Sign up for the 2017 class of Environmental Stewards through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Station! The Class of 2017 recruitment is underway NOW. Enroll and join their team of 400 alumni working to improve New Jersey’s environment. The Rutgers Environmental Steward program provides training and experience which equips participants to contribute effectively to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in the communities of New Jersey. Click here for more information. The nearest program is the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office of Burlington County located at 2 Academy Drive, Westampton, Burlington County, NJ 08060. Classes meet Tuesdays, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm for 20 weeks. The cost of the program is $250.
Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Do you have municipal water or a private well? Is your drinking water safe? Join the TriCounty Sustainablity Alliance on Sunday January 8th to hear from these experts on our drinking water.
Jeff L. Hoffman, State Geologist, New Jersey Department of Enviromental Protection
Carmen Tierno, Senior Director of Operations, New Jersey American Water
Nick Procopio, Research Scientist, New Jersey Department of Enviromental Protection
Our speakers will address the source of our local drinking water, threats to our water supplies, explain the water treatment process, how to read your consumer confidence reports, and what to test for if you have a private well. We’ll leave plenty of time for questions and answers.
Date: January 8, 2017 at 2-4pm
Where: Camden County Regional Emergency Training Facility, 420 Woodbury Turnersville Road, Blackwood, NJ
Details: This is a free event open to the public. However, we request that you register for this event.
On December 7 come on out and do a little “Speed Greening” as you network with other Green Teams, Residents, and Municipal officials that are working to make our region more sustainable! We’ll be upstairs at Double Nickel Brewing Company from 6pm to 8pm. Each participant pays for their own beverages. Double Nickel will be bringing in a food truck and TriCounty Sustainability Alliance provide some snacks. Come early, come late but come.
Double Nickel Brewery is located at 1585 NJ-73, Pennsauken Township, NJ 08110.
Our first All Green Teams Meeting is coming up. If you registered, a name tag will be waiting for you. If you didn’t register yet but want to here’s the link. No worries, walk-ins are welcome. To help you find the location, we’ve posted a campus map. Hope to see you on Wednesday.
When: Wednesday November 30th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (doors open at 6pm).
Where: Camden County Community College Mauke Building, 200 College Drive, Blackwood NJ (campus map below)
Things to Bring: Just bring yourself and a good attitude (Evite paper ticket is NOT needed),
Food: We will have light snacks and water (bring your reusable water container to reduce cup usage)
Who: Everyone is invited! Including: Green Team members, municipal employees, community members, and anyone who wants to learn. Walk-ins welcome.
Everyone is invited to this free event on November 30, 2016! Great opportunity to network with sustainability leaders in the Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties (and beyond). If you are a Green Team member, local official, municipal employee, community activist or anyone who wants to learn more, this is a great event for you. Learn more about the Sustainable Jersey program and how you can help your town become more sustainable. A variety of non-profit groups will be there with specific ways to get points for your town’s Sustainable Jersey certification. This isn’t just about networking, we’ll have breakout sessions geared towards different steps of the process including:
- How to get started,
- Capacity building (how to get volunteers),
- Maintaining enthusiasm (after getting points, how to keep people energized).
When: November 30 at 6:30pm
Where: Camden County Community College, Mauke Building, 200 College Drive, Blackwood
Details: Event is FREE and we’ll provide light snacks but we’d like you to register.
On November 20, the Burlington County Recycling Center will be offering public tours. Great opportunity to see how the various recyclables are separated. Tours will run from 10am to 3pm. Registration is recommended but required for groups of 5 or more. Email the Burlington County Recycling Office to sign up.
This full day workshop will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.
Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology and integrated crop pollination, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country. Details on the agenda and the instructors are available online.
When: September 29, 2016 from 9am to 4pm
Where: Cooperative Extension of Burlington County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
2 Academy Drive
Westampton, NJ 05060
Cost: $45 an additional $10 for optional preordered lunch.
Details: Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Attracting Native Pollinators. as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.
Sustainable Haddon Heights invites you to visit them every Sunday from 9:30 am until 1pm at their booth “Sundays near Station with Sustainable Haddon Heights” located in the Haddon Heights Farmers’ Market on E. Atlantic Avenue. The group will be having demonstrations on various aspects of sustainability and gardening.
The tentative schedule is:
Sept 4—Storm Water Runoff and the Heat Dome Effect—great for kids. See the demo models from the Franklin Institute.
Sept 11—Backyard Chickens—Learn how chickens can provide great fertilizer for your garden, eat bothersome insects and provide your breakfast. A couple local hens will be visiting.
Sept 18—Worm composting—no place for a regular composter or live in an apartment? Learn how worm composting can provide you with compost for your houseplants.
Sept 25—Bees and how to keep them happy and in your garden. See a demonstration hive. Horticultural Society of South Jersey will be joining us and will have seeds you can plant this fall to encourage pollinators.
Sustainable Haddon Heights invites you to visit them most Sundays from 9:30 am until 1pm at their booth “Sundays by Station with Sustainable Haddon Heights” located in the Haddon Heights Farmers’ Market. Most weeks, the group will be having demonstrations on various aspects of sustainability and gardening. Currently, the “Stop Using Plastic Bags” project is underway. Stop by the table after you make your purchases at the market. For each reusable bag you have used, receive an entry into the weekly contest to win a reusable produce bag. Due to demand for the bag, they now also have them for a donation of $3, less than cost, for anyone who wants them. Many people use the traditional reusable bags at the grocery store but then take many of the small plastic bags in the produce department. They are the least reused bags! These reusable produce bags take the place of the small plastic bags. Forgot your reusable bag, stop by the booth and get a free one to use shopping. It is yours to keep or you can return at a later date.