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This page features sustainability-related news from PERC Member Campuses.

  • 18 Dec 2019 7:14 AM | Josh Hooper (Administrator)

    Is your school part of PERC’s PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge (PHE-FRC)? Are you interested in learning more about food recovery techniques? Check out next Thursday’s EPA webinar on Methods for Measuring Excess Food. The PHE-FRC is a partnership between Sodexo, PERC and the U.S. EPA.

  • 10 Dec 2019 12:43 PM | Marcus Thompson

    Making it Work

    Ten years ago, a group of Shippensburg Area Middle School students were looking for a project to better their community. In cooperation with Shippensburg University art professor Ben Culbertson and a host of others from the town and the university, they created and deployed 300 ceramic storm drain markers with the idea of educating the public about where storm water goes. Read more about this fascinating project here.

    This is just one of the projects we will examine up close as part of PERC's Making it Work-A Workshop on Partnerships for Sustainability, on January 10th at Bucknell University. The agenda for the event can be found here

    Click here to register! For a step by step walkthrough on how to register click here!

  • 05 Dec 2019 2:30 PM | Marcus Thompson

    How to Change the World

    The Office of Sustainability, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and the Environmental Studies Program at Swarthmore College will be hosting a public lecture by Paul Hawken, founder of Project Drawdown “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming”, on December 6th! Not only will Hawken be in attendance but three other sustainability leaders from Hawai`i:

    Kamuela Enos, Director of Social Innovation at MA'O Organic Farms

    Matt Lynch, Director of Sustainability Initiatives at the University of Hawaii 

    Lala Nuss, Climate and Equity Manager at the City and County of Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency

    Paul Hawken and Kamuela Enos Public Lecture will be from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at the Science Center, room 101. This discussion will consist of solutions to climate crisis, indigenous practices, and centering marginalized communities in climate conversations. 

  • 04 Dec 2019 11:09 AM | Marcus Thompson

    Congratulations to Franklin and Marshall on winning the 2019 October College Month challenge held by Commuter Services. The goal of Commuter Services is to reduce the amount of solo car rides that PA commuters are taking by walking, biking, telecommuting, carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, or taking a train. Franklin and Marshall were able to record 538 “green” commuting trips during October securing their first-place finish. Anyone can join the Commuter Service challenge by joining on their website. Start going on more“green” commuting trips and enter them into Commuter Service to earn rewards! 

  • 02 Dec 2019 11:17 AM | Marcus Thompson

    Dickinson College Free xChange

    Dickinson College is the home of the Free xChange. The Free xChange is open everyday and offers free clothing to any student, faculty and staff of Dickinson. Anyone with card access to Allison can also donate clothes they no longer need. This is a system of freely trading clothes within this institution which reduces waste, decreases ordering new “things” and increases clothing reuse on campus.

  • 22 Nov 2019 6:52 PM | Marcus Thompson

    Penn State Berks Sustainability Fest

    On November 11th Penn State Berks Sustainability Team hosted the ‘Sustainability Fest: We R! The 6R’s!’. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss waste overconsumption and actions to tackle these issues. There were learning stations lead by students, faculty, staff and community organizations. These organizations include Invisible Berks, Reading 100, and Reading Public Works. The benefit of higher education institutions having open events such as these, which include local organizations, is that it creates a space for a community to discuss sustainable ideas. This communication leads to a community practicing sustainable action at a higher rate. Penn State Berks is a fantastic example of a university putting sustainability at the forefront!

  • 11 Nov 2019 11:15 AM | Marcus Thompson

    PSU Solar Project

    State College has installed a 2-megawatt, advanced utility-scale photovoltaic system next to Mount Nittany Medical Center earlier last month. While it will only provide University Park with 1% of its electricity needs, it will serve as a living lab for students. Actions such as these are the necessary building blocks for a more sustainable future. During the ribbon cutting ceremony Rob Cooper stated, “This project will continue Penn State’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, lowering our dependence on fossil fuel based electric generation, while supporting research and grant development by creating this microgrid.” 

  • 28 Oct 2019 7:49 PM | Marcus Thompson

    Climate Choice Deliberation

    PERC’s seminar is an extremely useful event that should not be missed! This event is on November 9th at Penn State University, University Park, PA. The deliberation will have a morning section and an afternoon section with lunch in between.

    MORNING-Making the Choices

    Segment 1: To begin the day, we will establish a common frame of understanding grounded in the current science.

    Segment 2: From there, we deliberate in small groups of 8 to 12 people for about 2 hours on three options, each for about 30 minutes.

    Option A: More mitigation investments like renewable energy, green buildings, carbon sequestration, and so on.

    Option B: Rapid investment in adaptation measures to sea level rise, increased precipitation, higher heat stresses, and others.

    Option C: Amp up research and development to discover options that we might not yet know about and that could create a breakthrough.

    While these may not seem mutually exclusive, by deliberating on the options distinctly from one another, it offers us the chance to work through our values, our strengths and weaknesses, and what tradeoffs we can or can’t accept.

    Segment 3: After the options are worked through, groups will summarize where they found common ground and, if possible, determine what actions they can and should take.

    Segment 4: Groups will assemble to report out and have a large group discussion.

    AFTERNOON-Taking it to Your Community

    After lunch, we will reconvene to learn how to organize a deliberation in your community. Tips will include how to determine who you should work with, how to cooperate with libraries and media, and how to facilitate and moderate discussions. We will be joined by Cathi Alloway, executive director of the Schlow Memorial Library and Britani Peterson, a second-year Penn State Law student with experience in group facilitation and a passion for social justice, and Peter Buckland, of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.

    Questions can be sent to Peter Buckland at

    PERC's Climate Choices Deliberation is based on the Kettering Foundation's Climate ChoicesClimate Choices creates a structured way for organizations and communities to discuss the issue of climate change in a meaningful way. It brings ethical issues to the forefront, invites individuals to explore trade-offs between different climate solutions, creates good conditions for dialog and decision-making, and respects the democratic process. Best of all for our members, it will surface our individual and collective values, provide us with ways to engage our own campuses and communities, and give us the basic skills we need to organize and facilitate. If you so choose, you can make this deliberation part of an event in your community on April 8, 2020 as part of the national Solve Climate by 2030 project organized by Eban Goodstein and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.

    Click here for more information and to sign up!

  • 25 Oct 2019 7:26 PM | Marcus Thompson

    The Biggest Little Farm Film Screening

    Thanks to WCU’s Office of Sustainability, the Slow Food Club, and the West Chester Green Team, West Chester University will be screening The Biggest Little Farm! This movie is about two people who leave the city behind to restore farm land. The film will begin at 7 pm in the Sykes Student Union Theater and is free to the public!

  • 23 Oct 2019 8:20 PM | Marcus Thompson

    Impact on Forestry and Wildlife

    Please joining us for a lecture with Benjamin Jones, a leader in science based conservation, as he discusses regional climate change impact on forestry and wildlife. Ben was unanimously chosen as the new President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodstock Society! This event will be held on November 13th in the Orndorff Theater (Room123) at Shippensburg University. There is free visitor parking in lot C-7 on the night of the event. (campus map available here:

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