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Enviro-Events Calendar for January 21, 2016




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




For free publication, e-mail send your event info to: editor@enviropolitics.com 



                                    






January 21, 2015
Sustainability Film Screening
6:30 p.m.
Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair’s Environmental Affairs office and Community Green present Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, an environmental documentary. Free and open to the public.


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January 21, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Collingswood Library
771 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108   
How bad is a little Roundup weed killer in our cereal, anyway? Which is better--organic or non-GMO? What does it mean when I see "NATURAL" on a food label? GMO Free NJ explores these questions and many more in a special meeting about Roundup, the agricultural chemical that is applied to genetically engineered foods. Free and open to the public.









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Registration through January 30, 2016
Become a Rutgers Master Gardener of Camden County
Do you want to increase your knowledge of the garden?  Are you a novice gardener who wants to learn more?  The Rutgers Master Gardener Course runs from February 2 thru April 28 from 9:00 am until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is open from January 1 through January 30.  The science-based course is located at the Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ  08002  The fee is $250 which includes a handbook and class material. Don't wait!  Complete the registration form from the website and send it today!!  Email: njgarden@camdencounty.com or phone 856-216-7130  Website: Camden.jaes.rutgers.edu  For further information contact person is Becki Szkotak  email: szkotak@AESOP.Rutgers.edu
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January 23, 2016
Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping

8 a.m. - Sign-in
8:30 a.m. to Noon (Session)
Camden County Environmental Center                
1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ  08002 
Pre-registration is required.  $10 per household.
Presented by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County. We will provide you with an introduction to the unique biology of the honey bee, how they organize their hive, make their honey and what beekeepers do in concert with them. A fully assembled hive will be available to examine as well as additional equipment that beekeepers use. For more information and to register call Mike Haberland at 856-216-7130 x3 or e-mail Haberland@njaes.rutgers.edu.  Please call before sending payment to ensure that space is available.  Payment must be received by January 20.


January 24, 2016
The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs and City
Presented by Camden County Chickens 
Camden County Parks Department Environmental Center
1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 (between Grove Street and Kings Highway)Learn how easy it is to set up a coop, select hens and care for them year-round as well as the legal issues in your town and what you can do about them. Speakers are Maureen Breen, Chair of Philadelphia Backyard Chickens and Gwenne Baile, Chair of Camden County Chickens. Cost is $10 per household and pre-registration strongly advised to reserve a seat. Registration at 12:30 pm and class is 1-3:30 pm. For more information and to register email Gbaile@verizon.net or call 856-858-6644.




Photograph by Patricia Worley
January 24, 2016
Celebrate 100 Years of our National Parks Service.
Artist Reception January 24
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Music by The Gloucester County Flute Choir 
Galleria Deptford is in the Deptford Municipal Building
1011 Cooper Street, Deptford, NJ 
Galleria Deptford presents a photographic journey through our National Parks by Patricia Worley and Larry Lyons - "The Great American West" with Pottery by Alex Kachenko. All on display until March 30. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. Free and Open to All

For free publication, send your event information to: editor@enviropolitics.com January 26, 2016 


January 26, 2016
 
EBC Roundtable
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
McCarter & English, LLP
4 Gateway Center
100 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ
Register HereThe EBC Environmental Roundtable meets every other month to discuss relevant environmental issues, regulatory changes and new developments that may impact our members provided by our sub-committees which focus on: Regulatory Affairs, Brownfields & Site Remediation, Natural Resource, Damages, Water, Air, Environmental Technology, Sustainability, Energy, Enforcement & OSHA News and Regulations. Please note the change in day and location.
Parking is free, if you park in the McCarter & English, LLP garage or outside lot.


January 26, 2015
Energy Private Equity: The New Reality of Low Oil Prices
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wine and cheese reception to follow.
NYU School of Law
Lipton Hall, D’Agostino Hall
108 West Third Street
New York, NY 10012  The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law will host a discussion on, “Energy Private Equity: The New Reality of Low Oil Prices” featuring leading private equity investors with extensive experience in domestic and cross-border energy investments. Among other topics, themes to be discussed include the ways in which low oil prices have impacted investment strategies and the outlook for the oil industry in the year ahead. The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP, hereSpeakers include: Stephen Coats, Partner, Riverstone; Thomas Edelman, Managing Partner, White Deer Energy; Robert Gold (’84), Senior Executive, Ridgewood Energy;Shaia Hosseinzadeh, Managing Director, WL Ross & Co. LLC, and Robert Seber, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP (moderator). 1.5 credits of CLE are available in the areas of Professional Practice category. The credit will be both transitional and non-transitional. This event has been made possible through the support of Vinson & Elkins LLP


January 28, 20116
American Council of Engineering Companies
ACECNJ welcomes Melissa Orsen, CEO of the NJEDA
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Forsgate Country Club
Jamesburg, NJ


Melissa Orsen was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in February 2015. The EDA is an independent State agency responsible for providing financing to small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs.

