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Mayors’ Climate Summit

February 3, 2018
8:30 amto1:30 pm

Mayors and community leaders across New Jersey have taken up the challenge of addressing climate change and implementing sustainability practices at a local level. Join us to discuss what we must achieve locally, and understand the specific steps we can take today to succeed. It is vital for our mayors and communities to take a leading role in preserving the environment and protecting the public health of our citizens. The day will consist of three panels of experts, resource organizations, and local leaders discussing a pathway forward to enable New Jersey to succeed in meeting the challenges presented by climate change.

This event is hosted by Mayor Phil Kramer of Franklin Township, Mayor Bruce A. Harris of Chatham Borough, and brought to you by NJ League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, and Sustainable Jersey.

Location: Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, 33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick

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Risk Management Planning: Preparing Your Organization for Disaster

February 5, 2018
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Learn from two organizations how they are protecting their organizations from disaster.

Hunterdon Land Trust (HLT) had been preparing a comprehensive risk management plan addressing issues related to properties/tenants, staffing/volunteers, and information technology when disaster struck. A fire damaged HLT’s headquarters (located in a historic farmhouse on a 40-acre preserve with eight other buildings), disrupting operations, damaging property, and necessitating an expensive year-long recovery effort.

NJ Conservation Foundation was closed for several weeks without power after Hurricane Sandy. The organization has developed a disaster recovery/business continuity plan to help minimize critical business functions during a disaster.

Learn tips from your colleagues on what a plan should include as well as low to no cost tools and resources you can use to make your organization more resilient.

Location: Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St., Flemington NJ

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Webinar: Certificate in creative placemaking information session

February 15, 2018
12:00 pmto1:00 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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LEED Green Associate Training

February 18, 2018
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a sustainablity scorecard for green buildings. This course includes an introduction to LEED, an overview of topics, practice exam questions, a study guide, and in-class exam preparation.

Location: Princeton University, Lewis Library 138, Princeton NJ

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Webinar: The growing creative economy in New Jersey

February 20, 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.

A recent report from The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking shows that the number of artistic jobs and freelance artists, writers and performers in New Jersey is growing faster than jobs in New Jersey overall. What implications does this have for community planning, urban design and economic development. Though the focus of this conversation is on New Jersey’s creative economy, there will be a lot of takeaways for anyone outside of the state.

Location: online

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Pathways to Coastal Resilience Climate Change

February 21, 2018
7:45 amto3:15 pm

Presented by Society of American Military Engineers, New Jersey Post

Engineers, scientists, contractors, government officials, counties, federal agencies, municipalities, NGOs and general public

While the potential impacts of climate change along the East Coast continue to be studied, various research, assessments, and demonstration projects provide valuable information for evaluating how we can best respond to those impacts. This full-day program will highlight existing climate change adaptation planning and implementation efforts in our region. Representatives from government agencies, businesses, and NGOs working in the Northeast and MidAtlantic coastal settings will discuss their experiences adapting to sea level rise and increased storm intensity and frequency. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to manage uncertainty, remain flexible, and activate stakeholders to help build a resilient future.

Location: EcoComplex, 1200 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown NJ

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Transportation and Logistics Update

February 21, 2018
7:45 amto11:00 am

NAIOP New Jersey, the commercial real estate development association, kicks off its “Building a Better NJ Series” with an Infrastructure & Logistics Update on Wednesday, February 21, at the Meadowlands Hilton. Registration and a networking breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m., followed by the program at 8:30 a.m.

Anthony Attanasio, executive director of the Utility & Contractors Association of NJ, former NJ DOT assistant commissioner and one of Governor Phil Murphy’s chief transportation policy advisors, will deliver keynote remarks. Confirmed panelists include: Frank Scangarella, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank; Carmelo Garcia, City of Newark; Ken Spahn, Dewberry; John Atkins, Global Container Terminals; Lou Cooperhouse, New Jersey Food Processors Association; and Anne Strauss-Wieder, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Additional speakers are being finalized.

This program will offer two continuing education credits for multiple professions. To register or for more information, contact NAIOP NJ at (732) 729-9900, or visit

Location: Meadowlands Hilton, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford NJ

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Webinar: Green Infrastructure Modeling Toolkit

February 22, 2018
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

This webinar  will present a toolkit consisting of five EPA green infrastructure models and tools, along with communication material, that can be used as a teaching tool and quick reference resource for use by planners and developers when making green infrastructure implementation decisions and can also be used for low impact development design competitions. Models and tools included: Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz), Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST), Visualizing Ecosystem Land Management Assessments (VELMA) Model, Storm Water Management Model (SWMM), and the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC).

Location: Online

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

February 23, 2018
9:00 amto3:00 pm

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.

Location: State Operator Training Center, 18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Webinar: Small Systems Funding

February 27, 2018
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

EPA Webinar: In 2018, EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) will host monthly webinars to discuss challenges and treatment solutions for small drinking water and wastewater systems.

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