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November 9, 2016

The Annual Rutgers Environmental Stewards Commencement and Certification Event was held at Duke Farms Coach Barn on November 9, 2016. All RES alumni were invited tp attend.

Pat Rector, RES Program Coordinator, welcomed attendees and introduced Dr Larry Katz, Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Dr Katz awarded Certificates of Completion to the Classes of 2016. Forty-three volunteers completed the course at four locations: ACUA, Duke Farms, Middlesex RCE, and Passaic RCE.

Michael Catania, Esq, the Executive Director of Duke Farms, spoke about Duke Farms' partnership with the RES Program, which dates back to the Class of 2006. A Plaque of Partnership was presented to Dr Catania.

RES 2016 Grad

Outstanding Internship Projects were presented by the following alumni: Don Jones (Middlesex '16) "Cranford Municipal Rain Garden"and Mike Garrity (ACUA'15) "Native Plant Garden Template for Coastal Communities" 2016 Certification was awarded to 15 alumni.

Heather Fenyk, Director, Lower Raritan Watershed. gave a presentation on "Environmental Stewards Volunteering in the Lower Raritan Watershed."

The 2016 Commencement was dedicated to Bruce Barbour, the founder of the RES Program which he developed over the past 11 years. Bruce has also been an RCE Agent for the past 42 years.

Bruce has taken a sabbatical to study the impact of the RES Program on volunteers and their communities. After completion of this project, he plans to retire from Rutgers.

The RES coordinators, Michele Bakacs, Amy Cook Menzel, Pat Rector and Amy Rowe thanked Bruce for the development of the program which leaves them "with a legacy that they are proud to continue" into the future.

Jim May (EcoComplex'06) thanked Bruce on behalf of the RES Alumni Association (RESAA) which was formed in 2007 when Bill Curzie (EcoComplex'07) asked Bruce if forming the group could be his internship project. Bill is the RESAA President but was unable to attend.

RESAA

RESAA members who helped develop and support the Alumni Association, from L to R: Steve Foster (Duke'06) a member of the Steering Committee and a RESAA Board advisor; Irene Sabin (Duke'07) a member of the Steering Committee, current RESAA Board Secretary and alumni website Editor; Bob Becker (Duke'08); Jim May (EcoComplex'06) member of the Steering Committee and current RESAA Board Vice-President.

Congratulations! The following alumni received their certification this year:

Bill Allen, John Britch, Tracy Cicatelli, Joanne Diglio, Anne Gale, Mike Gerrity, Negar Ghadmi Anne Goodman, Donald Jones, Akansha Khurana, Paul Ludgate, Hilary Persky, Anne Siebecker, Joe Slomian, Bruce Wallington

Welcome to the new alumni!

Passaic ‘16
Bill Allen, Garry Annibal, Carolee Bol, John Britch, Chris Olson, Dinah Perkins, Anne Siebecker, Jane Vaneeuwen

Duke’16
Tracy Cicatelli, Anne Gale, Negar Ghadimi, Anne Goodman, Hilary Persky, Dan Ross, Lauren Salvatore, Douglas Sipos, Kinan Tadmori, Patsy Wang-Iverson

ACUA’16

Frank Basile, Michelle Bellinger, Jeanne Connelly, SusanCrowe, Helen Duda, Douglas Garcia, Anne Maiese, Dan McNearey, Quentin Moore, Lyn Murray, Loretta Pinkus, Jerry Sackin

Middlesex’16
Anne Marie Cerankowski, Susan Edmunds, Kathleen Gallagher, Patrick Gilliam, Karin Hammons, Andrea Harangozo, Kristen Johnson, Akansha Khurana, David Lieberfarb, Moore Quentin, Mary Jo Patterson, Jerry Sackin, Janet Sacklow, Tara Schaberg, Joseph Slomian, Daphne Speck Bartynski, Joanne Thompson, Emily Toth, Kathleen Trarbach, Bruce Wallington,

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Event Invitation to RES Alumni for November 9, 2016

Dear RES Alumni,

You are cordially invited to the 2016 Rutgers Environmental Stewards Graduation/ Certification event on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Duke Farms Coach Barn in Hillsborough. Kindly RSVP to Eventbrite by November 1,  2016.  For further information, please contact Pat Rector

Nov 9 Event Invitation

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June 10, 2016 – RES Annual Alumni Meeting and RU on the Raritan Conference!

RESAA 2016

RES alumni and coordinators attended the RU on the Raritan River Conference at the Douglass Campus Centre on June 10, 2016. A RESAA general meeting was held during lunch with an informal discussion on the following topics: a more central location for Board meetings; adding new members to the Board; the current group will continue to head RESAA until a solution to meeting locations can be reached; ways to promote the RES program in order to attract more applicants. (Photo by Ed English (Duke'10)

Bruce Barbour and Ed English discuss editing class videos for on-demand posting on the website. Ed is a photographer and videographer and has provided photographs and videos for use by RES classes, alumni and Rutgers University. He participates successfully in juried photo competitions.

Ed videotaped Dr Peter Montague’s 3 hour class lecture to the Duke 2010 class.  Then, he edited the video to a 2 hour presentation and added text for clarification of some class questions and discussion. The video is available here: http://goo.gl/ehCe

Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall

RU Raritan 2016

8th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference (Website)

RUTGERS250_RIBBON_TAG_WEB"In celebration of Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary, the conference showcased efforts of Rutgers’ faculty, staff and students, and Collaborative partners in the Raritan Basin, provided a forum for identifying a University-wide agenda for stewardship of the Raritan, and established a network for collaboration among University-based research, extension and outreach-efforts related to the Raritan Basin."

Conference Summary - Coming Soon

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    June 10, 2016 8th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference!

Early Bird Registration ends on May 18. Early Bird - $10; after May 18 - $20

Register now; Say you have the special Rutgers Environmental Steward price.

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward,

Hold the date: June 10 – RES Annual Alumni Meeting and RU on the Raritan Conference!

Each year your RES Alumni Association hosts an annual meeting and educational event. This year we have chosen something exciting and a bit different than our previous visits to the NJDEP. We are collaborating with the Rutgers Sustainable Raritan Initiative to participate in their upcoming June 10 conference “RU on the Raritan” to be held in New Brunswick at the Douglass Student Center. 

In celebration of Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary, this conference will showcase efforts of Rutgers’ faculty, staff and students in the Raritan Basin, provide a forum for identifying a University-wide agenda for stewardship of the Raritan, and establish a network for collaboration among University-based research, extension and outreach-efforts related to the Raritan Basin.

This panel-format conference will explore some of the work that Rutgers’ faculty, staff and students have been doing in the Raritan region in the areas of water quality; wetlands, forestry and ecosystems; watershed systems and management; public access and citizen science; and resilience, stormwater management, and flooding.  

Click on this link to see the conference agenda.

This conference typically draws upwards of 200-250 attendees from state, local and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, philanthropic organizations and other organizations committed to watershed management and stewardship of the Raritan environs.

We have negotiated a very special deal just for Rutgers Environmental Stewards. Instead of the $50 registration fee you can attend for only $10 if you register before the early bird cut-off date of May 18! After that date your cost will be $20…still a bargain…so act now and get registered. Your registration fee includes lunch, so you can see this is a deal!

In addition to the conference we will be holding our annual meeting of the RES Alumni Association in a separate room that has been arranged for us to use during the lunch hour.

How to Register

If you have any questions or problems please let me know!

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Bruce Barbour,

Co-Coordinator, Rutgers Environmental Stewards
Ag & Resource Management Agent
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Internet: Barbour@Aesop.Rutgers.Edu    Mobile: 908-309-7660
Learn more about the Rutgers Environmental Stewards at:
http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/

 

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RES Students and Alumni
April 30, 2016, 9am - 4pm, Pinelands Tour with Dr. Emile DeVito

Pinelands

New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (First National Reserve in America)

“The PNR is approximately 1.1 million acres and spans portions of seven counties and all or part of 56 municipalities. The reserve occupies 22% of New Jersey's land area and it is the largest body of open space on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard between Richmond and Boston.” NJ Pinelands Commission

Pinelands

Students from the 2016 Rutgers Environmental Stewards classes, alumni from previous classes, class coordinators and guests went on a field trip to the NJ Pinelands led by Emile DeVito, Ph.D, Manager of Science and Stewardship for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The NJCF is a private, non-profit organization which has preserved over 130,000 acres of land and resources for the public in NJ since 1960. This map shows the NJCF preserves in NJ.

