Leading the Change
2013 Fall Conference Recap


Video: 2013 "Sustainability Cafe" work-shopping ideas

Click to go to Conference Video and Pic Album"Leading the Change," the PERC 2013 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting took place on the Penn State, University Park campus.  The conference was very well received and sold out ten days before the event.  Our apologies to those who wished to attend but couldn't.  The text below offers links to presentations given throughout the day including downloadable PowerPoint presentations and online Prezi shows.  Also of interest: two new PERC site pages detailing the two new initiatives showcased at the conference: The Poster Session summary page and the Campus Sustainability Champions overview page.


 

HOST INSTITUTION HIGHLIGHT: Sustainability @ Penn State
Denice Wardrop, Director, Penn State Sustainability Institute
PRESENTATION

 ◊ PANEL/ UPDATE:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
A session on Climate Change Renewable Energy work and opportunities.
Speakers from this session include:

 Kathy Schreiber,
 Professor, Millersville University.
PRESENTATION: Joyce Ferris, founding partner with Blue Hill Partners, leading
the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund. Blue Hill leads "the
investment of over $45 million in energy efficiency and
sustainability projects at Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
The Campus Energy Efficiency Fund (the “Fund”) is designed
to help schools overcome the multiple challenges they face
in achieving their sustainability goals."
PRESENTATION:Neil Leary, director of Dickinson College's Center for
Sustainability Education, speaking on their NASA funded
project,"Cooling the Liberal Arts Curriculum," that works with
other higher education schools to build Climate Change education
into the curriculum.
 Joel Thomas, with Community Energy, Inc. discussing a plan
CEI is testing to help make on-campus solar affordable with the
aid of the institution's community. Joel will also update us on their
Keystone Solar curriculum project.

Climate Change and Energy Committee: Don Brown (Chair), Widener
University Law School. Other Committee members; Julia Knight, HACC,
Mike Mumper, High Construction Energy Solutions Group; Kathy
Schreiber, Millersville University; Kathy Straub, Susquehanna University.

◊ PANEL: PA HIGHER EDUCATION FOOD RECOVERY CHALLENGE
The PA Higher Education Food Recovery Challenge is PERC’s major
new initiative this year. An innovative approach to implementing Food Recovery, the
PHE-FRC is a unique partnership of PERC, US EPA and Sodexo.
Speakers from this session include:

 Tom O'Donnell, Sustainability Coordinator, US EPA Region
III. Tom is one of our two key contacts at the EPA for the PA
Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge and has been involved with us
since we began to develop the program. Learn how the EPA is
working with PERC to make the PHE-FRC a success.
PRESENTATION: George Cashmark, District Manager, Sodexo. Sodexo has also
been involved with the PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge from
early on. George will tell us about the Challenge from the point of
view of campus food services supplier; what they bring to the table
and the advantages of getting them involved.
PRESENTATION: Eileen Reavey, Director of Expansion, Food Recovery
Network
. The Food Recovery Network is a great story--started by
engaged students on a variety of campuses. Learn how student
interest became student action which became a nationwide
network. Eileen started York College of PA's chapter of FRN and
now she's on staff at the national office. Whether you are in the
Food Recovery Challenge or not, you may walk away with some
new insights about student engagement.
PRESENTATION: Brittany Prischak, Sustainability Director, Mercyhurst
University
. Mercyhurst was the first school to sign up for the PA
Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge. Learn what Mercyhurst is doing
to engage in the PHE-FRC.


SUSTAINABILITY POSTER SESSION page
PERC’s call for Posters resulted in 21 submissions. Attendees are asked to give
feedback on the posters on display.
Brittany Prischak, Poster Session Committee Chair.
Other Committee members: Kelly Boulton, Allegheny College; Elly Engle,
Penn State; Sue Barsom, Penn State and Sarah Dawson, Franklin and
Marshall College.

LUNCH / NETWORKING

PRESENTATION:PERC UPDATE AND BUSINESS
Josh Hooper, PERC

► SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
PRESENTATION: Rob Morasco, CEC. Senior Director Offer Development, Sodexo
Sodexo and Sustainability. Learn about our Sustaining Sponsor and
how they are Leading the Change by actively working with PERC
campuses to achieve and measure sustainability goals. A closer
look at a few key initiatives will provide insight into successes that
could be replicated at your campus and a sneak peak at things to
come.

◊ PANEL: CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS initiative page 
Joint Campus Sustainability Champions Powerpoint

Panelists:

 Michelle Velez: Student, Villanova University
 Scott Perkins: Student, Bucknell University
 Justin McCarty: Student, Dickinson College
 Heather Sahli: Professor, Shippensburg University
 Nadine Garner: Associate Professor/ Director of School
Counseling, Millersville University
 Ann Bolla Quinn: Director, Green Behrend, Penn State Erie, The
Behrend College



► SUSTAINABILITY CAFÉ
The latest edition of PERC's Sustainability Café. The Café is designed to elicit input about priorities from PERC membership and to build a framework to begin to turn talk into action. This Fall’s Café was led by PSU’s Jeremy Bean and Rob Andrejewski.
 Rob Andrejewski: Sustainability Institute, Penn State
 Jeremy Bean: Sustainability Institute, Penn State


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