June 26-27, 2017
Penn State Philadelphia Center
675 Sansom Street

Final Agenda (with links to presentations)

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 [link to presentation]

– William Hong, SUNY-New Paltz [link to presentation]

– Robert Taylor, Montclair State

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

– Michele Halsell, Penn State

— Krista Hiser, University of Hawaii

12:10 — SCC Survey Results

– Peter Soyka, Soyka & Co. [link to presentation]

12:40 – Buffet Lunch

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)

2:00 — “Change Management for Sustainability in Higher Education”

-Becki Hack, Green Whys

-Lacy Cagle, NWEI

3:20 — Concurrent sessions

“The Energy Dimension of Sustainability”

– Tom Richard, Penn State

– Jeffrey Brownson, Penn State [link to presentation]

– 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 [link to presentation]

– Erik Assadourian, Worldwatch

4:50 — Sustainability Emerging Trends: “What do we need to know about citizen science, socio-ecologic systems, climate resilience and the Circular Economy?”

– Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers [link to presentation]

– Tom Gloria, Harvard

5:30 – 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

9:00— Welcome and recap – Ira Feldman, SCC

9:10 — Keynote

Speaker: Michael Mann, Penn State

10:00 – Q&A and book signing with Michael Mann

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

12:15 –- Break for box lunch

Working lunch — split into interest groups:

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

1:50 — Split into 2 interactive sessions

Sustainability, disaster risk and resilience”

– Ira Feldman, moderator

– Debbra Johnson, DAKJ, LLC [link to presentation]

– Daniel Lerch, Post Carbon Institute

“Activism in the Academy” [link to presentation]

– 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)