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GreenGov & Penn State Sustainability Institute Webinar Series

The GreenGov Council and Penn State’s Sustainability Institute are co-hosting our fourth monthly webinar series on various sustainability topics. All who are interested in expanding their knowledge of sustainability initiatives are invited to participate! Our goal is to make this series a successful venture to support the commonwealth’s progress in uplifting and delivering on sustainability initiatives. To that end, please forward this invitation along to all those who may be interested.

  • Friday, January 13, 1PM - 1:45PM | Sustainability & Resilience in the Community, Part 2: Food Systems
  • Friday, February 10, 1PM - 1:45PM | Water Resources and Resiliency
  • Friday, March 17, 1PM - 1:45PM | Water Justice, Community Health, and Sustainable Communities
  • Friday, April 14, 1PM - 1:45PM | Land Management Best Practices for Ecosystems Health and Pollinators

Prospective attendees are asked to sign-up by completing this survey (link also within attached flyer) and indicate each webinar they plan to join. The webinars will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and GreenGov will send a Teams calendar appointment to attendees for each webinar in which they select within a few days after survey completion.

This series will also be a useful tool for agencies to explore options and develop sustainability initiatives while receiving credit within their GreenGov Agency Certification Checklist (Checklist) program areas. Specifically, the series supports Checklist efforts under the “Culture” category on Employee and Public Engagement (sections 13 and 14).

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PennState Extension: The Woods in Your Backyard Series

Wednesdays, 7PM - 8:30PM | $50 per person | Virtual via Zoom

Meeting Dates:

  • January 11, 18, & 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, & 22
  • March 1, & 8

The vast majority of landowners have small woodlots less than 10 acres in size. Woods in Your Backyard Series is designed specifically, but not exclusively, for smaller landscapes. Join us to learn how landowners can positively influence the environment by implementing simple stewardship practices.

REGISTER

The Woods in Your Backyard Manual
The manual used for this workshop, The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home, is a self-directed book. It will guide participants through the process of developing and implementing projects to enhance their land's natural resources. Each participant will receive a full-color, 108-page copy of The Woods in Your Backyard manual (a $29 value).

Who is this for?

  • Landowners
  • Land Managers
  • Conservation Organization

What will you learn?

  • Why Manage Forests
  • Forest Ecology
  • Creating and Managing Wildlife Habitat
  • Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
  • Forest Health Issues and Management
  • Forests and Water
  • Selecting Native Trees for Various Sites
  • Establishing Meadows and Forests
  • Creating Plans for Your Property

 

Getting the Most from Your Grant Writing Efforts

Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1PM - 3:30PM | $125/person | Virtual via Zoom

Meeting dates: December 7, 8, 14, & 15

Obtaining grants is a process. Getting the Most From Your Grant Writing Efforts will break that process down into workable strategies and provide participants with the knowledge and skills for writing a successful application.

REGISTER

Who is this for?

  • Individuals who are new to grant writing
  • Experienced grant writers who are looking to improve their skills
  • Individuals who work for, volunteer for, or are involved with a/an:
    • Nonprofit
    • Educational institution
    • Local government
    • Foundation

What will you learn?
Learn how to...

  • Search for and find grant funds
  • Recognize and respond to the components of a grant application
  • Write an effective grant proposal
  • Respond quickly to Requests for Proposals
  • Work effectively with foundations and other funders
  • Include evaluation strategies in your proposal and project
  • Write your grant from a reviewer’s perspective

Master Watershed Steward Information Session for Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon County

Thursday, January 12, 6:30PM - 7:30PM | Virtual via Zoom | Free, but registration is required

Do you have a deep love of water, wildlife, and woods? Do you enjoy learning about the environment and being outdoors? Is it important to you that we preserve our waterways and natural areas for future generations? Take action! Join the Master Watershed Steward Information Session for Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties and learn about the MWS program!

The Master Watershed Steward (MWS) program educates and empowers volunteers to do watershed projects and education in their communities.

REGISTER

Who is this for?

  • Those who have a strong desire to make a positive difference in their communities
  • Those who have a keen interest in the environment
  • Those who are willing to learn and teach
  • Those who have time to volunteer

What will you learn?

