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Earth Day, Every Day Webinar Series

Fall 2021 sessions are here!

Our Earth Day, Every Day webinar series (lovingly called #E2D2) focuses on steps everyone can take to protect the environment. We can all do our part to take actions that make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally-friendly lawn care, to recycling, to conducting a home energy audit.

New this fall... E2D2 in the City! Our last 3 sessions will focus in on specific issues affecting our cities and urban communities. Learn about safe practices for urban soil, combined sewer overflows, and urban wildlife.

Details

Join us on Mondays at 6:30pm to learn from experts at Rutgers Cooperative Extension. These live, interactive sessions are approximately 1 hour. To join you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Sessions are provided via Zoom. These sessions are free, but you must register to participate. 

Fall 2021 Sessions

September 27, 2021- RU Ready for NJ's New Plastic Pollution Reduction Law?  
Starting November 2021, NJ's new plastics law goes into effect to help reduce the amount of single-use plastics and protect our natural environment.  Plastics from generation to disposal are creating a human health and environmental crisis. Right now, New Jerseyans use over 4 billion single-use plastic carryout bags annually.  Join Nandini Checko, Project Director with the Association of NJ Environmental Commissions, to learn about the nation’s strongest plastic pollution law and how you can get started right now!  Hint: Say YES to Reusables!  

October 4, 2021- YOU Can Be a Citizen Scientist!
Did you know YOU can be a volunteer scientist! There are so many exciting opportunities for volunteers to contribute to the collection of scientific data at home or in your community. Be it collecting rainfall data, tracking invasive species, assessing the nightime sky, or tracking monarch butterflies, there is a project for you. Join the #E2D2 team to learn how you can contribute as well specifics on a few New Jersey based projects that need your help!

October 12, 2021 (Tuesday)- E2D2 In The City! Safe Soils for Urban Gardening
The soil in older, urban neighborhoods can be contaminated with lead. Gardening in the city can be done safely, but there are steps everyone should take to reduce their exposure to lead, especially while gardening with children. Learn the basics of soil contamination with Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor and Extension Agent at Rutgers and best practices for having safe soil while gardening.

October 18, 2021- E2D2 In The City! The Past, Present, and Future of Combined Sewers in New Jersey.
Combined sewer overflows (CSO's), have been in use since the middle 1800's in many large American cities including 21 cities in New Jersey.  Initially, they were thought to be a hygienic solution to open-pit sewers. Now these systems are outdated and cause for public and ecological health concerns.  The EPA has mandated that all US cities with CSOs eliminate or reduce their overflows.  So, what are New Jersey cities doing to reduce their CSOs and what can YOU do to help make this work as sustainable as possible? Join Liz Pyshnik, Program Coordinator with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, to find out!

October 25, 2021- E2D2 In The City! RU Wildlife Wise: Successfully Navigating the Urban Wild
Join us to discover the wild animals that ‘go bump in the night’ this Halloween with Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Wildlife Conservation and Management Program. Learn about what lives in our urban environment and how to reduce human-wildlife conflict. Species covered will include coyotes, fox, raccoons, skunks, bats, birds, deer, and more!

November 1, 2021- E2D2 In the City! Let's Stop As-Salt-ing Our Streams: The Impacts of Road Salt on Freshwater

New Jersey is applying more and more salt on its roads every winter - and its freshwaters are becoming saltier too. Join Erin Stretz, Assistant Director of Science at The Watershed Institute and coordinator of the New Jersey Watershed Watch Network, to discover the ecological consequences of road salting on freshwater streams and lakes and how you can help put your watershed on a reduced-sodium diet. You will also learn more about our community science effort to measure chloride levels across the state. Join up and contribute to freshwater salinization research this winter!

Missed a Session?

Instructions: For 2021 sessions, click on the title to view the recording. For 2020 sessions, enter the password "EarthDay2020". You will be asked to register and then download and install the Cisco Webex Add-on. All recordings are free.

September 20, 2021- How Does a Rain Garden Grow? | View the recording
We'll take a deeper dive into the design and installation of rain gardens as fall is a perfect time to get them in the ground. Amy Rowe, Associate Professor/ County Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension will run through how to plan, design, and install these popular stormwater management techniquest that reduce rainwater runoff and bring beauty to your home and community.

September 13, 2021- An Update on Spotted Lanternfly in New Jersey | View the recording
The invasion has begun! Dr. George Hamilton, Chair of the Department of Entomology and Extension Specialist in Pest Management at Rutgers, will discuss all things spotted lanternfly (Lycorma deliculata). Come learn about the spotted lanternfly’s biology, its introduction and spread in the U.S., and potential ways to manage or reduce the population of this invasive insect.

April 26, 2021- Trees, Wonderful Trees | View the recording

Celebrate Arbor Day with us! With over 100 species of trees in NJ, it can be challenging to decide what should be in your yard and where to find reliable tree information. We'll discuss that with Jason Grabosky, Rutgers Professor in Urban Forestry as well as the ecological services trees provide…and how that might influence placement on your property. Knowing that the climate is causing changes in the structure of our forests, how might you make a choice for the landscape of today on a promise of 70 years?

