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Peter Buck

Penn State Sustainability Institute


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Peter Buckland manages academic programming for Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. He connects and catalyzes faculty, staff, students, and the public to imaginatively integrate sustainability into academics, outreach, operations, and research. He supports programming with competencies-based reviews and revision for majors, minors, courses, and units, guest-teaching, and faculty development, as well as strategic support for emerging initiatives that cross traditional academic and disciplinary boundaries. Over the last two years these collaborations have included high-impact collaborations with the Palmer Art Museum on the Plastic Entanglements exhibition, the Colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Engineering to establish an applied initiative for utility-scale grid-tied solar projects, audits and course development with the College of Nursing, and Penn State’s Research Experience for Undergraduates in partnership with the Project Drawdown. In the coming years, he will continue collaborations, including working on systemic policy changes through Penn State’s Faculty Senate. Peter and his interns also research, catalyze, and support local schooling for sustainability, democratic decision-making in the Anthropocene on campus and in the community, and environmental justice.

Buckland has also taught and communicated extensively on sustainability and life in the Anthropocene. taught Sustainability 200: Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability as well as a special topics course in Educational Theory and Policy where he holds an affiliate faculty position. He also communicates widely on sustainability, education, democracy, and music in popular and peer-reviewed press. He has appeared in The Washington Post, on the blog of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project, Democracy Works, Citizen’s Climate Radio, and was a speaker at TEDxPSU in 2018 with his talk “What’s the Future Hold? Ask a Metalhead.” His scholarship has most recently appeared in The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and The International Journal of Ethics Education while pieces will be appearing in 2020 in Clinics of North America and in a book in the Routledge publication, Teaching Climate Change in the United States. In October 2015 his first book of poetry, Heartwood, was published by Mt. Nittany Press and works of poetry and fiction have recently appeared in The Watershed Journal and The Short Edition.
[Under Review] Buckland, P., Robinson, B., & Mann, M. (2019). Science Alone Will Not Save Us. Engaged Civic Life Might. In Teaching Climate Change in the United States. Ed. Joseph Henderson and Andrea Drewes. Routledge Press.

[Accepted] Kitt-Lewis, E., Adam, M., Buckland, P., Clark, D., Hockenberry, K., Jankura, D., & Knott, J. (2019). Creating a Generation of Sustainable Nurses: Sustainability Efforts in Nursing Education. Clinics of North America.

[Under Review] Buckland, P., Serber, B., & Eberly, R. (2019). TTAG: Talking Together About Guns.

da Silveira, C., Carlo, J., Iulo, L., & Buckland, P. (Accepted for presentation on August 1, 2019). International transdisciplinary approach to sustainability research related to place: sustainable, affordable homes and ecosystem services in the U.S. and Brazil. 2nd World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research: Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Curitiba, Brazil.

Buckland, P., Goodstein, E., Alexander, R., Muchnick, B., Mallia, M.E., Leary, N., Andrejewski, R., & Barsom, S. (2018). The Challenge of Coordinated Civic Climate Change Education. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 8 (2) pp. 169-178.

Buckland, P. (2016). The Educational Leader as Keystone Species for Ecological Literacy & Sustainability Education. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Practice 30(2) pp. 3-13.

Buckland, P. (March 2, 2016). When All Is Lost: Thrash Metal, Dystopia, and Ecopedagogy. International Journal of Ethics Education. Doi: 10.1007/s40889-016-0013-z

Buckland, P. (2013). Education and the Problem of the Future. International Journal of Illich Studies (3) pp. 96-117.

Buckland, P. (2012). My Bicycle Speaks: No Fracking. International Handbook of Ecopedagogy for Students, Educators, and Parents. Stefan Grigorov (ed.). Bulgarian Centre for Sustainable Local Development and Ecopedagogy with the cooperation of Ecoinstitute of the Dolomites. Pp. 113-114.

Buckland, P. (2012). What’s an Education For? International Handbook of Ecopedagogy for Students, Educators, and Parents. Stefan Grigorov (ed.). Bulgarian Centre for Sustainable Local Development and Ecopedagogy with the cooperation of Ecoinstitute of the Dolomites Pp. 115-117.

Buckland, P. (2009). Metallica’s “Blackened” as the Sound of Late-Cold War Paranoia. Martin Butler, Arvi Sepp, & Patrick Berger (eds.) Sound Fabrics: Studies in the Intermedial and Institutional Dimensions of Popular Culture. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. pp. 103-118.
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