Sustainability Summit (2022)

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Please note: the PA Sustainability Summit is free to attendbut registration is required.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022

WELCOME

9:00 AM
Cindy Adams Dunn – Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and NaturalResources (DCNR)
Sam Robinson - Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Tom Wolf

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Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of NaturalResources

Governor Tom Wolf

GETTING STARTED ON SUSTAINABILITY: THE BASICS OF OURCHANGING CLIMATE
9:20 AM -10:00 AM

Moderator: A. Stevens Krug, AIA, PE, LEEDap, AEE Fellow, Principal, Krug Architects,Chair PA Climate Change Advisory Committee
Presenter: Greg Czarnecki - Director of Applied Climate Science, PA DCNR
Presenter: Lindsay Byron, P.G., CC-P, Environmental Group Manager, PA Department ofEnvironmental (DEP) Energy Programs Office

Start off Sustainability Week with Pennsylvania’s own climate experts. Learn aboutcauses and impacts of our changing climate, and what it means for our future.

HOW OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS ARE RESPONDING TOCLIMATE CHANGE
10:05 AM -11:00 AM

Moderator: Chris Nafe - Energy Program Specialist, PA DEP
Presenter: Brandi Robinson - Assistant Teaching Professor, The Pennsylvania StateUniversity
Presenter: Ashley McIlvaine – Assistant Township Manager, Abington Township, MontgomeryCounty PA
Presenter: Kirk Stoner - Director of Planning, Cumberland County
Presenter: Don Holderman – Assistant Borough Manager, Bellefonte Borough

Presenter: Peter Buck — Co-Director, Local Climate Action Program and Academic Programs Manager, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute

What can we do to prepare for climate change? The Local Climate Action Program (LCAP) supports local governments in developing greenhouse gas inventories andclimate action plans. Hear from new management team at Penn State University andlocal governments who are participating in LCAP.

SAVING ENERGY AND LOWERING COSTS WITHHIGH-PERFORMANCE GREEN BUILDINGS
11:15 AM -12:00 PM

Moderator: Mark Hand – Director of Pennsylvania GreenGov Council, PennsylvaniaDepartment of General Services (DGS)
Presenter: Jenna Cramer – President & CEO, Green Building Alliance
Presenter: John R. Bechtel - P.E. Assistant Director, Design and Construction
Division, Office of Physical Plant, Penn State University
Presenter: Todd Reed - Energy Program Specialist, Infrastructure and Energy AssetManagement, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs

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Buildings are major expenses and multi-decade investments. High-performance greenbuildings save energy, money, reduce emissions and add climate resilience. Learn howto get a project off to a good start, green building options, and considerations formaking smart investments in high-performance buildings.

INNOVATIVE PROJECT DELIVERY TOOLS: GESA AND C-PACE
12:05 PM -1:00 PM 
Moderator: Jason Snyder, Acting Deputy Secretary, PA Property and AssetManagement, PA DGS
Presenter: Doug Hatcher - Director of Energy and Resource Management, PA DGS
Presenter: Jarod West, RA, NCARB, LEED AP - Architectural Consultant, PA
DCNR
Presenter: Kelly Sanders - Director of Special Projects, Sustainable Energy Fund

Learn the ‘Ins and Outs’ of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) for the public sector,and the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) for everyone else.Both programs utilize low-cost, long-term financing to make significant improvementsfor your facilities. Learn about these tools and the best practices that can be transferredto projects you are considering.

JOIN THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE REVOLUTION
1:15 PM-2:00 PM

Moderator: Matt Reis – Deputy Director, Pennsylvania GreenGov Council
Presenter: Colton Brown - Energy Program Specialist, PA DEP
Presenter: Shane Rice – Executive Policy Specialist, Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation
Presenter: Jake Newton - Executive Energy Project Coordinator, PA DCNR

What incentives are available and investments are being planned and made nowto make driving electric vehicles more convenient to Pennsylvanians in the future?What are the best strategies for installing electric vehicle charging stations? Whatprocurement options are available through the state for purchasing these vehiclesand charging stations?