April 19, 2021- Food Systems and Climate Change

Hear from Xenia Morin, Associate Professor with the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) to learn how our food systems are connected to climate change. You'll learn how many of the top 100 climate solutions proposed by Project Drawdown are related to food systems, and how you can reduce your impact at home through food.

April 12, 2021- From Rain Gardens to Rain Barrels; Protecting Watersheds at Home

What we do on our home landscapes impacts water quality in local streams, rivers, and lakes. Everything from fertilizer to pet waste becomes pollution once it gets into rainwater runoff. Learn what you can do to protect local water quality with Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties. NOTE: If you are in Manalapan, Monroe, Jamesburg, Spotswood, or Helmetta you may qualify to receive free native plants and a Rutgers Soil Test Kit when you view this session. Learn more here!

April 5, 2021- Infusing EcoTherapy Into Your Life

Are you stressed out with today's daily challenges? Let nature help you hit the reset button! Learn how the outdoors can help you find focus, clarity, better sleep, maintain presence, and add much needed calm in our busy lives. Come learn about the role of nature and the outdoors in creating mindfulness, as well as some practices you can easily do on your own at home to keep you in a healthy balance. Join Joanne Kinsey, Associate Professor and FCHS Educator with Ocean and Atlantic Counties, as she leads us on the road to better well-being.

March 29, 2021- RU Wildlife Wise: Spring Babies! Tips for Helping Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, spring will emerge chock full of newborn wildlife! In the spring, it is common to come upon young animals that appear injured or orphaned in your own backyard or neighborhood. In this webinar, Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Wildlife Conservation and Management Program will provide important tips for understanding animal parental care, as well as guidance for determining when young wildlife are in need of human intervention.  Types of wildlife to be discussed will include birds, deer, squirrels, fox, bats, turtles, and more!

March 22, 2021- Let's Not Pass the Buck: Deer Management in New Jersey

Most of us have been impacted by deer overpopulation issues in NJ: vehicular accidents, Lyme disease, losses in agricultural crops, and damage in landscapes and gardens.  Gene Huntington, lead consultant at Steward Green, former Director of Research & Natural Resources at Duke Farms, will discuss our responsibilities when it comes to implementing effective deer management solutions. Gene will review nonlethal and lethal management options and present a case study that is working well as a model in NJ for managing deer issues in an urban environment.

March 15, 2021- Responsible Stewardship of New Jersey's Marine Resources

The Jersey coast and all that it has to offer ‘shore’ could use your help! We need to protect the health of our coastal marine ecosystems to continue and enjoy recreational opportunities, tourism, and local seafood. Join Doug Zemeckis, Marine Extension Agent for Ocean, Atlantic, and Monmouth Counties to learn what you can do while being on or near the water in our coastal watersheds.

March 8, 2021- Starting a Native Plant Garden

New to native plant gardening? Not sure which native plants will thrive where you live? Angela Monaghan, Master Gardener Coordinator for Middlesex County, taught us how to start native plants from seed back in the fall (EarthDay2020 is the recording password). Angela had so much fun with us that she came back to help you plan your new native plant habitat. She covers garden site assessment, finding the best native plants for your area, and how to provide resources for pollinators and other beneficial creatures in your garden.

November 2, 2020 - Basics of Recycling

Despite what you may have heard about changing global markets and challenges to the recycling industry, recycling remains as one of the easiest ways individuals can make a difference that benefits the environment. While recycling specifics vary depending on where you live, we’ll talk about the universal recycling truths; dispelling myths and shining a light on what actually happens when your recyclables leave the curb with Amy Cook-Menzel, the Communications Manager with the Atlantic County Utility Authority.

October 26, 2020- RU Wildlife Wise: Demystifying Iconic Halloween Animals | View the recording

Halloween is known for wildlife that many find scary, such as bats, ravens, snakes, and others. How and why did these animals become associated with Halloween? Join us to learn some tricks on managing issues these animals may cause at home and treat yourself to some cool, fun facts about these misunderstood holiday creatures with Evan Drake, PhD candidate with the Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program.

October 19, 2020- Ten Ways to Adapt to Coastal Flooding| View the recording

Government agencies and other organizations are helping coastal communities prepare for sea-level rise and adapt to increased flooding. Learn about these initiatives and 10 steps residents can take to prepare their homes and help increase their communities’ resilience to flooding and climate change with Vanessa Dornisch, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.

