PERC Symposium: "Leveraging Strengths"--Town-Gown Sustainability Partnerships in Pennsylvania

  • 14 Sep 2012
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
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Leveraging Strengths:
Town-Gown Sustainability Partnerships in Pennsylvania

Don't miss this fascinating symposium on Environmental Outreach planned by PERC's Green PA working team.  Discover the ways that institutions are leveraging their strengths and those of their community to build momentum toward sustainability. (See below for
highlights of speakers and content.) Mark your calendars for Friday, September 14th, 2012 at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Make it a "twofer": Bill McKibben (of 350.org) will be speaking at F&M the day before (Sept. 13th) at 11:30am in F&M's Mayser Gymnasium.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Bill at a reception following his talk.  Come for the symposium a day early and get a chance to meet Bill in person.
http://blogs.fandm.edu/commonhour/350-the-most-important-number-in-the-world/

Panels and Panelists
Speakers will be discussing particular
successes and  establishing and challenges to maintaining their programs. Highlights from the day's panels:

WATER 
  • Allegheny: Creek Connections - Jim Palmer
  • Dickinson: ALLARM, Marcellus Shale water monitoring - Julie Vastine & Courtney Blinkhorn
  • West Chester: Brandywine
  • Penn State: Lower Susquehanna Coalition of Stakeholders - Matt Royer
FOOD
  • Messiah: Community Garden - David Foster
  • Wilson: Fulton Farm - Christine Mayer,
  • Bucknell: Community Garden - Stacey Sommerfield
  • Dickinson: Dickinson Farm - Jennifer Halpin
  • F&M: Refugee gardening - Olivia Gell/Grace Jeung/Liza Munk
  • Gettysburg: Painted Turtle Farm - Jasmine Colahan
URBAN ISSUES
  • F&M: Urban Wildlife Research Program - Ari Whiteman
  • Dickinson: Stormwater monitoring - Julie Vastine and Taylor Wilmot
  • West Chester: Joint Sustainability Task Group - Paul Morgan
  • Penn State: cross municipal Shade Tree Commission - Deno De Ciantis
COMMUNITY PARTNERS
  • Carolyn Comitta, mayor West Chester
  • Tom Simpson, Milport Conservancy
  • William Sutton, USGBC
  • Lisa Sanchez, Lancaster County Parks
  • Janice Estabrook, I.U. 13
  • Ralph Goodno, Lancaster County Conservancy

A poster session will take place during lunch.  Both breakfast and lunch will be locally sourced and sustainably grown. The conference will begin with registrant check-in and networking at 8:00am.  First session begins at 9am. The conference will conclude by 4pm.

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