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Getting to Resiliency

June 26, 2014 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am


Please join Sustainable Jersey, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the NJDEP Coastal Planning and Land Use Division to learn what coastal municipalities in New Jersey can do to become more resilient, prepare for coastal flooding events, and earn points toward Sustainable Jersey Certification.

The webinar will include the following:

• Getting to Resilience, a community self-evaluation tool related to climate change and     preparedness
• Case Study: Little Egg Harbor Township’s experience in Getting to Resilience 
• Climate Adaptation Flood Risks, a Sustainable Jersey action
• DEP’s coastal program and municipal resources
• NJ Resiliency Network, a program offering resources to NJ municipalities for recovery and resilience

Register through Sustainable Jersey's website. 

Event Type: Webinars
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Stormwater Management Workshop

July 17, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center at the Tighe School 7804 Amherst Ave Margate, NJ 08402

Workshop Agenda

• Introduction to Stormwater Management
What is it? Why it matters

• Sea Level Rise and its Role in Stormwater Management

• Climate Change, Stormwater and Shore the Communities

• Stormwater Management Tools - ideas and Innovative Techniques
Green Infrastructure
Environmental Site Design
Technological advances (ex. porous pavement)
Innovations in BMPs
Rain barrels

Who should attend? Municipal planners, elected officials, engineers, planning board members, zoning officers, green teams, and interested members of the public. 

Presenters include:

Sea Level Overview, Dr. Ken Miller, Sea Level Rise Specialist, Rutgers University

Planning for Resilience, Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ

Implementing Resilience Activities, Dr. Christopher Obropta, Rutgers University

Register by July 14 by emailing Johanna Casey at: 

or by phone at: 609-822-0424

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
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Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure

July 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm



Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure

July 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT


This 90-minute webcast will highlight Climate Interactive’s new Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, followed by a presentation on the New York City Green Infrastructure Program’s efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning.

Communities are feeling the effects of climate change now. As different parts of the country become drier or wetter, green infrastructure can improve resiliency by helping communities manage flood risk, prepare for drought, reduce urban heat island effects, and protect coasts. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to climate adaptation. However, sharing best practices, learning by doing, and iterative problem solving can help communities choose a suite of adaptation strategies to meet environmental, quality of life and public health goals.

This event is part of EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program 2014 Webcast Series sponsored by the Office of Wastewater Management.



  • Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director, Climate Interactive


  • Alan Cohn, Director of Climate and Water Quality, New York City Department of Environmental Protection


  • Carolina Griggs, Deputy Director of Planning Projections and Demand Management, Sustainability Division, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Register at the EPA Website. 

Event Type: Webinars
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Watershed Approaches to Reducing Stormwater Flooding

June 14, 2014 - 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

Friends Hall

505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430

In collaboration with the Masters Program in Sustainability Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, the Township of Mahwah Environmental Commission invites you to a workshop to explore
"Watershed Approaches to Reducing Stormwater Flooding." Presentations will set the context for flooding risk in Bergen County, review promising strategies and actions, including green infrastructure and citizen engagement. 

To register, click the event registration page here

Event Type: Trainings and Workshops
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Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect

June 26, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


The term "heat island" refers to built-up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat island effect can negatively affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.

As the 2014 summer heats up, learn how communities are taking a number of common-sense steps to reduce the effects of summertime heat islands. This webcast, featuring presentations and case studies from U.S. EPA and local governments, will give participants a better understanding of the heat island effect, its impacts, and the strategies that communities can take to reduce urban temperatures. It will feature case studies from across the country, showcasing the actions that communities are taking now to reduce the heat island effect, including cool roof ordinances, tree-planting campaigns, and heat management planning.


Click here to Register at the EPA's Heat Island Reduction Program site.

Event Type: Webinars
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Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony

June 13, 2014 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

New Brunswick, NJ

Cook Campus Student Center, Rutgers University 59 Biel Road New Brunswick, NJ 08901

June 13 , 2014

The 6 th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rutgers’ Cook Campus Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Register Now! Registration is now open for the 6 th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony on June 13 at Rutgers’ Cook Campus Student Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. At this year’s conference we explore the theme of Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services. We will meet those who are working on valuing natural capital and ecosystem service concepts, learn how to use such valuations in planning decisions, and discuss how these valuations have changed ecological outcomes. Learn how these practices can be applied to help organizations, businesses and local governments make better land use decisions. CEUs have been requested for Professional Planners, Professional Engineers, Certified Floodplain Managers, Licensed Landscape Architects, Public Works Managers, Certified Foresters and Shade Tree Commissioners.

Register now through our Website! For more information or to secure exhibit space contact Sara Malone at or (848) 932-2720. For conference sponsorships, contact Dr. Judy Shaw at (848) 923?2711 or .


Register at the Rutgers Sustainable Raritan website. 

Event Type: Conferences
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Sandy Survivor Resource Fair

June 17, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Middletown, NJ

Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd. Middletown, NJ

The Bayshore Family Success Center, a branch of The Community YMCA, is hosting a Sandy Survivor Resource Fair on Tuesday, June 17, to help families still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.  More than 13 vendors will be available with resources for helping to rebuild and recover from the storm, nearly two years ago.

The event will take place in Middletown from 5-8 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Rd., and include representatives from government agencies, assistance groups and other grassroots organizations such as:

180 Turning Lives Around

FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties

Habitat for Humanity

Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group

Legal Services of New Jersey

Community Affairs & Resource Center

The resource fair is open to all, and registration is recommended but not required.  Children are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, please contact Talesha McLawhorn at 732-497-3811 or

For further information on The Community YMCA and other programs, click here for 

Event Type: Networking
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Coastal Flooding Solutions Public Meeting

July 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jersey City

City Hall Council Chambers 280 Grove Street Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City will host a public open house in cooperation with NOAA, Stevens Institute of Technology and Baker Engineering to review coastal flooding solutions recommended for Jersey City to protect against storm surges and climate change.


Tanya R. Marione, AICP, PP - Senior Planner of Division of City Planning

Phone: (201) 547-5010


More information at Together North Jersey. 

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Addressing Climate Change through Community Engagement and Behavior Change

July 24, 2014 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world's foremost authorities on behavior-change, community engagement and large-system transformation.  He says cities are on the front lines of climate change because they generate 70 percent of the planet's carbon emissions and because they have the most to lose when climate-related disasters strike.

"Seventy percent of the carbon emissions generated by cities come from the homes and vehicles of citizens, so it stands to reason that significant reductions can't occur without ordinary people making changes to their everyday habits and behaviors," Gershon says.

"This is the next frontier in community engagement and its success will require a transformation in thinking and skills from traditional information campaigns, which research shows at best raise awareness but do little to achieve actual behavior change."

Gershon is the author of 11 books, including "Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World," and the best-selling "Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds." He co-directs Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change, which teaches change agents to design and implement stakeholder engagement and behavior change initiatives.

On July 24, Sustainable City Network will host this free one-hour webinar in which the author will share recent research and case studies, and describe the core competencies needed to create an effective behavior change and community engagement initiative.

To register, click here.

Event Type: Webinars
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Webinar: Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts

September 16, 2014 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm


Superstorm Sandy was the latest reminder of the nation’s vulnerability to coastal storms.  Hurricane- and coastal storm-related losses have risen dramatically in the past century, largely due to population growth and development in the most susceptible coastal areas. Sea-level rise and other effects of climate change pose additional threats.

On September 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, join a free webinar as authors of the NRC report, Reducing Coastal Risk on the East and Gulf Coasts (2014), discuss what the nation can do to better prepare for the increasing risk of loss. 

Register here to attend.

Event Type: Webinars
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