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Jersey City 2014 Annual Sustainability Conference: Collaborative Climate Adaptation Planning for Urban Coastal Flooding

October 01, 2014 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Jersey City

St. Peter's University - MacMahon Student Center 6th Floor in the Duncan Sky Room North Jersey City, NJ 07306

As coastal populations grow, so too do the threats to precious environmental resources. Urban coastlines have a unique set of vulnerabilities and constraints on adapting to sea level rise and coastal flooding.

The need for engineers, scientists, designers, planners, and decision-makers to collaborate on coastal adaptation strategies is more urgent than ever before. In this year’s sustainability conference, a few existing collaborative efforts are highlighted and panelists have been chosen to foster deeper discussions of these critical topics.

Register at the Together North Jersey website.

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NJ League of Municipalities Annual Conference

November 18, 2014 - 7:00 am to November 20, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Atlantic City

Atlantic City Convention Center 1 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

The highlight  of the League’s activities each year is the Annual Conference, held  in November at the Atlantic City Convention  Center. The Conference is an invaluable learning experience which yields  benefits throughout the year. Delegates have the opportunity to learn and ask  questions at more than 100 panels, clinics, workshops, and other sessions  conducted by the League and the 21  associations of  technical and professional employees allied with it. Commercial, government and  association exhibits display the latest products and services for municipal  government. Typically, more than 17,000 delegates, participants and guests  attended, and for years this has been the largest municipal gathering in the  country.


More information on the conference at the NJLM website.

Register at the League's website.

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NJ Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) Annual Conference

October 14, 2014 - 7:00 am to October 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Bally's Atlantic City

The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) annual conference is the premier floodplain management conference in the Northeast. With more than 40 speakers and several hundred participants, this is the conference that regional floodplain managers from the public and private sector plan to attend. In addition, many consulting firms and product vendors associated with floodplain management attend as well. 

The annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, geology, planning, code enforcement, floodplain management and emergency management to participate in Plenary Sessions and concurrent technical sessions on a broad range of relevant topics. The conference also includes a number of training opportunities and networking events. 

The conference includes a moderated Cracker Barrel session on a wide array of topics on the evening of October 14; a full conference program on October 15; a half-day program on October 16; and a proctored Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam on the afternoon of October 16. In addition, we are fortunate to have David Miller, Associate Administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, as the Keynote Speaker on October 15. 

Over the past 10 years, NJAFM has worked diligently to train and educate municipal officials and residents, to advocate for sound floodplain management policy, and to mitigate the adverse impacts of storms and floods. While we have made significant contributions to improved floodplain management over the past decade, much work remains to be done. 

This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to review the progress we have made, identify the ongoing challenges we face, and to focus on the important work at hand. The conference will feature a wide range of presentations and information regarding the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, as well as a host of technical presentations regarding pre-and post-storm planning, flood mapping, regulations, code enforcement, flood insurance and hazard mitigation.

Check the NJFAM conference web site at for information on abstract submissions, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities and more!

Register here.

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Rising Seas Summit

September 24, 2014 - 7:30 am to September 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

New York, NY

Crowne Plaza Times Square 1605 Broadway, New York City, NY 10019

The inaugural Rising Seas Summit brought together more than 170 professionals from national and local government, industry, academic institutions and environmental NGOs together to highlight the interrelationships between sea level rise, climate change and extreme events. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. Sea level rise will continue to damage coastal ecosystems and inland water systems, and the recent catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated the risks faced by all coastal communities on the U.S. eastern seaboard. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change.


Program Highlights


  • CCOTM training bootcamps on the basics of sea level rise, adaptation planning and disclosing climate risk
  • Meetings, workshops and roundtable discussions with Federal and local government officials leading adaptation planning efforts on behalf of their respective organizations
  • 4 plenary sessions featuring elected officials, Federal agency leaders, recognized thought leaders and scientific experts
  • 6 breakout panel discussions examining best practices on modeling and planning for sea level rise, providing case studies from existing efforts, quantifying the term economic implications of sea level rise, making sound investments, planning for more frequent and significant extreme events
  • Innovative Tools and Planning Methodologies Showcase features presentations from technical experts in the public and private sectors
  • CCO Roundtable networking lunch in which senior officials and experts from across sectors share their experience and wisdom with attendees 


Rising Seas Summit Steering Committee


ACCO would like to thank the steering committee for its support and guidance in developing this year's program agenda:


  • Pinar Balci – Director, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Margaret Davidson – Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • John Englander – Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Sara Law – Manager, Special Projects, CDP
  • Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Group
  • Susanne TorrienteAssistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

Register at the 2014 Rising Seas Summit website.

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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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What’s Next After Rebuilding? Making Resilience Happen

October 30, 2014 - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

New Brunswick

Rutgers-Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Special Events Forum 33 Livingston Ave New Brunswick, NJ

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and New Jersey Future present an afternoon symposium:


Sandy aerial view slideshow

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Rutgers – Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy

Special Events Forum

33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J.


