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New Jersey Green Infrastructure Forum
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ


*Continuing Education Credits are available – see below for details.

9:00AM        Welcome and Opening Remarks:

        • Anita Thompkins, US EPA Region 2
        • Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms
        • Dean Robert Goodman, Rutgers University

9:15 AM       Remarks: Federal and State Green Infrastructure Goals

        • Judith Enck, Regional Administrator, US EPA
        • Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., Assistant Commissioner for Water Resource Management, NJ DEP

9:45 AM       The State of Green Infrastructure and Overview of Municipal Green Infrastructure Needs Assessment

        • Chris Obropta, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
        • Amy Rowe, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

10:45 AM     Break & Networking

11:00 AM     Featured Speaker: Connecting the Pieces: Ideas for Advancing Green Infrastructure in NJ, Donna Drewes Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

11:30AM  Panel discussion: Community Vision and Environmental Justice in Green Infrastructure

        • Jennifer Gonzalez, Louis Berger Group
        • Meishka Mitchell, Cooper Ferry Partnership, Camden, NJ
        • Liz Svekla, Philadelphia Water Department

12:30          Lunch, Networking, Poster Display

1:30 PM       Breakout Sessions  -

        • Breakout A: Introduction to green infrastructure practices (rain gardens, permeable pavement, rainwater harvesting, green roofs)
          • Tom O’Connor, EPA Office of Research and Development.
          • Ken Justice, Portland Cement Association
          • Steve Yergeau, Rutgers Water Resources Program
        • Breakout B: Municipal tools
          • Maureen Krudner, EPA Region 2’s Green Infrastructure Coordinator
          • Mark Lichtenstein, Syracuse Center of Excellence

2:30PM        Panel discussion: Funding Green Infrastructure in Your Community

        • Marty McHugh, The Conservation Fund
        • Scott Shymon, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
        • Stephen Marks, City of Hoboken, NJ

3:30PM       Where do we go from here: Shared group discussion and action items

4:15 PM      Explore Duke Farms


* Continuing Education Credits are now available through the State of NJ Department of Consumer Affairs for Public Works Managers, Financial Officers, Municipal Clerks and Qualified Purchasing Agents. Public Works Managers can receive two hours of technical, two hours of management and two hours of government credits (six hours total) for participating in the entire day/agenda. Financial Officers can receive one hour credit for financial and debt management, Municipal clerks can receive one hour of finance credit and Qualified Purchasing Agents can receive one hour of procurement procedures credit.


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