SCC Faculty Conference

June 26-27, 2017

Penn State Philadelphia Center

675 Sansom Street

Draft Agenda as of June 23 (subject to change)

Sunday, June 25

Pre- conference activities [Optional tours/excursions]

3 PM (approx 45 minutes) — Guided Tour of the “Greenest Building in Philadelphia” Friends Center 1501 Cherry Street – meet in main lobby LEED Platinum Green Building. Visit this award winning renovation of one of the nation’s oldest historic meetinghouses and office building modified to reduce energy consumption, protect the watershed, and eliminate carbon emission. Technologies and practices include geothermal heating and cooling, vegetated roof, solar panels, healthy building.

6 – 8 PM — Informal welcoming reception at FARMiCiA, a restaurant serving locally grown, sustainable eats straight from the farm and creative drinks at 15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (

Monday, June 26

8:30 — Continental breakfast

9:00 — Welcoming remarks

– Tom Richard, Interim Director, Penn State Sustainability Institute

– Sarah Wu, Deputy Sustainability Director, City of Philadelphia

9:50 — Workshop: “Sorting ESD Pedagogy and Content for the 100, 300 and 500 level courses

– Lacy Cagle, NWEI

– Jason Kliwinski, NJIT & Rowan

– William Hong, SUNY-New Paltz

– Robert Taylor, Montclair State

11:00 —  “Experiential, Real world and Community-based Approaches to ESD”

– Michele Halsell, Penn State

– Krista Hiser, University of Hawaii

12:15 – Buffet Lunch

SCC Survey Results

– Peter Soyka, Soyka & Co.

Roundtable Discussion:

“Sustainability – The View from Outside the Academy”

– Scott Nadler, Nadler Strategies and US BCSD

– Steve Levitsky, Perdue Farms

– George Wyeth, US EPA (retired)

1:50 — “Change Management for Sustainability in Higher Education”

-Becki Hack, Green Whys

-Lacy Cagle, NWEI

3:00 — Concurrent sessions

“The Energy Dimension of Sustainability”

– Tom Richard, Penn State

– Jeffrey Brownson, Penn State

– Ron Celantano, Celantano Energy Services

“What do we need to know about systems thinking, life cycle approaches and engaging with stakeholders?”

– Krista Hiser, University of Hawaii

– Ted Alter, Penn State

– Erik Assadourian, Worldwatch

4:10 — Sustainability Emerging Trends: “What do we need to know about citizen science, socio-ecologic systems, climate resilience and the Circular Economy?”

– Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers

– Tom Gloria, Harvard

– Ira Feldman, greentrack

5:00 – Drinks, Demos and Book signings

— Bookseller onsite: Penn Bookstore (all publishers, including MIchael E. Mann titles for Tuesday signing)

— Bill Godfrey, Environic Foundation International (EFI): “Sustainable Societies” (curriculum demo)

— Erik Assadourian, Worldwatch: State of the World (book signing)

— Peter Soyka, Soyka & Co.: Creating a Sustainable Organization: Approaches for Enhancing Corporate Value Through Sustainability (book signing)

— Lacy Cagle, Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) publications

— Kimo Goree, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD): Earth Negotiations Bulletin publications

— Daniel Lerch, Post Carbon Institute: PCI publications

— others TBA

6:30 – Town Hall dialogue: “Teaching Sustainability in the Time of Trump” or “Climate Change Education in a Polarized Political Climate”

Session leaders:

— Peter Buckland, Penn State

— Matt Polsky, Erasmus University

Tuesday, June 27

8:30 – Continental breakfast

8:45 — Welcome and recap

9:00 — Keynote plus Q&A

Speaker: Michael Mann, Penn State

10:00 – Plenary

International perspectives (live via satellite)
— Simon Kemp, Southampton (UK)

— Liam Phelan, Newcastle (Australia)

— Hilligje van ‘t Land, International Association of Universities (IAU)

11:00 — Case studies from AASHE “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” Centers
– Julian Dautremont-Smith, AASHE
– Ashwani Vasishth, Ramapo College of New Jersey
– Lindsey Lyons, Dickinson College

12:15 –- Break for box lunch

Working lunch — split into interest groups:

      • “Sustainability as Community” – Michele Halsell
      • “Sustainability as Business” – Peter Soyka
      • “Sustainability as Policy” – Ira Feldman
      • “Sustainability as Change Management” – Becki Hack

1:40 — Split into 2 interactive sessions

Sustainability, disaster risk and resilience”

– Ira Feldman, moderator

– Debbra Johnson, DAKJ, LLC

– Daniel Lerch, Post Carbon Institute

“Activism in the Academy”

– Nancy Manring, Ohio University

– Peter Buckland, Penn State

3:15 Closing plenary — a facilitated dialogue for all attendees
— Ira Feldman & Peter Buckland

      • Sorting through the sustainability lexicon
      • Forward-looking topics
      • Challenges/barriers/needs

4:30 Close

6:00 SCC Advisory Council Dinner (invitation only)

Wednesday, June 28

Post-conference activities [Optional tours/excursions]

9:30 — Post-conference guided tour of the “Big Green Block” in Kensington. Meet at the Penn State Center Lobby. 675 Sansom Street Fee includes train fares.* Back by 11:45 AM. Tour Big Green Block This 75-minute walking tour (plus traveling via the El train) encompasses a 7-acre site in a revitalizing neighborhood of North Philadelphia in the Delaware Direct CSO watershed. We will see numerous Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and its partners, including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Mural Arts Program. Installations at the BGB include tree trenches, rain gardens, green roofs, a large stormwater bumpout, pervious pavement, a spray park, and water-themed murals. The former rail yard is occupied by Kensington CAPA, the first LEED-Platinum high school in the nation, along with Shissler Recreation Center. Your guide will be Sandy Sorlien of the Fairmount Water Works, the watershed education arm of PWD. We’ll see Old City and Northern Liberties landmarks on the train, and discuss the Big Green Block in context with Green City Clean Waters, PWD’s progressive citywide stormwater management plan.