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Enviro-Events Calendar for March 23, 2017



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

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March 23, 2017
A Clean Energy Future Is Happening NOW
Network for Responsible Public Policy Panel Discussion

6:30 p.m. - Doors open for electric vehicles showcase
7:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion
Ridgewood High School Campus Center
627 Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ. 
 
With federal action on climate change already threatening to roll back the steps implemented under in the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions, many companies, local governments and public private partnerships still remain optimistic. Why? Because they have a strong track record of renewable energy and conservation solutions that allow them to reduce their carbon emissions while boosting to the bottom line. Those successful policies and programs will be the in the spotlight at an expert panel discussion presented by Network for Responsible Public Policy on Thursday, March 23.  Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt, a climatologist, climate modeler and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)) in New York, and co-founder of the award winning climate science blog, RealClimate, will provide an overall context for the discussion, with an update on the global scientific consensus man-made climate change and of the need for swift, bold action.  Energy policy analyst Charles Komanoff, co-founder and director of the Carbon Tax Center, will make the case for a tax on carbon, and describe how the tax an be priced efficiently and fairly. 
Dan Sosland, president of the Acadia Center, the non-profit research and policy advocacy organization, will describe successful, comprehensive programs that advance the clean energy future at the state and regional levels. Hrisa Gatzoulis, of JLL, the global commercial real estate consulting and investment firm, will share the fascinating story of the groundbreaking energy retrofit of the Empire State Building. Gatzouolis will further explore industry trends to build healthier, cleaner and more energy efficient buildings here in the Northeast and around the world. Amanda Nesheiwat, Environmental Director for the Town of Secaucus, NJ, will moderate the discussion and field a Q&A session between audience members and the panelists.  An organizer and environmental activist passionate about sustainable development and combatting climate change, Amanda is a member of the NEJAC National Youth Climate Justice Working Group where she works to find ways to engage with youth impacted by climate.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a showcase of electric vehicles and opportunities to speak with EV drivers as well as representatives from renewable energy firms and environmental and climate policy organizations.  The panel discussion runs from 7:30 PM to 9:30 p.m.  The program is FREE and open to the public, with a $10 donation suggested. Pre-registration at nfrpp.org is recommended.

  



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March 30, 2017
US Green Building Council of NJ:
2017 Annual Awards Gala: Building a Future of Sustainability
5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ
Each year, USGBC NJ recognizes and presents these distinguished awards to companies and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability. Our annual Gala is a great networking event, an important fundraiser, and a terrific celebration of achievements in our state. This year, we are updating the event format to allow for 2 hours of networking time with the best and brightest in the green industry. The Chapter is pleased to welcome Gala Keynote Dennis Bone, Inaugural Director, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Former President and CEO, Verizon-NJ.
THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY HONOREE: AeroFarms and RBH Group
AWARD WINNERS:
• Union Hill Phase I and II - LEED Innovation Project of the Year: Residential Urban
• Habitat for Humanity, Oradell NJ - LEED Innovation Project of the Year: Residential Suburban
• Prudential Tower - LEED Innovation Project of the Year: Commercial
• College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative – Innovative School Project of the Year
• Suez North America NJ Headquarters - LEED Innovation Project of the Year: Interiors
HONORABLE MENTIONS:
• Bijou Properties – The Vine and Park and Garden
• William Paterson University – University Hall
• Teacher’s Village
We are asking for corporate sponsorships or tables, individuals to purchase tickets and/or purchase of ads for our Gala Ad Journal. Proceeds from the Gala provide program and operating support for all of the chapter’s educational programs, events, tours, research programs and advocacy initiatives and provides start-up funds for new green building programs and resources. Please respond to Mary Ellen Garrigus at coordinator@usgbcnj.org or 973.255.0442 at your earliest convenience to ensure that your company will be represented at this fantastic event.  For more information on the 2017 Gala, please visit the Gala page  Individual Attendee Ticket: $350 plus numerous sponsorship & ad journal opportunities.