  • Learn about the MWS program training, structure, commitment, and requirements
  • Discover the types of projects in which the MWS volunteer team engages
  • Be introduced to valuable program partners
  • Learn about Penn State Extension and the Land Grant College system

What do Master Watershed Stewards do?

  • Teach adults and children about water quality, wildlife habitats, and the environment
  • Develop educational materials
  • Organize and conduct educational events, stream clean-ups, and invasive plant removal projects
  • Design and maintain demonstration gardens
  • Conduct stream monitoring projects and research
  • Research and write newsletters and online articles
  • Partner with municipal officials on projects, such as bioswales, rain gardens, native meadows, and other green stormwater management solutions

This event is being offered at no charge to participants.

Pennsylvania Forest Seminar: The History of Pennsylvania's Forests

December 13 at 12PM or 7PM EST | Virtual | Free, but registration is required

Using an understanding of the forest's past to inform both our aspirations and strategies towards tending and growing our forests of the future is a critical cultural undertaking during times of unprecedented societal and ecological change. Pennsylvania Forest Seminar: The History of Pennsylvania's Forests frames its exploration of forest history in Pennsylvania with broad strokes from anthropological and evolutionary historical narratives on both the North American and Eurasian continents preceding the William Penn charter. It attempts to ask questions about a Pennsylvania forest history that might have been; in an effort to envision an improbably desirable but still possible forest of the future. REGISTER.

Who is this for?

  • Forest Landowners
  • Forestry Professionals
  • Interested Public

What will you learn?

  • How human cultures and forest systems co-evolve over time.
  • Could humans and forests have interacted differently than they did?
  • If humans view the past as deterministic they miss opportunities to determine the future.

This event is being offered at no charge to participants, however, if you would like to receive Continuing Education Credits, there may be a fee. If you will be seeking credits for watching this webinar, please select which credits you wish to apply for during registration. In order to receive credits, you must watch the webinar during the live session for which you registered and attend the full session. The time in session will be verified before credits are assigned. A survey must be completed by the registrant immediately after the webinar is completed in order to receive credit.

SPECIAL AUDUBON COUNCIL WEBINAR: Guidelines for Municipalities: Developing Bird Friendly and Environmentally Responsible Utility Scale Solar

Tuesday, December 6 at 7PM | Virtual via Zoom | REGISTER

The Pennsylvania Audubon Council Renewable Energy Committee is presenting an important webinar: Guidelines for Municipalities: Developing Bird Friendly and Environmentally Responsible Utility Scale Solar. The webinar will be presented via ZOOM by Tom Kuehl, Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society, Laura Jackson, Juniata Valley Audubon Society, Susan Murawski, Presque Isle Audubon, and Judy Stepenaskie, Wyncote Audubon Society. These Renewable Energy Committee members have been at work for nearly two years to publish a document with a focus on the guidelines for responsibly sited solar projects.

Next Tuesday evening’s presentation is intended specifically for our Pennsylvania Audubon chapter leaders. The Renewable Energy Committee wants feed back from our chapters before presenting this program to other audiences!

We encourage representatives from each of our Pennsylvania Audubon chapters to register and participate in this upcoming webinar. Please invite other interested members of your board to participate. If your chapter has a Conservation or Advocacy Committee then consider extending an invitation to your committee chair(s). This webinar will feature the “White Paper” the Renewable Energy Committee has written based on their extensive research. This webinar is very timely, as there will be important initiatives and funding to support the development of solar installations across the Commonwealth and the nation. There will be a critical need for fossil free energy production that is responsibly sited and operated! This webinar on December 6th is intended especially for our Pennsylvania Audubon Chapters as our chapter network constitutes the “eyes and ears’ for developments in our “Home Rule” Commonwealth.

The webinar will provide information to Pennsylvania Audubon Chapters on:

  1. proper siting criteria for renewable energy projects to ensure that critical bird areas, migration routes and important wildlife habitats are protected, and
  2. methods to minimize and mitigate the impact of renewable energy projects on birds and other wildlife.