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”

Community safety, people’s rights, and climate optimism: My legacy of service in Ferguson Township

As I’m getting ready to step down at the end of June, I will be reflecting on my three+ years on the Ferguson Township Board. I’ll start with accomplishments that I have spurred or been truly honored to be a part of. While I’ve initiated some of these, they all required work from the other board members, our (awesome) staff, and citizen volunteers. We have… … More Community safety, people’s rights, and climate optimism: My legacy of service in Ferguson Township

Our statement to the Auditor General on the Climate Crisis

Today, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held his first public hearing on the climate crisis. He has stated that Pennsylvania faces grave flooding risks among other problems and that we cannot rely on Washington to tackle the problem. If you didn’t know, last year the Centre Region where I live had record precipitation at about 64″. … More Our statement to the Auditor General on the Climate Crisis

Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.

“Nature helps you to easily understand what’s bothering you and how to deal with it. It also helps to fill the void in your heart and helps when you feel lonely.” New research on the townships of South Africa shows something the wise and little children know: that people find “peace, calm, and perspective while … More Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.

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