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Climate Reality Leadership Panel Event is Open to All

Learn and ask questions about climate change science, impacts and solutions from Climate Reality leaders from the local community and Slippery Rock University. This discussion will take place on Wednesday April 18 at 7:30 PM at the Fowler Building, 165 Elm Street, Slippery Rock (which is the location of SRU’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator). Panelists will include Dr. Julie Snow, Dr. Shawn Davis, Ms. Becky Lubold, Mr. Paul Scanlon, and Ms. Tabitha Giacalone, with Dr. John Golden moderating.  Additional details can be found on this flyer: Climate Reality Panel – April 18th

April Earth Days at Slippery Rock University!

A month’s worth of educational and action-oriented events have been planned by Slippery Rock University’s President’s Commission on Sustainability, in collaboration with various academic departments and faculty, staff and community representatives. Many are open to the public. Some examples include:

  • A Climate Reality Leadership panel on April 18
  • Kaleidoscope Children’s Earth Day Celebration and EarthFest at the Macoskey Center on April 21
  • Screening of the film, “The Eagle Huntress” on April 24
  • “The Long Game: Sustainability and Reality in the Environmental Century,” a presentation on April 26 by Stephen Mulkey, scientist and former president of Unity College
  • A community E-Waste Collection Day on April 28
  • and various showings of the film, “The Lorax.”

A calendar of these events with details can be found on the university’s Sustainability web page.

Democracy Discussions to be Held Locally and Regionally

Meeting sustainability goals and participating in the democratic process go hand in hand. For those interested in exploring these connections and learning more, a series of discussions will be held in Slippery Rock and three other western Pennsylvania locations this coming week and weekend. (See events listings below.)

Adam Eichen, co-author with Frances Moore Lappe of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, will be joining MarchOnHarrisburg for a speaking tour and democracy training hosted by Unitarian Universalist Churches across Pennsylvania.

The forum will include presentations from Eichen, MarchOnHarrisburg Executive Director Rabbi Michael Pollack, and other MarchOnHarrisburg organizers. Additional organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival may be added. MOH has signed onto Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign, a 6-week national campaign that will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience simultaneously at 25 State Capitol buildings across the country, intending to launch a “moral revival” in our national political debate.

After the speakers, there will be a citizen lobbying training on anti-corruption, pro-democracy bills, as well as information about how to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign.

Scheduled area events include the following. Find additional details on MarchOnHarrisburg’s website. (Click on the “Barnstorming” tab.)

  • Thursday, March 8, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Slippery Rock
  • Friday, March 9, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills in Franklin Park
  • Saturday, March 10, 9:oo am – 12:00 pm at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Shadyside
  • Sunday, March 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Indiana, PA.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby regional chapter to meet January 17th

The regional chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), based in the Slippery Rock area and congressional district 3,  will meet this week, Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 PM at the Robert A Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road).
A detailed agenda for the event appears here: 20180117_MonthlyMeeting Agenda
The agenda lists items that are suggested for action each month by the national organization, as well as those specific to the local chapter. Even if you can’t attend the meeting, the agenda includes links to the items, as well as to background information related to the work of CCL. A monthly informational video, and other links can be viewed prior to attending the meeting or at any time.
Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to share the expense, if possible. Come at any point during the meeting time that your schedule and interests allow.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these the organization, as well as possibilities for action within congressional district #3.  For more information, contact chapter coordinator Bruce Cooper at

What is your vision for the Macoskey Center??


Community Café at Macoskey Center

On Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, members of the Slippery Rock community are invited to this FUN and creative café conversation in order to brainstorm ideas for the future direction of programming of the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served, as participants envision ways to cultivate and develop new ideas for the Macoskey Center and the future of sustainability in Slippery Rock. This is an opportunity to think big: What can the Macoskey Center do for you? ***Space is limited and there are only a few openings left. RSVP via Facebook, email to or phone (724) 738-4050.

“Go Green” Electric Car Show and Festival this Saturday, September 16th!

Free event for all who are interested in clean energy alternatives for transportation and sustainable living. For festival news and related information, go to:

September 13: Citizens’ Climate Lobby to Inaugurate New Chapter in Slippery Rock

Between two record-breaking hurricanes, amidst one of the worst wildfire seasons in US history, and with concern about other extreme events, as climate change advances, we are sharing the following information:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will hold an inaugural meeting of a regional chapter that will cover the area of Congressional District 3 (Representative Mike Kelly’s district). The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the Robert Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research on Slippery Rock University’s campus (247 Harmony Road, Slippery Rock, PA).
Ray Roberts, Pennsylvania’s State Co-Coordinator for CCL, will lead the discussion during the meeting. Pizza and beverages (water, iced tea and soft drinks) will be ordered, so attendees are asked to bring a few dollars to chip in for the expense, if possible.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a “non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.” Taking a respectful approach to climate education and building on shared values within communities, CCL works toward “the adoption of fair, effective and sustainable climate change solutions,” including a proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend system. All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting to learn more about these efforts, as well as possibilities for our congressional district.
A flyer for the event appears here: PA03_InauguralMeetingFlyer

