Exciting events planned for 2019-2020 year!
Although dates and specific venues are not locked in for every event, we are excited about the programming planned for the coming year and wanted to share that with you in advance of the official announcements with dates and locations.

Climate Choices Deliberation at Penn State University Park
Early November 2019
This November, PERC members will come together to have a facilitated deliberation on climate change and learn how to organize and facilitate deliberations of their own. (More here...)

Making it Work: a how-to workshop on successful community engagement
Early January 2020
Join faculty, staff, and students for a workshop on community engagement for sustainability. (More here...)

Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance + Civic Action
April 8 2020
On April 8, 2020, colleges in every state in the US will engage in a new set of power dialogs. Solve Climate, organized through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will host a nationally coordinated on-line event with hundreds of participating schools in every state. (More here...)

Spring 2020 Conference at Penn State University Park
Last week of April 2020
Later in April, we will host our annual conference at University Park. Building on this past year's momentum, we will continue to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals. (More here...)

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! 

Blueprint for the Future, PERC's Conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Higher Education was held Tuesday April 9th in the HUB Center on Penn State's University Park campus. Conference participants came together to explore higher education's role in the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Find out more about PERC's 2019 Spring Conference!

For a recap of the conference day from an intern's perspective click here.

For the conference information packet click here.

For the master PowerPoint including presentations from the day, click here.

For the presentation by Ted Monk, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for Sodexo North America, click here.

To read the text of the keynote speech by Harrisburg University's John Quigley, click here.

The notes from our breakout Sustainability Cafe, facilitated by Michele Halsell and Peter Buckland.

2019 Campus Sustainability Champions

The PERC Executive Committee has announced the 2019 Campus Sustainability Champions. The title is awarded to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have made meaningful contributions benefiting social, economic and/or environmental sustainability on their campus, in their community, or in society at large. Contributions can be in areas of teaching, research, co-curricular programs, campus culture, community service, and campus operations, including food recovery.

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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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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