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Current Events Fall 2013

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July 27, 2013

Energizing for a Sustainable Future

July 27, 2013, Noon-5 PM
Carousel Shelter, Alameda Park
Butler, PA

Learn more about renewable energy through speakers, vendors, music and entertainment. For more information please visit: http://www.MarcellusOutreachButler.org/energy-fair


February 14, 2013

Presentation – Why Pennsylvania Needs a Green Party – Carl Romanelli, Chair PA Green Party

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 @  7:00 pm
Spotts Building, Spotts Auditorium, Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA

About the presentation:

If you think that the Republicans and Democrats are not addressing the real problems facing our nation, then you should come and hear about a genuine alternative. Carl Romanelli, the Chair of the PA Chapter of the Green Party, will speak on “Why Pennsylvania Needs a Green Party”. His talk will be on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7 pm on the campus of SRU, Spotts Auditorium.

Mr. Romanelli has said, “Much is said about the influence of special interest money in politics, but rarely does anyone point out that the WORST of the special interests are the Republican and Democratic parties … As one party is elected out of office, our so called leaders walk out of Congress and into lucrative positions with the lobbies and then the “new” elected officials move from K St to Congress under the illusion of change.”

The Green Party’s name refers to their original and ongoing concern for a sustainable environment in all of its facets. Carl says, “Sustainability is the idea that policy and economy be designed to last, and to be in areas of economy that we really need. For example, we believe that single payer health coverage is sustainable and allows the economy to produce jobs where they are needed, in health care rather than insurance.
Carl Romanelli has held several positions in the Green Party locally and nationally and has served as a delegate to international conferences. He ran for the Senate in 2006. He is originally from the Wilkes-Barre area and has two sons.

This lecture and discussion is sponsored by Sustainable Slippery Rock, a central clearing house of organizations in the area that foster sustainability, and the Political Science Dept of SRU.

January 31, 2013

Cohousing: Living Together Can be a Work of Art
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 7:30 pm
Spotts Building, Room 201, Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA

About the presentation: Cohousing is a response to the struggle between individualism and the the desire to join into a progressive empowering community with others. Cohousing residents actively and collaboratively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. The physical design of the community encourages both social contact and individual space. In this presentation, Sharon Sykora, PhD, will provide a history of the cohousing movement and the essential components of it through the lens of the communities she has visited.

About the presenter: Sharon Sykora, PhD, teaches in the Department of Political Science at Slippery Rock University. Specializing in American political behavior, she has taught at Slippery Rock for 24 years. Dr. Sykora was recently granted a sabbatical year’s leave by the University, during which she investigated the principles and practicalities of cohousing communities across the United States.

Sponsored by Sustainable Slippery Rock, advocating intelligent approaches to living sustainably


September 2011:

 Elaine Korcuska will be speaking about the Slow Foods movement and the new local Slippery Rock Chapter of Slow Foods.

When:  Friday, September 30th at 7pm.


Ginger HIll Unitarian Universalist Church (in Slippery Rock – on the right hand side of South Main Street, in the gap between Cafarro’s Pizza and the Cricket store.)

174 South Main Street
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

April 2011:

Marcellus Shale Symposium: Friday, April 22, 2011

Where: Slippery Rock University, Student Union Building – Multi-purpose Room

The program:

9:00 Mr. John Hanger, former Director, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, “Introduction to Marcellus Shale in PA” and, “Politics and Policies in the Marcellus Shale Issue”

10:00 Dr. Michael Griffin, and Public Policy, Tepper School of Business,and Executive Director, Green Design Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, “The Energy Rationale for Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Extraction”

10:45 Coffee Break

11:00 Mr. Dan Billman, P.G., C.P.G., consulting geologist and President of Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc., “Geology of Marcellus Shale in Western PA”

11:30 Mr. Paul Dudenas, former Manager of Engineering, East Resources / Shell Appalachia, “Marcellus 101”

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch – may be purchased at Rocky’s in the basement of theUnion or at Boozel Dining Hall

1:15 Dr. Tim Kelsey, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, State Program  Leader, Economic and Community Development, Pennsylvania State University, “Economic Challenges and Opportunities of MarcellusShale”

2:00 Dr. John Stolz, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Duquesne University, “Environmental Problems with Marcellus Shale Production”

2:45 Mr. Jon Laughner, Penn State Cooperative Extension, “The Environmental Demands of the MS Industry”

3:15 Coffee Break

3:30 Mr. Ben Price, Projects Director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, “Legal Issues: The Right to Ban Fracking”

4:15 Dr. Charles Christen, Director of Operations for the Center for Healthy Environments & Communities at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, “Health Issues and Marcellus Shale Extraction”

5:00 Dr. Patrick Burkhart, Dept. of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies, Slippery Rock University “Environmental Geologic Perspectives on the Marcellus Play”

5:45 – 6:30 Concluding comments and wrap up. There will also be other talks and information tables for the event.

This is co-sponsored by Depts. of Political Science, Philosophy, History, Chemistry, Public Health and Safety

February 2011:

The next meeting is Friday, Feb. 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Church (174 Main St — the yellow building at the intersection of the two alleys up from the parking lot behind the bank).  Do extend the invitation to others.

Besides updates on recent efforts towards sustainability, two presentations are on the agenda

1. Sustainable agriculture, by Dr. Harold Willis, biologist and author of several books on the topic, now living in the area

2. Sustainable approaches to health via herbs, by Pat Mace.

January 2011:

The next meeting is Friday, Jan. 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Church (174 Main St — the yellow building at the intersection of the two alleys up from the parking lot behind the bank). The main topics will be: sustainable energy production and development in the region through the green windmill, and sustainable forestry as a means to preserving one of our major resources. Do extend the invitation to others.

December 2010:

The next meeting will be 7-9 p.m., Friday, Dec.10 at Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Church, located off Main St (the yellow building on the left as you go up the alley from the parking lot behind the bank).  On the agenda:

  1. possible improvements of SSR:  responsibilities for minutes, announcements, meeting set up, funding, organizational structure
  2. latest on work SSR work groups:
    1. the website, community calendar
    2. the Marcellus shale problem
    3. food production/distribution
    4. green energy
    5. sustainable forestry
    6. other
  3. where does SSR need to place its main focus?

November 2010:

You are invited to participate in the further unfolding of our effort towards moving our region towards greater sustainability.  Sustainable Slippery Rock will meet Friday, Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m. at Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 154 Main St. (actually back from the street along the alley).


  1. Launching of the sustainableSR.org website and Mission statement — led by Diane Bowser and Dennis Birkes
  2. Marcellus shale problem — presentation by geologist Bob Hinds
  3. Further developments regarding sustainable economy/community for the area
  4. New concerns by participants