Local Climate March April 29

The Peoples Climate Movement will hold a march on Saturday, April 29th in Washington, DC for “climate, jobs and justice.” If you are not able to go to DC, there are local “sister” marches listed on the website, including one in Butler, PA on the same day.  See the flyer image below or the event Facebook page.



Sustainable Slippery Rock and SRU Invite Community Participation in Earth Month

April is Earth Month in Slippery Rock! Sustainable Slippery Rock is partnering with Slippery Rock University in encouraging community members to be part of the events happening throughout the month. 
Here’s a look what’s happening. More details and updates will be available on SRU’s Sustainability website. (Keep checking, as ongoing plans are being made.) *Note that parking is FREE, with no permit required, after 5:00 PM on SRU’s campus.
1. The first event will be a keynote presentation by Chad Pregracke on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00 PM at SRU’s Smith Student Center Theater. Learn a little more about Chad and his efforts to clean up some of America’s greatest waterways here.
2. On Thursday, April 6th at 6 PM at SRU’s McKay Building the film “No Impact Man”will be shown. See the trailer here. (Note: there is some minor language in this film, so use your best judgement as to whether or not to bring your kiddos along.) Dr. Shawn Davis, professor in the Parks and Recreation Department will introduce the community wide “No Impact Week” Experiment, in which all students, faculty, staff, community members and families will have the opportunity to participate during the week of April 9th. After the film, an optional, informal mixer will offer a chance to meet others who are committing to the experiment, and perhaps arrange to share experiences.
3. On Sunday, April 9th the “No Impact Week” Experiment begins. Everyone will have the opportunity to register to be a part of this experiment. Your experiment is specific to you; the great thing is that you can tailor and adjust the level of challenge for yourself. SRU will have a Facebook page set up, so that participants can post, share ideas, and ask for help among their fellow community experimenters! We’re eager to see whether this challenge will help people make small, simple, permanent changes to their everyday lives, that will help make a positive change for our community, natural environment, and our overall quality of life. For more information on experiment details click here. SIGN-UP EARLY for the No Impact Experiment HERE.
4. April 22nd, Earth Day, will feature a variety of opportunities for learning and action on campus and within the broader community: 
  • EarthFest will be held at the Macoskey Center on campus 12 – 4 PM. (Find details here when they are available). 
  • Jennings Environmental Education Center invites volunteers to participate in “Take Back the Woods: Battling Invasive Species,” to help remove invasive plants from the park on the same day 9 AM – 1 PM. (Registration is required through DCNR’s Calendar of Events.)  
  • “Go Green” festival will take place at Clearview Mall near Butler, 11 AM – 5 PM. This free, public event will feature displays and information about “green” products and services, home improvement businesses, conservation organizations and electric vehicles. Find details here

“Communicating Climate Change” in Butler This Weekend AND Future Action Opportunities

Saturday, March 11, 12:30 pm at the Butler Public Library (218 N. McKean St. Butler, PA)

Marcellus Outreach Butler presents another opportunity to learn about climate change:

The presentation by Dr. Shawn K Davis will focus on how to discuss climate change and other environmental issues in persuasive ways, in order to influence peoples’ beliefs, attitudes and actions. It will cover the importance of knowing the audience, how to frame environmental issues, and potent communication tools, such as stories. Part talk, part workshop, come ready to discuss, learn and practice these environmental communication techniques. The program is free and open to all.

Dr. Davis is an  assistant professor in the Parks and Recreation Department at Slippery Rock University. He completed a master’s degree in human dimensions of natural resources through a fellowship program with Walking Mountains Science Center in Colorado. Shawn’s Ph.D. research at Colorado State University involved investigating place-based educational strategies for communicating climate change in America’s National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. His current research involves a collaborative project that partners rock climbers with bat biologists to discover roosting locations in Colorado.



Get sociable! Meet up at the Brick House for Climate Cocktails
Thursday, March 16, 7:00 PM

Consider joining other local people who are concerned and motivated to be active about climate change. They will be getting together in the private banquet room of the Brick House in Butler for “Climate Cocktails” (118 North Main Street). Here’s a chance to connect with folks in a social atmosphere – food, drinks, conversation.

Climate March and Rally in Butler
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
This will be a “sister march” to the Peoples Climate Movement march in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Find details here.