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Enviro-Events Calendar for October 26, 2016

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

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October 25, 2016
The Color of Food: Discussing Food Justice, Food Activism, and Farmers of Color
2:30 p.m.
Temple University's Paley Library Lecture Hall
1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, Pa. Ground Floor
Community organizers Kirtrina M. Baxter and Dara Cooper discuss racial disparities in the food movement, strengthening community work through food, and advocating for food sovereignty in communities of color. Temple University’s 2016-­2017 Visualizing Sustainability series engages tangible, interdisciplinary, practices that impact our environment. Seeing Stories: Visualizing Sustainable Citizenship is co-­curated by Temple Contemporary, Temple University’s Of ice of Sustainability, and Temple University Libraries, along with faculty from the Tyler School of Art, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Center for the Cinematic and Performing Arts.

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October 26, 2016
NJBIA's Meet the Decision Makers
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The National Conference Center - East Windsor, NJ
Price: $70 per person
Space is limited. Register Early! 

November 2, 2016
Audubon New York 2016 Keesee Awards Luncheon
Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street, New York, NY 
Reception 11:30 a.m.; Luncheon 12 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jacket and tie required for gentlemen.
Join Audubon New York on November 2nd for the annual celebration of the prestigious Thomas W. Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award & Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing. Thomas W. Keesee, Jr. Conservation Award Honoree: Christopher (Kim) Elliman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Open Space Institute. This award is presented in recognition of remarkable leadership and commitment to Audubon’s mission.  The award is named in remembrance of Thomas W. Keesee, Jr.’s lifelong commitment to the environment and advocacy of Audubon’s grassroots legacy.  Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing Honoree: Edward O. Wilson This award recognizes writers who use the power of the pen to influence positive change in the world of environmental conservation in support Audubon’s mission.  

November 2-4, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Rutgers University  
There's no question that HEC-RAS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program, is an incredibly powerful tool. However, it's also no secret that it can be overwhelming, challenging and, in the hands of an inexperienced user, the end result could be numerical instability and severely flawed analyses. Can you afford that outcome on your projects? To help you make sense of HEC-RAS, we've recruited Joe Skupien, one of the most highly rated instructors in hydrology and hydraulics, to teach this 3-day hands-on training class. He will provide a comprehensive overview of the steady flow capabilities of the current version (V5.0.1) of HEC-RAS.  More information:

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November 3, 2016
Ecological Risk Assessment for Site Remediation 
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences Bldg.
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
This program will provide a concise overview of ecological risk assessment (ERA) as it applies to site remediation. Students will be walked through the tiered ERA process, including the screening level Ecological Evaluation (EE) and baseline ERA as outlined in the NJDEP and USEPA guidance. The application of fundamental principles, such as bioavailability, weight-of-evidence, and comparing risks to background will be illustrated with real-world examples and case studies.  Students will leave the course with an understanding of the difference between an EE and an ERA, an idea of the data required to reach management decisions, and how professional judgment can be applied when evaluating ecological risks.   For More Information

November 3, 2016
PlanSmart Annual Dinner

6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center Drive

This year PlanSmart NJ is honoring:
Regional and Community Planning
The Somerset County Planning Board, accepted by Patricia L. Walsh, Walter C. Lane, and Bernard V. Navatto Jr., for their comprehensive planning in developing the County Investment Framework
Outstanding Individual Leadership
George T. Vallone, of Hoboken Brownstone Company, for his progressive leadership in regulatory reform, economic development, and sustainability.
Resource Efficiency Achievement Award
The Newark Resiliency Action Plan, accepted by Laureen Boles of NJ Environmental Justice Alliance, Drew Curtis of Ironbound Community Corporation, and Amy Goldsmith of Clean Water Fund.
Regional Equity Achievement Award
Tim Doherty, Executive Director of Project Freedom, for his work developing and operating barrier-free housing for people with disabilities so they are able to live independently.

Environmental Achievement Award
Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society, for advocating for coastal restoration, expanding marine education programs in underserved communities, and engaging communities in coastal stewardship.
Economic Development Achievement Award
Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors.Accepted by Chief Executive Officer Kris Kolluri, Esq. on behalf of the Board for their leadership in leveraging education and medical assets to promote healthy communities and stimulate economic development.


