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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.

Upcoming events

    • 05 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)


    Our Natural Environment

    Sponsored by Verdant Earth Educators (VEE)

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    The One Symposium is designed for those who steward our shared public green spaces. Learn strategies on how to tend these valuable resources with ecological sensitivity.

    Early Bird Registration

    30% off with this Pass Code – ONEsym2020

    After October 19, 2020


    4.25 ISA CEUs available, PLNA credits for PCH and SLC

    Register at: https://www.verdantearthed symposium.html

    This year’s meeting is via Zoom.

    Speakers include: 

    Michael Dunn, BCMA PD-1829BM/RCA #711, is the founder and president of Preservation Tree, the Consulting Municipal Arborist for West Chester Borough, PA, and Urban Forestry Consultant for LandStudies, a leading environmental firm, in Lititz, PA. His main area of focus since 2016 has been the integration of the urban forest into urban and regional planning in Southeastern PA and beyond.”

    Eva Monheim, co-principal of Verdant Earth Educators is the author of Shrubs and Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World’s Most Popular Plants. She served as assistant professor at Temple University in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, is faculty at the Barnes Arboretum at St. Joseph’s University and teaches in Longwood Gardens’ Professional Horticulture Program. Eva is also a certified arborist and holds memberships in the International Dendrology Society, Garden Communicators International, AHS, PHS, and the Urban Wood Network.

    Julianne Schieffer is the southeastern Pennsylvania Extension Urban Forester for the Pennsylvania State University. Holding International Society of Arboriculture certificates as Municipal Specialist and Certified Master Arborist, she has promoted sound tree and forestry practices to communities and the green industry for nearly 30 years.

    Julie Snell, is a founding principal of TEND, co-owner of Redbud Native Plant Nursery, and a Board of Trustees member for the Ecological Landscape Alliance. Trained as a landscape architect and certified arborist, Julie’s previous work with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society as a project manager focused on Philadelphia’s high-profile public green spaces.

    Joan Welch, PhD, is a professor of geography and planning at West Chester University. With over 30 years of research focused on the Eastern Deciduous Forest, both urban and suburban. Passionate about fostering ecological resilience through promotion of diversity, she is an unabashed tree hugger.

    • 09 Nov 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)

    Pennsylvania and Climate Change – What Does the Future Hold?

    An Academic Townhall with Cindy Adams Dunn

    Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

    With an introduction by Greg Czarnecki, DCNR Director of Applied Climate Science, and Jake Newton, Executive Assistant

    Who: This is open to all college students and faculty members.

    When: Monday Nov. 9, 6:30-8:00 pm

    Registration is required


    The effects of climate change are already being felt across the Pennsylvania in the form of more severe weather, flooding, changes in our forests and other ecosystems, and human health impacts. How we respond over the next decade will determine how severe those impacts become, and a key to our success will be the leaders of tomorrow – today’s college students.

    Please join Secretary Dunn, Mr. Czarnecki, Mr. Newton, and other DCNR staff in a conversation about Pennsylvania’s changing climate and your role in helping to shape our future.

    Learn a little about DCNR’s adaptation and mitigation efforts including conservation at a landscape level; retaining and planting forests, urban trees and stream buffers for carbon sequestration and water quality; high performance building and renewable energy use; connecting young people to the outdoors; and adapting to different demands and seasons for recreation. 

    We encourage students and faculty to come prepared with questions and topics for discussion, or better yet, submit them ahead of time to

    • 17 Nov 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

    Save the Date!

    Agricultural Health & Safety and Sustainability

    Thank you to all of you who have joined us for one or more of our previous webinars in our “Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature” lunchtime colloquium series.

    Our fifth event is scheduled for November 17 at noon, and the topic will be "Agricultural Health & Safety."  More details to come soon.

