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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.

Disclaimer: Copyright © 2017 Indiana Gazette. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

 

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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

 

What’s Next 2017 – Thursday 11/17

YOU ARE INVITED!

This year’s elections have highlighted the ever growing need for progressive minded individuals and organizations to come together and fight for social justice.

That’s what we do.

Join us Thursday, 11/17 6pm at the Artist’s Hand for What’s Next 2017.

Friends and members are invited to consider the last year, the policy implications of the 2016 election results, and to look forward in how to promote social justice in 2017. We’ll also have board elections, and figure out how to focus the work we do. And of course, we’ll have plenty of opportunities for you to renew and join the Center!

Let us come together to ensure our communities are supported, protected, and actively engaged in promoting better policy.

#thestrugglecontinues

 

Final 2016 Film Features Hellbenders!

This week the Center rounds out the 2016 Film Series: Getting Local, and we get SUPER local! If you’ve been following us, you’ll recognize the East Run HellBenders Society, a group of community activists in Grant Township, Indiana County so powerful they legalized civil disobedience.

These brave folks are featured in the lastest from IUP alum Melissa Troutman, and her production company Public Herald Films. This team of investigative journalists last brought us Triple Divide – which documented fracking across the Pennsylyvania

Their new film picks up locally, called Invisible Hand.  https://vimeo.com/152896957

“Free market forces have recently manifested as ‘fracking’ in Pennsylvania – a high risk method to extract natural gas – that state and federal governments support. But communities hell bent on protecting their rights are fighting back against state and corporate take over – some with success.

So what does it take to defeat a billion-dollar corporation with more rights than you? INVISIBLE HAND tells the story of people figuring out how. One method is by bringing about the Rights of Nature.”

The film documents the stories of Grant Township, and others who pushed back against the weight of big monied gas companies to protect their community. Indiana County is among the epicenters of a movement to reclaim our local authority from the unholy alliance between big gas and our state government. Join us to see how you can help!

Thanks to the IUP Sustainability Studies Program for co-sponsoring.

 

See you there!

invisible-hand-flier-v2-docxDoors open- 6:00
Director Comments – 6:30
Film – 7:00