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Webinar: Ecosystem Services Harmonization in Theory and Practice

February 05, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


This is a Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership and webinar.

REGISTER  Space is limited.

The scientific community and policy makers recognize marine and coastal ecosystem services (MCES) as extremely important for human survival. Peer reviewed assessments to date, however, have used a variety of terms and classifications for ES which have caused confusion among involved parties. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre research group has reviewed the scientific literature and has identified the main research gaps, proposed an integrated ES classification system, and gave clear definitions of ES tailored to the marine environment.

This webinar will demonstrate this work and will go beyond the scientific component by exploring potential practical implications. It will discuss the applicability of the integrated MCES classification system for systematically organizing MCES information and enabling interoperability among existing MCES online platforms.

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Event Type: Webinars
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NJ Emergency Preparedness Conference 2014

May 05, 2014 - 8:00 am to May 09, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Tropicana Hotel and Casino

2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

This is an NJEPA event.

REGISTER (Fees associated)

The New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference is designed to meet the needs of New Jersey’s Emergency Managers and our private partners in the emergency management community. Our commitment is to present timely and informative, up-to-date preparedness information and training to better prepare Emergency Managers and ultimately the public we serve.

Cost of the conference will be $75 until Friday, February 28, 2014 then $110 until Thursday, May 1, 2014. On site registration will be $135.

Training Details:

A variety of training opportunities are available to emergency responders, both public and private, to enhance response capabilities. These classes cover a wide range of topics and we attempt to present offerings in multiple disciplines. All classes receive certification and CEUs may be available.

Breakout Sessions

The general sessions feature regionally and nationally recognized experts who present information related to the conference theme as well as on topics relevant to today’s Emergency Managers.

Networking and Partnership Building

With the conference focusing on the local emergency manager, there are many opportunities for interaction with counterparts in the field. This forum is intended to bring New Jersey’s emergency management professionals, career and volunteer, together to exchange ideas and information. 

Exhibits and Displays 

A large display area has been developed with over 100 exhibit spaces at the Tropicana. This area is strictly reserved for organizations and companies that provide equipment, supplies and services to support emergency management.

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Event Type: Conferences
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NJ Planning Conference 2014

January 23, 2014 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

Two Albany Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901

January 24, 2014 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

Two Albany Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This is an American Planning Association - NJ conference. Advanced registration required. *This is a two-day event:

REGISTER  (Fees associated) 

Sessions include form-based codes, redevelopment techniques, new resiliency and mitigation, and approaches to fostering economic sustainability provide the content that will enable us to create these responsive, great places in our own communities. 

Thursday's tracks will run from climate change to embedding resiliency and hazard mitigation into our zoning codes, and planning policies.  Friday's include nationally acclaimed designers that will share the kinds of mixed uses and buildings that are responding to these realities in other regions.   

Friday's keynote will be Jeffrey Otteau.  He will share his analysis of the changed demographics, household incomes and housing finance realities that will drive the nature of housing needs in our future.  

Continuing Ed Credits:  All sessions have been submitted for AICP CM credits which are provided per each credit hour for each session.   Continuing Law Education (CLE) credits are expected to receive approvals for attorneys courtesy of the New Jersey Builders Association.  

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Capitol Day: Legislative Solutions for a Changing Environment

January 24, 2014 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Statehouse Annex

155 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08608

This is an ANJEC event.

Find out what’s brewing in Trenton that may affect the environment in your community and statewide.
Join ANJEC and legislative leaders for a morning at the New Jersey State House.  Go home with practical ideas you can put into action in your town.

Featuring State Senator Bob SmithChair, Energy and Environment Committee, and other legislative leaders on the environment and energy.

Registration Fees:
ANJEC Members $10 
Non-Members $15
ANJEC Workshop Plan participants, no charge. 

To register or for more information, Email ANJEC or call 973-539-7547.

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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. 

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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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Social Media Training on Hazards Risk for Government Officials

June 10, 2014 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Stone Harbor, NJ

The Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1424


Social Media Training on Hazards Risk  

for Government Officials


Social media provides the ability to expand the reach of an organization’s outreach efforts by allowing instant communication with stakeholders anywhere, anytime, from any device. Stakeholders can in turn amplify key messages to their own friends and followers. Social media provides a forum for two-way communication that brings valuable results when executed effectively. While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media outlets are excellent low-investment high-return tools, the social media waters can be challenging to navigate. Risk Assessment, Mapping, and Planning Partners (RAMPP) Social Media Training, offered via the Federal Emergency Management Agency, can help demystify social media, allowing users to fully recognize and benefit from the opportunities it presents. 

RAMPP's interactive social media training, led by two experienced social media instructors, shows participants how to:
•        Efficiently weave social media into current outreach efforts 
•        Encourage personnel to act as online ambassadors 
•        Distill information into clear, concise, and cogent messaging appropriate for social media
•        Diversify social media presence using written content, photos, and video
•        Avoid pitfalls and controversy

Please join us for a social media training offering designed specifically for community officials, emergency managers, floodplain managers, and anyone responsible for communicating on behalf of your town or borough. 

This training is provided by FEMA via RAMPP (Risk Assessment, Mapping, and Planning Partners) and facilitated by Sustainable Jersey’s NJ Resiliency Network.

Please contact Chris Badurek at with questions.

To register, click this event registration page.

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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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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. 

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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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