Ms. Orsen most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she oversaw a budget of more than $3.8 billion and a workforce of approximately 400 employees. Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner, she served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Lieutenant Governor's office and the New Jersey Department of State. Her work was focused on coordinating and implementing statewide economic growth and job creation strategies.

Ms. Orsen joined the Lieutenant Governor's staff in March 2012 from DCA, where she served in several key roles, including Chief of Staff to the Department and Chief Counsel for the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing. Earlier in her professional career, she was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.

Ms. Orsen earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware.


January 28, 2016
Southern New Jersey Development Council - Public Policy Breakfast
Acting NJ Transportation Commissioner Richard Hammer
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Courtyard Glassboro Rowan University
325 Rowan Avenue
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Register here. Space limited 


January 28, 2016

South Jersey Organic Gardeners’ Club
Barrington VFW (Senior Center)
109 Shreve Avenue
Barrington, N.J.  
Permaculture-- Plan Your Garden for a Decade by Charles White. Ideas will be discussed as to how we can all incorporate permaculture into our lives. Free and open to the public. For more information, email  sjorganicgardeners@gmail.comor visit the Facebook page.



January 30, 2016
Water is Life
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park
1335 Route 73 South, Palmyra, NJ
Free Public Workshop.  
Water, an essential element to life! Come learn about the condition of your local waterways and drinking water. What efforts are being done to protect our water resources?  What can you do at home to conserve water and make a difference? Enjoy presentations by three local experts, Michael Hogan, Meishka Mitchell, and Michael Haberland. Event is free, but space is limited. Please visit www.sustainablecherryhill.org to register.  Questions? Contact tricountyalliance@sustainablecherryhill.org. Hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Tri-County Alliance Task Force.


January 29, 2016
CIANJ Real Property Roundtable
How Will Valuations, Tax Changes & Rate Environment Impact You in 2016?
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights
650 Terrace Avenue
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

January 31, 2016

Mindfulness in Nature Workshop
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Center
Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has partnered with Trinity Counseling Services of Princeton to create a brand new “Mindfulness in Nature” workshop at the Watershed Center in Pennington, NJ.  Geared toward those who spend an excess of time indoors or at a computer, the workshop explores a connection to nature through mindfulness. Trinity Counseling Services’ own Robin Boudette, Ph.D., psychologist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor will be leading nature walks and meditation sessions at the Watershed Center.  The program includes an introduction to mindfulness practices that uplift and provide insight into our lives. Registration is $50 per person and can be completed online at trinitycounseling.org/nature
The program invites both new and experienced participants to join these mindfulness exercises, whether to learn new skills or to hone ones.  The 930 acres of Watershed Reserve is the perfect location to experience the earth, the sky, your heart and mind. The Watershed Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm at 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.



                               





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. http://de.gov/dewetlandsconference


February
 4, 2016

New Jersey Highlands Council Public Outreach Session

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 E Hanover Ave
Morris Township, NJ 07962
Haggerty Education Center
The Highlands Council will update the public on the RMP Monitoring Program and present draft indicators. This is NOT a public hearing, but rather informational sessions where members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process. A brief overview presentation will be given at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each session, with the remaining time available for attendees to review materials that will be available around the room and ask follow-up questions. The Monitoring Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. The program requires identification of indicators and milestones to measure the impact of the Regional Master Plan on water resources, agriculture, housing, transportation, and economic development within the Highlands Region. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on the Council’s web site (www.nj.gov/njhighlands). 


February 9, 2016

New Jersey Highlands Council Public Outreach Session
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Warren County Technical School Cafeteria
1500 Route 57, Washington, NJ 07882 

The Highlands Council will update the public on the RMP Monitoring Program and present draft indicators. This is NOT a public hearing, but rather informational sessions where members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process. A brief overview presentation will be given at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each session, with the remaining time available for attendees to review materials that will be available around the room and ask follow-up questions. The Monitoring Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. The program requires identification of indicators and milestones to measure the impact of the Regional Master Plan on water resources, agriculture, housing, transportation, and economic development within the Highlands Region. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on the Council’s web site (www.nj.gov/njhighlands).


February 10, 2016

Green Garden Cents
Camden County Parks Environmental Center
1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ  08002  
Sign-in at 6:30 p.m. and talk starts promptly at  7 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested.  Fee is $10 per household.  Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County, the first in our series of four Homeowners' classes.  Learn how to save money the sensible way in your garden.  Presentation by Becki Szkotak, Agriculture Program Associate and Program Coordinator of the Master Gardeners program. For more information and to register call the Master Gardeners office at 856-216-7130 or e-mail:
njgarden@camdencounty.com or go to the website: http://camden.njaes.rutgers.edu/garden.


