The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fields incoming requests for public speakers, classroom presentations and exhibitors regarding the various environmental topics that are covered by the agency. Due to travel authorization requirements, the DEP Speakers Program must receive speaker and exhibit requests at least six weeks in advance of the program or event date or the request cannot be honored..
* The DEP may be unable to fill every request due to staff availability, travel authorization, etc.
* Please limit your requests to one speaker per event.
The following information should be provided for each request:
- Requested topic(s) - prioritized, if more than one choice
- Brief description of the event or program
- Dates, times and length of presentation - provide options, if possible
- Number of presentations needed
- Description of audience and estimated number of attendees
- Location of the presentation - include county
- Directions to the location of the presentation
- Contact person - include work or home address, work and home phone numbers, and an e-mail address
- On-line Request Form
Topics that have been requested in the past include:
- Targeted audiences for this program include environmental, civic and community organizations; businesses and trade associations; environmental commissions and local government; and, colleges, universities and schools.
- Classroom presentations for grades K-12 on some environmental topics can be arranged on a limited basis.
- Allow 2 - 6 weeks for the processing of a request. All requests will be confirmed by phone and e-mail.
- In most cases, existing programs can be modified to fit the needs of the audiences.
- There is no fee for these programs.
* For recycling and waste management requests, contact your local County or Municipal Offices.
- Career days
- Endangered species***
- Energy conservation
- Ground water
- Invasive species
- Non-point source pollution**
- Rocks, minerals & fossils
- School gardens
- Water cycle**
- Climate change
- Going green at school & home++
** The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors are a group of AmeriCorps Volunteers who have been specially trained by DEP staff to teach about Non-Point Source Pollution and Water Quality. They are each based in one of the 20 Watershed Management Areas into which the State has been divided.
See www.nj.gov/dep/watershedmgt/ambassadors for more information about the Watershed Ambassador Program and how to contact the Watershed Ambassador for your area.
*** The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ offers interested groups an informative slide presentation and discussion on the efforts to research, manage and protect endangered and threatened species in New Jersey. Volunteers are also available to attend events with an exhibit to provide information about our endangered and nongame wildlife. See www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/spkrbur.htm for full details.
+Sustainability: What is it and What's in it for Your Business is a powerpoint presentation put together by DEP's Office of Economic Growth and Green Energy.
++Environmental Protection: What You Can Do! (More or Less) is an interactive powerpoint presentation created by the DEP to introduce audiences to environmentally friendly and unfriendly practices. Using up-to-date statistics, common sense, and a bit of humor, the presenter and audience will explore human habits that affect the environment. Some of these are environmentally beneficial and some are detrimental. More of the good and less of the bad is the goal - saving time, money and the Earth can be the result! A supplemental handout for this program can be found HERE.
General public, organizations, educators, students of all ages
Requests and questions should be directed to:
Marc Rogoff, Speakers Program Coordinator
NJDEP, Office of Communications
PO Box 402
Trenton NJ 08625
Click here to fill out the On-line Request Form