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The Garden Club Of Madison Invites the Public to a Tribute Series Lecture on Rain Gardens Sunday, February 27th, 3:00 p.m. Chase Room, Madison Public Library, 39 Keep Street Featuring: Bruce Crawford Adjunct Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department, at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University The focus will be on the design and development with consideration for siting, plant materials, soil types and sizing “Rain Gardens”: Attractive and Sustainable Features in the Landscape Free Admission Snow Date Sunday, March 6th at 3 p.m.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is hosting an all-day Community Garden Conference March 3. This is probably the first conference of its kind in NJ. Register at www.arboretumfriends.org/events. Thu Mar 3 9:00a - 4:30p Calling All Community Gardeners -- 2011 Community Garden Conference In the past 5 years, interest in and demand for Community Gardens has exploded. The American Community Gardening Association estimates that there are currently over 1,000,000 active community gardens. So, we thought it was high time to offer a program focusing on Community Gardens. Our Keynote Address is entitled, Community Gardens, Trend or Fad by Laura Lawson. Dr. Lawson is Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on community gardens. She is author of "City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America." Following the Keynote address, the conference will feature several breakout sessions including: "Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Water Use in Community Gardens" with Lenny Librizzi, Assistant Director, Open Space Greening, Grow NYC. "The Five Essentials of Composting" with speaker Gray Russell, Environmental Coordinator for the town of Montclair and former compost project manager at NYBG. "A Case Study -- One Town's Trials and Tribulations" with Marta McDowell who lives, writes and gardens in Chatham. "Attracting Beneficial Insects" whith Dr. George Hamilton, Extension Specialist in Pest Management, Professor of Entomology and Chair Department of Entomology, Rutgers. "IPM for Vegetable Gardens" with Pete Nitzsche is County Agricultural Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County. "Organizing a Community Garden" with Jan Zientek, Sr. Program Coordinator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Essex County, NJ "The Community Garden / Food Pantry Connection" with Rev. Lisanne Finston, Executive Director Elijah's Promise, New Brunswick, NJ Whether you're an experienced or new community gardener, a Community Garden manager, coordinator, or activist trying to get a Community Garden started, you will want to attend this program. Review the detailed program by clicking on the image on the left. Important: Use the coupon in the brochure for registration since you must pick the programs for each breakout session. Lunch will be provided by A Better World Cafe. The Landreth Seed Company and many of our Retail Partners have generously donated door prizes. Cost: $45 members / $50 non-members if registered before February 4 $55 for members / $60 non-members if registered after February 4 Location: Haggerty Center. Sponsor: Friends $55.00 Members / $60.00 Non-members
Here is the latest information on Sustainable Jersey-related Events. Please note that previous webinars are available on-line, if you are interested in learning more. In this email: Sustainable Jersey - Upcoming Trainings & Events Other New Jersey Events Grants and Other Potential Opportunities of Interest SUSTAINABLE JERSEY CONFERENCE CALLS: We will be hosting regular conference calls to answer questions about Sustainable Jersey certification program elements. Joining in on the call will be a rotating guest list of “action experts” who have helped to develop the program. You can call into the conference line to ask your question and/or hear the questions posed by other municipalities. Our next few calls are: February 24th at noon, March 1st at noon, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. Other dates are posted on the website here: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php Call in to: (877) 446-7883 Conference ID Code: 1916103883 Sustainable Jersey & Sparta Green Team Networking Event Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 6:30 PM Join hosts Sustainable Jersey and the Sparta Green Team for a networking event in Sparta Township. Share ideas for sustainable programs, learn about Sustainable Jersey and make new connections with leaders from across the state. Program: The event starts at 6:30 pm. At 7:00 pm, Sparta Mayor Scott Seelagy and Green Team member Mitch Morrison will provide a welcome. Sustainable Jersey partners, Fred Profeta, Chair of the NJLM Mayors' Committee for a Green Future and Donna Drewes, Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainability Planning and Governance at the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey will provide an update on new Sustainable Jersey actions, workshops and funding opportunities for 2011. Cash bar and delicious complimentary buffet. Local Host: The Township of Sparta and the Sparta Green Team. Sparta Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification in 2010. A special thank you to Mitch Morrison and the Sparta Green Team for organizing the location and securing the event/food sponsors. RSVP: Register by Friday, February 18. http://sustainablejerseyevent.eventbrite.com/ Questions: Kristy Ranieri 973.762.1510, Lake Mohawk Country Club Phone: 973-729-6156 Tri-County Sustainable Communities Forum March 3, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ Sponsored by Sustainable Cherry Hill & Sustainable Jersey