Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium

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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.

In 2022, the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) will host exciting programs to advance education, action, and partnerships for sustainability. We will continue to advance our strategic focuses on climate action, public health, and environmental justice. 

  • Building Pennsylvania's Bright Climate Future (February 4, 2022): Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s leading emitters of greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and export, transportation, industry, and agriculture. We are also one of the nation’s most forested states. If Pennsylvania reduces its greenhouse gas emissions and adapts to the changing climate, we can be a leader. Join incredible speakers to learn about the opportunities, dilemmas, challenges, and our connected potential in this exciting 2-hour event. 

You can now view the recording of the event HERE, and the slides HERE.

  • Partners by Nature: Action for Health Equity in Pennsylvania: (Online, January to May, 2022): Our goal is to help you both build a network of contacts and develop skills within a community of practice involving practitioners and researchers from both public health and sustainability. Our five monthly sessions will all be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12-1 p.m.:
    • January 11 – Introductions and Goal Setting
    • February 8 – How to Foster Community Dialogues Using “The ECHO Process" 
    • March 8 – How to Create Internal Networks Within Your Organization 
    • April 12 – How to Work with Non-Traditional Community Partners 
    • May 10 – How to Find Funding for Public Health-Sustainability Initiatives 

Click HERE to register.

  • University Leadership for a Bright Climate Future (Penn State University Park, April 2022 TBD): Following on our February event, PERC will convene its spring conference and focus on climate action on campuses and in our communities. Informed by what we have learned from the January Pennsylvania Acts on Climate talks, the 2021 EJ in PA event, and our members’ interests during Spring 2022, we will convene to spur higher education’s role in equitably drawing down carbon emissions and facilitating adaptation to the climate crisis through education, student engagement, community cooperation, research, investments, and operations. A full call for proposals will be pending.
  • Campus Sustainability Champions: (April 2022) Every year, PERC recognizes students, faculty, and staff from its member schools as well as a lifetime achievement award for champions of sustainability. Nominations will be solicited in early 2022.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Penn State’s University Park Campus

    Penn State's Student Farm Club, will host the Northeast Student Farmer Conference on March 25-26 at Penn State’s University Park campus! For full conference details, visit the conference website here.

    Student farmers across programs and universities often face similar experiences as they start and grow their programs, yet there are few spaces for students to gather and collaborate. The goal of this conference is to bring together these active and passionate future agriculture and food systems leaders and provide the space to do collective work towards growing and improving campus food systems. The conference is also intended to help these young professionals enter the field with a sense of place and community of peers.

    The conference schedule includes:

    Registration for the conference here and purchase your ticket here.

      • 14 Apr 2023
      • 5:30 PM
      • 15 Apr 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Bucknell University


      The Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment is hosting the 10th Annual Sustainability Symposium, Moving from Hope to Action: Building Thriving Communities to be held April 14-15. This year’s Sustainability Symposium, Moving from hope to action: Building thriving communities, provides faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders a forum to share research, teaching, creative works, and collaborations that generate dialogue on the effect of hope in influencing action towards creating prosperous communities. Last year, we hosted 70 presenters from 12 universities, organizations, and government agencies to discuss the power of radical hope as the foundation of future research, teaching, and community engagement. 

      This year, with our keynote speaker Dr. Curt Gervich of SUNY-Plattsburgh, we move forward to discourse on actions that help conserve natural and human communities, stories of tribulations and achievements, and reflection on best management and collaboration practices that guide communities towards thriving futures in an ever changing world. Dr. Gervich and students will also lead us through a Climate Action Simulation to model how communities can move towards action. 

      Here is a link to the symposium website: 10th Annual Sustainability Symposium

        • 17 Apr 2023
        • 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
        • George Mason University, Mason Square (Arlington Campus) Van Metre Hall, Multipurpose Rooms 125-126, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

        The First Annual MUNICIPAL-ACADEMIA COOPERATION FOR CLIMATE ACTION (MACCA) Conference, and Fifth Annual Mason Energy Forum!

        The first annual Municipal-Academia Cooperation for Climate Action (MACCA) and the fifth annual Mason Energy Forum (MEF) seeks to empower ideas that advance local climate innovations and collaboration through a learning community of engaged municipalities, universities, and partners. This free conference brings together academics, industry professionals, and local leaders to develop effective pathways for collaboration on energy and climate action. Whether through engaging panel discussions, multiple networking sessions, or conversations with students about their research posters, the 2023 MACCA-MEF Conference is a place to connect and empower ideas for the future.

        Conference Agenda Summary

        • All Day – Energy-Sector Employer Job Fair
        • 9:00 AM – Welcome Address
        • 9:15 AM – Panel 1 | State/Federal Agencies working with Universities to Engage with Local Communities for Successful Climate Action Planning
        • 10:45 AM – Panel 2 | Developing the Right Toolbox for University-Community Engagement
        • Noon – Networking and lunch break
        • 1:00 PM – Panel 3 | Engaging Communities for Climate Resilience
        • 2:30 PM – Panel 4 | Building Institutional Capacity: Educating Students to work in the Municipal Climate and Energy Space
        • 4:00 PM – Reception and Student Poster Awards

        Head over to the conference website for more information.

        Past events

        25 Jan 2023 Cooking in Healthy Electrified Commercial Kitchens” Rebate Program Induction Cooking Workshop
        04 Nov 2022 Member School Event: Bucknell University's Susquehanna River Symposium
        24 Oct 2022 Member School Event: Science-Based Choices for Climate Action, Insights from the IPCC 6th Assessment Report
        14 Oct 2022 PERC's 2022 Fall Conference: The Keystone of a Sustainable Future
        08 Sep 2022 Member School Event: Rhiana Gunn-Wright: “Climate Change is Everyone’s Fight–Including Yours!”
        16 Jun 2022 5th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U)
        28 Apr 2022 2022 Campus Sustainability Champion Celebration/ Virtual Happy Hour
        04 Feb 2022 Building Pennsylvania’s Bright Climate Future
        21 Apr 2021 2021 Campus Sustainability Champions
        06 Apr 2021 Save the Date: EJ in PA
        16 Mar 2021 Public Health and Sustainability: Partners by Nature #7
        16 Feb 2021 Partners by Nature: Public Health and Sustainability #6
        08 Dec 2020 Partners by Nature: Public Health and Sustainability #5
        09 Nov 2020 Pennsylvania and Climate Change – What Does the Future Hold?
        05 Nov 2020 The ONE Symposium
        20 Oct 2020 PERC's Partners by Nature: Public Health and Sustainability #4
        14 Oct 2020 The State of Environmental Justice in PA
        28 Jul 2020 PERC's Partners by Nature: Public Health and Sustainability #3
        30 Jun 2020 Partners by Nature webinar: Climate, Weather and Vulnerable Populations Lunchtime Colloquium
        18 Jun 2020 Webinar: Exploring Models for Green Office Certification Programs
        19 May 2020 Member Event: Sustainability Across The Curriculum at Dickinson College
        29 Apr 2020 Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) for Higher Education
        07 Apr 2020 Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance + Civic Action
        01 Apr 2020 Eco Challenge
        24 Mar 2020 Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature
        10 Jan 2020 Making It Work-A Workshop on Partnerships for Sustainability
        19 Dec 2019 PERC Partner: webinar on Methods for Measuring Excess Food
        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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