Co-hosted by The Watershed Institute and the NJ American Water Resources Association, this free event will bring together experts in the field to share their knowledge and experience working with green infrastructure, stormwater regulations and stormwater utilities. The symposium will consist of two parts: a morning session, which will cover topics including draft revisions to the NJ Stormwater Rule, the NJ Stormwater BMP Manual, the NJ Future Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit, and impacts of urban flooding; and an afternoon session dedicated to the nuts and bolts of creating a stormwater utility, from communications and collaboration opportunities to rate setting and technical considerations.
This month’s One Water Webinar will feature stories from some of the US Water Alliance’s Water Equity Taskforce cities about how they are working on the ground with community organizations to apply strategies from the Alliance’s Equitable Water Future National Briefing Paper. Social and economic inclusion is a key component of the One Water movement. A sustainable water future requires that all people have access to clean, safe, affordable water and wastewater service. However, frontline communities across the nation experience compounded water challenges. Low-income communities and communities of color are most often hit first and worst by flooding, storm surges, compromised water infrastructure, and other water crises. The Water Equity Taskforce is comprised of a network of cities, each anchored by a US Water Alliance member utility. This webinar features leaders from three of these anchor institutions and focuses on their collaborative efforts to develop and advance more equitable water policies and practices. Webinar attendees will learn more about how cross-sector partners in Camden, Buffalo, and Louisville are using equitable water management to promote job creation, workforce development, climate resiliency, improved public health., and more. Moderator: • Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance Speakers: • Andy Kricun, Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority • Oluwole (OJ) McFoy, General Manager, Buffalo Sewer Authority • James A. (Tony) Parrott, Executive Director, Louisville MSD
Join the LRWP and Middlesex County Water Resources Association on July 15 for a picnic and tour of green infrastructure and detention basins in Middlesex County with Rutgers County Extension Agent Michele Bakacs and Rutgers Doctoral Student and plant expert Kate Douthat. (Space limited, RSVP required)
Location: Gather at Middlesex County’s Thompson Park (Monroe Township)
Project Drawdown is partnering with Penn State to hold the first international conference on Drawdown — Research to Action: The Science of Drawdown.
Join the world’s foremost scientific experts in a critical discussion about the most innovative and promising climate change solutions and upcoming research.
This conference aims to connect international partners and research institutions. The three-day conference will focus on analysis and peer review of the portfolio of over 100 individual solutions, discuss synergies and interactions among sectors and evaluate implementation pathways including successful examples from around the world.
Martin Weitzman, research professor of economics at Harvard University and an expert in environmental economics, will present “Why is the Economics of Climate Change So Difficult and Controversial?” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Guyot Hall, Room 10.
This exceptional one-day forum spotlights the people and projects that are helping New Jersey realize a more sustainable future. Twelve break out sessions will allow participants to engage in thoughtful discussions, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout New Jersey, and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to be ready to deepen their understanding and expand their network.
Don't miss Clean Water Action's 33rd Annual Conference, "Unity and Action NOW" featuring:
Environmental Speakers & Plenaries
This annual interactive, educational event brings together New Jersey residents, community and organizational leaders, scientists, policymakers, business thinkers and students who are focused on protecting water and creating more resilient, sustainable and healthy communities. Come, learn and share with us.
Registration is $35 per person and $15 per student. To register:
Online: Click here.
By Mail: Mail check payable to Clean Water Action (for tax-deductible, Clean Water Fund) to Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund, 198 Brighton Avenue, 2nd FL, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the Stevens Institute of Technology Living Architecture Center.
This one-day event will feature industry experts and local leaders presenting on green roofs and walls, local standout projects, the importance of strong green roof and wall policy, and advanced topics in green roofs and walls such as solar integration, agricultural applications, and more. The Symposium will also feature a trade show for local green roof and wall companies, interactive panel discussions and workshops to help develop policy locally.
Cost to attend is $49 for students, $99 for GRHC members, and $149 for non-members. Register here.
Few disagree with the proposition that energy efficiency is a win-win-win: For utilities, for their customers, and for the environment. And yet increasing energy efficiency in New Jersey is proving to be a challenge.
Why is New Jersey, once a leader in energy conservation, now in the middle of the pack among states in convincing customers to use less electricity and natural gas? The conservation incentives are clear: Customers save money, utilities purchase less fuel, and pollution levels harmful to the public and that contribute to climate change are reduced.
