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MU Joins Forces with Lancaster Organization for Sustainability Conference

Upcoming Sustainability Conference will address community-based climate action.

This year’s Climate Summit will have a local Lancaster focus. Millersville University is collaborating with RegenAll, a community-focused organization in Lancaster, to co-host the summit. Departing from its previous focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, the summit will address community-based climate action. Scheduled for April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ware Center, the event will be followed by a post-event networking session and celebration. The summit event is free and open to the public. However, there is a charge is people would like to add lunch to their registration.

“We are excited to partner with RegenAll and expand our focus to highlight aspects of the SDGs while focusing on local impacts and ways to engage and take action for a better Lancaster County,” says Kaitlynn Hamaty, sustainability manager at Millersville University.

This one-day conference will feature the following speakers from Millersville University:

  • Dr. Len Litowitz: will speak about residential solar.
  • Dr. Sepideh Yalda: on climate change science and mitigation.
  • Dr. Nadine Garner: will talk about climate anxiety and eco-grief.
  • Dr. Justin Mando: will present on connecting water to the classroom and the community.
  • Dr. Kirsten Madden and student Pattita (Bua) Rojanasoonthon: will speak about the economics insights on climate change.

Additionally, experts will address various local and county programs, including active transportation initiatives in Lancaster, sustainability efforts in the City of Lancaster, the Climate Action Neighborhoods program and collaborations with other businesses and partners in Lancaster County.

The summit serves as a community-driven platform for engaged citizens and businesses to come together, educate themselves and drive forward climate awareness in Lancaster County. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts, access valuable resources and leave empowered to take tangible steps towards reducing their carbon footprint for a more sustainable future. The theme for this year’s summit is “Today’s Solutions for a Brighter, More Resilient Future.”

“Millersville University takes pride in communicating our story to show what the University has to offer,” says Hamaty. “There are great sustainability initiatives occurring on and off campus and in the local community. We are thrilled to add this new partnership with RegenAll to our story and look forward to showcasing the knowledge and expertise Millersville faculty, staff and students provide to the community.”

Several Millersville student projects will also be highlighted at a networking and lunch event at the summit.

If any students, faculty or staff would like to participate in this event, please reach out to Kaitlynn Hamaty at Kaitlynn.Hamaty@millersville.edu.

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