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Clean Water Action 32nd Annual Conference (April 28 Edison NJ)

  • The Wardlaw + Hartridge School 1295 Inman Avenue Edison, NJ, 08820 United States (map)

Don't miss Clean Water Action's 32nd Annual Conference featuring dynamic speakers, environmental workshops, women's leadership panel, as well as breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. April 28th from 9 am - 6 pm at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, 1295 Inman Ave, Edison, NJ 08820.

$25 in advance per person and $35 at the door. $15 per student. Advance registration deadline April 13th. Register at

To pay by check, mail to Clean Water Action, 198 Brighton Ave, 2nd FL, Long Branch, NJ 07740. To register by phone, call 732-963-9714 ext 252.

Governor Phil Murphy (invited)

Kate L Triggiano, Chair, Red Bank Environmental Commission; Organizer, Clean Water Action
Amanda J Nesheiwat Environmental Director, Town of Secaucus, NJ
Elizabeth Juviler, Organizer, NJ 11th For Change



ELECTRIFY NEW JERSEY: Learn what Jersey City is doing to bring Electric Vehicles (ev) to cities and how New Jersey can best create the infrastructure needed for EV’s future success. Moderated by Wyatt Earp, International Representative/Green Jobs Liaison, IBEW

Pam Frank, VP, Gabel Associates and CEO, ChargEVC; Katherine Lawrence, Director, Office of Sustainability, Jersey City

KEEP WATER & HEALTH IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN: Learn how to improve New Jersey’s infrastructure despite Washington’s attempts to destroy hard won water and environmental safeguards. Find out how to make New Jersey’s water and sewer systems more climate resilient. Moderated by Michele Roseanne Donato, Esq., Land Use Attorney; Board Member, Clean Water Action.

Joseph J. Maraziti, Esq., Land Use & Redevelopment Attorney, Maraziti, Falcon & Healey
Aaron Kleinbaum, Esq., Environmental Attorney, Executive Director, Eastern Environmental Law Center

KEEPING THE POISONS AWAY: What you don’t know about household and personal care products can actually hurt you. Hear from experts about options for cleaner, safer and healthier living that protect the environment too. Moderated by Maria Ackerman, Donor & Events Associate, Clean Water Action.

Dr. Gail Zimmerman, MD, Internist and Natural Doctor, Bay Head, NJ
Willie DeCamp, Chairman and Past Director, Save Barnegat Bay
Janet Tauro, NJ Board Chair, Clean Water Action; GRAMMES
(Grandmothers, Mothers & More for Energy Safety)

RETHINK DISPOSABLE: LESS WASTE TO TRASH: Learn how to stop managing waste (recycling, burning and landfilling) and start
producing less. Find out how food service businesses are embracing our ReThink Disposable program to reduce single-use products and save money too. 

Maura Toomey, ReThink Disposable Coordinator, Clean Water Action (Moderator)
Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program and Associate Director for the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC), The New School
Nataki Williams, Business Owner & Finance Controller, Vital Dining

SESSION II: 1:15 - 2:45 PM

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: MEDIA TRAINING COURSE: Learn the latest tools to help you be successful in today’s media . . . how to write newsworthy content, reach your targeted audiences, and amplify your message and campaigns on social media; including live-streaming video, live tweeting, and developing materials for allies and partners. Moderated by Jenny Vickers Chyb, NJ Communications Manager, Clean Water Action.

Randy Bergmann, Editorial Page Editor, Asbury Park Press
Neil Bhaerman, National Communications Manager, Clean Water Action

CLIMATE & ENERGY: HOW TO MOVE FORWARD, NOT BACKWARDS: Learn how Clean Water Action and its partners are taking it upon themselves to do the work the Trump Administration won’t when it comes to fighting for 100% renewable energy by 2050 and green jobs. Moderated byAlyssa Bradley, Energy Organizer, Clean Water Action

Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware RiverKeeper Network
Jeff Tittel, Director, Sierra Club, NJ Chapter
Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director, Center for the Urban Environment, John S. Watson Inst. of Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University; Member, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN ACTION: Engaging communities and leaders in making a difference locally and statewide where pollution and its adverse impacts are disproportionately greater. Moderated by Jeanette Mitchell, Climate Organizer, Clean Water Action

Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds, Board Member, Clean Water Action; 
Vice Chair, Newark Environmental Commission; Executive Director, Stepping Stones Resources
Nicole Miller, Member, Newark Environmental Commission, GI Reformer

SAFE DRINKING WATER DISRUPTORS: Learn about growing concerns regarding unregulated contaminants, endocrine
disruptors, and lead in our drinking water, as well as policy options at the local, state and national levels. Moderated by Tom Fote, Board Member, Clean Water Action; Legislative Director, Jersey Coast Anglers Association

Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action
Michael Gochfeld, MD, Occupational Medicine, Piscataway, NJ
Dr. Joanna Burger, Distinguished Professor, Biology, Rutgers University


Individuals and environmentally-friendly businesses are invited to be showcased at our conference and to our 150,000 New Jersey members and 60,000 email subscribers. Visit our Sponsor Page at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or contact to apply as a green vendor. 

The conference is a Zero Package event - implementing ReThink Disposable practices to reduce the amount of plastic and foam debris that ends up in our oceans and waterways, harming wildflife. We will provide all reusable cups, plates, and cutlery and encourage you to BYOR! (Bring Your Own Reusable)

The Wardlaw + Hartridge School
Bayshore Recycling
Dr. Joseph and Janet Tauro
Ocean County Sports Medicine Center
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Port Division
CWA Local 1036
John and Diane Kirby Burke
Anonymous Donor
Kopp Electric Company
Paul Prendergast Karate 
Michele R. Donato, Esq.
Tom and Lynda Fote
Rodger and Jane Nogaki
Tirza Wahrman, Esq.
Ocean Bay Auto Body - Ted Rainer
Tastebuds Catering