A new state law aims to spur greater energy conservation in New Jersey by putting the onus on the state's electric and gas utilities. Is that the right model? How to best to guide the state’s energy efficiency practices? What regulatory changes are needed to improve New Jersey’s conservation efforts?
Find out at this NJ Spotlight roundtable. REGISTER
Attendees may submit questions for consideration in advance of the event as part of the registration process.
The Tri-County Sustainability Alliance will hold this summit for participants to learn about actions communities can take to improve energy use through proven energy efficiency measures. Successful case studies will be presented, and information will be shared about available resources and incentives.
While increased federal support is important, state governments are uniquely positioned to address water management challenges at the ground level. State policymakers can promote One Water by establishing targets and goals, benchmarking performance, creating enabling conditions, removing barriers and bottlenecks, and prioritizing funding and financing. The webinar will spotlight the State Policymakers’ Toolkit, which was recently released by the US Water Alliance and the Council of State Governments. The State Policymakers’ Toolkit builds on the One Water for America Listening Sessions and the Seven Big Ideas for water by providing decision makers and advocates with models of successful initiatives and policies from states around the county who are working towards each goal listed in the Seven Big Ideas. Our panelists will also discuss changes in state governments following the 2018 midterm elections and some of the success stories from One Water leaders working to engage state policymakers.
Moderator: Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance
Speakers: • Daniel Logsdon, Assistant Director of Policy and Research, The Council of State Governments • Karyn Riley, Director, Intergovernmental Relations, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission • Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Water and Policy, New Jersey Future
REGISTER - fee applies
This South Jersey Cultural Alliance event will feature a morning presentation on Financing Creative Placemaking, a networking lunch, ArtsTank competition, and mural tour of Atlantic City. The ArtsTank competition is a fun opportunity to learn about creative placemaking, how to fund it, best practices, and how it can be an investment spark in your town. Thirty South Jersey municipalities submitted letters of intent to create proposals using arts, history, and/or culture to engage their communities in addressing a local challenge. Five finalists will present to a panel of creative placemaking expert "sharks." Attendees will learn best practices, how to address the needs of all involved, and how to fund your project and receive points in Sustainable Jersey's Arts & Culture suite of actions. For more information, visit the website.
Creative New Jersey’s (CNJ) Statewide Summit is an opportunity for individuals to connect with other people in New Jersey who are driving change in order to share ideas, challenges, best practices and innovative solutions. This Summit focus on real-world examples that show how people in Creative Communities are building partnerships, using collaboration, and creating collective impact in a variety of sectors and industries, so that participants walk away with practical information and contacts for continuing the conversation.
Back by popular demand: the day includes the opportunity to learn about creative and innovative ideas taking hold throughout New Jersey during the popular “Speed Networking with your favorite Creative Communities” sessions.
This year, presenter topics include resident-centered holistic community planning, leveraging the arts for revitalization and equitable access, breaking down isolation and building bonds between people of different cultures and heritage, and turning community planning into collective action.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Join us for the 6th annual Bergen County Parks EarthFest Overpeck, a celebration of clean water and a healthy environment, brought to you through a partnership between Hackensack Riverkeeper and Bergen County Parks!
Highlights of the 6th annual EarthFest Overpeck celebration include:
• The Recycled Regatta
• Rain Barrel Workshop
• FREE Kayaking and Canoeing
• FREE Fishing Derby compliments of Ramsey Outdoor Stores and East Jersey Trout Unlimited.
• Live Music, including Blue Plate Special and Jamie the Dinosaur Troubador
• Children’s activities and entertainment, including a "Mad Scientist" show
• Wildlife presentation by NJ Batman Joe D'Angeli of The Wildlife Conservation and Education Center
• Birds of Prey presentation by Flat Rock Brook Nature Center.
• 50+ green and non-profit vendors
• Food trucks
As part of Infrastructure Week and in partnership with Infrastructure Bank, Department of Environmental Protection, and New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works will offer a seminar to walk attendees through the Applicant’s Guide and provide new information regarding rules and guidance on stormwater management.
This event is geared towards business administrators, CSO permit holders, Departments of Public Works, planners, and community developers, but all are welcome to attend!
Questions? Contact Brian Caycho, firstname.lastname@example.org, (609) 393-0008 x106
The second event in a series on plastics by the Atlantic-Cape May Hub will focus on solutions from local communities to tackle plastic waste through creative recycling initiatives and provide a chance to see CMCMUA's new green facility. Hear what towns and schools are doing to tackle this important issue and take ideas back to your community.
