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  • 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.


  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:04 AM | Richard Franks
    Have you experienced coastal flooding?
    Do you rely on flood warnings and alerts to know when to prepare?
    Do you wish you had more information about your flood risk?

    Nurture Nature Center is recruiting participants for two focus groups, as part of a research project with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about the use of National Weather Service flood forecast and warning tools. One focus group is intended for Ocean and Monmouth Counties Emergency Management Personnel (Friday, May 2nd in Brick), the other for Ocean and Monmouth Counties residents (Thursday May 1st in Brick and West Long Branch).

    Participants should live in the Monmouth or Ocean Counties and be at least 18 years of age. Participants will be asked to answer questions and provide input about various flood warning tools and products issued by the National Weather Service. Each participant will receive $30 for their time, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    For more details and how to register please click on the links below:

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:09 PM | Richard Franks
    Travel grant funding is available for local leaders to attend the May 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference.

    May 19-21, 2014 The Center of New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

    Conference Details:

  • Monday, April 07, 2014 11:30 AM | Richard Franks

    Senior Flood Hazard Communications Professionals (Social Marketing, multiple positions)

    Ogilvy Washington


    Ogilvy Washington seeks Senior Flood Hazard Communications Professionals with specialized experience in local partnership development and boots-on-the-ground community engagement to join a new project team in Ogilvy’s Public & Risk Communications group. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a network of risk communications, issues management, community outreach, partnership building, and engineering experts to tackle one of the nation’s greatest hazards: flooding.  Anywhere it can rain it can flood. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States.  As a part of this team, you will help communities reduce their vulnerability to flooding, save lives, and protect their financial stability.

    This full-time position will work collaboratively with colleagues in Washington DC and 10 regional offices nationwide, to accomplish significant results in the areas of raising understanding of local flooding vulnerabilities and transforming that knowledge into action to reduce risks at the local level.  Among stakeholder audiences are Federal officials, State and local officials, community planners, emergency managers, professional groups, businesses, and local residents.  The position will require frequent travel within a four to five state region.

    For nearly two decades, Ogilvy Public Relations has been at the forefront of social marketingundefinedadvancing personal and public health and safety via communication initiatives.  We have developed numerous social marketing campaigns to successfully raise awareness, educate and prompt action regarding some of today’s largest and most complex issues, ranging from homeland security to income taxes, emergency preparedness to heart disease, violence prevention to substance abuseundefinedthe list is extensive.  We take great pride in deploying solutions that improve and save lives.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Lead day to day regional strategic communications and outreach operations of a large Federal Emergency Management Agency account; 
    • Provide expertise in the development and coordination of localized strategic communications plans and content related to community resiliency;
    • Coordinate and strategize with the Washington, DC based leadership team and FEMA Regional offices on floodplain mapping and community resiliency projects;
    • Research, develop and manage existing and new partnerships with local influencers; consumer, non-profit, and business organizations; professional organizations;
    • Manage relationships with partners and assist with the development of locally tailored programs involving campaign assets and promotional extensions;
    • Prepare a variety of written materials including communication plans, partnership agreements, locally tailored outreach tools and materials, and reports; and
    • Work in collaboration with floodplain managers, topographical mapping engineers, emergency managers, State and local officials.

    Required Qualifications:

    • 10+ years’ experience in strategic communications, including experience developing and managing partnerships; preferably in an agency setting. 
    • Ability to provide a strategic perspective on projects that require an understanding of public policy, emergency management, issues management, natural hazards, and community outreach.
    • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions, foster local and regional partnerships, and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of audiences from Federal, State, and local officials to thought leaders, business leaders, and local residents within any of the following states:  New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and/or Florida.
    • Experience working on watershed, community planning, climate adaptation, engineering, flooding or other natural hazard issues is preferred.
    • Proven ability to prioritize multiple projects, turn around projects quickly and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to work both independently managing a regional team and collaboratively with other teams across the nation is essential.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential. 
    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus.
    • Willingness to travel about 50%.
    • Spanish language skills are a plus but not essential.  Experience in multi-cultural outreach, primarily Hispanic and tribal, are also a plus but not essential. 

    How to Apply:

    Please visit the careers section of our website at to apply online. Only those candidates selected to interview will be contacted.  While we welcome applications from out of state candidates, we are unable to provide reimbursement for relocation or travel expenses for this position.

    About Ogilvy Public Relations:

    Ogilvy Public Relations (Ogilvy PR) is a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader operating in more than 85 offices across six continents. In 2013, for the second consecutive year, Ogilvy was named Cannes Lions Network of the Year and Most Effective Agency Network by the Effie Global Effectiveness Index. Ogilvy was also named Best Digital Consultancy in the World, Most Creative Agency and Best South-East Agency by the Holmes Report. Ogilvy PR integrates deeply with all Ogilvy & Mather disciplines (advertising, direct marketing, activation, promotional, digital and entertainment) through the proprietary Ogilvy Fusion™ approach to delivering comprehensive, business solutions through content creation, community building, and communications with measurable results. Ogilvy PR is a unit of Ogilvy & Mather, a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY), and one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at @ogilvypr.

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