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Hamilton Township Rain Garden Rebate Education Session

May 22, 2018
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

The Hamilton Township Rain Garden Rebate Education Session will be conducted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program. Rain gardens are a simple way to do your part to help keep the rain from the drain. Please join us to learn about sustainable landscaping techniques that can easily be done at home. Also bring your calendars to sign up for a half hour appointment to meet with RCE Water Resources Program staff at the Hamilton Township Library on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM to have a customized rain garden designed for your home!

Location: Hamilton Township Library (basement meeting room), 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way, Hamilton

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Certificate in creative placemaking information session (webinar)

May 22, 2018
6:00 pmto7:00 pm

The Certificate program is produced by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and New Hampshire Institute of Art.

The information session will introduce participants to the Certification program, as students and faculty in the program. Participants will have time to ask questions. All sessions will be led by the program’s designer and academic director, Leonardo Vazquez. Information sessions are one hour, online, and free. Details on how to join the webinar will be included in your confirmation email.

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Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop

May 23, 2018

Now in its 9th year, the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE) will be hosting the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop (NSCW) 2018, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey, on May 23, 2018.  The conference brings together experts and attendees to discuss the most current and state of the art approaches and strategies that you probably will not hear anywhere else

The NSCW’s goal is to break new ground, offer new ideas, and posit new concepts on the topics of sustainability, collaboration and leverage, contamination, resiliency, brownfields, technology, and their impact on community revitalization. Our past events have been attended by representatives from government, higher education, professional organizations, and laboratories, as well as attorneys, developers, contractors, and consultants.

Location: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark

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Free Rain Barrel Workshop

May 23, 2018
6:30 pmto7:30 pm

Sponsored by New Jersey Future, in partnership with Bergen Point Merchants Association

Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:30 pm

This event features a rain barrel giveaway and demonstration. There will also be refreshments, guest speakers, and kids’ activities.

To RSVP, visit

Location: Bayonne Museum, 229 Broadway, Bayonne (corner of 9th and Broadway)


Webinar: How to Talk About Climate Change and Resilience to Build Community Support

May 24, 2018
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Land use planning and water resource management are foundational to resilient communities, but the topics can be complex and technical. How do you talk about the issues in your community in a way that both educates as well as excites? Join Marjo Curgus, Principal of Del Corazon Consulting, to build your communication and outreach skills.

Location: online

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Webinar: Climate Change and Wetland Restoration

May 30, 2018
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

Part of the Together North Jersey Resilience Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the Together North Jersey (TNJ) Resilience Task Force and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

*Application for .75 AICP CE credits pending*

Rutgers University’s current projections estimate a 1.4-foot rise in water by 2050, leaving coastal and riverine communities increasingly vulnerable to inundation, flooding, and storm surge. Encroaching sea waters threaten to destroy the integrity of North Jersey’s wetlands, the loss of which means the loss of an important ecological resource and a critical barrier that protects communities from flooding and storm surge. However, by dedicated efforts to maintain existing or new wetlands, communities can reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change while preserving important ecological systems. This webinar will introduce participants to:

  • Sea level rise and storm surge projections
  • The threat climate change poses to wetlands
  • The importance of wetlands in mitigating the impacts of climate change
  • Successful wetlands creation and restoration projects implemented by North Jersey communities
  • Funding sources that have supported successful projects in North Jersey

The presentation will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A.

Presenters: Stacy Krause, AICP PP CFM and Leah B. Yasenchak, PhD, AICP PP CEcD

Location: online

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Webinar: Neighborhood Revitalization, One Block at a Time

May 30, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Revitalizing a neighborhood can seem like a daunting task for towns. Engaging the community can be expensive and time consuming, political buy-in from elected officials and decision makers can be difficult to build, and momentum can be hard to maintain over a lengthy implementation process. Team Better Block has spent the past eight years refining a new approach to transforming neighborhoods from the ground up, one block at a time.

This webinar will explore the Better Block approach—a 90 day process that focuses on rapidly transforming a block using low-cost materials and volunteer ingenuity and power. The result is an empowered group of new leaders, a clear demonstration of the community’s vision, and an over-night road map to safety, mobility, and quality of place improvements. Communities build powerful connections around the shared experience of “making” a vision for the future together.

Andrew Howard, founder of Team Better Block, will provide background on how the project began and how communities can put the lessons to work. Andrew will be joined by Kelly Stoddard-Poor of AARP Vermont to discuss how the Better Block process demonstrated the need for complete streets and community revitalization in a small Vermont town.

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Kearny Point Tour and Rain Barrel Workshop

June 2, 2018
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Kearny AWAKE is holding a tour of Kearny Point and a rain barrel workshop. Join us for a short presentation and a walking tour of Kearny Point!  You will learn about the rich history of South Kearny and the redevelopment taking place to bring it into the 21st century.


Introduction to Kearny Point and Kearny AWAKE: 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Kearny Point Walking Tour: 10:45 AM to 11:30 AM

Rain Barrel Workshop: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Lunch: 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM (lunch will be available for purchase)

Location: 78 John Miller Way, Kearny NJ 07032

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Englewinds Wind Energy

June 3, 2018
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

Award-winning eco-music ensemble Englewinds presents a brand new program to highlight the importance of wind energy in providing solutions to the problem of energy. The music is features an online component, which is incorporated to original music in a dynamic and innovative form. Guest speaker Melanie La Rosa, filmmaker and Clinical Professor at Pace University, will also present a 10 minute clip of her film How to Power a City and speak about the current state of wind power and NJ.

Location: 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck NJ

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Webinar: The rise of freelance artists: implications for urban planning and design

June 5, 2018
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Like the convenience of a webinar, but wish they could be more interactive? Join The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking for our upcoming Strategic Conversations on creative placemaking.

One of the fastest growing segments of the creative sector is freelance artists, writers and performers. To attract and retain these professionals, communities may have to rethink their approaches to urban design, community development, and economic development.

Location: online

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