News & Announcements Blog

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:34 PM | Richard Franks

    At this critical NJ Spotlight Roundtable, a panel of experts will detail what New Jersey is doing to deal with climate change, what it has not done, and what it should do now.

    Friday, February 13, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EST), Trenton, NJ

    John A. Miller, NJAFM Legislative Committee Chair, will be taking part as a panelist.

    Click here for more details.



  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:18 PM | Richard Franks

    Featuring John Miller, NJAFM Legislative Committee Chair:

    Link to Article

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 4:34 PM | Richard Franks
    On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Insurance Services Office (ISO) will be holding a free workshop (advanced class) on the Community Rating System. This workshop starts @ 9:30 on January 13th and will be held on the lower level of the Cape May County Library (OEM) located at 30 Mechanic Street, Middle Township (Cape May County), New Jersey. 

    If interested, please contact Jim Watt at (609) 292-2296 or  prior to January 8th, 2015.

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 5:20 PM | Richard Franks
    New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), in partnership with the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI), is seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist.

    Please click on the link below for more details:

    Position Description

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 10:03 AM | Richard Franks

    NJAFM Legislative Committee Chair John Miller and Todd Bates of the Asbury Park Press were interviewed on the Philadelphia NPR show “Radio Times on Wednesday October 30.  You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below:

    WHYY Radio Interview

  • Friday, July 18, 2014 2:37 PM | Richard Franks

    This walking tour app uses GPS to bring you stories of people who were affected by Superstorm Sandy. It takes you along the boardwalk, beginning at Seaside Park, through Seaside Heights, and up to Ortley Beach. 

    For more details click here.

  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:29 PM | Richard Franks

    Margate City is to host a forum on climate change, sea level rise, flooding and stormwater management. NJ’s top experts will address issues that impact coastal communities.

    The workshop is targeted to municipal managers, engineers, planners, planning board members, zoning officers, public works directors, storm water officials, as well as members of the public.

    Scheduled for Thursday, July 17 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center at the Tighe School in Margate, the workshop brings together New Jersey's top experts to discuss how government and residents can adapt to our changing environment.

    There is no cost to attend. To register, please contact Johanna Casey at or (609) 822-0424.

    For more details, please click on the links below:

    Stormwater Flyer

    Stormwater Press Release

  • Wednesday, June 04, 2014 9:23 PM | Richard Franks

    The Sixth Annual
    Sustainable Raritan River Conference

    Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services

    Friday, June 13, 2014       
    Rutgers Cook Campus Center
    59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901


    This year’s conference focuses on the intrinsic values that the Raritan brings to the communities, businesses, and residents (human and non-human alike) throughout the region by exploring the theme of Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services.

    In this full-day conference we will meet those who are working on valuing natural capital and ecosystem service concepts, learn how to use such valuations in planning decisions, and discuss real-life examples of how these valuations have changed ecological outcomes.  We will also discuss how these practices can be applied in the Raritan region to help organizations, businesses and local governments make better land use decisions.

    Invited speakers (partial list): 

    • David Batker, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Earth Economics 
    • Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke, Project Director, Pinchot Institute for Conservation
    • Patricia Elkis, Deputy Planning Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
    • Dr. Gerald Kauffman, Project Director, Water Resources Agency, University of Delaware
    • John Miller, Associate Water Resources Engineer, Princeton Hydro, LLC,
    • Elizabeth Schuster, Environmental Economist, NJ Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
    • Julie Ulrich, Urban Strategies & Watershed Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy 

    At this conference, we will also present the 2014 Sustainable Raritan River Awards – our annual awards for outstanding achievement in efforts to revitalize our region, restore and protect our resources, and promote our area as a premiere place to live, work and raise a family. More information about the awards including how to make a nomination is on our website at

    REGISTER NOW to take the next step towards sustainability for the Raritan.  

    Continuing education credits have been requested for planners, engineers, public works directors, landscape architects, and flood plain managers.

    Thanks to our Sponsors!

    Eagle Sponsors

        Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

        Pfizer, Inc.

        School of Environmental and Biological Science, Rutgers University


    Blue Heron Sponsors

        Langan Engineering

        Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor


    Osprey Sponsors

        Duke Farms Foundation

        Federal Business Center

        Maraziti, Falcon & Healey 

        Princeton Hydro 

        Sadat & Associates

        Somerset Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority

        Van Cleef Engineering


    Sponsorship and Exhibitor space still available:  Contact us today!

    For more information visit or email

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 9:51 PM | Richard Franks

    The NJ Resiliency Network is a post-Sandy program that provides municipalities with access to a broad spectrum of technical and financial resources to assist in long term recovery, and to build stronger, more resilient communities.  Your response to this Assessment will help us better understand your community's needs so that we can provide you with the most beneficial services.

    More details


    Social Media for Training on Hazards Risk

    Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

    The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ

    Please join Sustainable Jersey and the FEMA's RAMPP team for a social media training offering designed specifically for community officials, emergency managers, floodplain managers, and anyone responsible for communicating on behalf of your town or borough.

    The interactive social media training shows participants how to:

    *       Efficiently weave social media into current outreach efforts

    *       Encourage personnel to act as online ambassadors

    *       Distill information into clear, concise, and cogent messaging 

    *       Diversify social media presence using written content, photos, and video

    *       Avoid pitfalls and controversy

    More Details


    Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services  

    June 13, 2014, 8:30am - 4pm 

    The 6th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony 

    Rutgers' Cook Campus Student Center, New Brunswick, NJ

    Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony. At this year's conference we explore the theme of Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystems Services. We will meet those who are working on valuing natural capital and ecosystem service concepts, learn how to use such valuations in planning decisions, and discuss how these valuations have changed ecological outcomes.

    CEUs have been requested for Professional Planners, Professional Engineers, Certified Floodplain Managers, Licensed Landscape Architects, Public Works Managers, Certified Foresters and Shade Tree Commissioners.

    More details




  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:58 PM | Richard Franks

    The total membership of NJAFM recently passed 400 for the first tie since the Association's founding. This is a significant milestone and we look forward to further growth in the years to come.


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