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.
Great Opportunity for Students!
Students from across the state are urged to share their work at PERC's 2016 Student Sustainability Symposium at Chatham University on March 1st (more about the event here.) They 1) can present on panels, 2) propose and lead round table discussion and/or 3) present a poster. To do so they need to describe their project briefly, along with their contact information and submit it using this form.
PERC and PASA Partner
For the first time this year, PERC members interested in sustainable agriculture and on-campus gardens and farms have organized two panels to be presented at the PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) "Farming for the Future" conference in State College from February 3rd to February 6th, 2016 at the Penn Stater in State College PA. See PERC's events page for more information.
Inside Out workshop focuses on how to build support for sustainability on campus
Check out the video that PSU's Jeremy Bean and Erik Foley made describing the benefits of attending their upcoming workshop "Building Sustainability from the Inside Out?" The less-than-two-minute video and a whole lot more about the workshop are available on the Inside Out page. Registration closes January 4th at noon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in this important work.
DEP Secretary Keynotes
PERC Fall Conf. at Penn State
With the keynote being given by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, this year's annual meeting and fall conference "Building Bridges," drew a crowd. The October 9th event at The Penn Stater, offered several opportunities to interact with Sec. Quigley as well as other speakers like DCNR Deputy Secretary Mike Walsh and U.S. EPA's Luke Wolfgang. IT was a great chance to "build a bridge" to other organizations to amplify the sustainability work being done on your campus. Go to the event's page for more information.
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.
2015 Cool Schools announced
greenest colleges. This years tally showed that one in fourteen schools on the list was from Pennsylvania. And every one of the fourteen were institutions connected to PERC. PERC Member Institution Dickinson College, Carlisle, had the highest ranking in Pennsylvania. Additional PERC Member Schools on the list: Chatham University, Penn State University, Allegheny College, Bucknell University and Villanova University. Other PERC institutions in the rankings include University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Lehigh, Temple and Drexel. Congratulations to all!
PERC receives national award from EPA as 2014 Endorser of the Year
PERC's Student Sustainability Symposium at Bucknell generates enthusiasm
Approximately one hundred students from across Pennsylvania met at Bucknell University on March 27th to share their research and network with each other at PERC's second Student Sustainability Symposium. The students voiced enthusiasm for the chance to connect with others on on campuses with the same interest. Here's a five minute video with quick clips from throughout the day.
Pictures from the event are on the student-run PERColator page on Facebook.
Teaching About Climate Change conference a success!
If you couldn't make it to PERC's Teaching About Climate Change event at Susquehanna University, you missed a lot of great ideas. For a sampling of some of those ideas, go to the Teaching About Climate Change RECAP pages. You'll find the day's agenda and many of the presentations used that day as well as pages with both keynote addresses and a highlights video. And a page with photos from throughout the day. Check it out!
Highlights from PERC's 2014 Fall Conference
Our keynote speaker Michael Mann was an undeniable hit during PERC's fall conference, "Engaging Sustainability", November 12th in Penn State. Michael's address, "The Hockeystick and the Climate Wars" can be seen on the event's recap page. 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.
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!
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.