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November 3, 2016

Society of Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia 
Annual Touchstone Award Reception
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Franklin Commons
400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville, PA
HONORING 2016 RECIPIENT: Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainability, DuPont.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Marian Moskowitz, Real Estate Developer Cocktail Hour followed by a seated Dinner and Dessert  SWEP Members / Students: $40 / person in advance $55 / person after October 21st Non-SWEP Members: $60 / person in advance $60 / person after October 21st  
Please RSVP and pay online at Questions or concerns, please contact touchstones@swepweb.comFOR THE DISCOUNTED RATE, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 21st, 2016Registration will close on October 24th. No walk-ins will be accepted. 

November 4, 2016

Ditch to River, Wetland to Sea:
Technical & Regulatory Aspects of Remediating Environmentally Sensitive Areas
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences Bldg.
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
This program will show you how to clean up an environmentally sensitive area in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Given a range in environmental settings (from ditches to urbanized estuaries), students will be taught how to select the proper remedial method (e.g., capping, dredging, bank stabilization) based on the source of the contaminant, practicability, cost, intrusiveness, and long-term effectiveness. Technical aspects will include remedial design, specification of materials and equipment, and coordinating with contractors. Case studies will be used to illustrate how the responsible party selected the appropriate remedy, coordinated with regulatory agencies (e.g., NJDEP, USEPA, USFWS), and monitored long-term effectiveness
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November 9, 2016

Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents
“Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Sarasota, Florida—A Photo Journey”

7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Hall
820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. 

Karin Hirsch, HSSJ Board member, will be the presenter. Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads and their canopy ecosystems with a focus on botany, horticulture and education. Free and open to the public. For more information, check the website: or call 856-816-8508.

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November 14-16, 2016
Renewable Energy from Waste Conference
Westin, Long Beach, California

November 17, 2016

7 p.m.
Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ.
Winter holidays are an exciting time to join together with family and friends for celebrations, parties and family meals, but it can be difficult to avoid genetically engineered foods unless we plan in advance. Join in a discussion with GMO Free NJ to find out how you can have GMO-free holidays. Non-GMO refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public--bring a friend! RSVP:  call (856) 425-2221 or email


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November 29, 2016

Longwood Gardens Christmas Bus Trip
10:15 a.m.  (Boarding)
7:30 p.m. (Return)
Boarding at Prospectors Steakhouse & Saloon parking lot
3050 Rt. 38 East, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054)
Let someone else drive and park, while you just enjoy the spectacular floral and lighting displays at this famous site.  Cost is $60 per person (limited number of seats available) and includes round trip bus transportation and admission to Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA (lunch/dinner not included). For
 reservations, visit the Nature Center in person or mail a check to Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060; or call the Center at 609-261-2495 to pay with a credit card. Checks must be received by November 19; and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call 609-261-2495; email; or go to 

December 2, 2016
Jersey Waterworks Conference
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December 2, 2016
New Jersey Real Estate & Corporate Transactions:
Dealing With Environmental & LSRP Program Concerns 
8  a.m. - 10 p.m.
Montclair State University
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences Bldg.
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
In this CLE session, attendees will learn about what due diligence to perform in purchase and sale transactions as well as methods for dealing with environmental issues that may arise. Attendees will also learn practice tips for ISRA compliance, performing due diligence, and allocating responsibility for addressing environmental issues. Whether involved in a merger, acquisition or real estate transaction, you will be able to identify certain environmental issues and learn how to navigate through those issues to close your deal.  
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December 9, 2016

Risk Management in Remediation: A Review of Principles and Applications 
8 AM- 4 PM
Montclair State University
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences Bldg.
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
This one-day program will provide a review of the risk management framework for remediation programs in New Jersey, US EPA and other states.  This unique program will include an in depth look at the state of the science of risk assessment and lessons learned in applying these techniques.

December 16, 2016

Effective Use of Compliance Averaging

8:30 AM- 4 PM
1200 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
Compliance averaging is a powerful tool for demonstrating compliance with soil and vapor standards.  This course is designed to acquaint the attendee with various methods recommended by DEP for demonstrating compliance.  Case studies will be presented and will include simple to complex cases.  Interactive exercises will also be included.

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