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Health Impact Assessment: Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making

November 1, 2017
8:30 amto2:30 pm

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education: Health Impact Assessment (HIA) can be used to evaluate a proposed plan or project’s potential effects on the health of a population. HIA provides evidence-based recommendations aimed at enhancing positive health impacts and minimizing negative ones.

In this session, the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) will lead an introductory training on health impact assessment as a tool to promote community health and equity in planning processes and decision-making. Participants will engage in group exercises related to HIA steps, discuss opportunities and challenges to integrating health into planning and policy processes, and learn about new statewide collaborative initiatives and emerging tools to build capacity for health advancement in planning, and to support health in all policies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the broader context of health influences and the social determinants of health.
  • Understand the principles, value, and use of HIA, as well as the steps involved in conducting an HIA.
  • Understand applicability of HIA to planning, development and land use decision-making and processes.
  • Explore opportunities to incorporate HIA and/or health in all policies in local government decision-making.
  • Review the resources available to local government decision-makers and citizens that wish to include health consideration in community planning.

Location: Rutgers University

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Webinar: Using health impact assessment to improve our communities

November 1, 2017
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Held by Smart Growth Online, this webinar will focus on how HIA has been used in planning, and how planners can apply HIA principles in their work.

Location: online



Green in ’17: Panel Discussion on Local Environmental Policy Needs

November 1, 2017
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Join Monmouth Conservation Foundation for a panel discussion on local environmental policy needs and the path forward. As we prepare for a new governor, let’s learn from local environmental leaders about current policies, recent changes, and recommendations from the experts on what we need to ask of our next governor in New Jersey to make positive steps forward in protecting the environment.

The panel discussion will be followed by a cocktail hour.

Panelists include Tim Dillingham, executive director of American Littoral Society; William Kastning, executive director of Monmouth Conservation Foundation; Tony MacDonald, director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University; Chris Sturm, managing director of policy and water at New Jersey Future; and Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action.

Location: Two River Community Theatre, Red Bank NJ

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance Course

November 2, 2017
8:00 amto5:00 pm

On November 2, 3, and 10, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s GSI Partners will offer its third annual GSI Operation and Maintenance Course for landscape professionals to learn best practices and advance their skills and working knowledge of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and sustainable stormwater management.

GSI practices require regular maintenance to ensure they continue to perform as intended, which in turn, helps to ensure that the stormwater regulations driving Green City, Clean Waters are being met. As the number of installed best management practices (BMPs) increase on public and private properties, and as more operation and maintenance agreements continue to be enforced, the need for GSI maintenance is increasing. This growing need creates a significant business opportunity for local landscape professionals to get involved. This course intends to both address the growing need for GSI maintenance and to equip landscape professionals interested in developing their service portfolio in the operations and maintenance of public and private green stormwater infrastructure projects so they can best take advantage of the emerging opportunities.

The three-day course features two classroom days and one field day and will provide landscape contractors and grounds managers with an understanding of the importance of operations and maintenance (O+M) of vegetated stormwater management practices, as well as of the tasks involved. Students will leave this course with a basic understanding of the regulatory context of stormwater management, BMPs and their components, how to maintain the vegetation and above-ground components using adaptive and prescriptive management techniques, and how to diagnose and respond to safety and performance issues.

Location: Temple university and La Salle University

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MEND Fundraiser

November 10, 2017
6:00 pmto11:00 pm

The MEND fundraiser will be held at The Moorestown Community House, 16 East Main St., Moorestown NJ.

Come celebrate MEND’s 48th anniversary!

Net proceeds from the event will support housing services for MEND’s residents.

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NJ State League of Municipalities Conference

November 14, 2017toNovember 16, 2017

This conference features more than 100 educational sessions and 700 exhibitors.

Location: Atlantic City Convention Center

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Association of Environmental Authorities Conference

November 14, 2017toNovember 15, 2017

The 2017 annual meeting and conference will be held at Caesar’s in Atlantic City. Chuck Underwood, whose pioneering research looks at the characteristics of age groups, will speak on “Generational Dynamics and Your Water Utility.”

Presentations on 

  • Safety
  • Climate change & flooding in NJ
  • Election’s Impact on AEA members
  • Workers Comp
  • Human Resource Management
  • Water Quality Accountability Act
  • “Envision” Tool for Capital Project Planning
  • Fiscal Planning For Infrastructure

Location: Caesar’s, Atlantic City, NJ

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Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon

November 14, 2017
10:30 amto2:00 pm

Join us November 14, 2017 in Atlantic City to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of New Jersey municipalities. This event brings together nearly 400 local, regional, and state government officials, green team members, industry professionals, and sustainability leaders. It’s a fantastic opportunity to re-connect, collaborate, and celebrate your collective achievements!

Pre-Luncheon Networking Session (10:30am – Noon)
Luncheon (Noon – 2:00pm)
Conveyance of Special Awards
Recognition of the 2017 Sustainable Jersey Certified Communities


Webinar: Creating healthy places for healthy people

November 14, 2017
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Location: online


Stephanie Bertaina, senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, and Kate Ange, Alana Braiser and Caroline Dwyer of Renaissance Planning, will be discussing EPA’s Healthy Places for Healthy People (HP2) program.

Through the Healthy Places for Healthy People program, EPA has been helping local communities and health care officials create walkable, healthy and economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods that improve health, protect the environment and support economic growth. This webinar will look at the connections among economic, human and environmental health factors and present case studies on the lessons learned to date, as well as ideas on how local communities can create programs and partnerships that can lead to healthier community outcomes. Speakers will include: Stephanie Bertaina, from the U.S. EPA Office of Sustainable Communities; Kate Ange, Alana Braiser, and Caroline Dwyer with Renaissance Planning.

Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

November 17, 2017
8:30 amto4:00 pm

On November 17 the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership is joining with NOAA to co-host a day-long workshop: “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience”. This workshop is designed for planners, engineers and municipal leaders who are not yet familiar with GI for coastal resilience. Participation will be capped at 50. Continuing ed credits will be available for planners and floodplain managers.

Location: Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville

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