Past events

20 Oct 2020 PERC's Partners by Nature: Public Health and Sustainability #4
14 Oct 2020 The State of Environmental Justice in PA
28 Jul 2020 PERC's Partners by Nature: Public Health and Sustainability #3
30 Jun 2020 Partners by Nature webinar: Climate, Weather and Vulnerable Populations Lunchtime Colloquium
18 Jun 2020 Webinar: Exploring Models for Green Office Certification Programs
19 May 2020 Member Event: Sustainability Across The Curriculum at Dickinson College
29 Apr 2020 Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) for Higher Education
07 Apr 2020 Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance + Civic Action
01 Apr 2020 Eco Challenge
24 Mar 2020 Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature
10 Jan 2020 Making It Work-A Workshop on Partnerships for Sustainability
19 Dec 2019 PERC Partner: webinar on Methods for Measuring Excess Food
09 Nov 2019 Climate Choices Deliberation
21 May 2019 PERC Executive Committee May Meeting
26 Apr 2019 Member School Event: Envisioning the Future: Energy, Climate, & Human Rights
19 Apr 2019 Member Series, Harrisburg University Event #6: Using the Latest Digital Innovations to Address Energy Poverty in Developing Countries
16 Apr 2019 PERC Executive Committee April Meeting
11 Apr 2019 Member School Event: Christian Parenti: Storms and the State
09 Apr 2019 Blueprint for the Future: PERC Spring Conference and Annual Meeting
05 Apr 2019 Member Series, Harrisburg University Event #5: Toward a Public Web-Platform for Limiting Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector
29 Mar 2019 Member Series, Harrisburg University Event #4: Natural Gas in Pennsylvania: Energy, Innovation, and the Environment
19 Mar 2019 PERC Executive Committee March Meeting
15 Mar 2019 Member Series, Harrisburg University Event #3: Legal Pathways to Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions
19 Feb 2019 PERC Executive Committee February Meeting
08 Feb 2019 Member Series, Harrisburg University Event #2: Is 100% Renewable Energy the Answer to Climate Change?
29 Jan 2019 PERC Executive Committee January Meeting
04 Dec 2018 PA Electric Vehicle Infrastructure bill
01 Nov 2018 Discover PennSEF, Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Energy Finance program- An Alternative path to Clean Energy Savings
25 Jun 2018 Member Event: Sustainability Curriculum Consortium Faculty Conference
16 May 2018 Member School Event: Sustainability Field Conference
12 Apr 2018 Defending our Future: PERC Spring Conference and Annual Meeting
28 Nov 2017 Going to Zero: Strategy Session
05 Nov 2017 Member school event: Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium
07 Oct 2017 PERC partnership event: Safe Climate PA
24 Jul 2017 PERC Partner event: EnergyPath 2017
26 Jun 2017 Member School event: SCC Faculty Conference 2017
25 Apr 2017 Going to Zero Launch event
18 Apr 2017 PERC Partner event: Higher Ed Carbon Pricing Initiative
06 Jan 2017 A PERC Workshop: Carbon Pricing in Higher Education: Bringing Campuses into the Dialog
06 Dec 2016 PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge Meeting
24 Oct 2016 Changing Times: PERC 2016 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting
25 Jul 2016 Energypath 2016
23 May 2016 Member School Teach the Teacher workshop: Leadership in Building Energy Efficiency
04 Apr 2016 PA Power Dialog
01 Apr 2016 2016 PERC Student Sustainability Symposium
04 Mar 2016 PERC/ AASHE event: Pittsburgh Green Power Boot Camp
19 Feb 2016 PERC/ AASHE event: Philadelphia Green Power Boot Camp
17 Feb 2016 Member School Event: 2 Eban Goodstein talks: Climate Next Steps/ Sustainability Jobs
06 Feb 2016 PERC Panels at PASA Farming for the Future Conference: Farming in a Changing Climate
05 Feb 2016 College and Community: Connecting on Climate
08 Jan 2016 "Building Sustainability from the Inside Out"-A PERC Workshop
09 Oct 2015 "Building Bridges"--PERC Fall Conference w John Quigley keynote
22 Sep 2015 September meeting: PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
16 Sep 2015 Partner Org Event: Living Product Expo discounted for PERC
21 Aug 2015 PERC Executive Committee August 2015 meeting
03 Aug 2015 Renewable Energy Solutions Workshop-Second Nature/ PERC event
17 Jul 2015 PERC Executive Committee July 2015 meeting
19 Jun 2015 PERC Executive Committee June 2015 meeting
15 May 2015 PERC Executive Committee May 2015 meeting
14 May 2015 Building Sustainability from the Inside Out
