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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

    • 10 Jan 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
    • 27

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    09:30-10:00am     Check-in
    10:00-10:15 am    Opening Remarks
    10:15-10:45 am    Introduction to UN Sustainable Development Goals 
    and the Value of Partnerships in Addressing Them
    10:45-11:25 am      Panel 1 - SDG Partnerships on the Program Level
                                --> Penn State- Sustainable Communities Collaborative
                                --> Bucknell University-Coal Region Field Station
    11:35-12:15 pm     Panel 2 - SDG Partnerships on the Project Level
    Shippensburg University-Storm Drain Art
    PSU-Kensington-Walking the Sustainabilty Talk
    12:15-12:30 pm              Break, food line
    12:30-1:15 pm       Keynote address, Heidi Kunka DEP
    1:30-2:15 pm         Concurrent Workshop Sessions Round 1
    2:15-3:00 pm         Concurrent Workshop Sessions Round 2
    3:00-3:30 pm         Reconvene and Closing Comments

    In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- targets for the global community to improve quality of life, achieve ecosystem vitality, and ensure resilient communities. To achieve these goals, partnerships across sectors that can implement change at a local scale are key. Join us for conversations on community engagement for sustainability and how to build partnerships between university and community stakeholders with a focus on SDGs. Staff from Penn State's Sustainable Communities Collaborative, Bucknell's Place Studies program in the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, as well as faculty and staff from Shippensburg University and Penn State Kensington will share the details of their programs, how they work, the agreements they make, the relationships they build, and the projects they have put in place. They will also show how their projects engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and stitch them together through campus and community action. We will also learn about individual projects at PERC member schools in the arts, energy, water, and more. The workshop will include interactive sessions where participants can discuss these issues and develop tentative strategies for their own work and partnerships.

    Keynote Speaker
    Heidi Kunka, Energy Program Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will be giving the keynote address: "The Power of Partnerships in Leading by Example."

    Heidi oversees Pennsylvania's Local Government Climate Action Assistance Program, which is in its first year of implementation. The program partners with PA universities & colleges to “match a student with each participating local government, so they can be assisted in the process of developing their GHG inventories and CAPs.” The students work in partnership with DEP and ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability to guide a group of Pennsylvania local governments in completing a greenhouse gas inventory and subsequently developing a climate action plan.

    In her keynote, Heidi will talk about the inaugural year of the program and how it is an excellent partnership model. She’ll explain why the program came to be, how it is shaped, and provide an update on its progress to date. Directly following the keynote, she hopes to hear from the audience on how to grow and improve the program. Heidi will be participating in the afternoon sessions as well, where participants will be able to gain further understanding of the program.

    This event is made possible by dues from PERC Member Institutions and by the support of PERC's sponsors, including SodexoBrookfield RenewableNextEra and our newest sponsor, Terrasol Energies. Thank you.

    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Your Campus or Community, PA

    Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance + Civic Action
    April 15 2020
    On April 15, 2020, colleges in every state in the US will engage in a new set of power dialogs. Solve Climate, organized through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, will host a nationally coordinated on-line event with hundreds of participating schools in every state. The 4.15.20 Power Dialog will feature 50 hour-long, simultaneous, university hosted webinars on state-specific solutions, followed by community dialogs that will focus on how students and citizens can take action. The deliberation we organize and participate in our November 2019 event at Penn State will set the stage for deliberations in 2020 that can be part of this far-reaching initiative. (Note that the timing and scheduling of this event is in the end, up to each individual campus and community, based on their needs and whether they want to coordinate with the national Solve Climate event.)

    • 30 Apr 2020
    • Penn State University, University Park, PA

    Spring 2020 Conference: SDGs and more

    2020, we will host our annual conference at University Park. Building on this past year's momentum, we will continue to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals. We will also have a special segment on deliberations and discussions that were part of the Solve Climate by 2030 initiative.

    Note that the date is a "placeholder"--the date is not locked down as of this writing--we do plan for it to be in the last week of April, but don't yet have confirmation on a specific date.

Past events

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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