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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Enviro-Events Calendar for February 18, 2017



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    



February 19, 2917
Connect with Nature: Annual Maple Sugaring

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060 (Exit 45A off Rt. 295)
Bring the whole family to enjoy a tasty winter afternoon learning about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America. 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. Pre-register by calling 609-261-2495 or stop by the RNC Visitors Center, 794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, NJ 08060, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Program cost: RNC Members $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); Nonmembers $9/person, $21/family (limit 5). Refreshments will be served.


February 20, 2017
Haddon Twp. Hens and Camden County Chickens presents:
“How to Examine Your Chicken—What’s Normal, What’s Not,What to Do About it” 

7:30 pm
Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 S. Park Blvd.
(GPS Camden County Parks Dept.). 

Owners and prospective owners of chickens are invited to attend a special presentation by Dr. Molly Hosier, VMD and poultry enthusiast. The event is free but a small donation suggested. RSVP Gwenne Baile at 
Gbaile@verizon.net or (856) 816-8508. Limited seats available.


February 23, 2017
Resiliency Planning Open House

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Two River Theater in downtown Red Bank, NJ

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announces a Public Open House for the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) project! The goal of NJ-FRAMES is to help communities in the Two Rivers region prepare for and respond to coastal hazards and the risk of flooding by incorporating state of the art science on sea level rise and coastal storm risk into local and regional resiliency plans.  This event, themed Two Rivers, One Future, is designed specifically for the general public to learn about the planning process and provide some initial input into their priorities for the Two Rivers Region.   
The open house format will allow participants to come and go at any point during the evening and will feature several stations for both information dissemination and public engagement. Activities will include: 
  • A general background information station on the scope and goals of the project, along with information about other public engagement opportunities
  • A more technical information station with information on sea-level rise and technical reports
  • A keypad polling activity that will survey participants on their values and priorities for the region
  • A photo booth and social media station to help build energy and momentum around the project
  • A "Kids Corner" featuring the NJDEP Education and Outreach team, who will engage our youngest participants in the basics of ecology and resiliency of the region.
  • And of course, refreshments!
The NJ FRAMES project is a regional and collaborative effort to understand our future flood vulnerability. The end result of the project will be a long-term resilience plan for the 15 municipalities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. This plan will identify ways our communities can reduce risks and impacts together. The project is led by the Two Rivers Council of Mayors and is funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can find additional information on the NJ-FRAMES website http://www.nj.gov/dep/oclup/njframes.html 

February 24, 2017
New Jersey Pinelands Commission Meeting  
9:30 a.m.
Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom
2349 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ
Environmental advocates anticipate that the commission will vote at this meeting on the controversial proposal by South Jersey Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline to the B. L. England power plant. Other than the location change, the commission has not yet provided details on the meeting.


February 28, 2917
Stop the Greenwashing:
A Conversation with Mr. Malkin, Chairman Empire State Realty Trust
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Coffee and registration from 8:45am
NYU School of Law
Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall245 Sullivan Street, 9th Floor New York, NY 10012 Please register, here In 2009, Anthony E. Malkin joined former President Bill Clinton and others to announce a pioneering initiative to retrofit a portfolio of properties in New York City, including the Empire State Building. The initiative has been a powerful vehicle for change; at the Empire State Building, energy use has declined nearly 40% since the retrofits were completed all while improving tenant comfort. Anthony Malkin will join us for a discussion about lessons learned during the retrofits of his properties and reforms that are needed to inspire more building owners to implement meaningful energy efficiency improvements.  The conversation will be moderated by Cecil Scheib, Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council.













