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Pitt-Johnstown to Host Global Warming Solutions Forum

Pitt-Johnstown to Host Global Warming Solutions Forum

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host a Global Warming Solutions forum on Thursday, February 5 on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.  The Global Warming Solutions forum is part of the National Teach-In that will engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue on global warming. 

     Dr. Mary Lavine, associate professor of geography and one of the event’s organizers, offered, “Climate change affects the well being of everyone on the Earth, now and in the foreseeable future.  At Pitt-Johnstown, we want to be part of the solution.  Our second annual global warming forum will give the entire community an opportunity to sit down and discuss what we can do, as individuals, to reduce our carbon footprints.  This year, we’re bringing a variety of experts to campus who know a lot about clean and efficient energy, green building, and food production that’s local and organic.”

     The Pitt-Johnstown event will focus on three major issues:  global climate change and Pennsylvania, global warming and the Pitt-Johnstown campus, and reducing your personal contribution to global warming.
     From 9 to 10:30 a.m. speakers include:  Dr. J. Alexandra Hakala, National Energy Technology Laboratory, “Energy Generation, Carbon Capture and Storage;” Brad Clemenson, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, “Climate Change Impacts on Pennsylvania and the State’s Action Plan,” and Ed Perry, National Wildlife Federation, “Climate Change and Pennsylvania Wildlife.”

     From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. speakers include: Paul Petrilli, PE, H.F. Lenz Company, “Green Building and LEED;” Andrew Csikos, Pitt-Johnstown Physical Plant, “Promoting Campus Building Energy Efficiency,” and Brandon Quinn, vice president of the Pitt-Johnstown Student Chapter of IEEE, “Lights Out!”

     From 1 to 2:30 p.m. presentations include:  Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonzales, owner and operator of Paradise Gardens and Farms LLC, “Greening Through Local Foods” and Scott Farabaugh, owner and operator Blue Goose Farm CSA, “How to Buy Locally Through Community Supported Agriculture.”

     For additional information about the Pitt-Johnstown event, contact Dr. Mary Lavine ( at 814-269-2992.  Information is also available online at  The event is free and open to the public.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 1/26/2009 10:10:00 AM