March 30, 2017

6 p.m.
Pozycki Hall Auditorium
Monmouth University
The Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI) will host three movie screening and panel events exploring issues impacting coastal ecosystems as part of its on-campus Spring Film Series. All events are free, open to the public and will be held in the Pozycki Hall Auditorium. The series will kick off on March when UCI partners with Clean Ocean Action to present A Plastic Ocean, a film that is raising awareness about the consequences of society’s global disposable lifestyle. The film will be followed by a discussion with Bayshore Recycling Vice President of Operations Gary Sondermeyer, who will provide an important and interesting perspective on controlling plastic waste and marine debris. The April 6 film Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy tells the story of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional ocean plans and chronicles efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, sustainable future. At the film’s conclusion, UCI Director Tony MacDonald will moderate an expert panel focused on the historic new Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan, which the UCI played a key role in developing. The film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception at 6 p.m. The UCI will co-sponsor a second showing on April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Ship Bottom Volunteer Firehouse. On April 13 at 4:30 p.m., the UCI Film Series concludes with a showing of Les Saisons (Seasons), a French documentary that observes European wildlife with exceptional high-definition footage. A discussion will be held after the film with Rockefeller University Professor Jesse Ausubel, who served as a science advisor to the film’s directors. To register for these events or for more information, visit Monmouth.edu/UCI or email uci@monmouth.edu.


March 31, 2017
  

NJDEP Technical Guidance for Investigating
Child Care Centers and Educational Facilities

8 a.m. -12 p.m. (AM Class) Montclair State University 
30 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 
This half- day interactive training seminar presented in cooperation with the LSRPA will provide an in-depth overview of  the changes you need to know about in order to stay in compliance. This program will also provide you with up to date information on the evaluation and remediation of Child Care Centers and Educational Facilities (CCC/EFs). http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep/


March 31, 2017 
What Every LSRP Needs to Know About the New NJ SRPLB Rules
1 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (PM Class)
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
Board members of the NJ Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board, and external experts will present an overview of the new LSRP rules (N.J.A.C. 7:26I Regulations) that were adopted and became effective Jan. 4, 2016. This half-day course is designed to update LSRPs on the new rules and help advance their ability to apply the rule changes in the performance, supervision or coordination of site remediation in NJ. http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep/



Verona Boathouse, Verona Park, Essex County, NJ

April 3, 2017

Alternative Fueled Vehicles in Municipalities
Essex County Environmental Commission's Biannual Environmental Roundtable
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Verona Boathouse in Verona Park.
The roundtable will spotlight personal electric vehicles and charging station success stories, as well as medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicle alternatively-fueled options, followed by sharing of municipal commissions about topics relevant to each municipality. Refreshments will be served. Register here


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 6, 2017
Special Real Property Roundtable
Register here


The session will cover:

‌• How the region has been growing historically and how the metro area will grow over the next 10-20 years.
‌• The percentage of walkable urban land in northern/central NJ, the percentage of the population, employment and gross domestic product (GDP) generated in these walkable communities.
‌• The valuation, tax revenues and social benefits of walkable urban places versus car dependent areas.

Following the presentation of the results, there will be a panel discussion with lawmakers, elected officials and other affected stakeholders on next steps.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the discussion!


April 7, 2017
2017 Water Resources and NJ Highlands Conference

2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT Add to Calendar 
Montclair State University
1 Normal Ave
Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS) Room 120
Montclair, NJ 07043 
Register here 
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 13, 2017
Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
If you are becoming UST certified for the first time or if your certification is in need of renewal, this class is for you! This NJDEP approved course fulfills the NJDEP course requirement for regulatory training and must be taken within one year prior to renewal. Professional engineers and plumbing contractors, exempt from the certification examination, must attend the course within one year of certification.http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep/ 


April 13, 2017
Using Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation
6-8 p.m.
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Case Lounge (7th Floor)
435 West 116th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10027
New York City is home to two types of efforts to use green infrastructure to achieve climate change adaptation and hazard mitigation goals. One aims to carpet public and private properties with green roofs and rain gardens, the other involves acquiring properties in communities hit hard by flooding and dedicating the land to open space, recreation, or wetland management uses. Panelists expert in engineering, policy, and law will discuss the challenges and benefits associated with these programs and others like them. Click here to RSVP 



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.


