Tuesday, March 19, 2019

PA Green Colleges Hold Conference On Sustainable Development Goals And Higher Education April 9 In State College

The PA Environmental Resources Consortium-- PA's Green Colleges-- hold a Conference on Sustainable Development and Higher Education on April 9 in the HUB Center on Penn State's University Park campus.
The Conference will explore higher education's role in Agenda 2030 and learn how our members are acting on the goals. It will explore the idea of kick-starting a Pennsylvania-focused Sustainable Development Solutions Network as well as these other topics--
-- Learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the United States Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
-- What is the state of solar energy and climate action in Pennsylvania? How is the state doing in terms of urban and rural health and what are the social indicators of health in Pennsylvania?
-- How are faculty, staff, and students engaging with our communities and with our operations to create a more sustainable Commonwealth?
-- Where do you see you and your campus acting to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
The keynote speaker for the event will be former DEP Secretary John Quigley now Director of the Center for Environment, Energy and Economy at Harrisburg University.
Pennsylvania has a unique role in the world today as a food, water, and energy economic powerhouse.
The agricultural sector produces a wide variety of food, we have more miles of moving surface water than any state in the union except Alaska, and we are the nation’s third biggest electricity supplier.
While productive, our state has urban and rural poverty, nutritional disparity, health problems, and entrenched educational, gender, and racial inequality.
Our agricultural sector is the biggest single polluter of the Chesapeake Bay and energy extraction and production makes us one of the world’s most intense greenhouse gas sources.
But with the rise of smart agricultural practices, water stewardship, clean energy development, and a renewed focus on justice and health, things are changing.
What are colleges and universities in Pennsylvania doing on these today? What can we be doing in the coming decade?
Click Here to register or for more information.

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