More than 40 people met at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest at 9am Saturday morning and carpooled over a network of sandy roads to learn about this unique and fragile environment. Dr. DeVito led the group through various habitats, explaining the geology and ecology of each area.

Emile DeVito

In the photo on the right, the group is looking for birds while Dr DeVito identifies them by their calls.

The largest NJCF acquisition in the Pinelands is the Franklin Parker Preserve which encompasses 16 square miles and over 10,000 acres in the heart of the Pine Barrens. It connects state forests and other conservation land through its many trails.

Originally a cranberry farm, this preserve contains beautiful, restored wetlands and provides shelter for over 50 rare, threatened or engangered species.

Breaking News: May 3, 2016: The NJCF has just expanded the Franklin Parker Preserve to almost 18 square miles and 11,397 acres. Press Release; See Map

More Information on the Pinelands can be found at the following sites:

NJ Pinelands Commission: Brochure: Animals; Plants; Geology; Water

Pinelands Preservation Alliance: Pine Barrens Ecology

Sample of orchids that grow in NJ Pinelands

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April 27 - 28, 2016: “Food Waste to Low Carbon Energy” Conference.

Bruce Barbour to RES Students and Alumni:

On April 27-28, 2016, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences will be hosting a regional conference titled “Food Waste to Low Carbon Energy”.  The goal of this conference is to share the latest research findings in bioenergy technology development, as well as to provide much needed information to companies currently engaged in, or thinking of starting, a clean energy business. Topics Include

The first day of the event on April 27th will be “Academic Research Day” and will focus on the latest research in food waste to energy technology and food-energy-water (FEW) related topics. The second day, April 28th will be “New Jersey Business Support Day” and will focus on challenges and opportunities for food waste and other organic waste as a resource for energy related business development projects.  The Agenda for both days

The conference will be held at the New Jersey Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, 61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Registration

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April 30, 2016 (Saturday)

RES Students and Alumni
April 30, 2016 Pinelands Tour with Emile DeVito

The details for the Pinelands tour have been finalized and the decision has been made to hold the Pinelands tour on Saturday April 30th from 9am until about 4pm. Anyone interested in attending will need to meet at the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest Office promptly at 9am. The office is located at Mile Marker 1 Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064.

This will be an all day event without much option to arrive late or leave early as carpooling with be absolutely necessary.

Emile has suggested that anyone who has a truck or an SUV with ample seating and good ground clearance should volunteer to drive as these features will be better suited for the terrain. We would also encourage anyone looking to attend to dress for the weather and conditions, bring lunch and a reusable water bottle and carpool to the meeting location if at all possible, as parking will be sparse.

The website for Brendan T. Byrne State Park can be found here should you have any additional inquires. www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/byrne.html

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2015 RESAA Calendar

 

November 18, 2015 Event

2015 Grad/ Cert

Congratulations to Certified Alumni and Welcome to New Alumni (Class of 2015)!

Certified: Veronica Armour (Duke'14), Robert Jacobson (ACUA'14), Mary K. Justice (Duke'10), Joan Kaplan (Middlesex'14), Caroline Katmann (Duke'13), Jeffrey Kurt (Duke'15), Pamela Lewis (Duke'13), Mark London (Passaic), Trish McGuire (Duke'15), Caitlin Morrison (ACUA'13), James Rokosny (Duke'14), Michael Rolli (Passaic'14), Curt Rowell (Belvidere'12) Joseph Smalley (Middlesex'14)

Welcome!

ACUA'15: Alissa Ambacher, Janice Beauvais, John Bleignier, Michael Gerrity, Eleanor Gibson, Susan Lazarchik, Paul Ludgate, Melanie Lynch, Raven Polosky

Duke'15: Patricia Canning, Joanne Diglio, John Guarino, Dan Lenzo, Trish McGuire, S.Dana Oley, Dan Opdyke, Jennifer Rack, William Wilson, Jeffrey Kurt

Agenda
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Commencement/ Certification
NJ Audubon Plainsboro Preserve
November 18, 2015

 11:00 am. Welcome and Opening Comments, Introductions - Bruce Barbour
            Comment – Dr. Larry Katz, Director Rutgers Cooperative Extension
11:10 am. Welcome and Intro to the Plainsboro Preserve – Nancy Fiske, Executive Director

1 1:25 am. Welcome to The Rutgers Environmental Steward Alumni Association - William Curzie, President; Jim May Vice President, Irene Sabin, Secretary and Alumni Web Site Editor.

11:35 am. Recogniton of long time lecturers

11:45 Progress in Organic Waste Recycling – Gail Rosati, Co-owner Organic Diversion LLC

12:00 - Lunch, sponsored in part by Organic Diversion LLC.

12: 30 pm Featured Steward Intern Projects

Caroline Katmann – Sourland Stewards
Robert Jacobson – Beach Haven’s Native Garden
James Rokosny – Raritan River Week
Pam Lewis – NOFA Farmers Survey
Jeff Kurt – Angler Survey of the South Branch of the Raritan River
Mike Rolli – Stewardship Plan for Wrensch Park

                    
2:00 pm. Award of Certificates of Completion to the members of the Class of 2015

2:15 pm. Award of Rutgers Environmental Steward Certification to those successfully completing approved internships.

2:30 pm. Closing comments and announcements
2:45 pm  Tour – Optional walking tour of the Plainsboro Preserve.

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November 10, 2015 Update and Event Agenda

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward,

One week to go and I am getting excited about our upcoming Commencement!
I hope you will be joining us and have registered but, if it slipped your mind, here is a handy link to our registration site.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rutgers-environmental-stewards-commencement-10th-anniversary-tickets-19194991737

I am working on the details now but here is a draft of our agenda for the day.

Agenda
Rutgers Environmental Stewards Commencement
NJ Audubon Plainsboro Preserve
November 18, 2015

11:00 am. Welcome and Opening Comments, Introductions - Bruce Barbour

11:10 am. Welcome and Intro to the Plainsboro Preserve – Nancy Fiske, Executive Director

11:25 am. Welcome to The Rutgers Environmental Steward Alumni Association - William Curzie, President; Jim May Vice President; Irene Sabin, Secretary and Alumni Web Site Editor

11:35 am. Recogniton of long time lecturers

11:45. Progress in Organic Waste Recycling – Gail Rosati, Co-owner Organic Diversion LLC

12:00 - Lunch, sponsored in part by Organic Diversion LLC.

12: 30 pm. Featured Steward Intern Projects
                       
1:45 pm. Award of Certificates of Completion to the members of the Class of 2015

2:00 pm. Award of Rutgers Environmental Steward Certification to those successfully completing approved internships.

2:15 pm. Closing comments and announcements

2:20 pm. Tour – Optional walking tour of the Plainsboro Preserve.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and celebrating not only another great year but 10 years of Rutgers Environmental Stewards!

Bruce

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Invitation Information Updated on October 23, 2015

Dear Fellow Environmental Steward,

We are pleased to invite you to the 10th Anniversary Commencement and Celebration of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards! This year we will celebrate our 10 years and over 400 alumni along with awarding certificates of completion to those who took the course this year and certificates of certification to those who have successfully completed their intern project. We will also be honoring those who have helped make the program possible though the years, our lecturers and partner organizations including Duke Farms, the Atlantic County Utility Authority and Organic Diversion LLC.

We will be at a new location, for those of you who have joined us in the past, the lovely facility at the Plainsboro Preserve of NJ Audubon. Our program on November 18th will run from 10am to approx 3 pm Since this is a special celebration this year we are inviting all alumni to join us and be inspired by the accomplishments of current students, socialize with fellow alums and lecturers, and thank the partner organizations that helped Rutgers Cooperative Extension make this program possible.