29 Apr 2015 April call Food Donation 102-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
24 Apr 2015 PERC Executive Committee April 2015 meeting
22 Apr 2015 Member School Event: Earth Day Keynote Horton/ Rosier and Stein
27 Mar 2015 PERC 2015 Pennsylvania Student Sustainability Symposium
25 Mar 2015 March call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
20 Mar 2015 PERC Executive Committee March 2015 meeting
20 Feb 2015 PERC Executive Committee February2015 meeting
28 Jan 2015 January call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
16 Jan 2015 PERC Executive Committee January 2015 meeting
09 Jan 2015 Teaching About Climate Change at Susquehanna University
18 Dec 2014 PERC Executive Committee's December 2014 meeting
03 Dec 2014 December call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
20 Nov 2014 PERC Executive Committee's November 2014 meeting
12 Nov 2014 "Engaging Sustainability"--PERC Fall Conference
21 Oct 2014 October 2014 call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
16 Oct 2014 PERC Executive Committee's October 2014 meeting
08 Oct 2014 Member School Event: Community Resiliency Summit
20 Sep 2014 Member School Event: James Balog's "Chasing Ice" screening
18 Sep 2014 PERC Executive Committee's September 2014 meeting
15 Sep 2014 PHE-FRC/ US EPA Webinar-A conversation about composting in higher ed in PA
03 Jul 2014 July call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
05 Jun 2014 June call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
21 May 2014 PERC Executive Committee's May 2014 meeting
01 May 2014 May call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
22 Apr 2014 Member School Event: Stacy Malkan: Not Just a Pretty Face
17 Apr 2014 Member Event: Years of Living Dangerously screening @ Swarthmore
17 Apr 2014 Affiliate School Event: Paige West on The Social World of Coffee
16 Apr 2014 PERC Executive Committee's April 2014 meeting
12 Apr 2014 Member School Event Earth Fest @ PSU Shenango
10 Apr 2014 Member School Event--James Hansen at West Chester
03 Apr 2014 April call-PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
02 Apr 2014 Member School Event: Michael Mann speaking at Shippensburg
21 Mar 2014 PERC's 2014 Pennsylvania Student Sustainability Symposium
19 Mar 2014 PERC Executive Committee's March 2014 meeting
06 Mar 2014 March call PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge
27 Feb 2014 Member School Event: PA Climate Change Policy Forum
10 Jan 2014 PERC Member School Event: A Workshop for Teaching About Climate Change
19 Dec 2013 PERC Executive Committee meeting
17 Dec 2013 Monthly PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge meeting
05 Dec 2013 PERC Partner EPA's Webinar: Composting Strategies for Colleges and Universities
25 Nov 2013 Session 5 One-on-One PHE-FRC Technical Support Meetings
25 Nov 2013 Session 4 One-on-One PHE-FRC Technical Support Meetings
21 Nov 2013 Session 3 One-on-One PHE-FRC Technical Support Meetings
21 Nov 2013 PERC Executive Committee meeting
21 Nov 2013 Session 2 One-on-One PHE-FRC Technical Support Meetings
20 Nov 2013 PERC Partner Event: Greenbuild Nation in Philadelphia
07 Nov 2013 Member School Event: Former NASA Scientist James Hansen to Present at Dickinson College
07 Nov 2013 Member School Event: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
01 Nov 2013 Member School Event: Integrating Sustainability & Climate Change into General Education Programs
29 Oct 2013 Annual Meeting: "Leading the Change"
03 Oct 2013 MEMBER SCHOOL EVENT: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at F&M College
27 Sep 2013 Member School Event: Marcellus Shale Development and Pennsylvania: What Lessons for Sustainable Energy
29 Jul 2013 Partner Events: EnergyPath2013 –Free!
28 Jul 2013 Chatham University's Summer Food, Farm & Field program
20 Jul 2013 PERC Partner Event: Tour the State's Largest Solar Farm
16 Jul 2013 Partner Event: Understanding Solar Project Planning, Financing, Contracts and Construction in Pennsylvania
22 May 2013 PA Higher Ed Food Rec. Challenge-First online meeting
17 May 2013 PERC Member Event: Second annual Loving the Land Through Working Forests Conference and Speaker
30 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Lecture: Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Climate Change Realities and Opportunities
27 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Renewable Energy Workshop
