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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Enviro-Events Calendar for February 8, 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    



Seed Swap and February Seed Library Hours
7 p.m.

Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108.  

Free and open to the public. The seed library will be open and available. February is a good time to get your seeds so you will be ready to start plants like tomatoes and peppers. Please stop by to pick up some free seeds for your garden. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to answer any questions relating to care for your seeds. For more information, check the Facebook page, email sjseeds@gmofreenj.com. or call 856-425-2221.


February 11, 2017
Inspired by Nature - Wherever You Are”8th Annual Conference - 
Delaware Association for Environmental Education
Pilot School, Woodlawn Road. north Wilmington, DE  View Map
This one-day conference will feature an inspiring keynote with a wildlife encounter by Phung Luu, Executive Director for Animal Behaviors and Conservation Connections (ABCC). In addition, Kathy McGlauflin, National Executive Director for Project Learning Tree an award-winning environmental education program and curriculum, will be speaking. This conference brings together more than 100 formal and non-formal educators in the field of environmental education and will feature several strands of educational sessions, exhibits, and opportunities for networking and professional development. According to Angel Burns, DAEE Co-Chair, “this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in environmental education to network with fellow educators, learn about the awesome environmental education opportunities within the state, and participate in professional development.” Topics and programs highlighted for this year’s conference include a visit to the Enchanted Woods Children’s Garden at Winterthur; Digital Storytelling; Nature Journaling; Starting a School Vegetable Garden; Natural Play and Learning Spaces; Technology and Nature; and many more. Register hereThe mission of the Delaware Association for Environmental Education is to “promote environmental and outdoor education to facilitate positive community impacts on the conservation and sustainability of Delaware’s resources.” Using the environment as a basis for study can improve student achievement, reduce behavioral problems, and connect students and adults to tangible, real-world topics. For more information about the Delaware Association for Environmental Education, Visit here or on Facebook


February 14, 2017
Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents:
100 Years of Blueberry Cultivation at Whitesbog
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Join Rick Prickett from the Whitesbog Preservation Trust talk about the wonderful blueberry and the history of its cultivation. Free and open to the public. For more information, check the website:
 www.hssj.org or call 856-816-8508


February 15, 2017
Creating a habitat for the golden-winged warbler  

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sussex County Library

125 Morris Turnpike A workshop for owners of forestland in northwestern New Jersey will be held at the Sussex County Main Library in Frankford to outline programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to create habitat for endangered species. Of particular concern is the golden-winged warbler, a small migratory bird that breeds in specific habitat and has seen its population decline by 66 percent since the 1960s, according to the department. A species of concern to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which maintains the national threatened and endangered species lists, the warbler is at the center of other programs and what is known as the Young Forest Initiative. The Natural Resources Conservation Service will outline the technical and financial assistance available to owners of forests. More information here





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February 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


February 16, 2017
Gardeners, crafters, foodies: reclaim your sovereignty
7; 30 p.m.
Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Participate in one or more of GMO Free NJ's "Seed to Sovereignty" projects. Seeds will be distributed for those who want to try their hand at growing, and plans will be made for turning the harvest into finished products. There's something for everyone here--bring a friend! More info: (856) 425-2221www.GMOFreeNJ.com/events



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 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 Hall
245 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 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.   


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  


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 



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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