As usual there is no charge for the lunch at the event to current graduates and those being certified this year, thanks once again to sponsorship from our good partner Organci Diversion LLC.  But we are  charging a modest $10 meeting fee to help cover the cost of lunch to alumni and their guests (yes you are welcome to bring a guest, if you like).

Registration Information

All of this is pretty clearly explained on our registration site at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rutgers-environmental-stewards-commencement-10th-anniversary-tickets-19194991737 .

Directions to the Plainsboro Preserve are at : http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionPlainsboro/Directions.aspx and on the registration web site.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to me (overall) or Rachel Karl, karl@aesop.rutgers.edu,  or Irene Sabin, ivmos39@gmail.com, and we will do our best to help you.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Bruce

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Invitation to 2015 RES Commencement/ Certification Event

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward,

We are vigorously working on preparations for the 2016 Commencement event of our Rutgers Environmental Steward program!

This year, our 10th Anniversary, we are going back to basics and returning the focus to you! The Commencement program will reflect on where we have come from our start in 2005 as well as contemplate our exciting future!

More details will be coming soon, but for now please hold the date of Wednesday, November 18th from approximately 10 am to 3 pm.. We will be meeting at a new location generously made available to us by NJ Audubon, their lovely, centrally located Plainsboro Preserve. You can find directions here, http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionPlainsboro/Directions.aspx .

So, you can begin now to plot your route!  :-)

I hope to see many of you there and please keep those summaries coming in for your intern certifications!

Bruce

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RESAA Forum 2015 Summary/ General Meeting

July 22, 2015 at the NJDEP

 

July 22, 2015

Invitation to the 2015 RESAA Forum and General Meeting at the NJDEP

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward Alum,

Our Annual Meeting, set for Wednesday, July 22, 2015, is fast approaching. We have a great program lined up! I hope you have saved the day and will be able to join us to renew old acquaintances and make new ones! In addition you will almost certainly take home some useful new knowledge thanks to the great lineup of speakers!

Here is the final Agenda

RSVPs are required as we do need a head count for room set up and for parking slots to hold. Names are used for a parking list and for security sign-in. Act Today and send your RSVP to our Alumni Association Secretary, Irene Sabin ivmos39@gmail.com

Deadline for registration: Sat, July 18.

Guests are Welcome!

Bring at least 1 photo ID and one other ID. TWO are needed to get in. 

Parking Information

Parking: Parking will be available on a first-come, first served basis for the Crescent Temple parking lot (2 blocks from DEP headquarters on Clinton Avenue). Twenty parking spots are available for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards in this lot. If this lot becomes full the guard at this lot will send you to the Perry Street parking lot. The Perry Street parking lot is about a 4-block walk. Both lots are free and have security guards on the property.

If you have trouble walking long distances, arrive in Trenton early to park in the Crescent Temple parking lot, which is closer

DEP is exploring whether the Rutgers Environmental Stewards who park at the Perry Street parking lot can be shuttled to DEP headquarters; this may not be possible so be prepared to walk if you park in this parking lot

Parking (fee-based) is available in the Station Plaza parking garage – the entrance is on S. Clinton Avenue. Metered parking is also available on the side streets around DEP headquarters.

The Trenton Train Station is 1 block away from DEP headquarters and is a convenient way to travel to DEP.

Directions

Directions: Driving directions and a map of the area around DEP headquarters can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/where.htm

DEP/Trenton Aerial Map: www.nj.gov/dep/trenton_sat.htm

On this map, the Crescent Temple lot entrance is located by the word, “Clinton” on the North Clinton Ave. street label.

On this map, the Perry Street lot is off the map, just beneath the top border. The lot is on the north side of Perry Street, next to the Trenton Fire Department headquarters.

BYO Lunch Question: In the past some have asked if there is a refrigerator for their lunches - there is not. 

Remember to bring 2 IDs (1 photo, such as drivers license) for security needs.

Act Today and send your RSVP to our Alumni Association Secretary, Irene Sabin ivmos39@gmail.com

See you there!
Bruce

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May, 2015

Request for Volunteers on May 20, 2015: Peter Revilla (Duke'13)

Hello RESAA members.

I have an exciting "helping the Environment" project I was hoping either current Environmental Stewards or former RESAA members could help out with.

My friend Maki Murakami was able to get funding from her company to purchase 1,000 plants to help pollinators. Flowers, fruits, small trees, etc. They are going to be planted in Thompson Park (in Monroe) on Wednesday May 20th. She needs volunteers to help her plant all the plants.

The event starts at 9am that day (but volunteers can come a little later if that is their availability. Equipment will be provided. Refreshments and Lunch will be provided.
The address for Thompson Park is 1 Lakewood Avenue, Monroe (Jamesburg) NJ.
Maki can be contacted by work phone 609-409-9109 or emailed at MakiM@HiokiUSA.com
Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have.

I have attached a printable flier that has all the information for the event.

Park Planting, May 20, 2015

Thanks!
Peter Revilla
Environmental Steward Graduate 2013

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April, 2015

Invitation to Alumni for BoroGreen Event: Thuy Anh Le (Duke'06)

I am inviting RES Alumni to have a table at the event below as a non-profit that wants to engage more members of the public. 

BoroGreen invites the public to Spring into Action. Join us for a Climate Reality presentation by one of our founding members, Nadine Kadell Sapirman (Duke'13), on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd at Duke Farms from 7-9 PM. This is a great opportunity to meet local non-profits and Green Team members from towns who work in concert with Sustainable Jersey.          
 
This program will give you the opportunity to hear Nadine's inspiring message and make personal connections with local non-profits and Green Teams.
 
Nadine has made similar presentations to share the promising steps that have already been made for a more sustainable world to various religious groups, community groups, Raritan Valley Community College and Rutgers University. Nadine and her family have taken steps to lessen their carbon footprint such as powering their home with solar energy, insulating and air sealing their home, and driving vehicles with high fuel efficiency.
 
BoroGreen is a central New Jersey grass-roots group of citizens and businesses interested in taking action to make their lives more sustainable. BoroGreen has previously sponsored two well-attended conferences at Duke Farms (Energy, Recycling, and Transportation Best Practices in 2011 and Discover Food: Experience, Engage, and Empower in 2014). Visit   www.borogreen.org   to see photos and videos of past events and to become an informed member.
 
Spring Into Action is open to all ages so that the whole family can celebrate Earth Day together. To register, go to  bit.ly/BoroGreenEvent Registration will begin at 6:30 PM.
 
Thanks,
Thuy Anh

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February 27, 2015

Bruce Barbour recommends the following EPA information about drinking water. You can check the condition of your local waterways on your smart phone, tablet or desktop.

1. Drinking water from non-permanent streams
117 million Americans- one in three- get some or all of their water from seasonal or rain-dependent streams. U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are working to clarify protection for streams like these under the Clean Water Act. This map shows how many people in each county get some or all of their drinking water from these sources.

2. Condition of your local waterway
How's My Waterway is a mobile-friendly website that helps people quickly find information, in plain-English, about the condition of their local waters on their smart phone, tablet or desktop. The map lets you see which waters have been assessed, which are impaired and what is being done to improve water quality wherever you are.

3. Climate adaptation projects in coastal communities
U.S. EPA partners with the National Estuary Program to implement climate adaptation projects in coastal communities. The projects include adaptation plans, habitat improvement, environmental justice projects and more.

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Feb 26, 2015 "The Evolution and Devolution of Environmental Policy" presented by Michael Catania, Esq. At Duke Farms

YouTube Video; Power Point Counts for 3 hours of Advanced Training for alumni

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To: Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni
From: Pat Rector, Amy Rowe, Michele Bakacs, Bruce Barbour

Please save the following dates for two free educational opportunities:

February 26, 2015 - Michael Catania, Executive Director of Duke Farms will provide a webinar on "The Evolution and Devolution of Environmental Policy" to the Duke Class 2015. You will be able to sign up for a link to a video of the live presentation where questions from the audience can also be taken.  If you are not able to view it live but would like to sign up, it will be saved and available to view later.

