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Archive for March, 2016

Webcast: NOAA Supporting Resiliency

April 4, 2016
10:30 amto11:45 am

This session will be webcast live from Phoenix. Check back later for the link. The webcast is free and no registration required.

As communities and businesses around the United States face increasing risks and vulnerability to natural disasters and long-term environmental changes, there is an increasing demand for information, data, products, and services to address these challenges. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator, will outline how the nation’s environmental intelligence agency is meeting these needs to build resilient communities and businesses.

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Forum Roundup: The Mega-Ships Are Here! Are We Ready?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Mega-ships unloading at New Jersey ports will be a boon for the state, but we must be sure our port-related infrastructure is robust enough to handle the increased volume.

Webinar: Lessons in Green and Sustainable Remediation

April 1, 2016
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

This webinar from the Redevelopment Institute will feature green and sustainable remediation (GSR) expert and Sustainable Remediation Forum (“SURF”) President, John Simon, who will explain the basic concepts of GSR and how it can be applied to reduce the environmental footprint of remediation projects while also benefiting the surrounding community and its economy. 1 AICP CM credit pending

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Public-Interest Organizations Urge Commitment of Disaster Competition Award Funds to Regional Planning

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

A group of public-interest organizations sent a joint letter to Gov. Christie urging him to commit National Disaster Resilience Competition award funds to regional resiliency planning initiatives.

Forum Roundup: Finding the Opportunities in Affordable Housing

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Speakers at the Redevelopment Forum session on affordable housing all stressed the opportunities inherent in creating more affordable housing, and that towns should be proactive so they get the kind of housing that helps them meet other objectives.

Webinar: Resilience by Design

April 7, 2016
1:15 pmto2:15 pm

Joseph Fiksel, author of Resilient By Design, offers insight into why workforce leaders need a new business paradigm – one that takes an integrated view of the built environment, ecosystems and the social fabric, while recognizing new business opportunities that result from this shift. The webinar will bring context to the importance of resilience across business and municipal communities, and describe why all leaders must move beyond the business-as-usual approach.

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Forum Roundup: Cities, Redevelopers Join Forces To Tackle Floodproofing, Sewer Upgrades

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

At the Redevelopment Forum, representatives from three cities detailed how they are engaging redevelopers in a number of ways to meet the challenge of flooding, aging infrastructure and climate change.

Roundtable: New Jersey’s Hidden Water Crisis

April 1, 2016
9:00 amto11:00 am

Lead in water in Newark and Flint, Mich., is focusing new attention on drinking water quality. With an aging infrastructure, how well is New Jersey poised to provide safe and affordable water to residents? What else needs to be done to manage its use and proper disposal? This NJ Spotlight Roundtable will further explore these questions.

Location: Mercer County Community College James Kerney Campus, 102 N. Broad Street, Trenton

More information and registrationAdmission is free, but registration is required.

Jersey Water Works is a sponsor of this event.

Spotlight on Water: Managing Our Most Precious Resource

April 6, 2016
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

Flint, Michigan’s ongoing crisis has raised concerns about something we take for granted: clean water.

Jim Florio, former governor of New Jersey, will introduce the topic by offering his perspective as a former congressman and governor when he successfully championed an array of landmark environmental protections. The speakers will address key issues about the health of our water systems from global to local, including whether the federal framework that governs drinking water and wastewater discharges is robust and current, and why we still have water pollution and contaminated drinking water in 21st-century America. They will describe the state of New Jersey’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, what people are doing to ensure its reliability, and identify local water managers and their roles.

This roundtable is part of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Chris Sturm will be one of the speakers.

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Water — The Next Generation

April 22, 2016
8:00 amto11:00 am

Join the conversation and learn more about water in New Jersey. Are the aquifers sufficient for our needs? Are our water distribution systems efficient or significantly outdated? Is business affected by these challenges? Experts are coming together to help raise your awareness and answer questions on these issues.

Location: Duke Farms Coach Barn, 80 Route 206, Hillsborough

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