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Enviro-Events Calendar for March 4, 2017



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

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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 8, 2017 
Oaklyn Green Team Meeting
7 p.m.
Oaklyn Municipal Building, 1st floor caucus room
500 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ 08107
Come and join this enthusiastic group as we work on some fascinating initiatives such as planting wildflowers, town-wide composting and recycling biomass, “greening” the farmers’ market, and decreasing storm water run-off.  Topics to interest all. For information call Kathy Hainsworth, 856-883-1305.


March 9, 2017
Seed Circle Library - Time to Get Growing!
7 p.m.
Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
March is a time to start plants like tomatoes and peppers. Join 
South Jersey Seed Circle Library for a presentation on plant propagation; learn how to germinate seeds and start plants from cuttings. The seed library will be open, available, and has new seeds--come check them out!  Free and open to the public. INFO:  (856) 425-2221 and at www.GMOFreeNJ.com/events


March 10, 2017
NJ Future Redevelopment Forum
Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick NJ 
This daylong conference brings together experts in planning, development, law, transportation, architecture, construction, environmental conservation and historic preservation to share best practices and lessons learned. Tickets are $155 for New Jersey Future members, municipal employees and non-profits and $190 for non-members. 


March 14, 2017

Horticultural Society of South Jersey: “Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard”
7 p.m.
Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Join Robyn Mello, Orchard Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and Owner of Edenspore, LLC talk about the fundamentals of eco-orchard design touching on soil building, plant niches and pest and disease management. Participants will have the option to go home with a berry cutting for a small donation. Free and open to the public. More information: www.hssj.org or call 856-816-8508.


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.


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 16, 2017
GMO Free NJ Meeting
Open discussion on practical ways to create greater sustainability and sovereignty in day to day life. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 16 @ 7:00pm
Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
MORE INFO:  (856) 425-2221www.GMOFreeNJ.com/events


March 20, 2017
Making Space for a Low-Emissions Future: 80 X 50 and the Challenge for Transportation
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Please register, hereNew York City’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050 provides both a challenge and an opportunity for the world of transportation. What is certain is that in order to reach this goal, New York City will have to experience a dramatic shift away from personal car usage to more sustainable modes. But in a city of 8.6 million people and counting, where streets have long been designed for private cars instead of people, where do we begin to claim road space for a low- (and no-) emissions future? How can we both incentivize low-emission travel and pursue designs and policies that discourage driving? Low-emissions zones, car-free streets, car-free days, parking reform, and restrictions on high-emission vehicles can all move the needle on climate change as well as influence how we think about street space. Join us in the run up to Earth Day 2017, which will be the stage for a new trial of car-free streets, for a discussion of how we can make more room on NYC streets for low- and no-emissions travel. We will examine reclaiming space for sustainable transportation through four lenses: the curb, the street, the neighborhood, and the city and discuss the legal framework for implementing these changes. This event is being hosted in collaboration with Transportation Alternatives.
Speakers (in formation)
  • Frederick Harris (’79), Managing Director, Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Julia Kite, Policy and Research Manager, Transportation Alternatives
  • Benjamin Mandel, Renewable Energy Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

March 30, 2017
US Green Building Council of NJ:
2017 Annual Awards Gala: Building a Future of Sustainability
5:00 – 9:30 PM
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.


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 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.

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).

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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 

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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