March 5, 2015 - Dr. Dan van Abs will present a "Creeping Crisis of Water Infrastructure in NJ" webinar using the same format.

A flyer with details and sign-up information will be sent soon. Please mark those dates on your calendars.

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2014 RESAA Calendar

Rutgers Environmental Stewards
2014 Colloquium/Commencement/Certification
“Our Environment, Our Bodies: What’s the Difference?”
Held at Duke Farms Carriage Barn Hillsborough, NJ

The Rutgers Environmental Stewards held their 2014 Colloquium, Commencement and Certification event on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Duke Farms Coach Barn in Hillsborough, NJ. The theme for the Colloquium was “Our Environment, Our Bodies: What’s the Difference?” Updated Flyer and Agenda

Dr. Larry Katz, Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Michael Catania, Executive Director Duke Farms and Bruce Barbour, Director of the Environmental Stewards Program welcomed the attendees.

Directors

Photo From Left to Right: Dr. Larry Katz, Michael Catania, Bruce Barbour. All photos were taken by Ed English, Rutgers Environmental Steward (Duke'10)

Colloquium Speakers:

Dr. Lena Struwe:  “Rooting for or Routing Out Weeds - Nature and Culture of Superevolutionary  Weedy Plants”
 
“Weeds are superevolutionary  products of human civilizations and activities - without humans there would be no weeds, just wild plants,” according to Dr. Lena Struwe.

Weeds should be respected for their continued survival in the harshest conditions created by the environment as well as by humans. Humans use pesticides and build urban areas paving over natural soil conditions for plants. Yet, weeds manage to survive and proliferate. 

Dr. Struwe was a co-advisor, with Dr. Steven Handel, for a graduate project which examined Rutgers parking lots for biodiversity of weeds. In spite of vehicle pollution, road salt and heat from asphalt, as well as herbicides and weedwackers used to kill the plants, weeds survived in pavement cracks and cracks along curbs. Because of the harsh conditions, plants produced fewer seeds but it was enough to continue the species. Over 100 species of weeds were identified in Rutgers parking lots last Spring, which is more diversity than found in plant species succession on abandoned agricultural fields.

This research is important because of climate change and the urbanization of the planet.
Dr Struwe sent the following links to two publications for additional information
Field Guide to Weedy Plants of New Jersey  (Pdf)
For Weeds Everywhere (Blog)

Lena Struwe Dr. Struwe is an Associate Professor at Rutgers and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology. She is also the Director of the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers which is the last internationally recognized herbarium still in existence in the state of New Jersey.

Her research interests include: Global plant diversity and evolution, biogeography and spatial patterns, historic and contemporary ethnobotany and sustainable bioprospecting of natural products

Other websites of interest:
Flora of Rutgers Campus as an educational research project (Poster)
Dr. Lena Struwe (Rutgers)
Dr. Lena Struwe’s Website – Home Page

Bill Belden

Dr. Bill Belden:  “The Circadian Clock, Aging and Disease”

“The invention of the light bulb changed human life,” said Dr. Belden.

Circadian rhythms are activated by light and influence genetic factors in the body. This biological clock can affect cell division and the replication and transmission of certain proteins by genes (gene-expression). Chromatin is a bundle of DNA/protein/ RNA and is necessary for the interaction of the circadian clock and gene-expression.

Research at the Belden Lab is focused on understanding chromatin-remodeling and how it interacts with circadian rhythms at the molecular level to achieve appropriately timed gene regulation. The simplified eukaryotic clock model of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa, is used for basic research in the lab.  Using new technology developed in the lab, information learned from the Neurospora experiments will be applied to an animal model, zebrafish (Danio rerio) in order to answer questions that apply to human diseases.

A disruption in the circadian clock, may contribute to the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and other diseases. It is already known that cardiovascular events most often occur early in the morning. Knowing the circadian clock of certain tumor cells may help to time the application of therapy when cancer cells proliferate at their highest rate during the day (chronotherapy).

Telomeres are located at the end of chromosomes which helps to protect DNA from damage. When telomeres become short, due to age or disease, cells decay and die. In humans, short telomeres have been linked to aging and to age-related diseases, like vascular dementia. Lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, stress management and positive social interaction may maintain and prolong telomere length and result in a healthier, more youthful body.

More information:
http://molbiosci.rutgers.edu/faculty/belden.html
http://animalsciences.rutgers.edu/faculty/belden/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3910635/

 Sara Campbell

Dr. Sara Campbell: “Exercise and Your Personal Microbes”

Obesity and a diet high in saturated fat changes the microbiota in the gut which results in inflammation and inhibits the uptake of antioxidants and other nutritious foods. This can lead to chronic diseases. Exercise is a natural antioxidant and increases the biodiversity in your gut. Microbes cluster according to whether one exercises or not. However, too much exercise can cause inflammation. Cross-training is recommended so that the bicarbonate buffering system of the body can mitigate the lactic acid produced by high-intensity exercise.

Dr. Campbell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies. Her areas of interest include: Exercise, cholesterol metabolism, obesity, functional foods and chronic disease. Rutgers Faculty Profile

More information can be found on the following sites:
CEED Pilot Project
Sensing Fat in the Diet: Implications for Obesity Outcomes
Obesity, Intestinal Inflammation, and Antioxidant Bioavailability
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Obesity

Steve Handel

Dr Steven Handel: “NJ Ecology and the Changing Coast”

Increased storm surges and rising sea levels make the barrier islands unsafe places to live and too expensive to constantly rebuild. Residents need communities where they feel safe, have access to a healthy environment and can enjoy cultural opportunities. One way to achieve this is to expand the NJ shore communities inland, in incremental steps, while planning various means of transportation, such as ferries, to transport beachgoers to ocean beaches. There are many inland features to attract residents such as coastal lakes and the ecology of the Pine Barrens. The shoreline could be enhanced, according to its topography, to include marinas, amusement parks and natural salt marshes.

Dr. Handel is part of a Rutgers team working with commercial contractors to design shore restoration in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This project may become a national model for shore communities. He is a Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources

Dr. Handel is. also,the Director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology (CURE) and Editor-in-Chief of ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION. His interests include plant population ecology; pollination biology; restoration ecology.

More information:
Steven Handel Lab
Leopold Leadership Program

 

2014 Commencement and Certification- October 28, 2014

Updated Flyer and Agenda

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All photos are courtesy of Ed English (Duke'10)

Certified alumni received their certificates from Maureen Ogden and Bruce Barbour.

Congratulations: The following Rutgers Environmental Stewards were certified on October 28, 2014:
Carl Andres (Duke’06), Keara R. Giannotti (ACUA’11), Stephen Jasiecki (ACUA’14), Rhea Landig (Belvidere’12), Gabriele Schmitt (Duke’12), Mary Catherine Sudiak (Middlesex’14), Brenda Taube (ACUA’13), Ila Vassallo (ACUA’13). Project info: Certified Alumni

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All photos are courtesy of Ed English (Duke'10)

Students of the 2014 classes were presented their certificates of completion by Bruce Barbour and Maureen Ogden and were welcomed into the Alumni Association by President Bill Curzie and members of the RESAA Executive Board.

The new alumni are
Belvidere 2014
James Cook, Kathy Ernst, Gretchen Foley, Sheila Baker-Gujral, LaVonne Heydel, Patrick McFadden, Curt Rowell, Mary Sinha, Patricia Smith, Georgia  Zambas

Middlesex 2014
Ellen Bloom, Pat Mundy, Donald Jones, Amy Battise, Marianne Ragucci, Mary Catherine Sudiak, Joan Siederer, Randall Johnston, Christopher Magarelli

Passaic 2014
Tina Califano, John Crowell, Hope Jorda, Mark London, Joe Pezzillo, Michael Rolli, Bron Sutherland

Duke Farms 2014:
Joanna Ambrosio, Lisa Bennett, Marsha Cohen, Carl Cucchiaria, Emily Anne Granger, Kathy Klink, Ruth Ann Parrocchi, Tony Parrochi, Anna Patrasapatras, Matt Poppins, Steve Reynolds, Alexandra Rodrigues, Jim Rokosny, Bhavani Veerapaneni, Louise Wilson, Karen Wisniewski

ACUA 2014
Wanda Adamson, Lillian Armstrong, Doug Beckert, Joyce Bianco, Lisa Downs, Stephanie Farley, Robert Jacobson, Steve Jasiecki, Bertha Martinez, Karen Mitchell, Jane Galletto Morton, Cara Parsio, Dee Sheill, Ila Vassallo

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Invitation for October 28, 2014

Flyer and Agenda ; Registration online

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward,

I am pleased to invite you to an exciting and thought provoking new event, the first COLLOQUIUM AND COMMENCEMENT of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards.

