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.
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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.
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.
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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.
The Mercer GreenFest is hosted by the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition (MCSC), and is the area's local green fair featuring sustainable local businesses, community organizations, local farms, cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and informational speaker presentations. It is organized by the MCSC to educate and inform residents about the best of new energy saving technologies, to promote local businesses and organizations, to further arts and showcase what can be accomplished working collaboratively. This year's theme is reduce, reuse, recycle. This event is free and open to the public.
By 2050, New Jersey aims to be a carbon-free economy. However, it has yet to chart a road map for achieving that goal.
What needs to happen to transition us from here - a state that now relies on natural gas for 40 percent of its electricity and 75 percent of its home heating - to there?
How do we electrify our transportation system, modernize an aging power grid, and seamlessly integrate clean energy? How can we use energy more efficiently? In the first of a series of energy roundtables in 2019, NJ Spotlight will ask experts about the challenges, pitfalls, and benefits of transitioning to a clean energy future and for their practical suggestions toward attaining the goal. The keynote address will frame considerations vital to the clean energy road map such as the evolving roles of utilities, markets, customers, and regulators in the state's migration to a 21st century electric system and the realization of a 100% clean energy future. Attendees may submit questions for consideration in advance of the event as part of the registration process.
Fr. Edward Ciuba discusses the Social, Moral, and Spiritual Aspects of the Environmental Crisis.
Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Oak Knoll School, Summit.
Communities are posting interactive online maps to help residents determine if a specific address – whether a potential home, child-care or restaurant – may or may not have a lead service line. This webinar will explore how communities are developing these maps, wrestling with the uncertainties, and making sure they are effective.
Organized by the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative
A free public forum entitled “Ecology & Economy: Resolving Our Climate Crisis” will be held on Monday, March 11, 7:15 pm at Congregation Beth El in South Orange. Five panelists from fields of economics, communications, engineering, biology, and law will explore such questions as: what is an ethical response to climate change, can news help us live better, and is “growth” always good? The interactive forum will involve the audience in a constructive dialogue.
Speakers are Dr. Michael Taylor, environmental economist at Seton Hall University;
Patricia Canning, member of the South Orange Environmental Commission; Allan Chernoff, CEO of Chernoff Communications; Edward Lloyd, professor of environmental law at Columbia University, and Zahavah Rojer, AP Biology student and Co-Chair of the Horticultural Club at Columbia High School. The forum is presented by CivicStory, a nonprofit solutions-based news site based in South Orange, and will be moderated by Susan Haig, CivicStory founder and creative director.
The public is invited to attend, admission is free, and registration is required.
Link to register: http://bit.ly/ecologyforum
When: Monday, Mar. 11 – 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Where: Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079
To Attend: Register here.
New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum is our biggest event of the year, attracting more than 500 local and state officials, citizen activists, development professionals, architects, attorneys, planners, business leaders and students. Redevelopment allows us to re-use infrastructure, take advantage of historically strategic locations, maintain and improve our communities and preserve our remaining open spaces. It is clear that redevelopment, already at the heart of many of the opportunities available today, will play an even more vital role in the future.
Americans live with waste every day - a growing problem. Recycling is one of the ways we can have a positive impact on our environment. Recycling can also provide us with renewable sources of energy which help reduce greenhouse gases. A zero waste recycling strategy only works if we understand our shopping, consumption and disposal habits, with the goal to move toward zero trash sent to landfill and incineration. This knowledge will not only make us better recyclers but also better voters as we help shape local, state and national environmental policy. This program will clear up confusion and address how to achieve renewable energy and a low carbon economy.
Please RSVP at www.nfrpp.org
Free and Open to the Public Walk‐Ins Welcome
The NJ Academy of Sciences and Raritan Valley Community College are holding a northern NJ forest ecology and stewardship conference on Friday 3/1. The conference is free and open to the public.
Register at: http://bit.ly/nj_forests_2019
Ecological forest research in New Jersey has a legacy that is nearly a century old. Join us to hear researchers from New Jersey’s scientific institutions share insights and updates on their research that all together can help us understand the past, present, and future trajectories of our forests. Speakers will present on a variety of subjects affecting northern New Jersey’s forests, including: the impacts of deer, invasive species, climate, and post-agricultural soils, the potential for carbon sequestration, trends in biodiversity including plant and bird communities, ecological restoration, and more!
This Atlantic-Cape May Hub event will talk about the current recycling climate and global market changes that directly affect communities and personal practices. This will be the first in a series of workshops focused on issues involving plastic waste. This event is free and open to the public.
Hundreds of New Jersey schools, including those in Newark, have tested positive for lead in their students’ drinking water, raising urgent questions about how to pay for upgrades that will make water permanently safe.
In this NJ Spotlight roundtable event, public officials, public policy advocates, school district leadership, and construction, plumbing, and building trades representatives will discuss the best paths forward to improving the drinking water infrastructure in New Jersey schools.
Live music, mimosas, chocolate!
Your waterfront needs some LOVE and it needs it NOW.
NJ Transit and NY Waterway have planned to build a ferry diesel depot at Union Dry Dock, a move that would not only defy the will of the city’s residents and elected officials but would also forever destroy the possibility of a High Line-caliber, fully connected public park along Hoboken’s riverfront.