February 11, 2016  
New Jersey Highlands Council Public Outreach Session
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wanaque Education
Passaic County Community College
500 Union Avenue, Haskell, NJ 07420 
The Highlands Council will update the public on the RMP Monitoring Program and present draft indicators. This is NOT a public hearing, but rather informational sessions where members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process. A brief overview presentation will be given at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in each session, with the remaining time available for attendees to review materials that will be available around the room and ask follow-up questions. The Monitoring Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. The program requires identification of indicators and milestones to measure the impact of the Regional Master Plan on water resources, agriculture, housing, transportation, and economic development within the Highlands Region. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on the Council’s web site (www.nj.gov/njhighlands). 


February 21, 2016
Get Sweet on Rancocas Nature Center
Annual Male Sugaring to pair with Community Day
RNC Visitors Center
794 Rancocas Road
Westampton, NJ 08060
Spend a tasty winter afternoon at Rancocas Nature Center’s Annual Maple Sugaring (1:30 to 3:00pm) and stay to learn about upcoming programs at the Annual Community Day (3:00 to 4:30pm). Learn about the sugar maple tree and history of maple sugaring, watch a tapping demonstration, then enjoy maple syrup tasting around an old-fashioned campfire.  “We combined our Annual Community Update Meeting with our Maple Sugaring event to give the public a double treat this year!” said Friends of Rancocas Nature Center Co-Chair Toni Price. Pre-registration is required: RNC Members $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); Nonmembers $9/person, $21/family (limit 5). Refreshments will be served. Call 609-261-2495 Rancocas Nature Center is supported through the partnership of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders; NJ State Park Service Division of Parks & Forestry; Westampton Township; Friends of Rancocas Nature Center; and Rancocas Conservancy. More info at www.RancocasNatureCenter.org


February 28, 2016
Mindfulness in Nature Workshop
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Center
Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has partnered with Trinity Counseling Services of Princeton to create a brand new “Mindfulness in Nature” workshop at the Watershed Center in Pennington, NJ.  Geared toward those who spend an excess of time indoors or at a computer, the workshop explores a connection to nature through mindfulness. Trinity Counseling Services’ own Robin Boudette, Ph.D., psychologist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor will be leading nature walks and meditation sessions at the Watershed Center.  The program includes an introduction to mindfulness practices that uplift and provide insight into our lives. Registration is $50 per person and can be completed online at trinitycounseling.org/nature
The program invites both new and experienced participants to join these mindfulness exercises, whether to learn new skills or to hone ones.  The 930 acres of Watershed Reserve is the perfect location to experience the earth, the sky, your heart and mind. 

For free publication, send your event information to: editor@enviropolitics.com January 26, 2016 


March 11, 2016
New Jersey Future - Redevelopment Forum 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel
New Brunswick, NJ
Register here




March 12, 2016
All day
Stockton University, Galloway Township, Atlantic County
The 27th Annual Pinelands Short Course features presentations, lectures and field trips about all things Pine Barrens. Learn about Pinelands water quality, ecology, the pygmy forest, moths and butterflies, and so much more. There are also courses on photography, history and music.  Sponsored by the NJ Pinelands Commission and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Download an event brochure here.


March 13, 2016
 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Renault Winery
72 North Bremen Ave.
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Enjoy a wonderful day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans! Free and open to the public. Over seventy talented Pine Barrens people will be on hand to sign their books, display their artwork or craft, play their music and in general, share their love of the Pine Barrens. After a full day of mingling with the exhibitors, opt for a delicious sit-down dinner complete with entertainment. Reservation and pre-payment required for dinner. For more information and a dinner reservation form, visit www.linesonthepines.org. Vendors and sponsors contact Linda Stanton at 609-561-1665.  Reservation and payment is required for dinner. SPEAKER: Ted Gordon: "The Forked River Mountains, Wells Mills and The Albert Brothers' Home Place" with musical entertainment by Gabe Coia.






March 16, 2016
ACEC-NJ's 45th Engineering Excellence Awards Celebration
6 p.m.
Forsgate Country Club
Jamesburg, NJ 
The American Council of Engineering Companies recognizes the top accomplishments and contributions of New Jersey's engineering profession to the State of New Jersey, and the nation. Registration & Sponsorship Opportunities







Food Waste-to-Low Carbon Energy Conference
Rutgers Eco-complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
Food waste is the largest portion of our waste stream, making up 21% of the material that is discarded. However, only 5% of the food waste generated is recycled. This two-day conference will share lessons learned from successful food waste-to-energy projects and address the challenges in establishing this industry in New Jersey. Check here for the schedule and registration information.  






























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