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Register your Elected for Thrive Sustainability Summit

The 2017 Thrive Sustainability Summit sent out invitations to county and local electeds across Western PA. If you think local government should be investing in building a climate change resilient economy, why don’t you call up  your local elected official and remind them of the opportunity. Here’s a public list of contacts,  call them today.

A flier is above and there’s more information on in this great article from the Indiana Gazette!

Sustainable energy event to be held

An all-day seminar will explore the possibilities of an economy based on sustainable energy sources next week in the Indiana area.

The “Sustainable Economy Summit” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 21 at the Rustic Lodge on Oakland Avenue in White Township.

The project is a joint effort of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the LOWV of Indiana County, the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sustainable Studies Program, the Evergreen Conservancy and the Center for Community Growth of Indiana.

Organizers say a sustainable economy is no longer a pipedream, and that more than 3 million clean energy jobs are available in the U.S. with more expected to be created.

“Clean vehicles, grid development, energy efficiency and battery storage are among the fastest growing industries in the country. And in Pennsylvania, renewable energy jobs are growing faster than jobs in fossil fuel,” according to a news release announcing the event.

Additional jobs are projected in sustainable agriculture and other clean economy sectors.

Organizers say the summit is designed for municipal officials and staff of local and county governments in rural southwestern Pennsylvania and community members and students who want to become involved by serving on community boards and task forces.

Admission to the seminar is $10 for professionals. The fee includes lunch. There is no charge for students.

Participants may register online at http://ow.ly/ThqU30aIPLr.

Panelists at the event will explore ways to attract economic development to rural areas, providing good jobs and healthy communities in a sustainable economy and how to use existing assets to ensure that communities can thrive.

Seminar topics will focus on various types of renewable energy and related infrastructure, including regional initiatives by clean energy companies; the economic potential of sustainable agriculture, eco-tourism, and energy efficiency and the emerging field of green chemistry with its potential to transform manufacturing.

Speakers and presenters at the “Sustainable Economy Summit” will include Dr. Terrence Collins, speaking on green chemistry; Dan Boone, on innovations in wind power; former state Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture; a panel discussing eco-tourism; Joe Pizarchik, a recent director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for the U.S. Dept. of the Interior; Patricia DeMarco, author of Pathways to a Sustainable Future; and Monaca Borough Manager Mario Leone Jr., on planning, getting grants and implementing sustainable projects.

“Capacity-building sessions will provide tools to measure the economic benefits of sustainable development, and strategies for marketing those benefits to attract funding and new businesses to your community,” according to the event announcement.

For more information, phone the League of Women Voters at (717) 234-1576 or email reimaginelwvpa@ gmail.com.

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Thrive Sustainability Summit – April 21

The Center is proud to announce the Thrive Sustainability Summit, Friday April 21, in collaboration with the League of Women Voters, Evergreen Conservancy, and the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development!

Why should YOU attend? The sustainable economy is no longer a pipedream!  According to the latest research, there are more than 3 million clean energy jobs in the US – and many more are projected.

Clean vehicles, grid development, energy efficiency, and battery storage are among the fastest growing industries in the country. And in Pennsylvania, renewable energy jobs are growing faster than jobs in fossil fuel. The numbers are even better if you include sustainable agriculture and other clean economy sectors.

Given these exciting developments, you may be asking yourself . . . What can we do to attract economic development to our rural counties and towns? Can we guarantee good jobs and healthy communities in the new sustainable economy? How can we use existing assets to ensure that our communities can once again thrive?

To help answer these questions, you are invited to the THRIVE: Sustainable Economy Summit.     At the Summit, you will learn from local and national experts about:

  • various types of renewable energy and related infrastructure, including regional initiatives by clean energy companies;
  • the economic potential of sustainable agriculture, eco-tourism, and energy efficiency; and
  • the emerging field of green chemistry and its potential to transform manufacturing.

Capacity-building sessions will provide tools to measure the economic benefits of sustainable development, as well as strategies for marketing those benefits. We want to help you to attract funding and new businesses to your community.

The THRIVE Summit is specifically designed for municipal officials and staff of local and county governments in rural Southwestern PA. Community members and students who want to become involved by serving on community boards and task forces are also welcome.

Your help is needed. Let’s join together to build thriving communities in the new, sustainable economy!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

Racial Justice Campaign and 13th Panel Explore Indiana Diversity

Thanks to our panelists March 3 for our discussion about race and policing here in Indiana County preceding the screening of the Netflix documentary, 13th.

The discussion ranged from the reorganization of the Indiana County Chapter of the NAACP, to how to connect young students of color to careers in law enforcement. The upshot is to just do it.

The Racial Justice Campaign is engaged with the Indiana Police department to expand their internship program, focusing on students of color, and also to offer annual regional training on diversity and inclusion for police in our region. The Campaign meets again 3/22, 7pm at Commonplace Coffee shop. You are welcome.

You can watch the entire panel from last Friday right here.

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Left to right, Gerald Smith – Codirector and moderator, Kelly Patchell – Racial Justice Campaign Chair, Dr. Carolyn Princes – NAACP of Indiana County, Amirah Macon – NAACP IUP President and Indiana Borough Police Intern, Stanford Webb – Former PA State Police

 

Part 1 was incredible! Part 2 starts in August!

Thanks so much for everyone who came out to the first half of this year’s film series, Getting Local! Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for pictures!

Getting Local Part 2 starts in August! Our first film is so fresh and new it’s not event titled yet, but we know you’re going to love it

 8/26 – “Title TBA” from Tea Parties to Hellbenders; grassroots organizing in Indiana County. 

 9/30 – “The Mask You Live In” Boys and men navigate narrow visions of masculinity.

 10/28 – “The Invisible Hand” PA stories challenging democracy, human rights, and economic prosperity.

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2016 Film Series Launches Friday!

And we’re back!

Friday, January 29, 6:30pm; The Center for Community Growth launches our 2016 Film Series, Getting Local.

Please join us for a screening of the 2015 documentary by Tim Wise, White Like Me, followed by a panel discussion to include IUP President, Dr. Mike Driscoll, Indiana Borough Police Chief, William Sutton, and Indiana County Commissioner, Sherene Hess.

Our hope is to identify race conscious public policy  that can dismantle white privilege and combat racism. This event is co-sponsored by the Indiana County NAACP, and will be held at the Chevy Chase Community Center.

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In February, we turn our attention to sustainability, and will partner with IUP’s new Sustainability Program to bring the documentary based on Naomi Kline’s book, This Changes Everything. Again, we’ll be inviting local policy makers to the stage to identify local solutions to the global problems of climate change. We’ll be breaking in the new humanities building at IUP, so please join us!

In March we will partner with the Indiana Food Co-Op, with a screening of Food For Change, a documentary about Food Co-ops. The bonus for this event, there’ll be delicious, locally sourced food, served from the kitchen of the Chevy Chase Community Center.

When we come back in August, we’ll feature two films shot locally that include footage of the fight for local authority over gas companies in Grant Township, and a third that asks what it takes to be a man. We’re still looking for a home for this second half, so stay tuned!

January 29 – White Like Me, Chevy Chase Community Center, 640 N 5th Ave.; co-sponsored by NAACP

 

February 26 – This Changes Everything – IUP Humanities building, co-sponsored by Sustainability Studies Program

March  25 –  Food For Change –  Chevy Chase Community Center; co-sponsored by Food Co-Op of Indiana, PA

August 26 – Ziesche film (about grassroots organizing in Indiana County) – title TBC/under production

September 30 – The Mask You Live In – Missrepresentation Project

October 28 – Invisible Hand – Melissa Troutman, Josh Prebanic