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  • 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.
  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:31 PM | Richard Franks
    For information on recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, specifically the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) signed into law by President Obama on March 21, 2014, please click on the links below:

    For an analysis of the act by ASFPM, please click below:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:28 AM | Richard Franks

    Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Jacques Cousteau Reserve, Tuckerton, NJ 

    The seminar (which is co-sponsored by NJAFM) will be reviewing the information and regulatory documents that a municipality needs to have prepared for the Community Rating System (CRS) application process. This seminar is for communities that are NOT already in the CRS program but are very interested in becoming involved.

    Registration is limited to 2 individuals per municipality. It is suggested suggest the person that you would designate as your CRS coordinator and one additional person familiar with floodplain issues and education for your municipality.

    For full details including agenda and registration please click on the link below:

    CRS Assistance Seminar

  • Friday, March 14, 2014 9:01 AM | Richard Franks

    Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Program Administration by States. FEMA is seeking public comment on implementing Section 404(c) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170c(c), regarding administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The public’s input will help inform the development of this new method of program delivery that may provide states and tribes with increased oversight as they implement the grant program. The Notice contains a series of questions about various aspects on state administration of the HMGP. The concerns and recommendations raised by the public will be used to guide development of program regulations.

    The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA) was signed by the President on January 29, 2013. The goal of SRIA is to establish efficiencies in Federal disaster recovery programs that will expedite the recovery process and reduce costs. A piece of SRIA provided FEMA with the authority to implement HMGP Program Administration by States (PAS) as a pilot program concurrently with the development of regulations that will formalize the program. The Pilot was initiated in April 2013. States and tribes that wish to participate in the Pilot may be delegated defined responsibilities by FEMA based on an analysis of their staffing plan, grants management, and hazard mitigation experience, and demonstrated past performance. In return, for assuming additional responsibilities, Grantees will have increased control and oversight in implementing the program. Implementation of the Pilot helped guide the development of many of the questions included in the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the notice. FEMA also specifically invites comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or Federalism effects that might result from implementation of any final rule stemming from this notice. All comments received will be posted, without change, including personal information provided to Comments submitted must include the Docket ID for this rulemaking, FEMA-2014-0013. The deadline for public comments is 05/12/2014.

    More information on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program may be found on FEMA’s website at

    Information about the Program Administration by States Pilot can be found at
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:24 PM | Richard Franks
    The State of New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Team has posted the State Hazard Mitigation Plan on the NJOEM website for a public comment period which will be open until April 11th. NJAFM members are particularly encouraged to provide input. All comments must be received by April 11, 2014.

    To review the plan and make any comments please visit the links below:

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