This event is free, but registration is required. Light refreshments served. Once registered, you will receive a questionnaire to find out about YOUR concerns and passions to help us with our planning. Sustainability efforts are expanding throughout our communities. Many of these endeavors face similar challenges, such as coordinating community/municipal efforts, getting volunteers or leveraging state/federal incentives. The Tri-County Sustainable Communities Forum will bring people together from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties to share challenges and exchange ideas. This forum is for all people interested in moving their communities toward sustainability, including local green team members, environmental commissions, township employees, business people, educators or residents. Sustainability issues do not end at town borders. Our efforts need to bridge these borders, as we forge relationships with others working for a greener South Jersey. Join us as we make history by building sustainable strength across our region! A representative from Sustainable Jersey will be on hand to answer your technical and procedural questions about the certification process. Contact: Lori Braunstein, Sustainable Cherry Hill & Sustainable Jersey, 609.238.3449, Lori.Braunstein@sustainablecherryhill.org For info/ registration: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wjf7fucab&oeidk=a07e372wfs89d889202 Energy Procurement Workshop March 10, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. - noon (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) Recycling Center Conference Room, ACUA Howard F. Haneman Environmental Park 700 Delilah Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ Co-sponsored by Sustainable Jersey and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA). The workshop will provide an overview of PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements), ESIPs (Energy Savings Improvement Programs), and ESCOs (Energy Services Companies), as well as panel discussions on financing renewable energy, and financing energy efficiency. Featured speakers from the ACUA, Gabel Associates, the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Northwest Financial Group, and TRC will be on hand to answer your questions. There will also be an opportunity to network. TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP, GO TO: https://tcnj.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_3DgTydGdMML5hGs For DIRECTIONS: http://www.acua.com/acua/directions2solid.aspx Municipal Animal Management Programs that Work! - 2011 AWFNJ Conference March 19-20, 2011 Rutgers, Busch Campus Center, Piscataway, NJ *Sustainable Jersey communities are eligible for reduced rates ($60)* Municipal officials report that the number of animal-related calls from citizens rivals any other issue, and our communities need fiscally responsible and effective programs to manage domestic animals and wildlife. Municipalities can earn up to 60 points, more than one third of the minimum 150 points necessary for certification, by implementing “Animals in the Community” actions in Sustainable Jersey. Join Sustainable Jersey staff on Saturday, March 19th to learn how you can apply the Calgary model of Animal Services, touted as the most successful on the continent, to your town’s unique needs, and visit our booth to learn how you can earn points toward certification. Bill Bruce, the Director of Animal & Bylaw Services, will talk about his philosophy for shifting from animal control to responsible pet ownership and maintaining voluntary citizen compliance by having understandable policies, removing barriers to responsible pet ownership, engaging partners, training staff in conflict resolution, and having a strong public education program. This presentation will summarize the background of Calgary’s current dog and cat programs as well as areas of continuous improvement for Calgary’s Animal & Bylaw Services which are self-funding and require no tax dollars for support. The programs boast a steady decrease in the number of aggressive dog incidents and an 88% return-to-owner rate for dogs and a 55% rate for cats which reduces euthanasia rates. Visit their event page at: http://www.awfnj.org/?page_id=405 Register today! http://awfnjconference2011.eventbrite.com/ *During registration, choose “Sustainable Jersey Registered Municipalities”: Saturday only ($60) or Saturday & Sunday ($100). Registration will be available Wednesday, February 16th through March 15th at 11pm when online ticket sales close.* New Jersey Learns Application deadline is March 30th New Jersey Learns (NJ Learns) is a multi-year program that links sustainable community development with teaching and learning in our K-12 schools, non-formal education, and in sustainable community initiatives. Funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, this program is open to community stakeholder teams in New Jersey comprised of individuals who are interested in developing their communities' capacity to make the shift toward sustainability. NJ Learns also provides special opportunities to strategically link Sustainable Jersey Green Teams and Earthwatch Action Teams with leadership development and content of EfS. These Action Teams will be provided support, best practices, and the leadership to catalyze their community actions and generate local social change. Tools include building a shared understanding of sustainability, metrics and tracking, best practices, and leadership tools and support. All of our participants remain connected through local community networks and partnerships, and continue the ongoing work of creating fundamental and lasting change for a sustainable New