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EnviroPolitics for December 10, 2015




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



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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.


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December 15, 2015
The Future of PACE for New Jersey’s Municipalities
Free webinar 11 a.m. – Noon. 
PACE represents a multi-billion dollar opportunity for New Jersey. New Jersey already has PACE legislation, but with deficiencies that need to be corrected before the program can be implemented effectively. Amending legislation to facilitate PACE, and extend it to cover resiliency improvements such as hurricane- and flood-proofing, has been in the works for nearly three years, and was passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the NJ legislature this past June. On November 9, the Christie Administration issued a conditional veto that would have made the program even less viable than before. While we're still looking at the options available to get an effective program approved, we are more than ever convinced that PACE will come to New Jersey in the not-too-distant future. Our December 15 webinar will discuss this future, and what we can do in the meantime to get more projects financed and moving forward. In this free webinar on December 15 from 11 am to 12 noon, you will learn: What PACE is, and its track record in states across the USA; Why PACE is important to you, your community, and NJ; PACE's status (A2579) and the Governor’s Conditional Veto; Actions we are taking, and How you can help us get PACE working in NJ. The webinar will be useful for municipalities, energy services contractors, property owners and developers, community development groups, financial organizations, and nonprofits. David Gabrielson, Executive Director of PACENation, the national nonprofit, and a long-time municipal councilperson in New York will join NJPACE's executive team for the webinar.  Read more and RSVP here


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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.


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 RSVP@gmofreenj.com Web: www.GMOFreeNJ.com


                               






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 www.oldpinefarm.org 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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