PENNSYLVANIA’S SOLAR FUTURE
2:05 PM -3:00 PM

Moderator: Geoff Bristow – Regional Energy Program Manager, PA DEP’s Energy
Program Office
Presenter: Robert Young - Energy Program Specialist, PA DEP
Presenter: Mike Roth - Director of Policy and Planning, PA Department of Agriculture
Presenter: Nicole Faraguna - Director of Policy and Planning, PA DCNR
Presenter: Greg Knerr – Commodity Manager, PA DGS

Learn how state agencies are collaborating and how you can participate to ensuregrid-scale projects are developed in a responsible and sustainable fashion that minimizesimpacts to the natural environment, maintain production on primeagricultural lands, safeguard cultural and historical resources, and achieve netreduction in carbon emissions for communities and businesses across theCommonwealth.


BIG OPPORTUNITIES: INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND JOBSACT (IIJA)& INFLATION REDUCTION ACT (IRA)

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3:05 PM - 3:25 PM
Moderator: Dave Althoff – Director of Energy Programs Office, PA DEP
Presenter: Jessica Shirley – Infrastructure Coordinator, PA DEP

There are hundreds of millions in available funding from the Infrastructure Investmentand Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. Funds will be for innovativetransportation investment, water infrastructure, well plugging and implementation ofdecarbonization or resilience programs. The new opportunities will help to growrenewable energy infrastructure in the US by kickstarting clean energy manufacturingsuch as solar, wind and batteries, while making homes more efficient via tax creditsand rebates for individuals.

WRAP UP AND PREVIEW OF THE WEEK AHEAD
3:35PM – 4:00PM

Mike Walsh – Deputy Secretary forAdministration, PA DCNR

Wrap Up and preview of the week ahead.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER4, 2022

2030 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Opening Remarks: Peter Boger – Assistant Director for CommunityEngagement, Penn State Sustainability Institute
Presenter: Lara Fowler - Interim Chief Sustainability Officer, Penn State University, andInterim Director of the Sustainability Institute

In 2015, 192 nations adopted the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, a framework of 17goals with 169 definable targets to ensure a sustainable future for all by 2030. The goalsidentify both social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability that mustbe achieved. In a national ranking of the U.S. states on their progress towards thesegoals, Pennsylvania ranks 29th and is making no progress or getting worse in itsprogress on all but one of the goals. Learn about the importance of this vision ofsustainability and how we can turn around Pennsylvania’s progress towards asustainable future for all.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER5, 2022

OUR PURCHASING POWER CAN EXPAND DIVERSITY & SMALLBUSINESS IN PA
12:00 PM -1:00 PM 

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Opening Remarks: Joseph Lee – Acting Secretary, PA Department of General Services
Presenter: Lisa Sanford, ECMCA - Director of the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion,
and Small Business Opportunities, PA Department of General Services 

Sustainable Development Goal #8 involves inclusive and sustainable economic growthinvolving productive employment and decent work for all. Learn how theCommonwealth is tackling these challenges through the implementation of ExecutiveOrder 2015-11 on “Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities inCommonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy.” And learn how you canpartner with the state to make a difference in your communities through better andmore sustainable procurements. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER6, 2022

PARTNERING TO CREATE CLIMATE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
12:00 PM -1:00 PM

Opening Remarks: Ramez Ziadeh, Acting Secretary, PA Department of EnvironmentalProtection
Presenter: Ned Brockmeyer - Community Forester, Bureau of Forestry, DCNR
Presenter: Lori Yeich - Recreation and Conservation Manager, Bureau of Recreation andConservation, PA DCNR


Sustainable Development Goal #17 involves leveraging partnerships to support ourcontinued efforts on sustainability. Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) has a great model of this through its recreation and conservation programs.Parks, trails, and other public amenities can be ideal places to install natural climatesolutions. These areas are publicly owned, and they can often easily be designed orretrofitted to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure - helping communities meetstate and federal regulatory requirements for stormwater management, water pollutionreduction, and sediment control. In the era of climate change, public parks and openspaces are no longer a “nice thing to have,” they’re critical infrastructure — as much a
part of a borough’s water and sewer system as underground pipes. Learn how state andfederal grant programs focused on public land improvement projects can rewardcommunities for thinking about natural climate solutions in the design of their parks.

