I’m running for the the PA Legislature

Friends, Tomorrow morning, it’ll be official. I’m running for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 171st legislative District which includes parts of Centre and Mifflin Counties. Fundamentally, this came down to a conversation I had with Lexie a few months ago. I love my home. I believe in the dignity of all people, their livelihoods, and the … More I’m running for the the PA Legislature

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.

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

Join me for “A Solar PPA Designed for Positive Externalities”

Webinar: A Solar PPA Designed for Positive Externalities  on July 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT My colleague, Meghan Hoskins from Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Elizabeth Johnson from The Nature Conservancy, PA and Emilie Wangerman from Lightsource BP will share the rationale for and process of including criteria for institutional benefits, community benefits, and … More Join me for “A Solar PPA Designed for Positive Externalities”

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP’S COMMITMENT TO ACT ON THE MORAL DUTY TO DO ENERGY SO MUCH BETTER

Today, I’ll be giving a Lightning Talk with Dr. Paul Shrivastava* at Penn State’s Energy Days. Our talk is on Energy Transition. My remarks are below. My name’s Peter Buckland and I’m the chair of the Ferguson Township board of supervisors. Ferguson Township is just a couple of miles to our west here, population of … More FERGUSON TOWNSHIP’S COMMITMENT TO ACT ON THE MORAL DUTY TO DO ENERGY SO MUCH BETTER

Reflecting on our decision to protest Tom Corbett’s fracking moves on Memorial Day 2014

In 2014, I co-organized a Memorial Day protest against former Governor Tom Corbett’s opening of state parks to the natural gas industry. I wrote this piece for a conference I attended the following fall as a reflection on environmental protest as a form of public moral education. It’s wonky at points, but heartfelt nonetheless. Given … More Reflecting on our decision to protest Tom Corbett’s fracking moves on Memorial Day 2014

An arms race in public schools will destroy the public school system. For whose advantage?

We don’t need arms races within the United States. But we have them. We need arms control in the United States. But we sorely lack it. The gun rights fundamentalists are trying to weaponize every part of American life, including schools. There are actually people, including Donald Trump, who want us to seriously consider weaponizing … More An arms race in public schools will destroy the public school system. For whose advantage?

I’m pretty excited to teach again this semester.

Next Tuesday I’ll be teaching Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability for the fourth time. There are a bunch of things I’m excited about. Three stand out.   1. We have some new materials in this course. We will explore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante to bring Indigenous people’s issues more to light. My co-teacher … More I’m pretty excited to teach again this semester.

Solar schools in the State College Area School District

Last night the State College Area School District board voted to go ahead with the rooftop solar projects on the elementary school renovations with a 5-4 vote. That’s the leadership our community is looking for. Below are the full comments I’d prepared for the meeting. My name is Peter Buckland. I am a resident of Ferguson … More Solar schools in the State College Area School District