements, while insuring that important environmental resources are protected? Dave Fisher will kick off part two of the morning with an overview of proposed amendments to the MLUL to revise the preliminary permitting process.  A panel representing different perspectives will respond to the proposed legislation. For more information, including registration, directions, and sponsorship opportunities, please go to

December 9, 2015

Grow your grain marketing skills!                
9 a.m. - Registration and refreshments
Berks County Ag Center 

Can you recall a time when marketing was more important than today? Price levels where we have not seen them lately, unsettled global politics, and transportation challenges are impacting our markets. The long term economic viability of many family grain farms is at stake. Penn State Extension is hosting two outstanding opportunities to enhance our grain marketing skills in early December. Let’s take some time to deepen our knowledge of where we might be headed and what we can do about it as effective farm managers. On Wednesday, December 9 at the Berks County Ag Center there is a full day of world class speakers addressing the markets and marketing strategies.  For additional details on this excellent educational opportunity or to find out about a similar event at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center on Tuesday, December 15, please call 610.391.9840, email John Berry at, or do a web search for “Penn State Extension grain marketing”

December 9, 2015
Central Pennsylvania Green Buildings Council:
Sustainable Material Management for Interior Finishes
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Armstrong World Industries
2500 Columbia Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
Join USGBC for product presentations and demonstrations focused on sustainable material management. We will have presentations and the opportunity for one-one-one conversations with the following companies: $15 for members; $25 for guests.

December 10, 2015
New Jersey Urban Water Conference

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NJ Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ

December 11, 2015
Basics of Site Specific Risk Assessment in New Jersey 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Montclair State University - CELS Building                             
30 Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey
This one-day program will look at opportunities for applying site specific risk assessment techniques under NJDEP’s regulatory framework for site remediation. The focus of this course will be on assessing human health impacts through the development and application of Alternative Remediation Standards through Site Specific Risk Assessment techniques allowed under the Site Remediation Program.  Basics on understanding Risk Assessment and Risk Management and New Jersey’s Remediation Standard Legislative Framework will be reviewed. The program will include focus on NJDEP Alternative Remediation Standards Processes for various exposure pathways.  In addition, applying the Conceptual Site Model to assess potential exposure pathways will be highlighted.  For more information

December 14, 2015

Lessons from Afar – Innovative Energy Efficiency Policies from Across the Atlantic
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
NYU School of Law
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South

New York, NY 10012 
The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and Urban Green Council, will hold a discussion on, “Lessons from Afar – Innovative Energy Efficiency Policies from Across the Atlantic.” Themes for discussion include European building label schemes, energy audit regimes and public-private partnerships to catalyze building retrofits and promote energy efficiency entrepreneurs. The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP, hereSpeakers include: Ivan Delgado, Partner at Pérez-Llorca’s New York office; Nico KienzlDirector, Atelier Ten; Cecil ScheibChief Program Officer, Urban Green Council (moderator); Miranda SchreursDirector, Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor at (FFU) Freie Universität Berlin, and Marcos Vaquer CaballeríaChair Professor of Administrative Law at Carlos III de Madrid University and Secretary General of the University. 1.5 CLE credits are available in the areas of Professional Practice category for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Please see CLE reading, here.

December 16, 2015
Our Creeks and Rivers Under Siege!!
Rock snot, exotic mussels, and other unpleasant, unwelcome watery guests!
Penn State Extension, the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, and the Appalachian Mountain Club are hosting a free workshop on aquatic invasive species, presented by Sarah Whitney from the Pennsylvania Sea Grant, on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Illick’s Mill in Bethlehem (100 Illick’s Mill Road).  Aquatic invasive species are species found outside their natural geographic range that cause ecological or economic harm, or harm to human health.  Aquatic invasive species can be spread by human activities, such as boating, angling, and water gardening, to name a few.  Preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasives should be a top priority in Pennsylvania as the state has more than 84,000 miles of streams, 77 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and many inland lakes, and shares five major watersheds with other states and Canada.  In this talk, Sarah will present information about species of concern in Pennsylvania and highlight the steps boaters, anglers, and others can take to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful species.   For more information, contact Penn State Extension, Lehigh County, at 610-391-9840.

December 17, 2015

GMO-Free Bake Sale and Holiday Fun
6:30 p.m.
Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Join GMO Free NJ for the annual holiday celebration, shop at a GMO-free bake sale (proceeds help spread GMO awareness), and have some refreshments and good conversation. Learn how to create a GMO free holiday & find out the latest news about food safety, GMOs and labeling. Free and open to the public. RSVP: (856) 425-2221 or email Web:

December 20, 2015

Old Pine Farm's Walk in the Wild 
2 p.m.
Deptford, NJ

On our stroll with a knowledgeable leader, we will discuss "Wild Holidays, how plants/ animals/objects are used. We will meet in the parking lot at the end of Rankin Avenue, off Good Intent Road in Blackwood Terrace, or you can put "400 Rankin Avenue, Deptford" into your favorite mapping service. Please check our web site for changes and directions. Information and questions: Carl Ford, 856.579.4441. Car pooling recommended. Free and open to allConsisting of more than 45 acres of land, Old Pine Farm is one of the few remaining natural and protected areas along the highly developed tidal portion of Big Timber Creek. It offers a variety of terrain, including a meadow, woodlands, and wetlands, while being surrounded on three sides by many acres of fresh water in the Big Timber Creek.

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February 3-4, 2016
2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Wilmington, DE
The 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference offers two days of exploration into the latest wetland research, innovations to outreach and education and conservation programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Attendees will get the opportunity to learn, network and interact with their peers and leaders in the wetland field.


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