This session will provide information on DCNR ‘s TreeVitalize and Watershed Forestry programs, which provide financial support to communities like yours for planting trees, forests, and meadows on private and public lands across Pennsylvania, as well as DCNR’s Community Conservation and Partnership Program which provides funding forthe acquisition, planning and development public parks, trails and waterways. The session will also highlight how communities successfully utilized these programsmitigate the impacts of climate change resulting in numerous other benefits.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2022

CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES AND PENN STATE PROVIDE TRAINING& EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE NEEDING A SECOND CHANCE: LEARNHOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.
12:00 PM -1:00 PM 

Opening Remarks: John Norbeck - Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry,PA DCNR
Presenter:TroyVanatta-SalesandMarketingSupervisor,CorrectionalIndustries

U.N. Sustainability Goal #16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies by providingaccess to justice for all and building inclusive institutions. Through programs like PACorrectional Industries and Penn State's Restorative Justice Initiative thecommonwealth is working to make a difference. Learn about these programs and howyou and your community can support critical inmate training, education, and reentrythrough your purchase decisions — and how some of the best PA sustainably harvestedhardwood furniture is being made through corrections.

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FAQs

What is sustainable development Question Answer? ›

The Brundtland Report defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

What are the 3 pillars of sustainability? ›

The figure at the top of this page suggests that there are three pillars of sustainability – economic viability, environmental protection and social equity.

What does sustainability mean to you interview question? ›

What is sustainability? Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources.

How we can achieve sustainable development? ›

For sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and all are crucial for the well-being of individuals and societies.

How does sustainable development improve our environment? ›

Sustainable development aims at promoting the kind of development that minimises environmental problems and meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs.

Why do we need sustainability? ›

Sustainability is important for many reasons including: Environmental Quality – In order to have healthy communities, we need clean air, natural resources, and a nontoxic environment. Growth – UNTHSC's enrollment continues to grow, so we require more resources such as energy, water, and space.

What are the issues of sustainability? ›

Top 8 Environmental Sustainability Issues We Need to Address
  • #1: Climate Change. ...
  • #2: Natural Resource Use. ...
  • #3: Waste Production. ...
  • #4: Water Pollution. ...
  • #5: Deforestation. ...
  • #6: Overfishing. ...
  • #7: Ocean Acidification. ...
  • #8: Air Pollution.
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How do you prepare for a sustainability interview? ›

To prepare, think about what inspired you to pursue this field of study and any memorable experiences from your classes or internships that made you certain you chose the right career path. Think of this question as a more targeted version of “tell me about yourself”.

What is sustainable development short answer 8? ›

(iv) What is sustainable development? Answer: Balancing the need to use resources and also conserving them for the future is called sustainable development. The future of our planet and its people is linked with our ability to maintain and preserve the life support system that nature provides.

What is sustainable development with example? ›

Sustainable development is defined as an approach to developing or growing by using resources in a way that allows for them to renew or continue to exist for others. Using recycled materials or renewable resources when building is an example of sustainable development.

What is the sustainable development PDF? ›

sustainable development is "the ability to meet the needs of the present while. contributing to [meeting] the future generations' needs." Therefore, sustainable. development could be defined as “a pattern of economic growth in which resource use.

What is sustainable development concept? ›

Sustainable development is the idea that human societies must live and meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The “official” definition of sustainable development was developed for the first time in the Brundtland Report in 1987.

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