A Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) Workshop hosted at Bucknell University
Friday January 10, 2020
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 and Bucknell’s Place Studies program in the Center for Sustainability and the Environment 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. Hear from faculty at Shippensburg University and Penn State Kensington working in innovate collaboratives with local governments that draw on the arts and place-based engagement. Speakers will also show how their projects engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and stitch them together through campus and community action. The workshop will include interactive sessions where participants can discuss these issues and develop tentative strategies for their own work and partnerships.
Announcement of Keynote Speaker!
We are pleased to announce that Heidi Kunka, Energy Program Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will be the keynote speaker for PERC’s Making It Work–a workshop on partnerships for sustainability to be held at Bucknell University on January 10th.
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 Sodexo, Brookfield Renewable, NextEra and our newest sponsor, Terrasol Energies. Thank you.
Remember: Early Registration ends this Sunday, November 30 for Making It Work. Members and sponsors can save nearly 20% if they register during Early Registration. (Those paying General Admission will save 10%.) Why not take a moment to register now and save during Early Registration?