The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will host the Rutgers Environmental Stewards Training in Egg Harbor Township, beginning January 20, 2016. In addition to the training at ACUA, the program is offered in Warren, Passaic, Somerset and Middlesex Counties.
The Rutgers Environmental Steward program provides training and experience to empower participants to contribute to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in their local communities. No prior experience is required.
During the 20-week class, participants learn the basic processes of earth, air, water and biological systems. Students also learn techniques and tools used to monitor and assess the health of the environment and gain an understanding of the research and regulatory infrastructure of state and federal agencies operating in New Jersey that relate to environmental issues. In addition, students also learn about group dynamics, conflict resolution and community leadership.
“It is our goal that graduates use their knowledge to expand public awareness of scientifically based information related to environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community,” says Bruce Barbour, Extension Agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
In order to develop such trained and educated citizen volunteers, Rutgers Cooperative Extension has formed a partnership with a consortium of non-profit and governmental environmental organizations to develop a statewide Environmental Stewardship Certification Program. “This program will teach land and water stewardship best practices, environmental public advocacy and leadership,” states Barbour. Classes are taught by local and regional experts and include both classroom and field study. Students complete 60 hours of classes and 60 hours of volunteer work in order to receive their certificates.
Registration is underway for the Rutgers Environmental Steward Class of 2016. In southern New Jersey, interested parties may contact the Atlantic County Utility Authority to learn more or to sign up for the class.
Training Location: Atlantic County Utility Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp. NJ
Normal Class Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Cost: $250
ACUA application form
More information including application forms and the current schedule for lectures can be found on the web at envirostewards.rutgers.edu