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2012 RESAA Forum Summary and Meeting Minutes

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Forum 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Trenton, New Jersey
Public Hearing Room, First Floor
Forum Summary - Speakers and Related Topics

"Easy Access" to NJ DEP Programs and Staff

The Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association held its Third Annual Alumni Forum and General Membership Meeting at the NJDEP on on August 1, 2012

Agenda for August 1, 2012 Forum/ Meeting

9:00 a.m. Sign-in and Networking
Go to DEP cafeteria for refreshments

9:25 a.m. Welcome
Tanya Oznowich, Supervisor, Environmental Education Office of Communications, DEP, welcomed the group and introduced DEP Commissioner, Bob Martin.

9:30 Opening Remarks and Q/A Office of the Commissioner
Commissioner Bob Martin presented five goals that look across all programs for a comprehensive regional approach to achieve results for residents in all Bob Martin areas of the state.

  • Goal 1 – Comprehensive Regional Environmental Management
  • Goal 2 –Utilize Barnegat Bay Restoration Project as a model to establish watershed based protection and enhancement of all New Jersey’s surface water bodiesGoal
  • Goal 3 – Restoration and Enhanced Protection in Environmentally Overburdened Communities
  • Goal 4 – Sustainable Parks
  • Goal 5 – A Clean and Renewable Energy Strategy for Public Health, Environmental Protection and Economic Vitality

A detailed explanation of the DEP Goals, is located on the DEP website. Commissioner Martin stayed to answer individual questions from the audience. (Photo by Susan Gulliford)

10:00 Introductions and Overview of program and logistics
Bruce Barbour, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Tanya Oznowich, DEP

10:15 Local Government Assistance – Q/A with Director

Cindy Randazzo, 609-633-7700, Helps to make DEP more efficient and responsive to local governments and the public

10:30 DEP Efforts Regarding Water Use and Water Quality Presentations and Q/A
Katie Barnett, Water Supply, 609-292-7219,

Topics included: plans for a rain garden blitz for Camden; saltwater intrusion in Cape May ;outdoor water conservation (ordinances); bottom bay monitoring; Project Wild in Camden An Overview of NJ Water Supply Issues & Strategies; NJ Water Savers

11:30 Recycling Priorities in NJ – 25th Anniversary of NJ Recycling Law
Jane Kozinski, Assistant Commissioner Environmental Management, DEP 609-292-2795

NJDEP Recycling site; "After 25 Years, How's Recycling Doing in NJ?"

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12:00 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH (BYO lunch or buy lunch in DEP cafeteria)

**********RESAA Business meeting – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m**********

General Membership Minutes



Members of the RESAA Executive Board from left to right: Irene Sabin, Dionne Polk, Jim May, Bill Curzie. Not pictured: Marlene Robinson




Afternoon Speakers******************************************

1:30 – 2:00 Sampler: DEP Resources and Opportunities
Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards
Tanya Oznowich, Office of Communications, 609-984-9802 Tanya.Oznowich@dep.state.nj.usTanya

Completed applications are due for "2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards" on September 12 2012.

More information and an application blank can be found HERE

Public Education Resources

Marc Rogoff, Office of Communications, 609-292-1474 Group discussion about environmental literacy and public education. Useful websites:

Seeds, the State Environmental Education Directory website: Home Page; About

ANJEE, Alliance for NJ Environmental Education; NAAEE, North American Association for Environmental Education.

Subscribe to:Environmental Education News; Children and Nature poster

2:00 – 3:00 DEP Efforts Regarding Sustainability and Green Energy (SAGE)
Presentations and Q/A

Jaime Ewalt, Sustainability and Green Energy,


New program calleed SAGE (Sustainability and Green Energy). Web address:

3:00 – 3:50 Going Green – More or Less
Presentation/tutorial and Q/A
Marc Rogoff, Office of Communications, 609-292-1474

Going Green - More or Less is a powerpoint presentation which can be adapted for different community needs and different age groups in the classroom. An ANJEE document with suggested "More or Less" activities is also available. Web access:

More or Less Powerpoint:

More or Less Document:

3:50 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Feedback
Tanya Oznowich:

Bruce Barbour: Barbour@Aesop.Rutgers.Edu

4:00 p.m. Departure


Bruce Barbour addressing the Rutgers Environmental Stewards at the NJ DEP Forum (Photo by Susan Gulliford)



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