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“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:

Solar Energy Presentation February 24th

Join Sustainable Slippery Rock for a presentation by Greg Winks, Solar Energy Consultant for SolarCity, on Friday, February 24th, 7:00 PM at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s building* in Slippery Rock. The presentation will cover the state of the solar industry in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania; how solar energy works; why someone would choose to “go solar”; financing options; and the timeline for converting to solar energy. This will be an informative presentation, not a sales pitch for any particular company or product.

Mr. Winks’ background includes educational outreach related to solar energy, assistance to homeowners, and consulting with commercial, municipal and institutional organizations in order to incorporate solar options into their long-term energy strategies. SolarCity is a “national leader in clean energy services, working toward efficient and affordable solar solutions for homeowners, businesses, schools and government organizations. 

*Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 174 South Main Street, just behind the buildings facing South Main Street along “Grange Alley.”  Parking is available in the public lot along Elm Street. place/41%C2%B003’46.8%22N+80% C2%B003’21.6%22W/@41.062987,- 80.0566242,18z/data=!3m1!4b1! 4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41. 062987!4d-80.055992 )



Earth Days Events at Slippery Rock University

earth days 2016Slippery Rock University has unveiled its schedule of events for Earth Days 2016 
Highlights of the series include featured speaker Richard Alley on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM at the Advanced Technology & Science Hall Auditorium.  A well-known and respected scientist, researcher and author, Dr. Alley will present:“Energy, Climate and Our Future: Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunities.”  This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
A free Community E-Waste Collection will be held on Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) and Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM – 2 PM each day at the SRU Recycling Center on Kiester Road (access behind the SRU Police Building).  Find details and information about types of electronic waste that will be/will not be accepted at:
Saturday, April 23 will feature the Kids’ Kaleidoscope Earth Day Celebration 11 AM – 4 PM at the Macoskey Center, 247 Harmony Road; (rain location: University Union) see  for all the details!
There are additional film showings, lectures and other events throughout the week and on April 26 the following week. Find the complete schedule at

Earth Day/Week Events at Slippery Rock University: Schedule Revised!

Slippery Rock University has announced its schedule of events for the week of April 19-25th in celebration of Earth Day.  These events are open to the public, including several films about current environmental issues, a “Green Building Design” panel discussion, and Community E-Waste Collection days. View the updated schedule here: SRU Earth Day Master Schedule of Events 2015

Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs this weekend!

ME News Fair logo

For anyone not already aware of it, here’s a quickly approaching opportunity to learn about many aspects of sustainable living. The Mother Earth News Fair comes once again to Seven Springs Mountain Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania this weekend, September 12-14th! You’ll be able to hear from leading experts in the fields of renewable energy, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, green home building and more. You can view exhibits and state-of-the-art products, and interact with others who share many of your own interests, at a fun-filled, family-oriented regional event.

Find details and ticket information at:



Don’t miss the FOSSIL-FREE ENERGY FAIR tomorrow July 26th!


Marcellus Outreach Butler and Slippery Rock University’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), with various additional sponsors that include Sustainable Slippery Rock, will present the second annual “Fossil-free  Energy Fair” on Saturday, July 26th from 11 a.m. until 7 pm.  The free event will be held in the Advanced Technology and Science (ATS) Hall on the Slippery Rock University campus.  This is a premier opportunity to learn more about and celebrate renewable energy alternatives through speakers, vendors, displays, children’s activities (with Jennings Environmental Education Center staff), music, and entertainment.   Free solar-cooked hot dogs will be featured.

Also, just announced, BMW and Ford will display their latest electric vehicles. Pittsburgh’s BMW dealer, P&W Motors, will display the BMW i3 with Range Extender (also called the REx), which has a backup internal combustion engine.  Ford Motor Company will showcase the Ford C-Max Energi, featuring a combination of an electric moter and gasoline engine.   Unlike a conventional hybrid, the C-Max Energi has a battery that can be charged overnight by plugging into a 120-volt outlet, or within 2.5 hours on a 240 volt circuit.

For more information, including a detailed schedule and lists of presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, see the event website at 



Photovoltaics presentation and Sustainable Slippery Rock meeting: next Tuesday, June 24th

Sustainable Slippery Rock (SSR) will hold a general meeting on Tuesday, June 24th, starting at 7:00 pm at the Robert A Macosky Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research (RAMC) at 247 Harmony Road, on the eastern campus of Slippery Rock University (SRU).

Dr. Carolyn Steglich, Professor of Biology at SRU, will speak on the topic “Almost Off the Grid,” focusing on her use of photovoltaics as a primary source of power at her home for the past 15 years.  She will welcome questions regarding her experience in this important aspect of sustainability.  This presentation will be offered in anticipation of the upcoming “Fossil Free Energy Fair” on July 26th at SRU, co-sponsored by Sustainable Slippery Rock, along with Marcellus Outreach Butler and the Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator and others.

Prior to the talk, there will be a business meeting to discuss concerns of the SSR membership, including the passage of important amendments to its Bylaws, the next steps towards forming a nonprofit organization, help needed for the Energy Fair, and new initiatives between Sustainable Slippery Rock and Slippery Rock University.  The meeting and presentation are free and open to anyone who has an interest.

Parking is available on both sides of the road.  Be careful in crossing the road, if you park across from the Macoskey Center.   With questions, or for more information, please e-mail

“Pathway to Our Sustainable Future” presentation by Dr. Patricia DeMarco

Sustainable Slippery Rock, together with Slippery Rock University, will sponsor a presentation by Patricia M. DeMarco, former director of the Rachel Carson Institute, on Monday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spotts World Culture Auditorium (Room 111) on the SRU campus.  This free event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public…all who are interested.

Dr. DeMarco has had a 30-year career in energy and environmental policy and has served in both private and public sector positions, including Manager of Demand Side Services for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, Executive Director of the Connecticut Power Facilities Evaluation Council, Fifth Congressional District Representative to the Connecticut Hazardous Waste Management Service, and Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.  She is an experienced entrepreneur who founded The Energy Roundtable, E Cubed Corporation, an energy trading company, Technology for Connecticut, Inc. a declassified defense technology commercialization company, and headed the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.  She served as the Assistant Dean of the University of Alaska College of Business and Public Policy.  She held the position of Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association from 2006 to 2010 and as Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University until 2012.  As a Rachel Carson scholar, Patricia DeMarco writes and teaches environmental ethics and public policy based on Rachel Carson’s work.  Her current research interest focuses on removing the institutional barriers to sustainability.