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When: Thurs, Dec 7th, 6pm-8pm
Where: Mt Laurel Library 100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Details: Fun and Food for Free! Enjoy light snacks from a delicious local restaurant, followed by a series of ‘lightning talks’. The widely varied talks will feature hot topics and different aspects of sustainability. Continue the discussion afterwards and meet other novice and veteran sustainability enthusiasts. The event (and food and refreshments) are FREE. Registration is encouraged on Meetup or Facebook. Sponsored by Tri-County Sustainability Alliance, Sustainable Cherry Hill, Mt Laurel Library, and Mt Laurel Green Team.
6:00pm: Doors open, chat and snack.
- Black Run Nature Preserve An amazing resource right in your backyard. Hear about this unique open space by board member John Volpa
- Mt Laurel’s Jacob’s Chapel‘s Connection to the Underground Railroad. Learn about this incredible piece of history and ties to sustainability by Pastor Terrell Person
- Food Waste Composting. Reduce your foot print in Commercial and Residential settings by Robert Evangelista, Team Engineer, Rowan College at Burlington County.
- Audience “open mic” (share your passion, needs, questions, in one minute)
7:00pm: Open discussion on those topics or your own
What a great turnout for our event at Rowan College at Burlington County. A total of 70 heard from some great sustainability enthusiasts and got to network with other Green Teams and organizations. If you weren’t able to hear Patrick and Deb’s presentation it’s available.
#Tech for community Engagement
Here’s a great opportunity to learn how you can help build a better future on November 11. Join us at Votta Hal, Rowan College at Burlington County College located at 900 College Circle, Mount Laurel. The agenda for this free event is listed below. While it’s free, we’d still like you to register. Here’s the link to register.
12:30pm: Doors open, networking and light snacks
1:00pm: Welcome: Ed Cohen Tri-County Sustainability Alliance
1:05pm: RCBC Sustainability Initiatives and Programs (RCBC representative)
1:25pm: Resource providers: Learn about free resources from local organizations.
2:00pm: Collaboration as a Model for Success. Brief overview of strategies followed by open discussion to share your successes, challenges, and questions by Marshall Hatfield (TriCSA)
2:30pm break (30 minutes)
Outreach and Planning
3:00: #TechforCommunityEngagement – effective strategies in social media and web presence by Deb Hammond (Delran Green Team) and Patrick McDevitt (Sustainable Monroe Township)
3:30: Going Beyond Paris by Sustainable Jersey Energy Team
Hot topics and RCBC programs
3:00: The Growth of Solar Power by Prof Robert Brzozowski
3:15: Earth Science contributions to understanding Nature by Prof. Marc Zamkotowicz
3:30: How GPS mapping helps Environmental Studies by Prof. Marc Zamkotowicz
3:45: Applying Environmental Science to Natural Studies by Environmental Science Dept
Join other Sustainability enthusiasts for networking and socializing at newly opened Zed‘s Beer on Tuesday October 24 at 6pm. Zed’s is located at 19 North Maple Avenue, Marlton. Zed‘s offers a great selection of beers and folks can order in from the Organico Pizza next door. Zed‘s Beer is “sustainably good.” They recycle their spent grains as food for local livestock, buy local ingredients whenever possible, and have an energy efficient brewing process. At 7pm, we have ‘speed greening’ which is a great opportunity to meet and network with others in the room. We will supply free appetizers. Each participant pays for their own drinks and other food. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ila Vassallo at 856-465-3752 or email us or our Facebook Event page.
Very excited that our own Chris Waldron, Director for Sustainability for Camden County was selected as a Sustainability_Hero_by Sustainable Jersey. Chris is an active member of the TriCounty Sustainability Alliance and is willing to assist Camden County towns start a Green Team and obtain certification through Sustainable Jersey.
This month our Sustainable Sips is at Oaklyn Manor Bar and Grill on June 7 at 6pm. Our hosts are the Oaklyn Green Team, the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance and Sustainable Cherry Hill. Network with other local sustainability enthusiasts. With private covered porch, the new Manor is known for its excellent food—both “bar food” as well as seasonal, local options including vegetarian choices. Complementary appetizers. Each participant pays for their own food and beverages. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gwenne Baile at 856-816-8508 or email [email protected].
Join us on May 31 at 7pm for the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance planning meeting at the Camden County Environmental Education Center. This is an all-volunteer group of sustainability enthusiasts working together to amplify our impact. TriCSA’s goal is to help connect people throughout Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. We are a Sustainable Jersey hub and put on events throughout the year. The meeting is open to all. Come to meet other sustainability leaders, contribute ideas for our next event, or just listen. If interested, just show up or contact [email protected] with questions. For more details, see tcsahub.org.
The Hispanic Family Center is offering several two week training programs for Green Jobs. Two week sessions start January 30th, February 20th and March 13th. Here’s their Green Jobs Flyer 2016 with additional information.
Join the TriCounty Sustainability Alliance at Phily Diner and Sports Bar on February 1. Great opportunity to network with other sustainability enthusiasts in a a welcoming atmosphere. We have the upstairs all to ourselves. Event is Free! Come early or late as we’ll be there from 6pm to 8pm. Light snacks provided free. Each person pays for their own drinks and other food. Located minutes from Rt 295 (exit 28) or NJ Turnpike (exit 3). Check out Phily Diner.
Bring your old plastic bags to support Runnemede Green Team’s plastic bag recycling effort.