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February 22, 2011

Here is the latest information on Sustainable Jersey-related Events. Please note that previous webinars are available on-line, if you are interested in learning more.

In this email:
Sustainable Jersey - Upcoming Trainings & Events
Other New Jersey Events
Grants and Other Potential Opportunities of Interest

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY CONFERENCE CALLS:

We will be hosting regular conference calls to answer questions about Sustainable Jersey certification program elements. Joining in on the call will be a rotating guest list of “action experts” who have helped to develop the program. You can call into the conference line to ask your question and/or hear the questions posed by other municipalities.

Our next few calls are: February 24th at noon, March 1st at noon, March 24th at 6:30 p.m.
Other dates are posted on the website here: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php
Call in to: (877) 446-7883 Conference ID Code: 1916103883

Sustainable Jersey & Sparta Green Team Networking Event
Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 6:30 PM

Join hosts Sustainable Jersey and the Sparta Green Team for a networking event in Sparta Township. Share ideas for sustainable programs, learn about Sustainable Jersey and make new connections with leaders from across the state.
Program: The event starts at 6:30 pm. At 7:00 pm, Sparta Mayor Scott Seelagy and Green Team member Mitch Morrison will provide a welcome.
Sustainable Jersey partners, Fred Profeta, Chair of the NJLM Mayors' Committee for a Green Future and Donna Drewes, Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainability Planning and Governance at the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey will provide an update on new Sustainable Jersey actions, workshops and funding opportunities for 2011.
Cash bar and delicious complimentary buffet.
Local Host: The Township of Sparta and the Sparta Green Team. Sparta Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification in 2010. A special thank you to Mitch Morrison and the Sparta Green Team for organizing the location and securing the event/food sponsors.

RSVP: Register by Friday, February 18. http://sustainablejerseyevent.eventbrite.com/
Questions: Kristy Ranieri 973.762.1510, Lake Mohawk Country Club Phone: 973-729-6156

Tri-County Sustainable Communities Forum
March 3, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ

Sponsored by Sustainable Cherry Hill & Sustainable Jersey
This event is free, but registration is required. Light refreshments served. Once registered, you will receive a questionnaire to find out about YOUR concerns and passions to help us with our planning.

Sustainability efforts are expanding throughout our communities. Many of these endeavors face similar challenges, such as coordinating community/municipal efforts, getting volunteers or leveraging state/federal incentives.

The Tri-County Sustainable Communities Forum will bring people together from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties to share challenges and exchange ideas. This forum is for all people interested in moving their communities toward sustainability, including local green team members, environmental commissions, township employees, business people, educators or residents.

Sustainability issues do not end at town borders. Our efforts need to bridge these borders, as we forge relationships with others working for a greener South Jersey. Join us as we make history by building sustainable strength across our region! A representative from Sustainable Jersey will be on hand to answer your technical and procedural questions about the certification process.

Contact: Lori Braunstein, Sustainable Cherry Hill & Sustainable Jersey, 609.238.3449, Lori.Braunstein@sustainablecherryhill.org
For info/ registration: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wjf7fucab&oeidk=a07e372wfs89d889202

Energy Procurement Workshop
March 10, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. - noon (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Recycling Center Conference Room, ACUA
Howard F. Haneman Environmental Park
700 Delilah Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Jersey and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA).

The workshop will provide an overview of PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements), ESIPs (Energy Savings Improvement Programs), and ESCOs (Energy Services Companies), as well as panel discussions on financing renewable energy, and financing energy efficiency. Featured speakers from the ACUA, Gabel Associates, the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Northwest Financial Group, and TRC will be on hand to answer your questions. There will also be an opportunity to network.
TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP, GO TO: https://tcnj.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_3DgTydGdMML5hGs

For DIRECTIONS: http://www.acua.com/acua/directions2solid.aspx

Municipal Animal Management Programs that Work! - 2011 AWFNJ Conference
March 19-20, 2011
Rutgers, Busch Campus Center,
Piscataway, NJ
*Sustainable Jersey communities are eligible for reduced rates ($60)*

Municipal officials report that the number of animal-related calls from citizens rivals any other issue, and our communities need fiscally responsible and effective programs to manage domestic animals and wildlife. Municipalities can earn up to 60 points, more than one third of the minimum 150 points necessary for certification, by implementing “Animals in the Community” actions in Sustainable Jersey.

Join Sustainable Jersey staff on Saturday, March 19th to learn how you can apply the Calgary model of Animal Services, touted as the most successful on the continent, to your town’s unique needs, and visit our booth to learn how you can earn points toward certification.

