|8:00 AM...||Registration/ Networking/ Coffee and light breakfast. Poster setup.|
|9:00 AM...||Welcome/Intros--Josh Hooper, PERC, Susannah Barsom, Penn State|
|9:10 AM...||Host Institution Highlight: The UN Sustainable Development Goals: What makes this time different for Higher Ed?|
|9:20 AM...||PA Higher Education Food Recovery Challenge --Fewer GHGs, Less Hunger and Greater Visibility. With U.S. EPA's Luke Wolfgang and Carty McMullen, Regional VP, Sodexo.|
|9:50 AM...||Sponsor Spotlight: Partners in Food Waste Reduction, Deb McMahon Sodexo.|
|10:00 AM...||Modeling Sustainability through Higher Ed Partnerships in State Parks and Forests Mike Walsh, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)|
|10:30 AM...||Coming Attractions--a look at PERC events coming up for the rest of the academic year.|
|10:45 AM...||PERC Business: Election of Executive Committee Members|
|11:00 AM...||Keynote-"Building Bridges" John Quigley, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. (DEP)|
|12:00 PM...||Lunch/ Networking/ Poster Session|
|1:00 PM...||Showcasing Sustainability: an interactive session w Secretary John Quigley|
|2:00 PM...||Panel: Selected 2015 Campus Sustainability Champions|
|3:00 PM...||Option: Breakout groups on Food Systems, Climate, Water.
Tour PSU's Eco-Machine
|3:55 PM...||Closing Remarks|
"Building Bridges: Partnering to Drive Sustainability Forward"
John Quigley, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
DEP is interested in finding ways that PERC schools can partner with DEP to 1) move sustainability forward and 2) mutually benefit both DEP and the Member Institutions. PERC's Executive Committee had a meeting with Mr. Quigley this summer to talk about the important role higher education can play in advancing sustainability and how we can begin to "build bridges" between DEP and the work that Pennsylvania Higher Education institutions are doing both on-campus and off. His ideas on the subject were positively invigorating; the Executive Committee invited him to give this keynote address at our annual meeting to share his thoughts. Come find out how your school can be a part of it and share your thoughts with the Secretary in the Q&A that follows his address.
Moderator: Kathy Straub, Susquehanna University
Michael Walsh, Deputy Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Find out how your school can be part of DCNR's new Sustainability Initiative! Mike Walsh is co-chair of the initiative and will discuss the full-cycle approach to sustainability at DCNR, the state agency responsible for 120 state parks and 2 million acres of forest land. As part of this work,
DCNR will develop partnerships with colleges and universities. Mike will also discuss a new Pennsylvania public service internship program designed to create career pathways at DCNR and other state agencies for current college students. His talk will include time for Q&A in which Mike will seek input on how to more fully engage institutions of higher learning in the Sustainability Initiative. A great way to engage your institution in this valuable opportunity.
Creating partnerships and promoting sustainability is familiar ground for Mike Walsh. In a previous role as Deputy Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, he created the “Pathways to Green Schools” initiative to promote a comprehensive approach to sustainability in Pennsylvania’s K-12 educational system.
A brief look at some of the exciting events planned for the academic year, including...
Building Sustainability from the Inside Out--Erik Foley and Jeremy Bean, Penn State University
College, Community, Climate--Donald Brown, Widener University
Student Sustainability Symposium--Josh Hooper, PERC
PA Power Dialog--Neil Leary, Dickinson College
EnergyPath 2016--Kelly McCartney, The Sustainable Energy Fund
This year's poster session will be great chance to discover and discuss work happening in other Pennsylvania institutions. Attendees should find a wide array of topics and authors, from undergraduate to graduate to faculty to staff and many combinations thereof. Check it out! The Poster Session is made possible by a generous donation from the Sustainability Institute of Penn State University.