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The SCC Faculty Conference focuses on Pedagogy, Content & Leadership for ESD with a mix of panels, workshops, roundtables and facilitated dialogue and an emphasis on peer-to-peer exchange.

Final Agenda with presentations and summaries posted: link

Photo Gallery here: link

Pre-Conference Tour and Welcoming Reception at Phipps Conservatory



4 pm — Tour: Arrive at Phipps Conservatory and start tour of Center for Sustainable Landscapes

5 pm — Tour ends and everyone enters Tropical Forest for Welcoming Reception

7 pm — Event ends

Directions to Phipps Conservatory


Pittsburgh’s Chief Resilience Officer confirmed for welcoming address to SCC Faculty Conference attendees


Grant Irvin

Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh community group leader and climate change communication advocate Joylette Portlock to address SCC Faculty Conference

Joylette Portlock


Carnegie Museum of Natural History

AASHE’s Julian Dautremont-Smith to lead “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” Regional Centers panel

Julian Dautremont-Smith


Kim Smith to lead
“International Perspectives”
discussion via satellite

Kim Smith

Portland Community College


Michelle Wyman

Chris Boone
Arizona State University

Rod Parnell
Northern Arizona University

Stan Meiburg
Wake Forest University

Pam Chasek


Lindsey Lyons
Dickinson College

Becki Hack
Green Whys

Michele Halsell
Penn State

Matt Polsky
Erasmus University

Krista Hiser
U. of Hawaii

Will Hong
SUNY-New Paltz

Erik Assadourian
Worldwatch Institute

Ashwani Vasishth
Ramapo College
of New Jersey

Shaunna Barnhart

Tom Gloria

Peter Soyka
Soyka & Co.

Jason Kliwinski
NJIT & Rowan

Nancy Manring
Ohio University

Kimberly Reiter
Stetson University

Tammy d’Artenay
Penn State

Alf Siewers

Isabel Rimanoczy

Michael Reiter
Bethune-Cookman University

Hilligje van’t Land
Association internationale
des universités

Brooke Suter

Kathleen Godfrey
Environic Foundation International®

Richard Smardon

Megan Buchter
AIM2Flourish Operations Manager
Fowler Center for Business

Tee L. Guidotti
Occupational + Environmental Health & Medicine

Darlene Ann Clarke
MS, RN, Assistant Teaching Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Jennifer J. Wasco
DNP, RN Chatham University Nursing Programs

Kelly Lynn Simmons
U. of Colorado, Boulder

Steve Baumgartner

SCC-NCSE Curriculum Dialogue

In early 2018, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) launched a process focusing on “key competencies” in sustainability degree programs in collaboration with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (SCC) and NCSE member institutions, including the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU) and University of Northern Arizona (NAU). The goal of this NCSE initiative, through workshops, dialogues and other activities, is to create a “Consensus Statement” on sustainability competencies. SCC is committed to integration and alignment with this NCSE process. SCC’s contribution will include the findings from the online SCC Curriculum Dialogue convened in Spring 2018. This joint workshop will take advantage of the co-location of the SCC Faculty Conference and the NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) meeting in Pittsburgh. Workshop participants from both organizations will contribute their experiences and insights to a shared and growing body of knowledge around key competencies in sustainability degree programs.

Conference Organizers

Ira Feldman

Peter Buckland

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Penn State Center Pittsburgh
1435 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-263-1000

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Creating Connections

Penn State Center Pittsburgh connects Allegheny County residents to the rich resources of Penn State. Our mission is to create relationships that enhance the lives of those living in the greater Pittsburgh region, while providing Penn State faculty and students opportunities for research, study, and engagement in a dynamic urban community.

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, Penn State Center Pittsburgh is home to a passionate staff who are committed to helping grow local businesses, improving our natural environment, supporting youth development, and promoting the arts in the Pittsburgh region.


          • Since 2008, our impact spans 50 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and 35 municipalities in Allegheny County.
          • Thousands of Allegheny County residents have participated in our educational programs.
          • Our internships and community projects have given more than 950 Penn State students the opportunity to solve important urban issues, such as green infrastructure and food systems.
          • Penn State Master Gardeners volunteered more than 10,000 hours at demonstration gardens throughout Allegheny County last year.
          • Our youth programming reaches over 300 Pittsburgh area school children every year.

Providing Urban Experiences for Penn State Students
The Study Away Pittsburgh Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to live and work in Pittsburgh for a semester. Students take part in collaborative projects with Pittsburgh area community organizations, agencies, and other groups to address a variety of urban sustainability issues while earning 15-credits toward their degree.

For more information on the Penn State Center Pittsburgh: <>.

Testimonials from SCC 2017 Faculty Conference

  • An informative and inspiring conference!
  • You obviously took great care to develop the best possible content
  • you achieved your goal.
  • Congrats again on last week’s very successful SCC conference.
  • I enjoyed the session
  • thank you, all….
  • I enjoyed myself tremendously at this week’s Faculty Conference. I learned so much from (and about) the sustainability education community. I look forward to the second annual conference!
  • You did a very good thing in pulling together this successful event!
  • Thanks so much for assembling such a great group of people at the conference! I really enjoyed the discussions you sparked.
  • Thank you again for putting together the terrific SCC conference over the past couple of days. I left not only full of ideas, but also with a pretty clear sense of what I don’t know and need to investigate to continue to move forward as a reasonably effective change agent. It’s rare leaving any conference with such clarity, so that’s a testament to your vision and the success of your execution as the organizers.
  • Great conference! I’m grateful for your leadership in pulling this group of sustainability leaders together. I look forward to contributing in future iterations.
  • Thank you so much for an enlightening conference. I decided to be quiet and just listen for this year, as I am still new to sustainability. I learned so much and will be bringing back many ideas and resources to our students and faculty.
  • I wish to thank you for the successful meeting of Sustainability Curriculum Consortium in Philadelphia. The work and thought you put into organizing the sessions, speakers, and break-out leaders were clearly evident and obviously vital to the success of the event.
  • Your leadership helped to keep things lively and running smoothly. I found the two days to be very useful and thought-provoking, and what I’ve learned will be helpful as we continue to build and organize our degree programs in sustainability.
  • It was a very committed group of educators at the SCC Faculty Conference
  • was interesting for me to hear about what they are trying to do. And it’s a great thing you are doing with SCC.


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