Environment Programs

environment

Access all of our programs about the environment with policy-makers, scientists, and more

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ERIE 2030 DISTRICT: BUILDING RESILIENCE -- HOW BETTER BUILDINGS CAN PROTECT US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Ellen Conrad

March 31, 2021 

Climate action, like climate change, is multi-faceted and requires innovation in all areas of our society. The quality of our commercial and residential buildings is essential for reducing carbon emissions and will have major implications for our health, wallets, and future. The Erie 2030 District is taking action with commercial building owners to reduce their energy and water usage by 50 percent by the year 2030. Learn how the Erie 2030 District is uniting commercial businesses for energy efficiency, how our buildings can protect us from the worst effects of climate change, and what you can do about it.Climate action, like climate change, is multi-faceted and requires innovation in all areas of our society. The quality of our commercial and residential buildings is essential for reducing carbon emissions and will have major implications for our health, wallets, and future. The Erie 2030 District is taking action with commercial building owners to reduce their energy and water usage by 50 percent by the year 2030. Learn how the Erie 2030 District is uniting commercial businesses for energy efficiency, how our buildings can protect us from the worst effects of climate change, and what you can do about it.

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STORMWATER RUNOFF: IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS

Sarah Bennet and Renee Reber

March 25, 2021 

PennFuture and 12 regional partners published Our Water, Our Future: A Common Agenda for Protecting Pennsylvania's Lake Erie Watershed in December 2020. They identified surface runoff as the number one threat to water quality in the region. Join Sarah Bennett and Renee Reber from PennFuture to learn what impacts stormwater runoff can have on water quality and what can be done to reduce these impacts.

To watch this program on YouTube, click HERE

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LOCAL AND STATEWIDE PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Sarah Bennett, Gary Horton, and Allison Acevedo

February 25, 2020

Erie Coke closed its doors in December 2019 after years of environmental violations that disproportionately impacted Environmental Justices communities. In September 2020, Erie County declared racism as a public health crisis. Join Sarah Bennett, PennFuture’s Campaign Manager for Clean Water Advocacy in the Lake Erie Watershed, Gary Horton, Urban Erie CDC President, and Allison Acevedo, Director of the Office of Environmental Justice at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, to learn what environmental justice is, how it impacts the Erie community, and what can be done to create a future where low income people and people of color are no longer disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and pollution.

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LAKE ERIE WATER LEVELS: AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO PRESQUE ISLE

David Frew, Ph.D.

February 23, 2020

Presque Isle has been experiencing extraordinarily high water levels for the last few years. The high water levels and storm surges have been assaulting the peninsula's bathing beaches, washing away replenished sand. Even more disconcerting, water has been threatening Presque Isle's interior, as well, dropping trees and eroding infrastructure, including trails and roadways. On several occasions during 2019 and 2020 there were "blowout events" during which water crossed Presque Isle, extending from the lake to the bay and closing roads. These recent examples serve as reminders of the loss of the way in the 1940s. These recent treats help to remind us of the fragility of the entire peninsula, which is dependent upon a thin layer of sand and soil to anchor the root structures of the trees and brush that is essential to its existence.

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OUR WATER, OUR FUTURE: A LOOK AT THE COMMON AGENDA FOR PROTECTING THE LAKE ERIE WATERSHED

Sarah Bennet, M.S.

December 21, 2020

Erie is situated on the 11th largest freshwater lake in the world and water is the region’s most important natural resource. However, there are significant threats to water quality that need to be addressed in order to ensure a thriving, sustainable, equitable future for the region. PennFuture and 12 regional organizations joined together to develop "Our Water, Our Future: A Common Agenda for Protection Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie Watershed." The document prioritizes threats to clean water in the Erie region and recommends solutions at all levels of engagement to ensure that these resources are protected now and for future generations.

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LAKE ERIE: A CALL TO ACTION

Dr. Judith Lynch

September 24, 2020

Outbreaks of Harmful Algal Blooms and E. coli contamination have been documented for years in Lake Erie. Despite proof of their injurious impact on animal life, human life, and our economy, they continue.

After the recent release of her latest report on these growingly severe threats, Jefferson Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Judith Lynch argues that it is time to stop talking and start acting.

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A CONVERSATION WITH KRISTEN ZEIBER: PEDESTRIAN, BIKE LINKS TO BAYFRONT NEEDED MORE THAN EVER

Kristen Zeiber, M.S.

June 17, 2020

The master plan for the Bayfront Parkway Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was released in April 2020, highlighting more consideration for bike and pedestrian connections along the Bayfront.

Kristen Zeiber, Project Manager for the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, responded to the PennDOT plan in the report recently released by the Jefferson Educational Society headlined, Pedestrian, Bicycle Links to Bayfront ‘Needed More Than Ever.’”

Zeiber discusses her new report as well as the PennDOT plan, including the challenges and opportunities of rethinking the parkway, the context of the parkway project in this age of the coronavirus, its special challenges, and the desire of bicyclists and pedestrians to better use of bayfront amenities in this program.

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NECESSARY INTERRUPTIONS: ENCOUNTERS IN THE CONVERGENCE OF ECOLOGICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Dr. Aaron Kerr

April 22, 2020

Regions have consented to social distancing in an effort to procure a future public health. This has involved radical interruptions to conventional living, interruptions which will result in pronounced adaptations in modern existence in the very near future.

The machinations of global carbon civilization have persistently resisted these sorts of interruptions on the grounds of economic development. The diseased inanimate earth has not evoked the urgency that diseased humanity has. The interruptions that now befall all of us can be creatively assessed and leveraged in the service of ecological awareness and a deeper solidarity with both nature and culture; a healthy convergence promoting inter-generational cooperation.

Healthy intellectual responses to interruptions involve openness, wonder, receptivity, and contemplation. Dr. Kerr explains how these resources are the indispensable intellectual equipment necessary for our common future of health.

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