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Local Climate Action Training Now Available to Municipalities

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Local Climate Action Program has trained 53 cities, townships, boroughs, counties, and regional organizations, representing approximately 380 municipalities statewide, in its first three years.

The fourth year of the Local Climate Action Program started in August 2022.  Eleven entities are partnered with 15 students at Penn State University to measure local greenhouse gas emissions and determine local vulnerabilities to climate change impacts, such as flooding. Then, in the coming spring semester, they will work to develop plans of actions to lower emissions and make their communities more sustainable and resilient to climate-related risks. Students and their local government partners will work together to identify priority actions most salient for their communities through community engagement, stakeholder input, and additional technical training support from both the Penn State faculty teaching the class and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.  By the end of the Spring 2023 semester, the municipal government partners will have a clear roadmap for climate action planning and prioritization moving forward to build more resilient communities that contribute less greenhouse gas emissions.

Interested in participating in the 5th cohort beginning August 2023? Please contact Brandi Robinson at [email protected] or Peter Buck ([email protected]) to learn more

Second Annual Delaware County Sustainability Conference

Free of charge, vegan, zero waste and accessible by public transit!

Delaware County is hosting its 2nd Annual Sustainability Conference at Widener University on Thursday, June 8, 2023. Expect to be inspired and informed by speakers and panelists centered around the County's six sustainability focus areas and through the lens of Environmental Justice. Location: Widener University, University Place Chester, PA 19013


This year's Keynote Speaker is Justin J. Harris of the National Wildlife Federation. Justin will kick-off the conference with a presentation about the Climate Equity Collaborative. The Collaborative is an initiative focused on addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities and youth. The initiative harnesses technology, smart resources and digital platforms to address the human-level risk associated with climate change and its intersection with education, children's health, and equity.


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Penn State Extension: College Connections Series

College Connections is a monthly webinar series moderated by Dean Rick Roush to give you a unique, inside perspective of the programs, people, priorities, and partnerships of the Penn State College of Ag Sciences.

Join us to meet and interact with college personnel and guest speakers and learn how the college is impacting Pennsylvania agriculture and communities across the Commonwealth.

Simplified Procurement: Leverage COSTARS Competitively Priced Contracts for Cost Effective Procurement

Thursday, June 8, 2023, 10AM - 11AM | Virtual | FREE


The purchasing process for local public procurement units is a laborious activity.  Between the investment of time and additional costs spent on the public bidding process, the responsibilities of a procurement professional can be a drain on resources.

Did you ever wonder if there is an easier way to purchase supplies and services?  Wonder no more!

COSTARS provides an efficient and cost-effective procurement strategy that is hassle-free!

Non-profit attendees of this session will learn how to find and leverage both COSTARS-exclusive and program-participating statewide contracts to save time and costs in procurement.  Youʼll also see a detailed demo on how to search contracts to find the supplies and services you need.  Register today!

Native Plant Cultivars and Pollinators

June 14, 7PM - 8PM | Virtual | $10 per person

Learn about native plant cultivars and how changes from the straight species may affect the butterflies, bees, and other pollinators that visit your garden space.


The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards of Chester/Delaware County and Master Gardeners of Chester County will host researcher, Annie White, to discuss pollinators and native plant cultivars. Many people are incorporating native plants into gardens and community areas to provide our pollinators with needed food and habitat. Garden centers frequently carry native plant cultivars. These nativars are bred for traits that people desire but may create unintended challenges for pollinators.
Do native plant cultivars provide the same benefits as the straight species? Annie White was one of the first researchers to investigate this question by evaluating cultivars on their ecological value. Her field research and experiential learning make Annie one of the foremost resources on this critical question as we make decisions for our own gardens and community spaces.

Pennsylvania Forest Webinar Series Continues June 13

Tuesday, June 13, 12PM - 1PM OR Tuesday, June 13, 7PM - 8PM | FREE, but registration is required

The Pennsylvania Forest Webinar Series is back! This series covers a variety of topics, such as forest and wildlife management, water conservation, wood products, legacy planning, and more. Private forest landowners, general interested public, and forestry professionals are all encouraged to register!

Wildlife Adaptations

Learn about the wildlife that endures limited resources, extreme weather, and predators. We will also discuss how some species have adjusted to stay alive.


Renewable Energy Academy: Renewable Liquid Biofuel Technologies

Thursday, July 20, 9AM - 11:45AM | Available as an in-person or virtual event | $10 per person

Participants of Renewable Energy Academy: Renewable Liquid Biofuel Technologies will be able to list the major types of biofuel that can be produced, describe the process of creating biofuel from biomass, and explain the performance of typical vehicle engines when fueled with biofuel.


In-Person Experience
Agricultural Engineering Bldg. Room 312
University Park, PA 16802

Who is this for?

  • Homeowners
  • Business owners
  • Landowners

What will you learn?

  • The major types of biofuel that can be produced
  • The process of creating biofuel from biomass
  • The performance of typical vehicle engines when fueled with biofuel

Wilderness First Aid Training at Climbers Run Nature Center (Lancaster Conservancy)

Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30, 8AM - 5PM | $275 pp

Wilderness First Aid is a 2-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. This course results in a certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR. The class will run Saturday, July 29 to Sunday, July 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Your Presenter
Keith Williams is VP of Engagement and Education at Lancaster Conservancy. He is a nationally registered paramedic, Wilderness EMT, swift water rescue technician and wildlands firefighter with 30 years of EMS and backcountry medicine experience. He earned his MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning with 30 years of back country trip leading experience. He is a former adjunct faculty for the Cecil College Paramedic Program.

Where to Meet
The Russo Barn at Climbers Run Nature Center

What to Expect
Open to ages 18+. Restrooms available onsite. This class will run rain or shine.

What to Bring
Bring a packed lunch and any other snacks you may need throughout the day, along with bottled water. Most of the class will be held outdoors, so dress for the weather in comfortable clothing.

PRPS Maintenance Institute: An Investigation into LED Lighting

June 15, 12:30PM - 1:30PM 

For our June session, we invited representatives from Nila, Inc. to share their expertise in LED lighting and explain the benefits of infrastructure upgrades in your facilities.


Participants will:

  1. Gain perspective into LED lighting technology
  2. Identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency.
  3. Learn common metrics used to measure operational efficiencies.
  4. Identify key indicators that "tell stories"And provide proof of concept for more sustainable energy consumption.
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