Exciting Campus Sustainability Project!
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. Find out more! 


Don't miss Blueprint for the Future, PERC's Conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Higher Education. The conference will be held Tuesday April 9th in the HUB Center on Penn State's University Park campus. Join us to explore higher education's role in Agenda 2030 and learn... (more)

John Quigley to Keynote 

John Quigley will serve as our keynote speaker at Blueprint for the Future, PERC’s conference on the Sustainable Development Goals on April 9th. John's keynote address will be, “Our Shared Responsibility to Help Build a Sustainable, Just World.” (more)

2018 Campus Sustainability Champions

The 2017 -2018 PERC Campus Sustainability Champions were announced at the Defending Our Future event. To find out more about what these sustainability leaders are doing on their campuses, see this complete list of the 2017-2018 CSCs .

PHE-FRC members 
win 2 EPA awards

(from left to right: Sodexo District Manager Dean Wuerfl, Ursinus President Brock Blomberg, Ursinus Food Service General Manager Ron Wood)
Representatives from the EPA, Sodexo, Ursinus College and PERC gathered recently to celebrate the awarding of not one but two national awards to Pennsylvania Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge organizations. One award went to PHE-FRC Sustaining Sponsor Sodexo--the Leadership Award for their role in making the PHE-FRC possible and carrying lessons learned here to other parts of the country. The second award recognized Ursinus College's outstanding progress in their food recovery data. EPA Regional Acting Adminstrator for District III, Cecil Rodrigues noted the impact and the import of the work that both Ursinus and Sodexo are doing. There is more about the awards and the event here.

Think Outside 

DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn gathered with students, faculty and other interested parties in in March to launch the Think Outside program, a DCNR program that grew out of a collaboration with PERC. Students from PERC Member institutions Shippensburg University and Messiah College will participate in the pilot projects of the program. The Think Outside program invites students and professors to use state parks and forests to cultivate new ideas and build stronger connections with our natural resources, and then share their projects, activities, research, or proposals with DCNR. More about Think Outside is available here.

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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Featured Corporate Sponsors

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Upcoming events

29 Mar 2019 11:30 AM • Harrisburg University, 326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
09 Apr 2019 8:00 AM • Rooms 233AB & 232AB, HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State University, University Park, PA
16 Apr 2019 9:30 AM •
21 May 2019 9:30 AM •

Jim Gurley, District Manager with Sustaining Sponsor Sodexo, talks about the PA Higher Education Food Recovery Challenge during PERC's "Changing Times" fall conference. 

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.

Go Leveraging Strengths Conf. recap page

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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