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.
Join GMO Free NJ for a screening of the beautifully filmed documentary Deconstructing Supper, directed by Marianne Kaplan. In under an hour this little gem of a film takes us from a five star gourmet restaurant in Canada, to genetic engineering labs, down supermarket aisles, to farms across North America, through the UK, India and back again. Refreshments will be available. Free and open to the public – bring a friend.
WHEN: Thursday, August 18 @ 6:30 p.m.
RSVP: email RSVP@gmofreenj.com
WHERE: Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Join members of the TriCounty Sustainable Alliance in a march for Clean Energy the Sunday just before the Democratic National Convention. Spend a beautiful day walking in Philadelphia with thousands of enthusiastic individuals helping improve our nation’s energy use. On Sunday July 24th noon to 3pm, supporters of clean energy will march to encourage our government to make 100% renewable energy a national priority. This march takes place the day before the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention begins. The TriCounty Sustainability Alliance has already joined over 350 other organizations to endorse the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Your organization can sign up to endorse too at cleanenergymarch.org This peaceful protest march will be a family-friendly event with signs, costumes, songs, chants, and inspirational talks. The atmosphere will be joyous as thousands of like-minded individuals gather to share their vision of a safer world. Details are still being worked out, but expect this event to be similar to the 2014 New York City Climate March which had a carnival-like aura.
We need your help! More attendees means more media attention. We need you to sign up at cleanenergymarch.org sign up and plan to attend. In 2014, the Peoples Climate March in New York City, organizers expected 100,000 people, but got 400,000 instead. The Philadelphia Clean Energy March is expected to be smaller but with hundreds of endorsing organizations already, turnout could be terrific. We hope this will encourage politicians to put Sustainability on their agenda.
We will be meeting up at PATCO to ride into the city as a group. Check back for more details later. For more information, email Ed Cohen or call (609)217-1412.
Join the South Jersey Land and Water Trust and the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance for a clean-up along the Newton Creek in Camden. Help remove debris that can harm our waterways, and help install bollards to prevent future dumping. This is a perfect volunteer event or people of all ages and backgrounds. Grabbers, bags, and gloves will be provided. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.
When: April 9th 10am-1pm
Where: Meeting Location the intersection of Cushing Road and Republic Road, Camden.
: To register please email Mike Hogan
of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust. More information will be provided.
Network with other local sustainability enthusiasts. We will meet in a private room. Each participant pays for their own food and beverages. Event is free. No registration required. Over 30 people came out for our first Sustainability Sips at Uno’s on February 18th. We had a spacious room with a fireplace to ourselves and a dedicated waiter who promptly filled everyone’s food and drink orders. Lou Manchello, Deputy Mayor of Maple Shade welcomed everyone and introduced his attending Maple Shade Green Team members. We hope that this event will be just as successful.
When: March 31st 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Rack’s Pub & Grill at 2021 North Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, NJ 08094
Details: The event is free. You can come early or late.