February 28, 2017
Saul Ewing Web Conference:

What to Expect from Energy and Environmental Programs Under Trump Administration
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)
This is a dial-in program. Call-in information will be provided 

To RSVP, please click the "Register" button at bottom
Questions? Please contact Mary Brightman at 215.972.7773 or mbrightman@saul.com
President Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. This non-partisan program will provide lawyers and decision makers with an insider’s view on the future of the environmental and energy programs under the Trump Administration, including potential changes at the EPA and Department of Energy. Hear from Donald K. Shandy of the Oklahoma law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy, who will offer personal insights on Nominees Pruitt and Perry, and from Saul Ewing energy and environmental attorneys Joel R. Burcat, Pamela S. Goodwin, John P. Englert and Matthew M. Haar.  REGISTER HERE 



March 3, 2017 

Submission Deadline for PAEP Awards 
See details under PAEP April 5-7 annual conference 



March 3, 2017
SWEP of Greater Philadelphia  
Sustainability & The Supply Chain
8:30 am to 12:00 Noon                              

PECO Main Office Building
2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA  19103 
9th Floor Environmental Resource Center
Speakers: Dave Stangis – V.P. Corporate Responsibility, Chief Sustainability Officer, Campbell Soup Company; Robert McKinstry – Partner, Ballard Spahr, LLP; Susan Lorenz-Fisher – Director, Sustainability, AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation 
Pre-Registration:  ONLINE REGISTRATION
Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 am to 9:00 am (on-site) 
Program Time:  9:00 am t0 12:00 noon
Member Cost: $10/member
Non-Member Cost: $20/non-member 
Payment: On-line registration and payment;
Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (pre-registration required for security)
Contact Denise Molzahn / email: denise.molzahn@naes.com  / mobile 610-574-4189 
Parking: See http://philadelphia.bestparking.com/ for other nearby parking locations. Public Transit: http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/30th.html Meeting room is upstairs on the 9th Floor but please sign in at the SWEP desk in the lobby to get your badge and wait to be escorted up to the room.


March 7, 2017
PADEP Public Hearing on PennEast Compressor Station 
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
Keystone Ballroom, Split Rock Resort
100 Moseywood Rd, Lake Harmony, PA 18624.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a public hearing regarding an application by PennEast Pipeline Company of Wyomissing for an air quality plan approval to construct and operate a natural gas compressor station in Kidder Township, Carbon County. The purpose of the hearing will be to take testimony from the public regarding the air quality plan approval. The application calls for the facility to utilize three natural gas-fired, combustion turbine-driven compressors, one new natural gas-fired internal combustion engine auxiliary power unit, two fuel gas heaters, a 100-gallon storage tank to store pipeline liquids collected in the gas filters, and various small storage vessels for waste liquids. The company has proposed to use Solar brand lean-premixed dry low emissions system (SoLoNOX) to provide the lowest nitrogen dioxide (NOX) emissions possible during normal operating conditions.  PennEast submitted its Plan Approval Application to DEP in March 2016. DEP requests that individuals wishing to testify at the hearing submit a written notice of their intent. The notice should be sent to Mark Wejkszner, Air Quality Program Manager, at mwejkszner@pa.gov, or Colleen Connolly, Community Relations Coordinator, at coconnolly@pa.gov. Notices can also be sent to Mark Wejkszner at the Wilkes-Barre Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915. DEP will accept notices up to the day of the public hearing. Each individual will have up to 5 minutes to present testimony.   Those individuals who cannot attend the hearing can submit written public comments to the email addresses above. The public comment period for the air quality plan approval application ends on Friday, March 10, 2017. Written public comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. that day. Copies of the applications, DEP’s technical review memo and other supporting documents are available for public inspection between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at DEP’s Wilkes-Barre Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915. Appointments for reviewing the application materials may be made by calling (570) 826-2511.  




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March 16, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council 
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey. 
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website  


March 11, 2017
28th Annual Pinelands Short Course
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway NJ 08205
The Pinelands Short Course is a daylong event held each spring featuring educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands. This event is sponsored by the Pinelands Commission and Stockton University.  Learn about coyotes in NJ, frogs and toads, raptor and reptiles, Pinelands history programs, and trends is biodiversity just to name a few topics! The Pinelands Preservation Alliances's Ryan Rebozo will lead a bus tour of the Mullica River Watershed. Director of Education for Pinelands Adventures, John Volpa will lead a talk on history, geologic time, people and industries of the Pine Barrens (Pine Barrens Time Machine)!  You won't want to miss this.  Educators can earn 5 professional credits.  For more information email info@njpines.state.nj.us or call the Commission at 609-894-7300


