Option Green is a lecture series exploring local to global environmental topics.

Co-sponsored with the East Brunswick Public Library.

 All programs begin at 7 p.m, at The Library

Admission is free.

 

Honeybee Basics, August 2

An EB Public Library event, co-sponsored with the Friends EBEC.

Find out what all the buzz is about in a honeybee hive! Join beekeeper Angela Juffey as you discover the social structure of these valuable pollinators, their process of making honey, and the role of the beekeeper (which may be YOU someday), in maintaining the balance.

After teaching Math, Science and Technology at Eisenhower Middle School in Freehold Township for 37 years, Angela Juffey retired and devoted her time and energy to the community and preserving our powerful pollinator – the Honeybee. Currently Mrs. Juffey is the Chair/Treasurer of the Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center (a facility for children in Monmouth County who are victims of child abuse), Webmaster for New Jersey Alpha Delta Kappa (an International Honor Society for Outstanding Women Educators), Secretary of the Central Jersey Beekeepers Association and 2017 New Jersey State Honey Show First Place Recipient.


 

Wednesday, September 19: Discovering Natural NJ:  from High Point to Cape May

Jim Peck will show his photos and discuss beautiful and little known natural areas found all across our diverse state. He has traveled through NJ for the past 12 years exploring and writing the Trail Mix nature column for the Home News Tribune. He has also visited 49 states with just North Dakota to go.

Jim is an amateur naturalist and worked for over three years as the Education Director of the American Littoral Society, a coastal conservation non-profit located on Sandy Hook. He also serv

ed for three years as the Executive Director of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills working to educate the public and restore native plants in the 16 acres. 


 

   Jim stands next to Big Rock, one of the largest glacial erratics in the state.

 Jim stands next to Big Rock, one of the largest glacial erratics in the state

 

Wednesday, October 18: Birding in East Brunswick

Steven Albert, Environmenal Commission member, birder and photographer will talk about birds of our area.

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Past events (since 2017)

Wednesday, May 24: “New Jersey’s Climate Variability and Change New Jersey State Climatologist and Rutgers Geography Professor David Robinson will discuss what’s happening to New Jersey’s climate in an era of heightened interest in climate change, its causes and impacts.

Robinson is a frequent speaker on his research interests in applied climate, and climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers.

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Wednesday, April 26: “Hydroculture” Stephanie Alea, a field researcher in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers, will discuss hydroculture – growing plants in a soil-free medium. She holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from Rutgers and managed the display greenhouse at International Flavors and Fragrances, where she gained experience in hydroculture. She also holds a master’s in public health in epidemiology from Florida International University.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017: “Salamander Migration” East Brunswick Environmental Commission Chairman Dr. David Moskowitz will discuss the annual migration of salamanders, an important ecological event. After noticing that salamanders were crossing Beekman Road in large numbers on rainy, early spring evenings to lay their eggs in vernal pools on the other side, Moskowitz urged the creation of the East Brunswick Vernal Pool Protection Plan, which features annual closures of Beekman Road to allow these amphibians to safely reach their breeding habitats. Each year, these closures draw people from throughout the area to observe this natural phenomenon.

Moskowitz, who also chairs the Friends of EBEC, is a senior vice president with EcolSciences Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from George Washington University, a master’s in environmental policy studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and doctorate in entomology from Rutgers.  In addition to the salamander program, he was the driving force behind East Brunswick Butterfly Park, and was a co-founder of the Community Garden and National Moth Week with Liti Haramaty of the Friends.

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