NJ Transit has multiple options for locating the ferry maintenance/refueling facility but the final decision belongs to Governor Murphy.
Come to FBW’s LOVE YOUR WATERFRONT Open House where you’ll learn what you can do to save your waterfront park. We’ll be writing, calling, emailing and tweeting the Governor all day. Plus, it’s a chance to see all the work that goes into planning a world-class waterfront, including the original 1990 Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront and our 4’ x 12’ architectural model, hand-built by Hoboken residents.
And did we mention we’ll have chocolate?
RSVP to email@example.com if you can make it.
REGISTER - Registration fee applies
The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition's annual Summit is a statewide meeting of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, elected officials, and other township leaders, transportation and urban planners, and others who are interested in making New Jersey a better place to live. Attendees will learn about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting communities, provide information on various public funding sources, and give ample opportunity to network, identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help communities become more bike and pedestrian friendly, and more livable. For more information, visit the website.
Reception and Panel Discussion in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation of Conklin Hall.
The program will take place on February 21, 2019, at the Great Hall located at 15 Washington Street in Newark. It will begin with a reception from 5 pm to 6 pm, an exhibit of primary sources related to the LoCH and era-appropriate music. The main event for the evening, a panel discussion, will begin at 6 pm, followed by Q and A and network sessions to conclude the evening by 9:30 pm. Parking for the event will be at Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
The Princeton Environmental Institute will host a conversation with journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. Kolbert is speaking as part of the PEI Taplin Environmental Lecture Series.
Kolbert, who writes for The New Yorker and is a visiting fellow at Williams College in Massachusetts, will discuss with Stephen Pacala, Princeton’s Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, how humans are driving the loss of biodiversity and the future of a society in which most species and habitats have been destroyed.
Jeff Tittel, head of the Sierra's Club's New Jersey chapter, will speak on "The State of the Environment" at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Greater New Brunswick Area Chapter of the NJ League of Women Voters at Douglas College.
Tittel will describe state and national perspectives on climate change, clean energy, efforts to protect clean air, clean water, and the cleaning up of Superfund sites. He will address what people can do about these issues.
The meeting is open to the public, and Tittel will take questions from the audience.
Cities are uniquely positioned to lead the fight against food waste. Addressing food waste helps cities stabilize municipal waste management costs and meet climate and sustainability goals. Expanding food rescue enables cities to address gaps in the nutritional needs of communities. NRDC’s Food Matters project, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, is working with cities and local partners to develop and implement strategies that will drive dramatic, innovative, and system-wide food waste reduction. At the inaugural summit, attendees will have the opportunity both to share experiences and learnings from their food waste work and to learn about work happening in cities around the U.S. The Food Matters Cities Summit will take place on February 12-13, 2019. The first day will focus on the food waste solutions at play in cities, and the work NRDC has done to date. The second day will be geared towards technical actors and experts for the workshopping and sharing of food waste strategies.
Stormwater management is a prominent policy issue affecting New Jersey residents. Whether it is through combined sewer overflows, flooded basements, destroyed businesses and infrastructure, or snarled traffic, our antiquated infrastructure cannot manage the needs of the densest state in the nation. To make matters more challenging, New Jersey's stormwater management infrastructure suffers from a $16 billion funding deficit. Therefore, how can cities, municipalities, or counties manage their stormwater more equitably and invest in green infrastructure?
To learn more: join Henry Gajda, New Jersey LCV; Andy Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority; and, Gary Brune, New Jersey Future, in a webinar that explores the threats stormwater and flooding poses to our state, what stormwater utilities are and how they function, how these flood defense programs could be implemented in New Jersey, and what you can do to get involved and stay engaged.
Together North Jersey and Jersey Water Works are co-hosting a 1/2 day workshop on Green Infrastructure and Transportation.
THE WORKSHOP: Incorporating green infrastructure into transportation projects is a cost-effective, resilient approach to managing stormwater. It also has significant community benefits, such as improving water quality, sequestering carbon, reducing heat island effects and improving the livability of streets, to name a few. But installing and maintaining green infrastructure is not without its challenges. Learn how key challenges have been addressed - and barriers have been overcome- in real projects throughout the NJTPA and broader region. And come prepared with your questions for the moderated panel discussion!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop will be of interest to engineers, planners*, elected officials, planning board members, public works directors, and other local and regional officials interested in investing in green infrastructure within their transportation network.
This three-day conference retreat, called Estuary 2029: Saving our System Through Collaboration, brings scientists, researchers, managers and environmental education specialists together to share information.
The theme highlights necessary inter-disciplinary and cross-sector relationships to successfully implement the revised Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary. Attendees are invited to forge new collaborations that promote ecosystem-based science, management and restoration.
Location: Grand Hotel of Cape May, 1045 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204
From Saturday, January 26 through Sunday, January 27, NOFA-NJ will host its 29th Annual Winter Conference The conference will take place at the Rutgers Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ. NOFA-NJ is proud to offer an amazing lineup of national and internationally recognized speakers who will share their insights and experience. For the first time in four years, NOFA-NJ is bringing back the Business Track in order to help growers focus on getting the most from their investments of time and money. The five tracks at WC19 will be Business, Crops, Gardening, Livestock, and Policy. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. We look forward to convening once again with everyone to collaborate, regenerate, and celebrate!