Michael Mann keynote
Michael Mann has accepted our invitation to give the keynote address at PERC's fall conference, "Engaging Sustainability", November 12th in Penn State. Michael will be speaking on "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battles Continues," focusing on his engagement in the climate change debate, including the the science, impacts, politics and ethical dimensions of human-caused climate change. He is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State co-founder of RealClimate.org and author of 170 publications and 2 books, winner of numerous honors and a leading authority on climate change and its implications. Don't miss this chance to hear this inspiring speaker!
Cool Schools announced
Each year the Sierra Club ranks higher education institutions across the country to find America’s greenest 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 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 recently created 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.
Cooling the Curriculum
Mark your calendar's for January 9th, 2015 for our next Teaching Climate Change event at Susquehanna University. If you missed this past January's Cooling the Curriculum event, you can still see the presentations and much more. Join the Cooling the Curriculum Learning Portal. Click to learn more.
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.
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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