Bill Bruce, the Director of Animal & Bylaw Services, will talk about his philosophy for shifting from animal control to responsible pet ownership and maintaining voluntary citizen compliance by having understandable policies, removing barriers to responsible pet ownership, engaging partners, training staff in conflict resolution, and having a strong public education program. This presentation will summarize the background of Calgary’s current dog and cat programs as well as areas of continuous improvement for Calgary’s Animal & Bylaw Services which are self-funding and require no tax dollars for support. The programs boast a steady decrease in the number of aggressive dog incidents and an 88% return-to-owner rate for dogs and a 55% rate for cats which reduces euthanasia rates.

Visit their event page at: http://www.awfnj.org/?page_id=405
Register today! http://awfnjconference2011.eventbrite.com/

*During registration, choose “Sustainable Jersey Registered Municipalities”: Saturday only ($60) or Saturday & Sunday ($100). Registration will be available Wednesday, February 16th through March 15th at 11pm when online ticket sales close.*


New Jersey Learns
Application deadline is March 30th

New Jersey Learns (NJ Learns) is a multi-year program that links sustainable community development with teaching and learning in our K-12 schools, non-formal education, and in sustainable community initiatives. Funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, this program is open to community stakeholder teams in New Jersey comprised of individuals who are interested in developing their communities' capacity to make the shift toward sustainability.

NJ Learns also provides special opportunities to strategically link Sustainable Jersey Green Teams and Earthwatch Action Teams with leadership development and content of EfS. These Action Teams will be provided support, best practices, and the leadership to catalyze their community actions and generate local social change. Tools include building a shared understanding of sustainability, metrics and tracking, best practices, and leadership tools and support.
All of our participants remain connected through local community networks and partnerships, and continue the ongoing work of creating fundamental and lasting change for a sustainable New Jersey.

The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is now accepting applications for individuals and community teams interested in a yearlong entry level program.

The deadline to apply is March 30th, 2011. For more information, visit: http://www.cloudinstitute.org/sites-learn/new-jersey-learns.html


Did you miss the Sustainable Jersey “Getting Ready for Certification” Webinar on February 10?
WHAT WAS COVERED?
Navigating the Website
Focusing Your Green Team and Selecting Actions
Determining What Documentation You Will Need
Uploading Your Documents; and
Understanding the Certification Process.

View that and other previous webinars and presentations here: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php?sec_num=1

OTHER NEW JERSEY EVENTS
Greenable Woodbridge Museum of the Future- ONGOING- Woodbridge Mall, Upper Level, JC Penny Wing
Clean Air - Cool Planet Regional Climate Preparedness Assessment Survey - Online & Ongoing.
Community Health and Transportation Planning - FREE Webinar Series: Webinar 3: Health Impact Assessments (HIAS) in Transportation, March 15, 2-3 pm; Webinar 4: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries, April 5, 2-3 pm
Consumption and the Environment - A New Webinar Series hosted by EPA Region 10 and the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum - Webinars are the first Tuesday of every month at 9:30am Pacific, the first webinar is Tuesday, February 1st at 9:30am PT/12:30pm ET.
Using Highlands Environmental Data to Protect Forests & Surface Waters- ANJEC Workshop- Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, 7-9pm, Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Road, Morristown, NJ
2011 NJ Bike Summit- Feb. 26, 8am to 4pm, Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ
NJ Future's Redevelopment Forum- Friday, March 4, 2011, Registration at 8:00 am, Program begins at 8:30 am, Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center, New Brunswick.
ANJEC's Environmental Commission Training: Saturday March 5, Springfield, 9am -12:30pm; Monday March 7, Gloucester County Library in Mullica Hill, 5:00pm -8:30pm; Saturday March 26, Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, 9am -12:30pm.
First-ever Delaware River Basin Forum- March 10, 2011- Eight linked locations and via live webcast- Merrill Creek, Washington; Burlington EcoComplex, Bordentown; Rowan University, Glassboro
Considering State Regulations in Site Plan Review- ANJEC workshop - Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 7-9pm, Clifton City Hall, 900 Clifton Ave.
NJ/PA Sustainability Symposium 2011 - Thursday, March, 31, 7:30am - 2pm. Rutgers-Camden
Environmental Leadership Program - Accepting applications for ELP's 2011 Fellowship Classes- applications due by April 1, 2011.
Call For Gala Award Nominations for the USGBC-NJ 5th Annual Awards Gala - May, 2011, The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ. Deadline for Nomination April 1, 2011.
For info on the events listed here, please visit
http://www.sustainablejersey.com/events.php?sec_num=2

OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
ANJEC's 2011Sustainable Land Use Planning Grants- Applications are due March 31, 2011
EPA Seeks Applicants for $1.2 Million in Environmental Justice Grants to Address Local Health and Environmental Issues - Applications are due March 31, 2011
The Clean Air-Cool Planet Community Catalyst Fund is offering $250 -$2500 grants (ongoing)
River Network Urban Waters Capacity Building Grants ranging from $30,000 to $70,000. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, March 14th, 2011.
For info on the grants/opportunities listed here, please visit http://www.sustainablejersey.com/resources.php?sec_num=6

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