In years past, we have always held our commencement exercise and celebration for the current year’s crop of Rutgers Environmental Stewards in the Fall and many of you have been there with us for those great celebrations of learning and achievement. This year I am excited to announce that we have expanded the event to include a daytime program of interest to all Rutgers Environmental Steward alumni. We are calling it the “colloquium”, which literally means coming together and talking. To that end we have lined up four distinguished representatives from the Rutgers professorial ranks to inform and stimulate your thought and discussion, both during the colloquium and, hopefully, over the course of the next year!

Our theme, “Our Environment, Our Bodies; What’s the Difference?” gives a hint of the provocative thought contained in the lectures which center around themes of evolution,  survival, health and our rapidly growing awareness that our bodies and out ecosystem are beginning to look more and more alike in the light of recent advances in microbiology and our understanding of the mechanisms of inheritance.

After a stimulating day and a good dinner you are invited to stay and join us in celebrating the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Class of 2014! But for those of you who can make only one event or the other, provisions will be made to allow that too.

So, attached is our current agenda. Full details on registration will be arriving in your email soon, so be on the lookout or check our web site at envirostewards.rutgers.edu

.Guests are welcome! What a better way to introduce a friend to the Rutgers Environmental Stewards than to bring them along.

See you soon!

Bruce Barbour

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July 29, 2014 - RESAA Forum 2014 Summary

General Membership Minutes

 

Photo Gallery for 2014 RESAA Forum and General Membership Meeting

All Photos are courtesy of Ed English (Duke'10)

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Meeting of the general membership during the 2014 RESAA Forum at the NJDEP

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Invitation and Information for July 29, 2014RESAA

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward Alum,

Our Annual Meeting set for July 29, 2014 is fast approaching. We have a great program lined up! I hope you have saved the day and will be able to join us to renew old acquaintances and make new ones! In addition you will almost certainly take home some useful new knowledge thanks to the great lineup of speakers!

Here is the final agenda:

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Forum 2014

RSVPs are required as we do need a head count for room set up and for parking slots to hold. Names are used for a parking list and for security sign-in. Act Today and send your RSVP to our Alumni Association Secretary, Irene Sabin iosabin@earthlink.net  Deadline for registration: Saturday July 26.

Bring at least 1 photo ID and one other ID. TWO are needed to get in.

Parking: Parking will be available on a first-come, first served basis for the Crescent Temple parking lot (2 blocks from DEP headquarters on Clinton Avenue). Twenty parking spots are available for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards in this lot. If this lot becomes full the guard at this lot will send you to the Perry Street parking lot. The Perry Street parking lot is about a 4-block walk. Both lots are free and have security guards on the property.

  • If you have trouble walking long distances, arrive in Trenton early to park in the Crescent Temple parking lot, which is closer.
  • DEP is exploring whether the Rutgers Environmental Stewards who park at the Perry Street parking lot can be shuttled to DEP headquarters; this may not be possible so be prepared to walk if you park in this parking lot.
  • Parking (fee-based) is available in the Station Plaza parking garage – the entrance is on S. Clinton Avenue. Metered parking is also available on the side streets around DEP headquarters.
  • The Trenton Train Station is 1 block away from DEP headquarters and is a convenient way to travel to DEP.

Directions: Driving directions and a map of the area around DEP headquarters can be found at www.nj.gov/dep/where.htm

  • DEP/Trenton Aerial Map: www.nj.gov/dep/trenton_sat.htm
  • On this map, the Crescent Temple lot entrance is located by the word, “Clinton” on the North Clinton Ave. street label.
  • On this map, the Perry Street lot is off the map, just beneath the top border. The lot is on the north side of Perry Street, next to the Trenton Fire Department headquarters.

In the past some have asked if there is a refrigerator for their lunches, there is not. 

Remember: you will need to bring 2 IDs (1 photo, such as drivers license) for security needs.

Act today and send your RSVP to our Alumni Association Secretary, Irene Sabin iosabin@earthlink.net

See you there!

Bruce

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SAVE THE DATE - July 29, 2014

Dear Rutgers Environmental Stewards,

Things are coming along nicely for our Annual Meeting at the NJDEP headquarters in Trenton on July 29th. I just want to remind you to hold that date. We will meet from 9:30 to 4 and conduct our annual business meeting along with hearing from many interesting speakers from the NJDEP updating us on their programs. I will send you a full agenda shortly after the upcoming holiday weekend!

Also a few other interesting things I thought you might like to know about:

Just released:

Resilience. Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change:
Policy Considerations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

NJ Fish and Wildlife is Conducting a Deer Damage Survey, you can take it here.

The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team has a great new smart phone app for both iphone and adroid that is a great assist in ID, Control and also allows you to report the location of infestations of important species!

Have a great Fourth and expect to hear from me with the rest of the details about our meeting next week.

Bruce

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Rutgers Environmental Steward Alumni Survey

We are evaluating the experiences of Alumni of the Rutgers Environmental Steward Program in order to make the program even better.  Please assist us by following the link below and taking a very short survey to tell us of your experience during your Rutgers Environmental Steward class and internship, if you conducted an internship.  Thank you very much for your help.

Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?Q_SS=cBD1OhruSNWyfNH_9EpUigRVLO107Jz&_=1

Follow the link to opt out of future emails:
Click here to unsubscribe

Pat Rector: rector@njaes.rutgers.edu

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Bogs, Bugs, and Botany in the Pines
Sat, 21 June, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Webb's Mill Bog is a special place.  Located in Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area, it is a beautiful example of Pine Barrens bog habitat.  We can expect to see a dozen species of dragonflies plus a fascinating variety of the plant life typical of a Pine Barrens bog, including orchids and several species of insectivorous plants.  We will also keep an eye out for any birds or butterflies we come across.  If we're lucky, we might even hear a Pine Barrens Treefrog.  Meet associate naturalist Chris Magarelli at a nearby parking area and caravan to the bog.  Time permitting, we will also visit other nearby areas of the Pines.  Bring lunch and close-focus binoculars.  Preregistration is required.

Fees:     $5 per person for members; $7 per person for nonmembers
Contact:     Preregistration is required by calling 609.897.9400
Hope to see some of you there!

 Chris Magarelli (RES 2014 - RCE of Middlesex)

January 9, 2014, 7:30pm

RES Alumni Invited to NJDEP, iMAP Tool Class at Duke Farms

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

During the first 2014 RES class at Duke Farms, Pat Rector, Rutgers Environmental Agent, will be  teaching students how to use the NJDEP, iMAP tool for locating environmentally important places in their areas, such as contaminated sites or Category 1 streams.  RES Alumni are invited to join the class at 7:30pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Pat: rector@njaes.rutgers.edu

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2013 RESAA Calendar

 

December 10, 2013

RES Volunteers from Hunterdon County Meet to Discuss Projects

Rutgers Environmental Steward volunteers from Hunterdon County met in Clinton, NJ  on December 10, 2013 to exchange information about their current projects and volunteer interests.  Topics discussed included: Deer management, food waste composting, invasive plants, trail management, stormwater management, forest restoration, GPS/GIS/GEO mapping, drinking water quality, managing pharmaceutical contamination of water supplies, community sustainability, renewable energy,  grantsmanship and funding creativity, community educational  opportunities, continuing education for Environmental Stewards, using good food and movies to encourage change and commitment, and the challenges of volunteer recruitment.