March 12, 2017

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Renault Winery, 72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Meet Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans! Over fifty talented Pine Barrens artists 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! Bring your young 'uns so they can enjoy and learn at the "Lines on the Pines for Kids" area! Dinner afterwards in The Grand Ballroom at Renault Winery by reservation only (limited to 150).The speaker will be Gary Giberson - Adventures in Bird Carving and other entertainment: Ruins of Friendship Orchestra with a screening of a special excerpt from the film, The Pine Barrens, by David Scott Kessler.  For more information email linesonthepines@comcast.net or contact Linda Stanton 609-338-8220.

April 5-7, 2017
Annual Conference - Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals
Toftrees Resort Center
State College, PA
PAEP has now opened the nominations for the 2017 Walter Lyon Award and the Karl Mason Award as of Tuesday January 17 with the award paperwork due by March 3, 2017.  PAEP is looking for professionals and organizations who have made a unique and creative contribution to the field of environmental management in Pennsylvania with preference given to the fields of administration, law, regulation and community organization. If you know of an individual, a group, or specific project that demonstrates these conservation practices, please consider nominating them for these respected and significant awards. Please visit the PAEP website for more information  https://www.paep.org/programs/karl-mason-and-walter-lyon-awards/  or email info@paep.org  


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 


April 15-22, 2017 

South Plainfield Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week Main Cleanup Day: April 15
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM cleanup
12:00-1:30 PM free Pickup Picnic
Municipal Building
2480 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Volunteers will meet at the municipal building to collect supplies, then disperse to their assigned cleanup spots. At noon, all are invited back to the municipal building to enjoy free pizza and sandwiches, and environmental games and door prizes.  Call 908-226-7621 or email atempel@southplainfieldnj.com for more information.


April 20, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 



April 22. 2017


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
17 Pemberton Road, Southampton NJ  08088
Every year on Earth Day weekend PPA holds a sale of plants native the South Jersey and the Pinelands.  Many of the native plants offered are hard to find in any regular garden center.  Residents of the Pine Barrens benefit from planting natives that are adapted to the unique conditions found here.  A plant price list will be available in April. Members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance can attend the preview plant sale on Friday April 21st.  You must be a member of PPA to attend.  Join or renew your membership today.


May 10, 2017   
New Jersey WasteWise Business Network
9:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
NJ Forensic Science Technology Center
1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08691 (Mercer).
There is no fee charged to attend this meeting 

9:30 a.m. -  Welcome/Update – Steve Rinaldi, WasteWise Chair, NJDEP 
9:40 a.m. - Medical Equipment Reuse and Refurbishment – Lynn Tighe, Goodwill Home Medical Equipment
10:00 a.m. -  Municipal Recycling Enforcement and Education Strategies – Ron Lottermann, Recycling Coordinator, Fair Lawn Borough 
10:25 a.m. - What’s New in Glass Recycling?! – Lynn M. Bragg, President, Glass Packaging Institute
10:55 a.m. -  Break
11:10 a.m.  - The New Jersey Green Association -  “Green Business Chamber of Commerce” – Allan Fliss, Executive Director,  
11:40 a.m. -  Trex Recycled Plastic Lumber – Samara Norman, Senior Material Buyer  
12:10 p.m. -  Adjourn/Networking/Open Discussion
Individuals who are NJ Certified Recycling Professionals will earn 2.5 re-certification credits for attending this meeting! Note:  GPS and Driving Directions  – If for some reason, your GPS does not recognize 1200 Negron Drive in Hamilton, NJ, 08691, please try Horizon Drive, Hamilton NJ 08691.  The facility is in the Horizon Center on Rt. 130. Please RSVP to Steven.Rinaldi@dep.nj.gov.


May 18, 20171
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website  





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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


June 15, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 



July 20, 2017

New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.

100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 



August 17, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 



September 14, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 



October 19, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 



December 7, 2017
New Jersey Highlands Council
4 p.m.
100 North Road, Route 513
Chester, New Jersey.
Agendas and related materials will be posted on the Council’s website 





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