23 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Showing of "Burning in the Sun"
23 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Speaker at Mercyhurst University: Rosalind Creasy
22 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Free Screening of SWITCH
22 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Community Forum: Erie’s Needs for a Healthy Built Environment
22 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Majora Carter Talk
22 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Earth Day Keynote Address Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for Philadelphia
22 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Christopher Joyce Talk
22 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Panel Discussion on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale
18 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: Annie Leonard is speaking at Franklin & Marshall College
17 Apr 2013 PERC Member Event: A National Conversation on Democracy and Climate
16 Apr 2013 PERC Member Evernt: Annie Leonard - The Story of Stuff, and Sustainability Week
13 Apr 2013 "Decarbonization: A New Direction in Climate Change Policy"
11 Apr 2013 Bill Mckibben: Front Line of the Climate Fight
04 Apr 2013 Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Climate Change Realities and Opportunities
02 Apr 2013 Screening of "Black Gold"
28 Mar 2013 Sustainability Symposium
27 Mar 2013 David Orr: Designing Resilience in a Black Swan World
02 Nov 2012 Annual Meeting: "Making Progress" PERC's Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Conference
20 Oct 2012 Student Organized Event: 2nd Annual Student Environmental Retreat
27 Sep 2012 PERC Member Event: Stewards of Sustainability
14 Sep 2012 PERC Symposium: "Leveraging Strengths"--Town-Gown Sustainability Partnerships in Pennsylvania
13 Sep 2012 STEM Engagement through Sustainability Education--a PERC Member School Event
20 Aug 2012 Another chance to attend-PERC sponsor webinar: “Building Keystone Solar”
26 Jul 2012 Second Chance-PERC sponsor webinar: “Building Keystone Solar”
08 Jul 2012 "Food, Farm, and Field": PERC Member School Event at Chatham University
27 Jun 2012 PERC sponsor webinar: “Building Keystone Solar”
25 Jun 2012 PERC Partner Event: EnergyPath 2012. FREE- Member-Exclusive Scholarships
30 Apr 2012 "Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change" a PERC Member School Event
23 Apr 2012 PERC Member School Mercyhurst's Earth Day Lecturer Lois Gibbs
19 Apr 2012 Member School Event: Van Jones on Environment and Equity
16 Apr 2012 PERC Member School Event E.O. Wilson at PSU
11 Apr 2012 Member School Event: The Oberlin Project and the Development of a National Network of Similar Projects
23 Mar 2012 PERC Webinar: Choosing Offsets
11 Feb 2012 Member School Event-2012 Student Environmental Retreat
10 Feb 2012 MEMBER School Event: Engaging Students by Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum
09 Feb 2012 MEMBER School Event: Leadership by Example: Campus-Community Collaboration on Sustainability & Climate Protection
01 Dec 2011 PERC Partner Webinar: Cutting Edge Data Center Efficiency Solutions
11 Nov 2011 PERC Fall Conf: "Sustainability Strategies for Hard Economic Times"
14 Oct 2011 MEMBER school event on College Farms- Seeding the Future
12 Oct 2011 PERC School Event: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
08 Aug 2011 Member School Program: Climate Modeling and Data Tools Workshop
28 Jun 2011 Member School program: Changing Planet Faculty Study Group
27 Jun 2011 PERC Partner Event: EnergyPath 2011--PERC exclusive scholarships
20 May 2011 Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy in Pennsylvania Higher-Ed.
11 Apr 2011 PERC Webinar: Trains, (Bike) Lanes, and Automobiles: Sustainable Campus Transportation
04 Apr 2011 C2C (Campus to Congress) EARTH weeks
24 Mar 2011 Member Connection
22 Mar 2011 PSUl Event Free to all: Four climate change & sustainably ethics events at Penn State, March 22-25
10 Mar 2011 PERC Webinar: Greening the Grid Iron--and Any Other Sport
18 Feb 2011 PERC Webinar: Perspectives On Cancun: A first hand look at COP16 from three PA faculty and a student who were there
26 Jan 2011 "2011: Building the Path to Sustainability"
20 Oct 2010 "Building a Sustainability Community in Pennsylvania" w/ Tony Cortese
20 Sep 2010 Member-school event: Climate change impacts: beach & riparian

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