There is much going on and everyone agreed that shared ideas and enthusiastic support will help these independent projects flourish more quickly. All respondees expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet and are looking forward to some future event. The notion of continuing education opportunities was heartily reinforced.  Volunteers were encouraged to visit the RES Alumni Association section of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards website for alumni news and other information.

Contact information was exchanged so that all could stay in touch with one another.  Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Steve Foster (Duke ‘06) at sf669@aol.com .

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2014 Classes Start in January - Message from Bruce Barbour

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Program Director and Contact:

Bruce Barbour, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Agent,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
165 County Route 519 South
Belvidere, NJ 07823-1949
Phone 908-475-6505

Dear RES Alum,

We are now actively recruiting for our Class of 2014. Many of our best students come from referrals by you, our alumni. Please help us spread the word that a new session of Rutgers Environmental Stewards will be starting in January!

Attached is what amounts to a press kit that includes press releases of varying lengths, a schedule of classes and our brochure. If you are a member of a group perhaps you can get us in their newsletter or mention us at your next meeting.

In recognition of the challenging economic times we have set our tuition at the all sites to only $250, taking a great educational bargain and making it even more affordable!

Thanks for your help, in advance, and please accept my personal best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Bruce

Attachments: RES Brochure; Class Location Contacts; Schedules; Press Release

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December 10, 2013 (Tuesday) 6 - 7:30pm: Invitation to a Hunterdon Alumni MeetUp in Clinton, NJ. Contact Steve Foster

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RESAA Welcomes 2013 Class Alumni and Newly Certified Alumni

October 22, 2013 at Duke Farms' Coach Barn

Welcome to our new alumni from the 2013 Classes:

ACUA'13: Suzanne Amen, Philip Arsenault, Charles Codrey, Patty Dalsey, Bernadette Eichinger, Tom Hill, Linda Keyser, Cheryl Mascioli, Brenda Taube, Doug Walker

Duke Farms'13: Don Church, Margaret Delaney Camille Fasanella, Kimberley Hatch, Caroline Kafman, Pam Lewis, Dawn McBeth, Tanya McCabe, Judith Murphy, Rene Paparian, Peter Revilla, Nadine Sapirman, Susan Schirmer, Julia Suprunova

Congratulations to our RES alumni who have completed their internship projects and were certified on October 22, 2013 at Duke Farms:

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Ila Gillenwater (Duke'11) presents her RES certification project at the Graduation and Certification Ceremony in the Coach Barn at Duke Farms. Ila interned with Organic Diversion, a company that diverts organic matter from traditional trash to a compost facility. Ila was a recycling coach at various food facilities in New Jersey to make sure that recyclable organic matter was properly separated from other waste. She trained 140 employees annually over a period of two years and helped divert 225 tons of compostable organic matter per year. Client facilities included Merck, Seton Hall Universsity, McCaffrey's supermarkets and several restaurants.

Cheryl Mascioli (ACUA'13) presented her certification project to the group. Her objective was to improve recycling and form a Green Team in her Brigantine community. Her activities included the following actions: obtained 65 gallon lidded recycling bins for Bigantine's Beach parking lots; created a recycling flyer; wrote and worked on grants; assisted with the "Clean and Green in Brigantine" August 17 Green Fest Event; helped create and maintain a Brigantine Beach website; assisted in making a "Put it Out There" banner to hang on Brigantine Boulevard for recycling campaigns. Cheryl's goal was to increase Brigantine's recycling rate by 5% in 2013. She hopes to increase the rate by 10% in 2014.

The following alumni were also certified on October 22 and descriptions of their projects can be found by clicking their names on the Certified Alumni Page:

Thomas Hill (ACUA'13), Tanya McCabe (Duke'13), Claire Sommer (Duke '12), Sidney Stevens (Belvidere'12),

Attendees would like to thank Gail Rosati of Organic Diversion for providing a delicious lunch for the occasion.

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Pictured from left to right are Tanya McCabe, Margaret Delaney, Cheryl Mascioli, Nadine Sapirman, Ila Gillenwater, Bruce Barbour, Pamela Lewis. They are in the Coach Barn of Duke Farms standing before Doris Duke's custom limo.

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RESAA FORUM 2013 Summary

 

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July 26, 2013

Message from Bruce:

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward,

We have a great program finalized for our Annual Meeting at NJDEP next Tuesday, July 30! Many thanks to Tanya Oznowich at DEP who lined up the facility and the DEP speakers and to our Alumni Association Officers and Executive Council members who planned and organized the event. If you have registered, thank you and if you have not there is still time to come!!  Directions from my earlier e-mail are pasted below for your reference.

The final program is attached. AGENDA for July 30, 2013

Remember this is a 2 way dialog! These speakers are not just talking at you they want to hear your comments just as much. That is the whole importance of this unique opportunity we have had with our DEP for several years now so please join us if you can and be part of the dialog about how to improve the environment in NJ!

Hope to see you there!

Bruce

July 15, 2013

Message from Bruce:

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward Alum,

Our Annual Meeting set for July 30 is fast approaching and I hope you have saved the day and will be able to join us to renew old acquaintances and make new ones! In addition you will almost certainly take home some useful new knowledge thanks to the great lineup of speakers we are preparing!

The topics we are pursuing speakers for include:
* Fish and wildlife priorities and challenges in NJ            
* Waterway debris and shoaling removal efforts post-Sandy
* NJ air monitoring network - what are we doing, what is the data telling us, what can people do
* Water Quality and monitoring - priorities, programs and opp's for public involvement with NJ clean water efforts
* Environmental Justice - what is being done by the DEP 
* Recycling, buying recycled and waste reduction - what is being done in NJ?
* NJ Green school efforts - overview of 4 fairly new green and sustainable school programs

We’ll also have our annual updates from Intergovernmental Affairs and about the Gov’s awards.

RSVPs are preferred as we do need a head count for room set up and for parking slots to hold. Names are used for a parking list and for security sign-in. Remind folks to bring at least 1 photo ID with them.  We can be prepared for walk-in’s but prefer to know as many names in advance as possible.

Parking: Parking will be available on a first-come, first served basis for the Crescent Temple parking lot (2 blocks from DEP headquarters on Clinton Ave.). If that lot becomes full, visitors will be sent to the Perry Street parking lot. The Perry Street lot is about a 4-block walk. Both lots are free and have security guards on the property.

Directions: Driving directions and a map of the area around DEP headquarters can be found at:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/where.htm

  • The temple parking lot is located on the map where the “N.” is for the “N. Clinton Ave.” label
  • The perry parking lot is located on the map where the word “Perry” is for the “Perry St.” label

Logistics and Timeframe:

* Tuesday, July 30
* DEP Headquarters, Trenton, NJ
* Public Hearing Room (PHR - First Floor)

* 9:00 - 9:30 am - check-in
* 9:30 am - program begins
* Opening remarks and introductions: 9:30 - 10:00 am
* Speakers: 10am - 12:00 noon (1 break at 11am)
* Lunch break: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
* BYO lunch or purchase lunch in cafeteria - can eat in PHR
* RESAA business meeting will be held during this lunch time slot
* Speakers: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
* Wrap up/closing remarks: 3:30 - 3:45 pm
* Departure by 4:00 pm

Act Today and send your RSVP to our Alumni Association Secretary, Irene Sabin iosabin@earthlink.net

...and I hope you are having a great summer.

Bruce

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April 24, 2013 Field Trip to Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve

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A Walk on the Wild(flower) Side: 2013 RES classes and guests visited Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve on April 24, 2013. In the morning, Jared Rosenbaum, Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator, presented a lecture on the Bowman’s Hill Plant Stewardship Index and the free calculator and database located on the BHWP website. After lunch, attendees were divided into small groups for a guided tour of the Preserve.

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2012 RESAA Calendar

 

RESAA Welcomes 2012 Class Alumni and Newly Certified Alumni

November 28, 2012 at Duke Farms2012Grad/Cert Event

Congratulations!