April 23, 2017

Seventh Annual Edison Earth Day Celebration 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Papaianni Park, 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817 (Rain Date: May 7, 2017).
A number of green/sustainable Presenters, Exhibitors, Vendors and Speakers are also planned.  Event activities include: Volunteer Plantings, Site Cleaning, Organic Debris Consolidation and many other Green/Sustainable Actions; On-Site Air/Soil/Water Environmental Testing; Eco-Tour and Discussion of Papaianni Lake; Rock Wall and Bunge; Bounce Tent; Concurrent EREC Fishing Derby; MCDEH Rain Barrel Demonstration/Free Raffle; Home Composter Demonstration and other green/sustainable activities.  Food will be available to purchase on-site.  Edison Clean Communities Program will provide free, re-usable shopping bags to event Sponsors, Volunteers, Presenters, Vendors, Speakers and Invited Dignitaries, as well as the first 150 Event Visitors.  No registration fees are required for 2017 EEDC Event Staff, Volunteers, Presenters, Exhibitors or Vendors.  2017 EEDC Sponsorships are available at a graduating scale of support.   Participants and visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable foods for the Hands of Hope for the Community Food Pantry.   Ample parking will be available. For more information as to event attendance, Volunteer/Vendor/Presenter participation and/or Sponsorship, please contact Chris Mazauskas, Resource Development Officer, Dept. of Administration at 732-248-7356 (Office Telephone), 732-287-6679 (Office Fax) and/or 
cmazauskas@edisonnj.org(E-mail).


April 25 and May 2, 2017
The ServSafe® course conducted by Penn State Extension
April 25 - 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
May 2 - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Penn State Lehigh County Extension Office in Allentown, Pa.
The exam will be held at 11 a.m. on May 2.  After attending the class sessions and passing the multiple choice exam, participants will receive a ServSafe® certificate which meets the PA Department of Agriculture’s requirement for food safety certification.  The course covers information related to preventing cross contamination, safe handling of food, temperature control, cleaning and sanitization, proper storage, and pest control in addition to other relevant topics. The cost of the class is $185.00 and the registration deadline is April 19. Register online 
or contact Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or nmd5140@psu.edu with any questions


April 28, 2017

The Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Paradigm Shift
and Other Changes to NJDEP’s VIT Guidance
8:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
In this new half-day program,  instructors from NJDEP and Industry will present the State's approach to Vapor Intrusion as outlined in the VIT Guidance document and will focus on the pertinent revisions made to the August 2016 document including the new petroleum VI approach using vertical screening distance.


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 11, 2017
Waste Management Training for LSRPs & Site Remediation Professionals
8  a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
This one-day course is designed to provide LSRPs, site remediation practitioners, waste generators, handlers, and managers with the tools and understanding needed to navigate the complexities of waste management while avoiding the confusion and faulty interpretations that can lead to regulatory pitfalls. This one-day program incorporates a series of presentations, in-depth discussions, and practical exercises designed to guide participants towards a deeper understanding and use of waste management.
http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep/ 


May 18, 2017
Effective Use of Compliance Averaging
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, 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.


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 8, 2017
    

Remediation Of Emerging Contaminants: Trends In Science And Regulations
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
This one day program presented in cooperation with the LSRPA will provide a comprehensive look at the latest developments regarding Emerging Contaminants including their characterization and current developments in remediation.  The program will also focus on the latest regulatory developments in New Jersey and U.S. EPA Region 2.  Attend this program to keep abreast of the latest developments on this timely topic.
http://www.montclair.edu/csam/ceep/ 



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
 
   
Rapid Design and Analysis of Groundwater Remediation Systems:
A Hands-On Computer Workshop
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
This one-day, hands-on computer workshop will appeal to LSRPs, engineers, and environmental professionals of all experience levels by providing an easy-to-use calculational tool for the planning and evaluation of a wide range of groundwater remedies, including extraction wells, collector trenches, slurry or sheet pile walls, permeable reactive barriers, and funnel and gate systems.  Seating is limited; register early to ensure a reserved terminal!


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 



June 22, 2017
Current Approaches to Treatment Technologies in Site Remediation
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Montclair State University
30 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ
As more projects move from the study phase into the remediation phase, it is important for the LSRP and site remediation professionals to be familiar with a full range of remedial solutions. This one-day course is designed to give you a greater familiarity with current remedial technologies and approaches for site cleanups, as well as the factors to be considered for selection.  Emerging technologies, including new innovative technologies will be discussed as well as treatment approaches to emerging contaminants.


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 

September 24-26, 2017
Climate Ride: Red White and Blue Ridge This 3-day, 200 + mile cycling adventure takes you from the scenic and historic Blue Ridge Parkway to the US Capitol in Washington, DC. You’ll then have the chance to meet with your representatives to make your voice heard. Participants must fundraise a minimum of $2000 for a nonprofit working hard for bike advocacy, conservation or sustainability. You pick the benefiting organization and Climate Ride staff will help you achieve your fundraising goal! Experience the thrill of touring by bicycle with a community united by their passion for sustainability, conservation and bicycles. Registration is now open! Learn more at www.climateride.org/events or email info@climateride.org


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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