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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Enviro-Events Calendar for December 29, 2016

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

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January 2, 2017
Become a Rutgers Master Gardener of Camden County.  
Do you want to increase your garden knowledge?  Are you a novice gardener who wants to learn more?  The Rutgers Master Gardener Course runs from February thru April from 9:00 am until noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last day to register is January 31.  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 the handbook and class material. Call (856-216-7130) or e-mail Becki Szkotak, Program Associate ( if you would like to register for the class.  A registration form from the website and fee must be received by January 31. Email:,  phone 856-216-7130, and website:

January 10, 2017
Members and Guests “Yard Sale” Auction”  
Presented by the Horticultural Society of South Jersey
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 
820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ.  
Bring new or gently used items to donate. What a great way to pass on any unwanted holiday gifts that someone else may treasure. Free and open to the public to donate or shop.  Gardening items always wanted but not mandatory. Call Gwenne Baile, (856) 816-8108 for more information or visit the

January 11-12, 2017
Estimating and Bidding for Landscape Contractors
Penn State Extension office
1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville, Pa.
Hear how to determine the overhead of operating a landscaping business and create a profitable bid.  There will be opportunities to ask questions and discuss bidding with other contractors. 
On the first day the class will work through a spreadsheet using real-world examples to figure overhead costs of a landscape installation business.  Each participant will receive an electronic copy of this spreadsheet so they can adapt it and use it for their own business. On the second day, the class will work together to create a bid for a small residential hardscape and plant installation job in detail, using the overhead costs determined on the first day of the class.  Join this workshop to discuss benefits and pitfalls of some common estimating methods. Explore the concept of production rates in depth, including why it is important to know what they are for each business and how to determine these rates. Discuss profit and reasonable returns. The instructor is Scott Burk, owner of Scott's Landscaping, Inc. in Centre County, a mid-size, full-service company.  He is a graduate of the Landscape Contracting Program at Penn State University and serves as a guest instructor on campus for current students.  Come hear what one of Pennsylvania's most successful landscapers has to say about running a profitable business! The cost to attend this class is $200.  Pre-registration and payment is required by January 9, 2017.  To register go to: Questions regarding class can be directed to Emelie Swackhamer at  Individuals can also call Penn State Extension at 610-489-4315


Running the Long Path:a 350-Mile Journey of Discovery
in New York's Hudson Valley

1 p.m.
Catskill Interpretive Center, Mt. Tremper, NY 
Join Ken Posner for a talk on New York's greatest trail, the 358-mile Long Path which stretches from New York City all the way to Thacher State Park outside Albany, along the way crossing through some of the Hudson Valley's most magical spots including the Palisades, Harriman, Shawangunks, Catskills, and the Schoharie Valley.  The presentation will feature the history of the Long Path, including the voice of historical figures like Walt Whitman and John Burroughs, landscape images by award-winning photographer Steve Aaron, discussion of planning and gear, and some of Ken's adventures during his 2013 record-setting thru-run of the trail.

January 24, 2017
Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law
*Wine and cheese reception to follow*
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NYU School of Law
Lipton Hall, D’Agostino Hall
108 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
US oil and gas policy may undergo substantial change in the next administration. Federal rules governing methane emissions, the leasing of government lands, exports, and much more could be revised in the coming years. Please join experts from government, academia and industry as they assess the changes that may be in store. The event is free, but space is limited. Please sign up, here.
1.5 CLE credits offered in the areas of Professional Practice category. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional. This event is being produced in collaboration with Vinson & Elkins Speakers (in formation): Thomas P.J. Cape, Senior Analyst, Evercore ISI; Jayni Foley Hein, Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law; Robert Seber (Moderator), Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Vinson & Elkins; and Alexandra Teitz, formerly (as of 1/20/17) Counselor to the Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior; previously Senior Counsel, Environment and Energy/Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives.

January 24, 2017
PA Farm Link's Farm Succession and Transition Program 
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Lehigh County Agricultural Center
4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown, PA 18104.
Professionals in the agricultural industry will be providing valuable information to farm business owners who are looking to retire, scale back from farming, or looking to transition from a farm business to take on another adventure. These workshops presented by PA Farm Link. PA Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to “Linking Farmers to the Future”, will provide information on various aspects of creating a Farm Business Succession/Transition plan.  Often farm families start to discuss passing the farm business to the next generation, but get “stuck” on how to proceed.  These workshops will help work through some of the myths and stumbling blocks of moving forward with a farm succession and transition plan. Topics covered will include: Succession/Transition from a Legal Perspective; Goals & Needs of Farm Family Members; Financial Challenges of Succession Planning; and Challenges and Successes of Farm Succession.  Speakers will include: MidAtlantic Farm Credit Ag Professional; Darlene Livingston, PA Farm Link, and Attorney Jody Leighty, Stock and Leader.
Speakers will answer questions and breakout sessions will be held.  Certified International Farm Transition Network facilitators will be available to assist families in planning the next steps. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions, and will be given a list of potential resources in the area to provide future assistance with a farm succession/transition plan. Included in the workshop is a copy of: “Planning the Future of Your Farm” Pennsylvania Edition (normally sold for $10.60 per copy). Registration is required by January 17, 2017.  Registration can be completed online at othrough Eventbrite at  or by calling 717-705-2121.  Registration fee:  $10 per individual.  Multiple attendees from the same business are encouraged to participate so all pertinent parties, especially multiple generations, can gather information.  

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April 11-13, 2017
Sustainable Property and Asset-Based Transactions:
Closing Deals and Capturing Market Opportunities 

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 
This RTM Communications conference zeroes in on the effect environmental risk has on deal flow and the management of commercial, industrial and government property types. We will get into the business tactics and strategies for reducing the uncertainty caused by environmental risk and closing the deals employing creative environmental risk financing and management approaches. The Conference will also delve into the enhanced value environmental insurance and liability management strategies are bringing to leveraging the M&A activity and the purchasing and disposition of corporate assets and contaminated real estate. Finally, this conference will also address the effects that extreme weather and climate change may have on industrial properties/infrastructure, the potential impact of attribution science and the evolution of aggressive climate change litigation. More information  Register Here Reserve your room

June 13–15, 2017
SEIP Executive Summit 2017
The Society of Environmental Insurance Professionals
Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree St.  
SEIP Executive Summit is the only conference specifically devoted to environmental insurance and risk management. SEIP provides an educational environment for professionals from around the world, working in environmental risk management and insurance to come together to share new solutions and cutting edge ideas.  More information  Register Here  Reserve your room

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