October 13, 2020 - What's An Energy Audit And Do you Need One? | View the recording

Many homes use more energy than they actually need. The solution is a home energy efficiency assessment (aka audit). An energy efficiency assessment does more than help you save energy—it increases your personal comfort, makes your home healthier/safer and increases the value of your home. Join Sandi Eisner, the Outreach Account Manager with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ to learn the what, how and why of a home energy efficiency assessment as well as how to save energy and money

October 5, 2020 - RU Wildlife Wise: Defensive Driving to Avoid Wildlife | View the recording

Caution animal crossing! Drivers in New Jersey are all too familiar with the interaction between vehicles and wildlife. Come learn the ecology of wildlife in relation to roads and how to avoid being part of the national and state statistics on wildlife-vehicle collisions with Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate with the Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program.

September 28, 2020- Fall Lawn Care the Earthwise Way | View the recording

Fall is a critical time to reinvigorate your lawn the environmentally friendly way. Fertilizing, overseeding, and top dressing with compost are all best done in the fall when weeds are going dormant. Learn how to reap the benefits of fall lawn care with Bill Hlubik, Professor and Agriculture Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.

September 21, 2020- Collecting Native Seeds: Sow Much to Know! | View the recording

How do you get started incorporating native plants into your yard?  One easy way is to collect native seeds and overwinter them to start your own plants.  Join Angela Monaghan, Rutgers Master Gardener Coordinator for Middlesex County to learn the ins and outs of native seed collection and sowing seeds for next year's garden.

September 14, 2020 - Winterizing Your Home for Maximum Energy Efficiency | View the recording

Winter months are often an energy consumption and budget strain. There are lots of reasons why our energy usage and bills can be higher during the winter season. Join us for this presentation to learn how you can prep your home to maximize your energy efficiency. Michele Calabrese is the Outreach Account Managerr with New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ and will teach NJ homeowners how to winterize their home to save energy, money and the environment.

June 29, 2020- Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ | View the recording

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) plagued many aquatic waterways in 2019. This talk will cover what it is, what to look for, health effects, and how you can do your part to prevent them. Mike Haberland, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Associate Professor/County Agent- Burlington/ Camden Counties.

June 22, 2020 - Ticks and Lyme Disease | View the recording

Protect yourself from ticks and Lyme disease by learning about the tick life cycle, tick removal, and differences between a variety of tick species. Learn also how to reduce tick habitat around your home. Amy Rowe, Associate Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Passaic/ Essex Counties.

June 15, 2020 - Backyard Composting 101 | View the recording

Starting home composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste while improving your soil. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into black gold for your soil with these tips for success. Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties.

June 8, 2020 - Exploring Your Watershed from Home | View the recording

We all live in a watershed and you can navigate yours from your computer. Learn about free online platforms and mapping websites that provide all kinds of information for you to explore local streams, habitat, water sources, soil types, and the environment right around your home. Sal Mangiafico, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Salem/ Cumberland Counties.

June 1, 2020 - Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard. | View the recording

Some popular ornamental plants are actually garden "bullies" invading local ecosystems and destroying natural wildlife habitats. Learn about the importance of using native plants in your yards for supporting local ecology including examples of species you can use to replace invasives. Michele Bakacs, Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Middlesex/ Union Counties.

May 26, 2020- Reducing Plastic Waste | View the recording

Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. Learn about the impact plastic is having on our environment and the steps you can take to reduce plastic waste in your home. Casey Lippincott, NJDEP Watershed Ambassador.

May 18, 2020 - Reducing Food Waste | View the recording

Thirty to forty percent of all food produced in the US is wasted. This talk will define food waste, its environmental impacts, and will provide tips for reducing food waste at home. Amy Rowe, Associate Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex/ Passaic Counties.

May 11, 2020- Home Vegetable Gardening For Food, Fun and Stress Management. | View the recording

Growing your own food can be physically and mentally rewarding. There are important tips to consider when starting a home vegetable garden such as location, sunlight, water, soil quality, and wildlife exclusion. This presentation will cover important tips for vegetable gardening including selecting vegetable varieties, starting seeds indoors and outside, planting and spacing, managing pests in the garden, watering, and harvesting the garden. Michelle Infante-Casella, Full Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County.

May 4, 2020- Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard | View the recording

All creatures need to eat, drink, hide from predators, take cover from harsh weather, and safely raise their young. Hear from Kathleen Kerwin, Program Associate, Wildlife Conservation and Management Program with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Whatever the size of your yard, learn how you can transform it into a haven for wildlife.

April 27, 2020 Environmentally-Friendly Lawn Care | View the recording

Want to reduce chemical use on your lawn and garden? Bill Hlubik will focus on earth-wise land care practices everyone should use including using proper plant genetics, using right plant, right place concepts, having the soil tested, using appropriate cultural practices and educating yourself and the public about the dangers of chemical over-application to home landscapes. William T. Hlubik, Full Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County.

April 20, 2020- Get to the Root of Soil Compaction | View the recording

Soil compaction is a major problem that can impact your lawn, garden, and cause rainwater runoff. Come learn about what causes compaction, how to figure out if your yard is experiencing compaction, and how to correct soil compaction at home. Steve Yergeau, Assistant Professor/ County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension- Ocean/Atlantic Counties.