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April 9, 2019
233AB Hetzel Union Building
Penn State University Park Campus

An overview of the day for Blueprint for the Future, PERC's conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, made possible by our member institutions and our sponsors, including SodexoBrookfield Renewable, the Sustainable Energy Fund and NextEra Energy.

Session Descriptions
(In chronological order)

8:00-9:00 am Registration/ Breakfast/ Networking

9:00-9:10 am 

Josh Hooper, PERC Executive Director
Ben Culbertson, Shippensburg University, PERC President

9:10-9:20 am A Sponsor's Perspective

Brookfield Renewable on Sustainable Development 

9:20–9:35 amAgenda 2030 in Pennsylvania

Paul Shrivastava, CSO, Penn State University

Dr. Shrivastava is Penn State’s Chief Sustainability Officer and was the former director of Future Earth. He will open the day with a vision of how higher educational institutions can help realize Agenda 2030: The Sustainable Development Goals.

9:35–10:35 amSustainable Development in Pennsylvania:
What’s happening and what could happen?

Learn about the United States Sustainable Development Solutions Network from Deputy Director Caroline Fox. Then we will explore the state of two key sectors for sustainable development, health and well-being in Pennsylvania (Goal 3) from Lisa Davis of the Pennsylvania Center for Rural Health; and solar energy (Goals 7 & 13), from Dr. Jeffrey Brownson who has been part of the Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future team.

Caroline Fox, US SDSN & SDG Network

Jeffrey Brownson,
Penn State, Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future

Lisa Davis, Center for Rural Health

10:35-10:50 am Networking and coffee break

10:50–11:00 amA Sponsor's Perspective

Better Tomorrow 2025--Sodexo's Alignment 
with the UN SDGs

Ted Monk, Sodexo North America

11 am–12 pmWorking with Our Communities

How are our colleges working with Pennsylvania cities, boroughs, and local municipalities to meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals? We will hear from staff and students who are doing the work.

Shaunna Barnhart, Bucknell University
lace Studies Program and Coal Region Field Station

Ilona Ballreich, Penn State University
  Sustainable Comm
unities Collaborative

Olivia Termini, Dickinson College
  Sustainable and Resilient Communities

12–1 pmLunch

12:15-1 pm“Our Shared Responsibility to Help
Build a Sustainable, Just World.”

Keynote address- John Quigley

The founding Director of the Center for Environment, Energy & Economy and Lecturer in Sustainability at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and former Secretary of DEP and Secretary of DCNR, shares his insights  on sustainable development and the role we can play.


1–2 pmPosters, Vendors, & Networking

Posters from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff

2-2:15 pmCampus Sustainability Champion Designation

2:15–3:15 pmOperational Success Stories from  across thCommonwealth

These three campus success stories touch on multiple Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, and Goal 13: Climate Action.

Nick Goodfellow, University of Pittsburgh 

  EPA award winning PA Higher Ed Food Recovery program

Rob Cooper, Penn State

  Penn State Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Chris Steuer, Millersville University of PA

  Net Zero Lombardo Welcome Center

3:15–3:30 pmNetworking/ refreshments break

3:30-4:45 pmSustainability Cafe

What are the opportunities for PA higher eto engage in SDG solutions?

We close out the day with breakout sessions to explore how we as individuals, as schools, and as an organization can deepen our commitment to action for the Sustainable Development Goals.

4:45–5:00 pmClosing Remarks

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