PERC is proud to be the organizing body for the Pennsylvania
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.
2016 Campus Sustainability Champions
Take a moment to recognize those leading the sustainability charge on your campus. PERC Member Schools are invited to nominate PERC 2016 Campus Sustainability Champions (CSC) for recognition on our website and at the PERC Fall Conference. To find out more, read the full 2016 Call for CSC Nominees.
Call for 2016 Poster Session
Share your sustainability efforts with others across the state. Consider submitting a poster to present at the PERC 2016 Fall Conference. Students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to showcase their projects. Click here to read the full Call for Posters. Our thanks to Penn State's Sustainability Institute for generously underwriting our Poster Session.
Fall Conference Keynote Address
Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Penn State, is the host of the PBS series "Earth, the Operator's Manual" and author of seven books. Dr. Alley will speak on "Finding a Better Future in Changing Times: Energy, Environment, and Sustainability." Dr. Alley is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and author of several IPCCC assessment reports. Don't miss his inspiring, thought-provoking talk.
Based on interest expressed at the "Building Bridges" conference a PERC Committee on Climate Change held its first meeting on November 2nd. The committee will likely focus on ways that institutions can mitigate climate and boost resiliency both on their campuses and in Pennsylvania's communities. A summary of the first meeting is available on the Climate Change committee's page. Everyone from PERC Member schools is encouraged to join. Contact Don Brown at email@example.com to participate in this important work.
PERC at COP 21, Paris
concretely considered or ignored ethics and justice in determining national climate commitments. The matters reported on were derived from a research project Don has had with the University of Sydney in Australia in which 20 researchers from 20 countries investigated how nations actually took equity and ambition into account in developing national climate change policies. A description of the project and its conclusions are available on the project website Nationalclimatejustice.org. For a look at PERC's event at last years COP, click here.
PERC receives national award from EPA as Endorser of the Year
Pictures from the event are on the student-run PERColator page on Facebook.
Lycoming 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.
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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Julia Knight, HACC's Director of Sustainability, presenting at PERC's Making Progress Conference at Susquehanna University.
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.