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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Enviro-Events Calendar for January 27, 2016




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




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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
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.

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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 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 31, 2016 (Rescheduled)
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.



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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 26, 2016  
Beer, Bluegrass and Bootleggers: the Dark Side of the Sourlands
83 Princeton Ave, State 1A
Hopewell, New Jersey 08525
Explore the Dark Side of the Sourlands - bootleggers, bandits and other unsavory characters - with Jim Davidson, President, East Amwell Historical Society; Sourland folk songs and mountain lore by The Reverend Truman Goines; and kick up your heels to the bluegrass music of The Backdoor Band. For more information, email lcleveland@sourland.org presented by the Sourland Conservancy.


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  






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.  






























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