The following RES alumni have completed their internship projects and were certified on November 28, 2012 at Duke Farms: Ellen Gerber (Belvidere'12); Albert Horner (ACUA'12); Holly Horner (ACUA'12); Jenny Isaacs (Belvidere'12); Keith Johnson (Essex'07); Linda Kuhn (Duke'11); Susan Liegner (Duke'11); Martha Mahady (Belvidere'12); Arnold Mercer (Duke'12); Karin Rindal (Essex'10); Dan Rita (ACUA'11); Phyllis Rita (ACUA'11); Eric Sween (Duke'08). To read about their projects, go to Certified Alumni and click on their name; to find this year's certified alumni quickly in the list, look for 2012 in the third column which will remain highlighted until next year's ceremony.

Welcome to the 2012 Classes!

Our new Alumni from Belvidere'12: Martha Mahady, Jenny Isaacs, Rhea Landig, Katrin Glode-Sethna, Tracy Evans, Sidney Stevens, Ellen Gerber, Mary O’Malley

Duke '12 Alumni: William Malloy, Susana Amethy, Andria Schanzer, Anjanette Vaidya, Arnold Mercer, Gabriele Schmitt, Cathe Poulson, Rob Elderhorst, Sandy Simpson, Siobhan Noland, Srabasti Dutta, Suzette Dewey  

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2012 RES/RESAA Program Promotion

WE are asking RES volunteers to help promote the RES/ RESAA program by organizing and/or sitting display tables at various community events. If you are willing to help, please contact Irene Sabin for the following dates. If a contact person is already posted for an event, email them directly:

August 22 - 26, 2012 Hunterdon County 4-H and Ag Fair; brochures distributed thanks to Toni Robbi (Duke'08)

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August 18, 2012 (Saturday) 9am - 3pm: Middlesex County Earth Center's Garden Field Day and Farmers Against Hunger. Rain or Shine. RES/ RESAA Display Table at the Earth Center's Garden Field Day/ Farmers against Hunger event in Middlesex County at Davidson's Mill Pond Park. FlyerEarth Center

A rainy morning turned into a beautiful day at the Earth Center, home of Middlesex County Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service, located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park. The Earth Center's Garden Field Day featured tours of vegetable and herb display gardens, a Farmers Against Hunger "Walk-A-Farm," informational presentations, children's green roof garden and fun activities, backyard garden contest, live music and grilled farm fresh food. In the photo, visitors examine program information at the the RES/ RESAA display table. Themed raised bed herb gardens can be seen in the background. Irene Sabin sat the table and Will Sigle helped with set-up in the morning.

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RESAA Forum 2012 Summary

Directions to the Meeting at the NJDEP

Message from Bruce Barbour:

Dear Rutgers Environmental Steward,

Hold August 1 for a date in Trenton! It is the Annual Rutgers Environmental Steward Alumni Association Meeting.  Officer elections, regional leadership slots, web site updates....

But wait there's more!
This is our annual get together with the experts at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Meet and learn from the folks doing the work in the field and offices of the NJDEP, who interpret and enforce environmental regulation in our state. The Commissioner of the NJDEP, Bob Martin, will be on hand to speak and take questions as will many of his staff. The program has yet to be fully determined but here is what we know now:

Time: August 1 Approx. 9 to 4
Location: NJDEP Headquarters, Trenton, NJ
Lunch: Cafeteria in Building or bring your own.
Registration: FREE!!!
What you need to do: RSVP to Irene Sabin, iosabin@earthlink.net by July 30

Program, directions and parking info to follow.
Bruce

PS- Those of you inclined to use rail, the Trenton train station is just 1/5 of a mile as the crow flies from the NJDEP headquarters.

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Grand Opening of Duke Farms Orientation Center and Open Access to the Public

May 19, 2012

Duke Opening Collage

Top L>R: Partner Tent with Exhibits; Rutgers display tables, RES display on the right

Bottom L>R: Valerie Peterkin (Duke'11) passes out RES brochures; poppy fields

Saturday May 19, 2012: Duke Farms opened its orientation center at The Farm Barn located on 1112 Duke Parkway West, Hillsborough. The Farm Barn was built in 1906 and has been completely renovated according to LEED Platinum standards. The Barn contains the orientation center, a classroom and a cafe. The orientation center and trails will be open to the public six days per week (closed Wednesdays). Programs and events will continue to be presented at Duke Farms; please check the website for information

Rutgers Environmental Stewards had a display table in the Partners Tent hosted by Pat Hudson (Essex '10), Valerie Peterkin (Duke'11) and Irene Sabin (Duke '07). Bruce Barbour provided Rutgers display materials for the event.

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Coming Events in 2012

RES/RESAA Program Promotion

WE are asking RES volunteers to help promote the RES/ RESAA program by organizing and/or sitting display tables at various community events. If you are willing to help, please contact Irene Sabin for the following dates. If a contact person is already posted for an event, email them directly:

  • May 5, 2012 (Saturday) 10am - 2pm: Bridgewater Eco-Blast Fair; Build a Rainbarrel Workshop. Brochures distributed: Sue Dorward
  • May 12, 2012 (Saturday) 9am - noon: Warren Green Fair sponsored by Green Team Warren. Brochures distributed: Laura Mandell
  • May 19, 2012 (Saturday) - Grand Opening of Duke Farm's Environmental Education Center - 10am - 4pm. RES display table: Pat Hudson, Valerie Peterkin, Irene Sabin, Bruce Barbour
  • June 24, 2012 (Sunday) - Burlington County Earth Fair; contact Jim May

Location of display materials, how to organize a display table and a sample photo of the table are located on the Alumni Communication and Resources Materials page.

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2011 RESAA Calendar

 

NRCS Wetland Reserve Program at Duke Farms

October 18, 2011

WRP at Duke

Five Rutgers Environmental Stewards were among 20 attendees who participated in a presentation of the federal Wetlands Reserve Progam (WRP) offered by Duke Farms and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the USDA. The WRP is a national voluntary NRCS program that offers landowners the means and the opportunity to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their property. In 2010, Duke Farms enrolled approximately 395 acres in the WRP.  After a classroom explanation of the program, NRCS and US Fish and Wildlife personnel led the visitors through several areas of Duke Farms to view techniques used for wetland habitat regeneration. These included the removal of subsoil clay tiles in ditches originally used to drain wetlands for the formation of agricultural fields, the establishment of vernal pools for amphibian breeding and the restoration of native plants by seeding, planting and naturally occurring seed regeneration.  Expected benefits for the community include: improved water quality, enhanced habitat for wildlife, reduced soil erosion, reduced flooding, improved water supply and the sequestering of carbon. At the end of the 3 hour session, a “marsh hawk” (Northern Harrier) flew over the group and seemed to inspect the progress made, so far. For more information click WRP or NRCS.

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Rutgers' William L. Hutcheson Memorial Forest

Hutcheson's Memorial Forest

The Hutcheson Memorial Forest (HMF) is a unique area consisting of a mixed oak forest, one of the last uncut forests of its type in the United States, along with the surrounding lands devoted to the protection of the old forest and research into ecological interactions necessary to understand the forest. The tract is administered and protected by Rutgers University. The photo shows an abandoned farm field undergoing early plant succession before the incursion of woody plants and ultimate return to young forest. Mettler’s Woods, in the background, is believed to be the only uncut upland forest in New Jersey. It appears on the National Park Service Register of National Landmarks. HMF is not open to the public but can be visited on free guided tours with Rutgers Specialists. In August, Rutgers professor, Dr Steve Handel, led a group of visitors, which included students, Master Gardeners, Environmental Stewards and interested members of the public, on a regularly scheduled Sunday tour. Tour schedule.  Read more: HMF website.

COMING EVENTS

ALUMNI ACTIVITIES:

June 26, 2011 Flemington-Raritan Green Fair

Flemington Green Fair

(Left) Karen Walsh (Duke'10), Green Fair Coordinator, talks with an exhibitor at the Flemington-Raritan Green Fair. (Above, right) Skip Jonas (Duke'08) works a table for the South Branch Watershed Association where he is a Trustee. (Below, right) Thuy Ahn Le (Duke'06) and Irene Sabin (Duke'07) hand out brochures and information on the RES Program. Carl Andres (Duke'06), not pictured, also worked at the RES display table

The very well organized Green Fair was held in Court Street Park, downtown Flemington, and was attended by an estimated 800 visitors. Attractions included close to 80 exhibits, an interactive Back in to Nature wildlife show and the Blue Notes Band.