With the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on the horizon, what have we learned about rebuilding? This program, featuring Anthony Flint, fellow and director of public affairs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, will focus on concrete steps that are being taken to plan, pay for and implement resiliency measures on the ground. He and the panel will revisit the Rebuild by Design competition, which yielded six winning proposals nationally (two in New Jersey), review national models that can inform New Jersey, explore how the latest advances in resilient design will be paid for and where the cost burden will fall.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Meet the Speakers:

Anthony FlintANTHONY FLINT @anthonyflint is a fellow and director of public affairs at theLincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think tank in Cambridge, Mass. He is author of Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of TomorrowWrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American CityThis Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America; and co-editor of Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes. He has been a journalist for over 30 years, primarily at The Boston Globe, a policy advisor on smart growth for Massachusetts state government, a visiting scholar and Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, writer in residence at The American Library in Paris, and a practitioners fellow at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. He is a contributor to CityLab, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, Metropolis, Planning magazine, and Planetizen, author of the blogs At Lincoln House and Developing Stories, and a curator/speaker at TEDxBeaconStreet and TEDxTampaBay.

AmyHeadshot copyAMY CHESTER is the managing director for Rebuild by Design, a design initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force and HUD that culminated in $930 million being awarded to six projects to address structural and social vulnerabilities uncovered by Superstorm Sandy.  She is responsible for the day to day operations, management, fundraising, and strategy of Rebuild by Design.  Chester brings considerable experience in community engagement, policy, communications and real estate development to advocate for the urban environment.  Previously, Chester worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor, responsible for the engagement strategy and public vision of PlaNYC.

photoShaliniVajjhalaSHALINI VAJJHALA is the founder and CEO of re:focus partners, social entrepreneurs that design integrated resilient infrastructure systems and develop new public-private partnerships to align public funds and leverage private investment for vulnerable communities around the world. Before starting re:focus partners, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS) announced in March 2011 by Presidents Obama and Rousseff. Previously, Shalini served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of International & Tribal Affairs at the US EPA and as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Obama Administration from Resources for the Future, where she was awarded a patent for her work on the Adaptation Atlas.

Register for the Lincoln Institute symposium here.


Following the symposium, New Jersey Future will honor its longtime trustee Henry A. Coleman at a cocktail reception across the street from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christopher’s Restaurant at The Heldrich in New Brunswick.


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New Jersey Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan

November 14, 2014 - 8:30 am to 11:30 am


School of Law Seton Hall University Newark, NJ

Join New Jersey FutureRegional Plan Association and Together North Jersey for an important discussion with thought leaders to bring forward the next generation of “big ideas” to enhance prosperity, livability, and environmental sustainability in the tri-state region. The event is part of creating RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan, whose predecessor, the Third Regional Plan, helped lead to the preservation of the New Jersey Highlands, regional rail improvements and the redevelopment of Governor’s Island into a park.


Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Seton Hall University School of Law
Larson Auditorium
One Newark Center, 1109 Raymond Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102

The New Jersey Conference is free and open to the interested public, but registration is required. Get ready to bring your big ideas for guiding the future of our tri-state region.

We have applied for AICP CM and NJ CLE credits.

Meet the Panel:

dmb headshotDENNIS BONE is the inaugural director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship located in the School of Business at Montclair State University. Dennis retired in the summer of 2012 from Verizon New Jersey Inc., where he served as President and CEO for more than a dozen years. His 33-year career at Verizon and its predecessor companies challenged him with numerous assignments and responsibilities across many organizations. Overseeing one of the largest companies in the state, Dennis helped guide Verizon through unprecedented advances in telecommunications technologies.

© Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationROBERT CURVIN is an expert on urban politics, economic development and social policy. Curvin is a Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University. Curvin was previously president of the Greentree Foundation; vice president and director of the Ford Foundation’s Urban Poverty Program; and dean of the Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions, at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of a new book, Inside Newark: Decline, Rebellion, and the Search for Transformation, which traces Newark’s history from the 1950s, when the city was a thriving industrial center, to the era of Mayor Cory Booker.

florio_james-j-150x150GOV. JAMES J. FLORIO is the founding partner at Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader and serves as chair of his firm’s Environmental Group as well as the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group. He is a senior policy fellow for public policy and administration at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he previously served as a university professor. As the governor of New Jersey from 1990 through 1994, he was responsible for signing into law the Clean Water Enforcement Act (1990), one of the strongest environmental laws of its type in the nation. He also signed the Quality Education Act, which provided greater equity in New Jersey’s school finance system, a landmark welfare reform package, a health care cost-reduction program and the nation’s toughest assault weapons ban.

Register for the New Jersey Conference here.

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Hurricane Sandy Conference: Translating Research into Practice

August 10, 2015 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

New York University Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square S, New York, New York 10012

August 11, 2015 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

New York University Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square S, New York, New York 10012

Shortly after Hurricane Sandy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences funded a series of two-year research grants that examine long-term recovery of health systems and communities in areas of the country hard hit by the storm. As the projects near completion, we invite you to participate in a two-day conference to share the research outcomes and products, and to discuss next steps for translating the research findings into public health policy and practice. 

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Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

July 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


This webinar will provide an overview of the Rockefeller/Arup definition of resilience and offer a community case study including strategies, approaches, tools, and lessons learned from the front lines on how one community began to address climate change.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. Register here.



George M. Homewood, AICP, CFMPlanning Director, City of Norfolk, Virginia

Kaye Matheny, Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc.


Chad Berginnis, CFM, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers

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HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities

May 04, 2015 - 9:00 am to May 05, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Cape May Convention, Cape May, NJ

714 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

This two-day performance-level course will provide professionals with the training necessary to integrate resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas. In addition to discussing existing regulations, this course will feature best practices that may increase community shelter capacity while addressing design concerns such as sustainability, accessibility, architectural aesthetics, and regional culture.



Kate O'Connell

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