11 August 2016

Great opportunity for students

Looking for a Few Good Men/Women to Serve as Ambassadors for NJ's Environment!

The Department of Environmental Protection has several openings remaining for the 2016-2017 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors.  Good candidates are needed to serve at the County of Passaic Planning Department (Totowa); the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (Newark); the Hackensack Riverkeeper (Hackensack); the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham); and Cape May County. 

Based out of 20 host agencies throughout NJ, Ambassadors work with all sectors of the public to improve the quality of NJ's waterways through education and by empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions about their watersheds.  Ambassadors raise awareness about litter and nonpoint source pollution through their many community projects, field work and presentations. They also take a leadership role in collaborating with local partners to plan and complete projects that protect and restore local waterways, thus promoting environmental stewardship.

Ambassadors are required to complete 1,700 hours of service from September through mid- July. Compensation includes a pretax annual stipend of $12,530; eligibility for health insurance benefits while serving as an Ambassador; subsidized childcare, if qualified; deferment of qualified student loans during service; and extensive training throughout the program year. In addition, members are eligible to receive an education award of $5,730 upon successful completion of the program.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a bachelor's degree, a valid driver's license, and must have reliable transportation to get to and from field sites.

The DEP began hosting the federal AmeriCorps program in 2000. AmeriCorps is a national service initiative that began in 1993. Since its inception, more than 980,000 men and women have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, serving more than 1.3 billion hours and improving the lives of countless Americans.

Those interested may apply online through the AmeriCorps website at:  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=letQFF_oq2gn5hWlqxsQfuGQOlULzKWqi1Jxjx4fc9xVSAEQltFU!399265864?id=68288&fromSearch=true.  Deadline for applications is August 31, 2016.

For more information, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm or call Kathy Giordano, Program Manager or Patricia Ingelido, Supervisor at (609) 633-1441. Written queries can be sent to:  NJWAP@dep.nj.gov

07 August 2016

Farmers Market Week

Make sure you get out and celebrate Farmers Market Week. Who knows, maybe there'll be a Pokemon gym there.

27 July 2016

Wish I could attend

For those interested in the intersection of health and place, this sounds like an outstanding conference. With the Baby Boomers reaching retirement age in the US and the UK, this is about to become a massive issue for designers to grapple with.

International conference on Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing |
Edinburgh | 11-14 October 2016 | Registration now OPEN

Mobility Mood and Place:
Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing Conference 

is delighted to announce that registration is
now open for the fourth Open Space: People Space Conference, ‘Mobility,
Mood and Place: Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing’.

The conference will take place in Edinburgh on 11th – 14th October 2016.

For further information and registration:

Featuring keynote speakers including Professor Billie Giles-Corti
(Australia), Professor Gloria Gutman (Canada) and Professor Sarah
Wigglesworth (UK), the conference will showcase the best global research
on realising environments for healthy, happy and active ageing for all.

As well as plenary, parallel and poster sessions, delegates will hear
from the Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) project team who will share
emerging findings from three years of research engaging over 750 older
participants in innovative studies, including co-design, mobile neural
imaging and lifecourse work.

The final day will include site-based activities and workshops and an
exhibition on MMP will run for the duration.

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25 July 2016

100 years of zoning

Today is the 100th anniversary of New York City's comprehensive zoning ordinance. Generally viewed as the first city-wide comprehensive zoning ordinance in the US, this was a real watershed moment for urban growth and land use controls. Appropriately, the NY Times provides some context and reflection in a Building Blocks column by David Dunlap.

It is probably true that the nation's embrace of zoning was inevitable, so if NYC hadn't jumped in first, someone else would have. But the symbolism of NYC's early adoption and continued rapid growth undercut many ridiculous arguments about how government control would set cities back or make them less competitive. As Dunlap reminds us, NYC also created a phenomenal zoning document that helped show other cities how to structure zoning as a defensible and logical system.