Exciting Campus Sustainability Project!
Go to the PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania 
Higher Education
Food Recovery Challenge
. Working together, PERC schools can challenge each other to cut down on food waste and see benefits that range from reducing hunger to reducing campus GHG emissions.

Keynote announced

Our keynote speaker for PERC's "Teaching About Climate Change" event will be Dr. Nancy Harris of the World Resources Institute.  Her talk will be "Monitoring Deforestation with Global Forest Watch"--a fascinating tool to supplement your climate curriculum. Register here for this January 9th conference.  Submit an abstract here. 

Campus Sustainability Champions
 PERC is happy to announce its 2014 Campus Sustainability Champions (CSCs). CSCs are nominated by each campus in two categories: Student and non-Student. Review our 2014 CSCs here.  And congratulations to all our CSCs on the important work you are doing!

What are you doing about the challenges of teaching climate change?  Mark your calendars for January 9th for PERC's Teaching About Climate ChangeCome to Susquehanna University to share your successes and learn from others about their work. Whether you’re approaching the topic of climate change from the physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, business, or sustainability, we’re interested in how you incorporate the topic into your teaching. So please use our brief form to  submit an abstract to speak at the conference. 

Highlights from PERC's Fall Conference
Our keynote speaker Michael Mann was an undeniable hit during PERC's fall conference, "Engaging Sustainability", November 12th in Penn State.  The Daily Collegian covered the his appearance at our conference.  A reporter from Discover Magazine attended as well.  Find out more about the conference here.

Conference Poster Session Projects
Click to download an in-depth look at the submitted projects for the poster session fpr our "Engaging Sustainability" fall conference at Penn State. You'll find a wide array of topics and authors, from undergraduate to graduate to faculty to staff and many combinations thereof. Check it out!

Cool Schools announced
Each year the Sierra Club ranks higher education institutions across the country to find America’s Dickinson College students in biofuel labgreenest colleges. PERC Member Institution Dickinson College, Carlisle, was ranked third in the country on the Sierra Club’s 2014 Cool Schools list. Notable PERC Member Schools on the list: Chatham University, Allegheny College, Villanova University, and West Chester University. Other PERC institutions in the rankings include University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Slippery Rock, Temple and Lehigh. Congratulations to all!

Lycoming students Julian and Johanna with food donationsLycoming becomes latest Challenge participant 
Lycoming College has joined PERC's PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Lycoming students learned about the Food Recovery Network at PERC's fall conference last year, formed a student chapter of FRN and officially joined the PHE-FRC this semester. Welcome!  If your campus is doing (or considering doing) Food Recovery work (composting, food donation, source reduction), join the PHE-FRC to share your results and to learn from other campuses and a network of experts.

PERC's student-run Facebook group exists to connect students from Pennsylvania's colleges and universities who are interested in working on sustainability. Search for "PERColator" on Facebook and join the group.

2015 Student Symposium 
Save the Date for another great PERC Student Sustainability Symposium on March 27th at Bucknell University.  With well over 100 attendees from 22 campuses and dozens of student presentations, roundtables and posters, this past spring's PERC Student Sustainability Symposium at Dickinson was a great success. Find out more here, including a recap video and lists of each project presented during the conference.

Working on a Sustainable Future 

Founded in 2000, PERC serves to connect people working on sustainability projects in Pennsylvania's colleges and universities; allowing them to share knowledge and take action towards a sustainable future.  We believe institutions of higher education are in a unique position to play a leadership role in bringing about that future.  With over seventy member and affiliated institutions, PERC has a long list of organizational accomplishments, including the initial development of wind power in Pennsylvania.  PERC is widely recognized as one of the leading regional sustainability in higher education organizations in the country. For a look at a portion of this year's planned events and activities, see the PERC events section of the site. For more on PERC, see the about us pages.  

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Upcoming events

09 Jan 2015 9:00 AM • Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
27 Mar 2015 8:00 AM • Bucknell University, Lewisburg

Go to the Making Progress conf. recap page

Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.

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Paul Morgan, West Chester University, talks about community engagement at the Leveraging Strengths Conference at Franklin & Marshall College. 

Second Nature founder Tony Cortese giving the keynote address at PERC annual meeting at Penn State University.


Conference attendees taking part in the Sustainability Cafe.







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