Jersey. The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is now accepting applications for individuals and community teams interested in a yearlong entry level program. The deadline to apply is March 30th, 2011. For more information, visit: http://www.cloudinstitute.org/sites-learn/new-jersey-learns.html Did you miss the Sustainable Jersey “Getting Ready for Certification” Webinar on February 10? WHAT WAS COVERED? Navigating the Website Focusing Your Green Team and Selecting Actions Determining What Documentation You Will Need Uploading Your Documents; and Understanding the Certification Process. View that and other previous webinars and presentations here: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php?sec_num=1 OTHER NEW JERSEY EVENTS Greenable Woodbridge Museum of the Future- ONGOING- Woodbridge Mall, Upper Level, JC Penny Wing Clean Air - Cool Planet Regional Climate Preparedness Assessment Survey - Online & Ongoing. Community Health and Transportation Planning - FREE Webinar Series: Webinar 3: Health Impact Assessments (HIAS) in Transportation, March 15, 2-3 pm; Webinar 4: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries, April 5, 2-3 pm Consumption and the Environment - A New Webinar Series hosted by EPA Region 10 and the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum - Webinars are the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30am Pacific, the first webinar is Tuesday, February 1st at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET. Using Highlands Environmental Data to Protect Forests & Surface Waters- ANJEC Workshop- Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 7-9pm, Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Road, Morristown, NJ 2011 NJ Bike Summit- Feb. 26, 8am to 4pm, Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ NJ Future's Redevelopment Forum- Friday, March 4, 2011, Registration at 8:00 am, Program begins at 8:30 am, Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center, New Brunswick. ANJEC's Environmental Commission Training: Saturday March 5, Springfield, 9am -12:30pm; Monday March 7, Gloucester County Library in Mullica Hill, 5:00pm -8:30pm; Saturday March 26, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, 9am -12:30pm. First-ever Delaware River Basin Forum- March 10, 2011- Eight linked locations and via live webcast- Merrill Creek, Washington; Burlington EcoComplex, Bordentown; Rowan University, Glassboro Considering State Regulations in Site Plan Review- ANJEC workshop - Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 7-9pm, Clifton City Hall, 900 Clifton Ave. NJ/PA Sustainability Symposium 2011 - Thursday, March, 31, 7:30am - 2pm. Rutgers-Camden Environmental Leadership Program - Accepting applications for ELP's 2011 Fellowship Classes- applications due by April 1, 2011. Call For Gala Award Nominations for the USGBC-NJ 5th Annual Awards Gala - May, 2011, The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ. Deadline for Nomination April 1, 2011. For info on the events listed here, please visit http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php?sec_num=2 OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES ANJEC's 2011Sustainable Land Use Planning Grants- Applications are due March 31, 2011 EPA Seeks Applicants for $1.2 Million in Environmental Justice Grants to Address Local Health and Environmental Issues - Applications are due March 31, 2011 The Clean Air-Cool Planet Community Catalyst Fund is offering $250 -$2500 grants (ongoing) River Network Urban Waters Capacity Building Grants ranging from $30,000 to $70,000. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, March 14th, 2011. For info on the grants/opportunities listed here, please visit http://www.sustainablejersey.com/resources.php?sec_num=6
The WARMAdvantage Program provides rebates for high efficiency home heating systems and/or water heaters. To be eligible you must purchase, install and operate a heating system and/or water heater that meets all applicable efficiency requirements. Call 866-NJSMART or see below for more information. http://www.njcleanenergy.com/warm
Madison recieved Sustainable Jersey Certification! Check out the report below: http://sustainablejersey.com/community/info_pre.php?munid=1417&muntype=1
The November meeting of the MEC has been rescheduled for December 2, 2010 at Bayley Ellard, 7:30pm.
The Board of Public Utilities has extended the Home Appliance Rebate Program. Residents who purchase Energy Star rated dishwashers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers and clothes washers may be eligible for a rebate. You may also be eligible for an additional $50 rebate if you recycle your old, still working refrigerator or freezer. For information on both programs, please visit http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/energy-star-product-rebates/arra-products-rebates
The July meeting of the Environmental Commission has bee rescheduled and will now be August 5th, 7:30 pm, in the Bayley Ellard Building.
The MEC is partnering with the DDC, the Green Team, Drew University, Whole Foods and the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts to promote Madison's first ever Green Fair! Educational exhibits, vendors, fun & games! For more information, please visit http://gov.rosenet.org/agencies/environmental/pages/green-fair
The Environmental Commission of the Borough of Madison in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey has postponed a regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the Thursday February 25, 2010, due to inclement weather. The meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, March 4th in Room #314 of the former Bayley-Ellard High School Building 205 Madison Avenue, off Danforth Road Madison NJ 07940.