April 30, 2011 Bridgewater Environmental Fair

Bridgewater Green Fair

(Left) Dick Madden (Duke'08) promotes the RES program at the RES/ RESAA display table in Bridgewater. (Above, right) an interested robot checks out the RES display. (Below, right) Dick explains the RES program to the robot. We recruit everyone interested in the environment. Irene Sabin also helped at the table. Susan Dorward (Duke'10) was a member of the organizing team for this event.

 

Volunteers Needed to organize and/ or sit display tables.We have started to sign up volunteers for some of these events. To organize and/ or sit the following tables that have not yet been staffed, please contact the person listed or Irene Sabin

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Summary of Outreach Events for 2011

  • April 10, 2011 (Sunday) noon-4pm - RES/RESAA display table at Montgomery Township Earth Day Fair at Montgomery HS in Somerset County. Staffed by Clare Liptak (Duke'07), Kim Yousey(Duke'06), Marianne Reynolds (Duke'09), Irene Sabin (Duke'07). Leslie Brecknell (Duke'09) was on the organizing committee for this event.
  • April 16, 2011- RES/RESAA display table at the Lumberton Arbor Day Celebration. Staffed by Dan and Phyllis Rita (ACUA'11). Joan Johnson (EcoComplex'07) organized volunteers for this display table.
  • April 30, 2011(Saturday) 10am - 2pm - RES/RESAA display table at the Bridgewater Environmental Fair. Staffed by Dick Madden (Duke'08), Irene Sabin. Event organized by Susan Dorward (Duke'10)
  • May 14, 2911 (Saturday) - Plant Exchange event in Ringoes. Brochures available thanks to Toni Robbi (Duke'08).
  • June 11, 2011 (Saturday) 11am-4pm - RES/RESAA display table at SBWA Treasures of the South Branch Celebration in Clinton. Weather cancellation.
  • June 18, 2011 (Saturday) - Smithville's Sustainability Day (Burlington County). Marlene Robinson (EcoComplex'07) gave out brochures; Jim May (EcoComplex'06) set up RES display in conjunction with the EcoComplex table.
  • June 26, 2011 (Sunday) 1 - 5pm - RES/RESAA display table at the Flemington Boro Green Fair. Carl Andres (Duke'06), Thuy Ahn Le (Duke ('06), Irene Sabin. The Green Fair Coordinator was Karen Walsh ((Duke'10).
  • August 24 - 28, 2011 - Hunterdon County 4-H Fair; brochures available
  • October 15, 2011(Saturday) - RES/RESAA display table at ANJEC Environmental Congress, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Speakers/Topics Brochure
  • November 5, 2011 - RES/RESAA display table at Central Jersey Green Teams Best Practices Conference, Duke Farms. Will Sigle (Duke'06), Irene Sabin.

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New Jersey Council for the Humanities Continuing Education Events

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Events sponsored by RESAA in 2011:

June 20, 2011 RESAA Forum and General Membership Meeting at the NJ DEP

RESAA Forum 2011 Summary

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  • May 12, 2011 (Thursday) 7:30 – 9:30pm: Free viewing of the film "Gasland," which is about the hydrofracking process, will be presented by the Sierra Club, courtesy of the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association, at the new Community Center in Palmyra, 30 West Broad St. A Q&A discussion period will follow with Faith Zerbe, Water Watch Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The film, made by Pennsylvania resident Josh Fox, won the 2010 Special Jury Prize for a Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. For questions or more information, contact Environmental Steward Jim May: jimmayjr@hotmail.com (Read additional information about hydraulic fracturing in the May, 2011 issue of Rutgers Green Knight Newsletter.)

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Continuing Education Event for RES Alumni

conference photo

"Communicating About Climate Change: Research and Practice"

A symposium, which included state-of-the-art research on how people understand climate change, was held at Rutgers Cook Campus Center on March 30, 2011, 12:00 to 4:30pm. Rutgers Environmental Stewards were invited to participate in the conference which was attended by more than 200 people. Lunch was served at noon and the dialogue was opened by Caron Chess, Jerry Kukor, and Robin Leichenko. Research about how people understand climate change was presented by a panel of experts: Tony Leiserowitz (Yale), Rachel Shwom (Rutgers), Paul Stern (National Academy of Sciences) and Bud Ward (Yale). A roundtable discussion about the implications of the research for practice took place between the panelists and some of Rutgers' climate change scientists: Clint Andrews, Joanna Burger, Tony Broccoli, Gretchen Chapman, Rick Lathrop, Ken Miller, Ken Mitchell, Bob Noland, Alan Robock. The dialogue was then opened to all attendees.  Presentation slides and links to additional information on these topics are posted on this Rutgers Department of Human Ecology web page.

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2010 RESAA Calendar

 

Public Outreach Event

October 15, 2010 (Friday) - A RES/RESAA information table was on display at the 37th Annual ANJEC Environmental Congress held at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft this year. Rutgers Environmental Stewards were a co-sponsor of the Congress. Plenary Speakers were: Christopher Daggett, President & CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Robert Martin, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The day's agenda included workshops, exhibits, environmental achievement awards & networking with environmental leaders from around the state. More information on this event as well as upcoming workshops and webinars can be found on the ANJEC website.

 

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"Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment at Duke Farms"

Constructed Wetlands at Duke Farms

Rutgers Environmental Stewards were among the attendees on November 1, 2010 who viewed the constructed wastewater treatment wetlands that Duke Farms has installed as part of their sustainability transformation project.

This man-made marsh will use native plants, soil and drainage materials to treat 100 percent of the estimated wastewater at their future orientation center complex. Constructed wetlands simulate natural wastewater treatment systems, using flow beds to support water-loving plants. The roots of these plants help provide an aerobic environment to aggressively break down contaminants.

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"Shining the Light on Solar Power" at Duke Farms

Solar Panels at Duke Farms

The Duke Farms Foundation is in the process of installing a 640-kilowatt ground-mounted solar array on 2.5 acres that will provide 100 percent of their estimated electrical power in the future. Rutgers Environmental Stewards and other visitors attended a “Shining the Light on Solar Power Program” at Duke Farms on September 14, 2010. The Agenda included a visit to view the newly installed solar array.

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August 21, 2010 (Saturday) 11am - 7pm. Tom Latza (EcoComplex'09) will be setting up a RES/RESAA display table at the New Jersey Clearwater Festival on Saturday, August 21, 2010. Tom says that there will be lots of good music and displays. He is requesting some volunteers to help him man the table during the day.  If you are interested, please contact him directly: Tom Latza

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" Wetland Floating Islands at Duke Farms"

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Creating wetland floating islands at Duke Farms on June 17, 2010

Events sponsored by RESAA

RESAA Forum 2010 Summary

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - Field Trip to Tourne Morris County Park for a guided tour of the Emilie K. Hammond Wildflower Trail, a hidden treasure with about a mile of fenced-in winding paths through varied terrain (habitats) where you can learn about the different woodland wildflowers and ferns native to New Jersey. The tour will be given by an expert tour guide from 10am to Noon. If there is time after the tour, we will visit a nearby beaver den in the park followed by lunch at the Park's Pavilion. Please bring your own brown bag lunch. This trip was organized by Ingrid Witty (Duke'10) and all RES class members and alumni are invited to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to Ingrid at RIVERVIEWHOME@aol.com if you would like to attend. Map/info for the Emilie K. Hammond Wildflower Trail; Directions to Tourne Park; Information about Tourne Park

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RESAA participation at Public Outreach Events

  • April 22, 2010 - RES/RESAA Display Table - Earth Day Fair in Princeton
  • April 24, 2010 - RES/RESAA Display Table - Earth Day Fair at Fort Dix
  • May 1, 2010 - RES/RESAA Display Table - Sustainable Hillsborough Family Fair

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