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Enviro-Events Calendar for March 31, 2017



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

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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, NJBoard 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/


  



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April 3, 2017
Join a kick-off meeting for Jersey Renews!   
Noon to 2 p.m. 
Kroc Corps Community Center

1865 Harrison Avenue, Camden

You’ll hear from dynamic speakers who will describe how intelligent state policies can help us reach the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals we need, maintain and create good jobs, and give us cleaner air in our communities. New Jerseyans will elect a new governor later this year. We need all the candidates to know that there’s powerful support for taking action on climate change. And, because we need to join our efforts to the national upsurge in support for socially just climate action, you’ll hear up-to-the-minute updates about the People’s Climate March in Washington DC on 4/29, including updates on the march route and the design of the action, opportunities to sign up for buses to DC, and more



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 4, 2017       

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
81 Chestnut Avenue
Trenton, NJ
The Isles Garden Support Network, helping community and school gardens grow since 1981, invites you to experience farming the old-fashioned way! Come watch as a team of horses from Howell Living History Farm will plow the community garden at 81 Chestnut Avenue (between Walnut Ave. and Greenwood Ave.) The largest and oldest of more than 75 community and school gardens in Trenton, the Garden at Three Points has hosted the Howell Living History Farm plow teams for over 25 years.  Operated by the Mercer County Park Commission, the Farm demonstrates farming techniques used in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century and in many parts of the world today. Local students will participate in the hands-on event by helping direct the horses and learn about corn shelling, composting, and more. “Even though we start seedlings in January to prepare for the upcoming year, the season doesn’t officially start for us until the plow breaks ground at the Garden of Three Points. It’s an incredible day where school kids, farm staff, and community gardeners learn and work together to build a better future through food. We are proud to share this tradition with Howell Farm and the community. It reminds us of our agricultural heritage and reconnects us with the soil and the food that comes from it,” says Jim Simon, Deputy Director of Community Planning at Isles. Isles provides a range of training and support to people who grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables in seventy community and school gardens. Gardeners harvest more than 20,000 pounds of fresh produce each year, increasing food access and improving food quality in Trenton. This event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, it will be held on Thursday, April 6th. For more info, including how to join a community garden, please call 609-341-4724.


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
Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy

6:30 p.m.
Pozycki Hall Auditorium
Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
The New Jersey premiere of Ocean Frontiers III, produced by Green Fire Productions, chronicles recent efforts along the Eastern seaboard to plan for healthy oceans, robust ocean economies and a sustainable future. A second screening of the film, in conjunction with the Lighthouse International Film Society, takes place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, at the Ship Bottom Fire House on Long Beach Island at 7:00 p.m. These film screenings coincide with the implementation of the nation’s first ocean plans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The plans, which are based on the most comprehensive database of scientific and ocean use information ever compiled across the regions, will help manage the ocean’s many uses, including shipping, recreation, fishing, offshore energy and wildlife habitat protection. The Urban Coast Institute, a co-sponsor of both events, is the project lead for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, which provides the foundational data, information and mapping of ocean resources and human use activities for the Mid-Atlantic plan. "By understanding what is happening in the ocean, we can more effectively work together to sustain the values and resources that matter most to all of us," says Urban Coast Institute Director Tony MacDonald.



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 11, 2017
Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents:
Year-Round Succulent Gardening for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Jessie Keith, a horticulturist, writer, garden photographer, and educator, will discuss hardy succulents which offer diverse, tough beauty and often provide year-round interest. These water-saving ornamentals provide “garden insurance” for periods of seasonal heat and drought. Free and open to the public. For more information, check the website: www.hssj.org or call 856-816-8508.


April 13, 2017
Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
8 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
EV Workplace Charging Workshop

Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Rockville-Gaithersburg
14975 Shady Grove Road, Rockville, MD  20850

Cost: free Register today Many EV owners charge their vehicles primarily at home, but accessing chargers at work can help owners double their vehicles’ all-electric daily commuting range. The State is offering employers and property mangers the opportunity to Learn, Connect, Meet and Engage with EV charging subject matter experts at a free, half day workshop. Learn about Best Practices for installing and operating EV charging stations. Connect with employers who are pursuing EV charging as an employee benefit. Meet charging stations installers to see products in person. Engage with other property owners who have successfully installed EV charging stations. What you will learn: These free workshops will provide information on charging station grants available, associated costs, management details, and testimony on the benefit of hosting an EV charging station.  Each workshop will also feature hands-on time with featured EVs via Ride and Drive and refueling activities. Additionally, charging station vendors will be available to answer questions and demonstrate their offerings. The workshop is hosted by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland Clean Cities Coalition


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 13, 2017 (Corrected date)
“April Seed Library Hours” with the South Jersey Seed Circle Library 

7 p.m.
Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 0810
Free and open to the public.  The seed library will be open and available. There is still time to get your seeds so you will be ready to start plants like tomatoes and peppers. Please stop by to pick up some seeds for your garden. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions relating to caring for your seeds. For more information, check the Facebook page, email sjseeds@gmofreenj.com. or call 856-425-2221https://www.facebook.com/events/746664772167153/.


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 19, 2017
EV Workplace Charging Workshop  

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Cost: free
Register today 
Many EV owners charge their vehicles primarily at home, but accessing chargers at work can help owners double their vehicles’ all-electric daily commuting range. The State is offering employers and property mangers the opportunity to Learn, Connect, Meet and Engage with EV charging subject matter experts at a free, half day workshop. Learn about Best Practices for installing and operating EV charging stations. Connect with employers who are pursuing EV charging as an employee benefit. Meet charging stations installers to see products in person. Engage with other property owners who have successfully installed EV charging stations. What you will learn: These free workshops will provide information on charging station grants available, associated costs, management details, and testimony on the benefit of hosting an EV charging station.  Each workshop will also feature hands-on time with featured EVs via Ride and Drive and refueling activities. Additionally, charging station vendors will be available to answer questions and demonstrate their offerings.Cost: free Register today The workshop is hosted by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland Clean Cities Coalition


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 20, 2017
Film and Farmer Green Event
6:30 p.m.
Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
After seeing the movie Truck Farm, your creative inner gardener will be unleashed and unstoppable. Screening will be followed by sage advice for gardeners of any experience level from local farmer Julie Pierre of Our Yards Farm. Julie will also have organic seedlings for sale for your garden! Organic popcorn and a door prize; free and open to the public. 
MORE INFO:  call (856) 425-2221, www.GMOFreeNJ.com/events


April 22, 2017

Woodbridge Earth Day Fair
10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Woodbridge Community Center
600 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ.  

To reserve free table space, contact: Kathy Whooley
Woodbridge Environmental Commission  732-754-1891




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 19Register 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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