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 LOGON so the system will display the reduced pricing during registration.
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Upcoming events

    • 09 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Penn Stater Conference Center, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, PA
    • 62

    Registration Closes Monday Oct. 5th !

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    This year's annual meeting and fall conference promises to draw a record crowd. Our keynote, "Building Bridges," will be given by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley.  In addition to his keynote, Mr. Quigley will participate in a "showcase and discuss" session to help build a bridge between the work DEP is tasked with doing and the interests and capabilities of Pennsylvania's colleges and universities regarding sustainability. The rest of the day will see speakers from U.S. EPA, DCNR and other organizations--see how your school can benefit from working with them. The day will also feature a poster session, a panel of this year's Campus Sustainability Champions and break out sessions on water, climate and food systems. Plus: a tour of the Eco-Machine.


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    8am Check-in, light breakfast, networking and poster setup

    9am-11am: Welcome, Luke Wolfgang of the U.S. EPA on PA Higher Ed Food Recovery Challenge, PA DCNR Deputy Secretary for Administration, Michael Walsh, on Connecting with Campuses, Sponsor Spotlight, Election of Officers.

    11am: Keynote Address by PA DEP Secretary John Quigley with Q&A.

    Noon: Lunch and Poster Session

    1pm Climate and Water programs "showcase and discuss" session with Secretary Quigley.

    2pm Campus Sustainability Champions Panel

    3pm Work session in breakout groups on Water, Climate, Food Systems. Or... a tour of PSU's Eco-Machine.

    This conference is made possible by Sodexo and all our other annual sponsors as well as Nissan, Gold Sponsor for this event.

    • 08 Jan 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Online
    • 22

    Building Sustainability 
    from the Inside Out
    A FREE-for-PERC-Members Workshop 
    "the best workshop...ever"

    Lessons Learned at Penn State on Making the Case for Strategic Sustainability Planning 
    and Measuring the Results

    Are you finding it a challenge to get people engaged in sustainability initiatives? Too often, sustainability initiatives are implemented from “outside in”--and the people who should be engaged are instead resistant. When you can work from the “inside out,” the perception changes and people start to own their responsibility for increasing sustainability.

    Whether you are a sustainability officer, a member of your institution’s green team, or in the highest levels of administration on your campus, if you want to move sustainability forward more effectively, this workshop was designed with you in mind. 

    This workshop was developed by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and presented in a variety of higher education venues including the 2015 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, where one participant, Bill Brown, University Director of Sustainability at Indiana University, deemed it the “best workshop I ever attended."

    This workshop will:

    • give an overview of the strategic rationale for sustainability planning, 
    • help attendees see the relevance to sustainability at their workplace, 
    • provide a means for strategy development and goal setting, and 
    • discuss a process for implementation, measurement, and tracking. 

    The approach: present sustainability as a strategic enabler that helps individual departments in an institution achieve their goals. 

    Presenters Jeremy Bean and Erik Foley will share a set of tools that they created and the facilitation techniques that have enabled them to help professionals from any area of higher education find the connection between their mission and sustainability. 

    The presenters will share the backstory of sustainability planning at Penn State, why the Sustainability Planning Guidebook was created, and the role it has played thus far. Participants will hear about what was learned along the way and the need for facilitative leadership.  Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to consider how they can use the tools and resources for sustainability planning in their institution.


    • Jeremy Bean, Assistant Director of Sustainability Planning, Sustainability Institute
    • Erik Foley, Managing Director, Sustainability Institute 
    • 05 Feb 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Widener Commonwealth University Law School. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    College and Community--Connecting on Climate

    Organizing Meeting on PERC  Program on Higher Education Community Outreach on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy 

    Given the enormity of ghg emissions reductions that are believed to be necessary to prevent dangerous climate change, the goal of this meeting is to develop a program on community outreach by higher education in Pennsylvania on climate change and sustainable energy. Topics discussed during the meeting will include:

    • A review of existing programs on community outreach on climate change and sustainable energy among PERC schools. 

    • Identify the kinds of programs that higher education could engage in that could be of value to local and county governments on climate change and sustainable energy.  These programs could, for instance, include::

    o Assistance with ghg inventories and strategies by local and county governments

    o Student engagement with local or county governments to determine what role students could play in moving toward sustainable energy/ 

    o Development of more sustainable regional and local  transportation programs

    o Mass purchases of efficient lighting and energy technologies 

    o Education programs for  citizens,  local, and regional  governments about leading local and regional government programs on climate change and sustainable energy around the world

    • Discussion of the PERC program on these issues.

    Please check back for more information. Registration will open in December 2015.

    • 01 Apr 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Chatham University, Pittsburgh

    2016 Student 

    Sustainability Symposium

    Join with other students from across the state: submit ideas for presentations, posters and roundtables--or just come to network and learn.  Watch this space for more details.

Past events

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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