Ferguson Township’s Public Works Facility: A Step Toward the Future?

UPDATE: After a very thoughtful, detailed, and careful discussion, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to proceed with the project, pass a bond ordinance, and award bids. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you Board, staff, and citizens! Tonight, the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors is voting on a major investment, a $6+ million investment in … More Ferguson Township’s Public Works Facility: A Step Toward the Future?

It’s like taking 4,800 cars off the road

So I’ve been chairing an intergovernmental solar power purchase agreement working group. It’s a coalition of municipal and county governments, one school district, and a few authorities looking to buy some or all of our electricity from solar. All told, we purchase about 28,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. There is interest from a housing authority, … More It’s like taking 4,800 cars off the road

Resounding Threats. Threatening Sounds. Metal as the sound of global risk.

This Friday at noon, come to Penn State’s HUB to see my presentation “Resounding Threats. Threatening Sounds.” as part of the Sustainability Showcase series. What does a global threat sound like? The Pentagon, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists all diagnose risks to global society. In the formal language … More Resounding Threats. Threatening Sounds. Metal as the sound of global risk.

It’s time for higher education to engage democracy and climate change.

Join members of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium to deliberate about climate change and build our capacity for citizenship on November 9th. All over the country, citizens are concerned about climate change. And young people, as the Climate Strikes show clearly, are most concerned of all. But what can we as citizens do about it? … More It’s time for higher education to engage democracy and climate change.

With great power comes great responsibility: Pennsylvania joins RGGI

As Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider Man), “With great power comes great responsibility.” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that he’s moving to get the Commonwealth into the northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In a statement, Wolf said, “Climate change is the most critical environmental threat confronting the world, and power generation … More With great power comes great responsibility: Pennsylvania joins RGGI

Penn State set a climate goal they are reaching

On Friday, Penn State and Lightsource BP broke ground on the Commonwealth’s largest solar purchase. “The 70-megawatt project further supports Penn State’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2020 and to diversify the University’s energy portfolio through the incorporation of solar power, aligning with the Penn State Strategic Plan, which cites stewardship … More Penn State set a climate goal they are reaching