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PERC events

This page features upcoming events of interest to PERC member and affiliated schools as well as PERC's corporate sponsors and others interested in increasing sustainability in Pennsylvania.  Both PERC events and PERC member-initiated events are featured here.  You can also register online here for PERC events.  NOTE: To take advantage of PERC Member/Sponsor pricing on PERC events, you must LOGIN so the system will display the reduced pricing during registration.

In 2022, the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) will host exciting programs to advance education, action, and partnerships for sustainability. We will continue to advance our strategic focuses on climate action, public health, and environmental justice. 

  • Pennsylvania Acts on Climate (Online, January/early February 2022 TBD): Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s leading emitters of greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and export, transportation, industry, and agriculture. We are also one of the nation’s most forested states. If Pennsylvania reduces its greenhouse gas emissions and adapts to the changing climate, we can be a leader. Join incredible speakers to learn about the opportunities, dilemmas, challenges, and our connected potential in this exciting 2-hour event. 
  • Partners by Nature: Action for Health Equity in Pennsylvania: (Online, January to May, 2022): Our goal is to help you both build a network of contacts and develop skills within a community of practice involving practitioners and researchers from both public health and sustainability. Our five monthly sessions will all be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12-1 p.m.:
    • January 11 – Introductions and Goal Setting
    • February 8 – How to Foster Community Dialogues Using “The ECHO Process" 
    • March 8 – How to Create Internal Networks Within Your Organization 
    • April 12 – How to Work with Non-Traditional Community Partners 
    • May 10 – How to Find Funding for Public Health-Sustainability Initiatives 

Click HERE to register.

  • University Leadership for a Bright Climate Future (Penn State University Park, April 2022 TBD): Following on our January event, PERC will convene its spring conference and focus on climate action on campuses and in our communities. Informed by what we have learned from the January Pennsylvania Acts on Climate talks, the 2021 EJ in PA event, and our members’ interests during Spring 2022, we will convene to spur higher education’s role in equitably drawing down carbon emissions and facilitating adaptation to the climate crisis through education, student engagement, community cooperation, research, investments, and operations. A full call for proposals will be pending.
  • Campus Sustainability Champions: (April 2022) Every year, PERC recognizes students, faculty, and staff from its member schools as well as a lifetime achievement award for champions of sustainability. Nominations will be solicited in early 2022.

Upcoming events

    • 04 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Zoom

    What challenges exist to reaching our ultimate sustainability goals? How might we cultivate opportunities to address those challenges?

    The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium invites you to attend Pennsylvania’s Climate Future on February 4, 2022 from 9–11 am. This TED-style event convenes leaders from business, state and local government, NGOs, and colleges and universities to share what’s happening now on climate change, what intermediate goals we should set, what challenges and opportunities we face, and how we can work together to achieve them. Registration is free. The event is open to the public. The discussions that arise from this event will inform the content for PERC’s annual event in April ‘22.

    Pennsylvania plays an essential role in the nation’s and the world’s action on climate change. A top energy exporter, industrial powerhouse, leading agricultural producer, and one of our most forested states, Pennsylvania has historic responsibility for the causes of climate change and for the development of its solutions. Truly, as Pennsylvania goes, so goes the United States. With increasing storm and health threats, burgeoning and accelerating solar, EV, green building, and carbon farming industries, and emerging possibilities from the 2021 Infrastructure Bill and COP 26, we need to see the next steps–challenges and opportunities–together.

    Lindsay Byron, P.G., CC-P will provide the event keynote address. Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Geologist (P.G.) and certified Climate Change Professional (CC-P) currently serving as Environmental Group Manager in DEP’s Energy Programs Office. Lindsay is responsible for managing DEP’s Energy Assurance Program, and the Department’s Climate Change Program. Lindsay supervises staff who manage a variety of energy efficiency, energy resiliency and clean energy programs.

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 17 Jun 2022
    • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

    The World Symposium on Sustainable Development (WSSD) will focus on “Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future" and will be held June 16–17, 2022 at PERC Member Institution Allegheny College. 

    You can find instructions for how to submit your abstract, registration information, and other details here.

    WSSD Announcement PDF

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