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    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Harrisburg University, 326 Market St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

    Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is hosting a series of six public lectures featuring thought leaders who will speak on a variety of topics related to climate disruption and sustainable development during the spring semester.

    Event #6

    Friday, April 19, 2019, 11:30AM-1:00PM, Room 1151 – Using the Latest Digital Innovations to Address Energy Poverty in Developing Countries – Festus Odubo, Ph.D., Public Utility/Energy Advisor/ Rate Case Review Specialist and Agency Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) and Amjad Umar, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Management and eBusiness degree program and the Information Systems Engineering and Management (ISEM) programs, Harrisburg University; and Senior Advisor to the United Nations and a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the U.S. Council for International Exchange of Scholars

    Dr. Odubo will present his work on the technical and economic/financial issues that impact the commercial viability and effectiveness of microgrid systems in Nigeria. He also will discuss the viability of existing and future microgrid projects in the country, including practical steps that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, developers, and other stakeholders can take to improve the climate for investment and development of mini-grids.  Dr. Umar will present a model which displays how the latest digital innovations and computer-aided planning can be deployed to address the issues and foster a bottom-up, community-based approach to addressing energy policy and sustainable development in developing and least developed countries.

    Festus Odubo, PhD is a professional and a specialist with over 15 years experience in energy, environmental, water and wastewater issues including oil and gas and homeland security. Dr. Odubo is a subject matter expert in energy, environmental policies, water and wastewater regulation, especially in areas of compliance with local, state, and federal requirements and the review of applications and security plans (physical, cyber, emergency response and business continuity). He also has experience in the oil and gas sector having worked in the Production and Drilling sectors of ChevronTexaco and Schlumberger Oilfield Services, respectively.

    Dr. Odubo has a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy & Coordination. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Pollution & Control and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Safety Environmental Engineering Technology.

    Dr. Odubo is currently employed as a Public Utility/Energy Advisor/ Rate Case Review Specialist and is also an Agency Representative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PA PUC). He is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Staff Subcommittee on Critical Infrastructure, NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Water, Cyber Security Task Force of the PA PUC, PA Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Force, International Association of Emergency Managers, Pennsylvania Exercise Planning Team, Security Emergency Preparedness Committee, Engineers Society of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council, the American Society for Public Administration, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Pi Alpha Alpha.

    Dr. Amjad Umar

    Dr. Amjad Umar is the Director and Professor of ISEM (Information Systems Engineering and Management) program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and an Adjunct Professor of Systems & Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Chief Architect of the United Nations Partnership on Small Islands and a Fulbright Senior Specialist on ICT. At HU, Dr. Umar teaches graduate level courses in strategic planning of digital enterprises, enterprise architecture and integration of smart enterprises, information security, and strategic intelligence. He also supervises graduate research and practical projects in ICT4D – his main area of interest.

    As Chief Architect of the United Nations ICT4SIDS (ICT for Small Island & Developing States) Partnership, he is currently focusing on smart hubs and smart towns for the Small Island & Developing States. Due to his assignments with three UN initiatives as Chief Architect and Initiative Director since 2007, he has worked with more than 30 developing countries. Dr. Umar has 20+ years of experience that includes senior management and consulting/advisory positions with governments and industries around the globe. As a Director of Research at Bellcore (part of the Bell Labs system) for 10 years, he supervised large-scale projects in IT planning, enterprise architectures and integration, mobile computing, information security, and collaborative systems.

    Dr. Umar is also the Founder/CEO of a startup that specializes in Computer Aided Planning of ICT-based Systems for the underserved populations. He has consulted with global telecom organizations, US Department of Navy, US Army Research Labs, Frost and Sullivan (England), Toyota Corp., Society of Manufacturing Engineers, healthcare organizations, professional services organizations, and academic institutions in England, Singapore, China, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada and more than 30 developing countries. He has written eight books and more than 60 research papers in his areas of specialization. RSVP online to

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 11:30 AM

    Envisioning the Future: Energy, Climate, & Human Rights

    Bucknell University's seventh annual Sustainability Symposium will be held on campus beginning Friday, April 26, and wrapping up late Saturday morning, April 27. Pioneering climate scientist James Hansen will keynote.

    Beginning in March 2013, Bucknell's annual Sustainability Symposium has explored diverse aspects of sustainability from multiple disciplinary perspectives using a range of approaches:

    • Faculty-led panels that bring together multiple classes with public audiences to explore sustainability themes and issues.
    • Public keynote talks by leading sustainability scholars and practitioners.
    • Poster sessions featuring student research on sustainability topics.
    • Creative displays, art installations, and demonstrations that exemplify sustainability.
    • Student-led activities oriented toward collective action on sustainability.


    Overview of 2019 Events

    Friday, April 26

    5 - 7 p.m. Poster Session (Peer reviewed)
    Set up begins at 4:30 p.m.
    Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

    8 - 9:30 p.m. Keynote Address
    Weis Center for Performing Arts

    Saturday, April 27

    8 a.m. Breakfast
    Terrace Room, Elaine Langone Center

    9 a.m. Plenary Dialogue Session
    Forum, Elaine Langone Center

    10 - 11 a.m. Oral Presentations

    11 - 11:30 a.m. Wrap up and Closing

    More Info Text:

    For more information email or Call (570) 577-1490

    • 21 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    PERC Executive Committee Meeting
    PERC's Executive Committee provides the leadership, wisdom and insight needed to determine the priorities and direction of our organization.  Membership is comprised of up to fourteen PERC Representatives from across the Commonwealth who meet once a month throughout the year. Minutes of meetings are available to PERC Members on request.

Past events

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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