In April 2019, New Jersey started accepting applications for its first-ever Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. Join this webinar to learn about the new program, the application process, and how your school or community can participate in the many benefits of renewable energy – even if you don’t have solar panels on your own roof. A page with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program and Application Process is now available.
New Jersey Future and Pinelands Preservation Alliance invite you to participate in a workshop teaching communities all about New Jersey Future's New Jersey Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit. As part of this event, you will have the chance to learn how to use the toolkit as a resource to plan, implement, and sustain green infrastructure in your town! Dinner will be available free of charge.
REGISTER - RSVP to Steve Rinaldi at Steven.Rinaldi@dep.nj.gov.
The next meeting of the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network will be on Thursday, May 9. The meeting will cover topics including toy donation and reuse, organics recycling technology, recycling markets, closed loop partners, and the ABCs of plastics recycling.
Hosted by the Waterfront Alliance
Join the Waterfront Alliance’s annual Waterfront Conference, the region’s preeminent gathering for critical issues affecting our harbor and waterfront communities. Hosted aboard the Hornblower Infinity, this year’s conference theme is “Rising Seas, Rising Risks: Adapting Our Region.”
(New Jersey Future’s Executive Director, Peter Kasabach will be participating in a morning panel called “Who Stays Dry? The Risk is High and the Water’s Getting Higher”)
According to scientific reports, climate change is one of the most crucial concern that will determine the fate of human survival.
Reported by a variety of NJ news sources, the effects of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in 2012 were severe, with economic losses to businesses of up to $30 billion. Over two million households across the state lost power during the storm, 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and 37 people were killed.
It’s time that we begin to be more vocal on the issue of climate crisis and resiliency, visual in the use of renewable energy, and take a leading role in creating a green economy.
The purpose of the conference is to inspire and empower attendees, so they become active participants toward the goal of building healthy, sustainable communities. The speakers will use their own experiences and values to convey how they have been driven by their passions to various achievements. From farming to financial wellness, the speakers will share information and experiences that assist with the creation of sustainable communities.
Tobias A. Fox
Let us join the Seton Hall University Drawdown EcoChallenge team and show the world how individual and collective action can make a difference in reducing carbon from the atmosphere and reversing global warming.
The EcoChallenge highlights the solutions that are available today, as described in the textbook used in Environmental Studies classes, titled Drawdown.
On April 15th we will host our 5th annual Eco-Fest on the Green. Student clubs are welcome to table on the green and join the celebration with food trucks and free Ben & Jerry's ice cream for all students who have signed up for the Drawdown EcoChallenge.
On April 14, NJIT will host “Steps to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World” — an all-day conference featuring nine of the country’s leading experts in nuclear weapons and policy, who will address the critical and complex nature of the nuclear weapons issue today.
The conference will be led by two internationally renowned keynote speakers — Daniel Ellsberg, former presidential adviser and chief figure in the release of the Pentagon Papers during the Nixon administration, as well as author of “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner”; and Robert Jay Lifton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of psychiatry and psychology at The City University of New York, and author of “The Apocalyptic Twins: Nuclear and Climate Threats” and “Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima,” which was awarded the National Book Award in Science.
The conference will address strategies for nuclear disarmament and modern security threats related to the issue of nuclear weapons, such as false-positive alarms, accidents from aging stockpiles and cyber attacks. Conference speakers will also discuss topics such as the medical and environmental impact of modern nuclear weapons radiation, the modernizing of nuclear forces and recent policy decisions involving the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as well as effective communication methods for educating the general public about nuclear weapons.
Land Use Planning
Ecotourism and economic development
Financial Planning for Conservation
This two day conference will bring together researchers, industry leaders, and public regulators as they review the latest scientific findings on microplastics pollution and discuss potential plastic waste management strategies, biological effects of microplastics, alternative materials, regulatory issues, critical next steps, and collaborations needed to address the global emerging pollutant. For more information, visit the website.
The NJDEP Sustainability Speaker Series (S3) is a forum to connect and promote New Jersey’s green heroes. Each S3 meeting focuses on a different sustainability topic and features leaders from across the state; sharing their stories, expertise and advice. For the Spring 2019 meeting we will be visiting River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ. The topics will focus on sustainable brewing and the importance of climate resilience values.
River Horse Brewing Company crafts their brews with the environment in mind and has been a member of the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry since 2016. At this meeting we will learn about River Horse's sustainable brewing practices from their Head Brewer, Chris Rakow. Following Chris, we will hear from Elliott Ruga of the NJ Highlands Coalition who will discuss the importance of sustainability and climate resilience values.