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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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Plan 2045: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Open House

November 2, 2017
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

The draft of the NJTPA’s updated Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), known as Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey, is here!  The NJTPA will hold a public open house at its offices in Newark on Thursday November 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m so you can learn all about it and provide comments or feedback.

Attendees can arrive at any time. There will be short presentations at 5:00 and and again at 6:00 p.m.  The event will feature various displays highlighting the innovative public outreach conducted for Plan 2045. Light refreshments will be served.

They’re also seeking on the Transportation Improvement Program (or TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2021, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Fiscal Years 2018-2027, as well as the draft Air Quality Conformity Determination for Plan 2045 and the TIP.

Plan 2045 is the federally required long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the region. The TIP is the four-year, fiscally constrained agenda of transportation projects drawn from the RTP.  To be eligible for federal funds, proposed projects must be approved by the NJTPA Board for inclusion in the TIP, which is updated annually. The STIP is the federally required compilation of TIPs from the NJTPA and the state’s two other Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The federally required Air Quality Conformity Determination demonstrates that these documents are consistent with achieving the state’s plan for meeting air quality goals and standards.

The draft documents are available at Go to, at the NJTPA, One Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102 and at New Jersey Library Network libraries in the NJTPA region. The formal comment period ends November 9, 2017.

The NJTPA Board of Trustees will consider adoption of the RTP, TIP, and Air Quality Conformity Determination at its November 13, 2017 meeting.  Any questions may be emailed  (tritteratnjtpadotorg)   to Ted Ritter, NJTPA Special Projects Manager. Or call at 973-639-8447.

For information on parking or directions, email  (infoattogethernorthjerseydotcom)   us.

Creative Placemaking Learning Tour: Hammonton

November 4, 2017
10:00 amto12:30 pm

Learn more about this small town that is becoming a center of arts and creative placemaking in South Jersey. Explore Stockton University’s Kramer Hall (home to several arts and cultural organizations), Hammonton Arts Center, Noyes Art Museum, Eagle Theater, and the future Arts Alley. Brainstorm with other creative placemakers on an opportunity site in downtown Hammonton. Then join your colleagues for lunch and a drink at the town’s new craft brewery.

$20 ticket includes lunch.

Rain date is November 5.

This Creative Placemaking Learning Tour is produced by New Jersey Creative Placemakers, an initiative of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, in partnership with the Noyes Art Museum and the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. 

Creative Placemaking Learning Tours are made possible through the support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Location: Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton NJ 08037

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2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

November 8, 2017
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy presents the 2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

History and Evolution of Metuchen: 1967-2017

This lecture will reveal how a small New Jersey town accomplished a remarkable revitalization effort between the period of 1965 and 2017. A distinguished panel of municipal officials, lawyers, developers and planners will present and discuss how this revitalization was accomplished and the lessons that can be learned, as well as presenting their views of how the town will more forward into the future.

There will be a formal presentation followed by a moderated panel discussion on the history of the redevelopment of downtown Metuchen. Highlights will include the original master plan in the late 1960s by Candeub, Fleissig & Associates; 1972 Central Business District development proposals; and the latest major redevelopment effort, Woodmont Metro at Metuchen station, a transited-oriented mixed-use community built on the site of a former parking lot. This project was the recipient of a 2017 New Jersey Future Smart Growth award.

Organized and moderated by Anton Nelessen, professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Metuchen’s former town planner.

Confirmed presenters and panelists will include
James Constantine, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss and Town Planner, Borough of Metuchen
Len Roseman, Chair, Metuchen Borough Parking Authority
James B. Graziano, Partner, Graziano, Piasecki, Whitelaw & Simko; former Attorney, Metuchen Borough Parking Authority
Peter Cammarano, Mayor of Metuchen
John Wiley, former Mayor of Metuchen
Jay Muldoon, former Metuchen Councilman and Acting Borough Administrator
Stephen A. Santola, Woodmont Properties
Joel Schwartz, Landmark Companies LLC
Eric Berger, US Real Estate

1.5 AICP CM credits available

Free and open to the public

Location: Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

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Inside the Urbanist’s Studio

November 9, 2017
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Location: Barbuzzo, 110 S 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia PA

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Join Urban Land Institute for a frank conversation between Carol Coletta, Senior Fellow at The Kresge Foundation, and Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation, who will ask each other five questions they have always wanted to know about the other!  Carol Coletta was recently named one of the 100 most influential urbanists by Planetizen.  She is the creator and convener of the $40M Reimagining the Civic Commons project, a national initiative that seeks to counter economic and social fragmentation in our cities by revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries to bring together people from different backgrounds.

Through projects in five U.S. cities, Reimagining the Civic Commons intends to be the first comprehensive demonstration of how a connected set of civic assets – a civic commons – can connect people of all backgrounds and yield increased and more equitably shared prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.  Kathryn Ott Lovell is a key member of the pilot Civic Commons team and oversees the City of Philadelphia’s parkland, playgrounds, recreation centers, trails, and thousands of programs and events.  Come listen to a dynamic exchange between two fearless and unrelenting champions of our nation’s civic assets and urban infrastructure.

This Civic Commons project falls in line with the “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign announced by The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute. Read more about it here.

Lunch will be served in Barbuzzo’s private dining room.

  • Private Member: $55
  • Public Member: $50
  • Private Nonmember: $90
  • Public Nonmember: $70
  • Student: $40

*All prices will rise $15 after online registration closes on November 6, 2017.

Creative Placemaking Strategy Lab

November 10, 2017 1:00 pmtoNovember 11, 2017 5:30 pm

New Jersey Creative Placemakers is holding a Strategy Lab November 10 for community artists, planners, designers, and Paterson residents. We’ll workshop ways to program the space and better connect this great resource with Great Falls National Park and downtown Paterson through creative placemaking solutions. Friday’s lab will include a tour of this massive site followed by an outdoor creative workshop on connecting the community to the site. Saturday’s lab will include a Creative Placemaking activity followed by workshops on using the Art Factory’s spaces for art installations, performances, tactical urbanism, cultural events, food festivals, and more! We will cap off the event with a social hour to meet new people, talk about the day’s findings, and network.

This Strategy Lab is made possible by the Art Factory, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Art Factory in Paterson, a unique places for art, film, photography, theater and more, is looking for ideas to program free arts and cultural activities.

Admission is free, a $20 donation to the Paterson Arts Council suggested

Location: The Art Factory, 70 Spruce St, Paterson NJ 07501

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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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