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The Metro NJ Chapter & the Green Building Council of NJ Dinner

October 1, 2015
5:00 pmto8:30 pm

The Metro NJ Chapter & the Green Building Council of NJ invites you to a Networking and Educational Event in Basking Ridge.


Location: Dolce Hotel, 300 North Maple Ave., Basking Ridge NJ


Sustainable Jersey Government Connext Forum

October 2, 2015
8:30 amto4:00 pm

Keynote speaker: Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director and CEO of the Public Technology Institute

In this digital age, citizens expect immediate access to information and streamlined communication alternatives. How can local municipalities meet these expectations and improve operating efficiencies? The Government Connext Forum will convene experts to highlight cost effective technologies, share best practices, and release a new suite of actions focused on helping local governments implement innovative technologies and practices to serve and engage residents.

 Sessions throughout the day will focus on three subject tracks:

  1. Digital government
  2. Open government in the Digital Age
  3. Emergency communications planning

*For more details on breakout sessions and speakers click here.  Follow #govconnext for event updates

CEUs Now Available!  The keynote and all breakout sessions are now eligible for 1 CEU contact hour each (4 total hours for the full day!).  For more details on breakout sessions, speakers and CEU assignments click here.


Raritan Headwaters Association Country Fair

October 4, 2015
11:30 amto4:30 pm

Location: RHA headquarters at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster

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National Disaster Resilience Competition Meadowlands Residents’ Meeting

October 5, 2015
6:30 pmto9:30 pm

The meeting is being co-organized by New Jersey Future.

The federal government has created a national competition for $1 BILLION in funding designed to assist communities to become more resilient to disasters. New Jersey is applying for more than $326 million for berms in the Meadowlands, a NJTrasnit Garage in Teterboro and resiliency planning assistance to municipalities throughout the state. This application proposes a pilot project area in the municipalities of Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Moonachie, Rutherford, South Hackensack, Teterboro, and Wood-Ridge.

It is critical that the state hear everyone’s thoughts on how this money should be spent. This project will affect neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and quality of life.

This FREE informational meeting is for residents to find out more about this application. Assistance in providing comments will be available.

Location: North Jersey Vineyard Church, 370 North St., Teterboro

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Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Northern New Jersey

October 7, 2015
8:30 amto4:30 pm

New Jersey Future is a sponsor of this event, and Tim Evans and Teri Jover are among the speakers.

Attendees will hear directly from more than 20 speakers, including our inspiring keynote speakers, John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, and Kathryn Lawler, Aging and Health Resources Manager of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The conference will showcase notable examples of successful age-friendly community initiatives and inspire and inform local communities about models and best practices in use around the country. Informal panel discussions will offer planning and evaluation tools, including coalition-building techniques, asset mapping and needs assessment studies, and effective communication tips, which have propelled cities and towns along the path of being recognized as age-friendly.

Place: Montclair State University Conference Center • 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair

More information and to register.



Nonprofit Best Practices Event – Lessons from the Leaders

October 8, 2015
8:00 amto2:45 pm

Marriah Media & Unity Bank announce a “Best Practices for New Jersey Based Nonprofits” Event on Thursday, October 8th at The Palace at Somerset Park. Keynote speakers include Michele Siekerka, NJBIA ^& Steve Kalafer, Chairman Somerset Patriots.

Jeanne Murphy, (908) 752-5179

More information, click here.

Health Impact Assessment Professional Training

October 8, 2015
8:30 amto2:30 pm

Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making

Many decisions made in sectors like housing, transportation, energy, land use and education can have profound impacts on community and individual health. Health Impact Assessments (HIA) can aid professionals by projecting potential health impacts before final decisions are made, providing evidence-based recommendations that can actively promote health, prevent diseases and/or injuries, and lead to significant economic benefits. Join other professionals in learning when and how to use this innovative tool to enhance projects, policies and programs to create healthier communities.

This professional training course is offered through Rutgers’ Office of Continuing Professional Education. The following professional continuing-education credits have been secured or applied for:

  • NJ Professional Engineers – 5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits
  • NJ Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board (NJSRPB) – 4.5 Regulatory CECs
  • Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) – Course approved for 5 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for Certified Health Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). Maximum Advanced-level contact hours available are 5. The Rutgers Office of Public Health Practice is designated multiple event provider of CECH/s by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
  • American Planning Association (APA) –Pending
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – Supreme Court of New Jersey Board has approved course for 3.4 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
  • NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists – Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded5.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Location: University Inn & Conference Center, 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

More information and registration. Please note pre-registration is required.

Air Quality and Asthma Solutions: EPA’s Air Quality Flag Program

October 8, 2015
2:00 pmto3:00 pm

Sustainable Jersey Webinar

Learn about the impact of outdoor air quality on human health and specific actions that can be taken on days with poor air quality through participation in EPA’s free Air Quality Flag Program. This webinar is open to any school or organization that is new to the Flag Program or that would like to learn more and expand their program. New Jersey schools participating in the program can earn 10 points towards Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification.


ANJEC Annual Environmental Congress

October 9, 2015
9:00 amto4:30 pm

The Congress is an annual statewide gathering of municipal environmental commissioners, state and local officials, members of New Jersey’s environmental organizations, and others concerned about our state’s environment. The congress includes workshops, exhibits, speakers and much more.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg

More information and registration

Encouraging Developers to Consider Green Design

October 14, 2015
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

Sustainable Jersey Webinar

One of the most important aspects of sustainable development is educating developers about green design options.  Municipalities can earn 10 points toward Sustainable Jersey certification by creating a Green Development Checklist and enabling ordinance as a part of their Site Plan/Subdivision approval process. A Green Development Checklist lists various green design strategies that can be incorporated into a development and is one of several items to be submitted with a completed Site Plan/Subdivision Application.

  • Learn about the changes to the Sustainable Jersey action “Create a Green Development Checklist” which is part of the suite of green design actions.
  • Hear about the legal implications of a Green Development Checklist
  • Hear from municipalities that have utilized a Green Development Checklist

CEUs requested from APA-NJ



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