Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium

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Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature

  • 24 Mar 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online

Be a part of a significant new initiative connecting sustainability and public health in Pennsylvania. Don't join us for this important PERC webinar: “Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature,” to learn how healthcare and sustainability professionals across sectors can collaborate on projects and initiatives that serve more of us. On the call, our team will share a definition and framework for sustainable development that is expansive, inclusive, and centered in human health and well-being. 

In the last few years, leaders in community and public health and in sustainable development have converged to address the unsustainable patterns of social and economic development that are impacting the health and well-being of individuals, communities and the natural world in Pennsylvania. Because of your work in health or sustainability-related fields, we believe your input will be vital to developing strategies to addresses these issues in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Health and well-being and economic, infrastructure, and technological development are intrinsically connected. Whether we are addressing urban or rural infrastructure, the built environment, transportation, energy extraction and production, water systems, food and agriculture, material life cycles, poverty, housing, gender equality, educational attainment, and all social determinants of health, the reality is stark. In just the last two years, The Lancet, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the World Economic Forum have clearly articulated that climate change constitutes a massive threat to human health and well-being on an order barely imaginable just a decade ago. How will we respond? Our two communities in health and sustainability have converged conceptually. The time has come for us to work together.

We want to spur this conversation with you and other thought leaders. Join us for a Zoom call and presentation on March 24, 2020 at 10 am. On the call, our team will share a definition and framework for sustainable development that is expansive, inclusive, and centered in human health and well-being. The presentation and discussion will include areas of potential focus recognized under the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and built on sound contemporary science. From there, we hope to build a platform for sharing information and developing action plans for community engagement, education, research, policy development, and funding.

If you are interested in learning more about system-wide sustainability and identifying opportunities to partner with organizations outside of your own sector, please register by March 18, 2020 at the following link:

Please share this announcement with your colleagues as well. Join us for this memorable and valuable webinar!

Webinar Committee:

  • Peter Boger and Peter Buck, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute
  • Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
  • Josh Hooper, Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium
  • Rebecca Kishbaugh, Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Ruth McDermott-Levy, Villanova School of Nursing and Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment

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